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Hi, my name’s Ben Parker and I’m here today looking at the wonderful Orange Acoustic Pre Twin Channel.

So, first of all what I was really impressed with is the overall sound – there’s definitely a higher fidelity thing going on when the sound comes through from both the DI and the mic feeds. In dialling up the heat knob on the DI there’s definitely a kind of nice vintage vive to how the DI sounds.

I think when I’m looking for an acoustic signal (I’m looking for) something that’s definitely very pure and the pick ups I use are really true to the woody nature of the sound of the acoustic and what the Acoustic Pre has done is just maximise that sound. It’s not drawn it further into the electronic, it’s just warmed it up, made it sound more natural and enhanced the sound that’s already there. I think because it’s got that warmth to it, I guess because of the tube in it, it really lends itself. I like acoustics that sound like they’ve come from old records and that’s what the tube element does to the sound.

Initially, I didn’t think it was the sort of thing I would use in the studio but actually, with us playing with it today and the way we’ve set it up with the DI straight in and the mic straight in but then both into the computer and the interface. It’s funny how the manipulation of the DI separate from the mic and being able to flick between the two – it’s almost like whenever I record an acoustic guitar I would use this to have a great DI signal – which I always want anyway – because you might want to distort that or treat it slightly differently. Then you can blend in the real mic and decide what you want to do with the two signals. On the road, another set up I have in one of my other acoustics is a split system that takes a mic output and a piezo pickup output from the pickup of the acoustic guitar. So this is great because I can plug the mic into the mic input, the piezo into the DI and then send front of house my particular choice blend of those two sounds with the ability to EQ both channels separately and add reverb if necessary.

The reverb is really nice. Again, I felt it was quite vintage like a lot of the old stuff Jimmy Page used to use on his acoustic picking stuff on those early Led Zep records. It had that flavour to it rather than being a synthetic digital sounding reverb, it felt like it was responding more to what it was being given, like those old fashioned reverbs.

I do a lot of writing with people but I also do a lot of basic tracking here and I work a lot on my own stuff. I compose for film and TV, so it’s interesting, the acoustic guitar sound is always very important in a lot of the things I do, so I’m always interested in seeing different ways of capturing that rather than it being in that environment of mouse click sliders. It’s great to go to the real knobs and turn them and hear the difference. Always. I love that, so it’s nice to have this unit there to manipulate the signal in that way.

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ULTRA-TRANSPARENT | TOTAL TONAL CONTROL | LOW NOISE

THE ACOUSTIC PEDAL

The Orange Acoustic Pedal takes all the know-how of our acclaimed Acoustic Pre TC preamp and Crush Acoustic 30 amplifier, cramming it all into a do-it-all, compact preamp pedal. Whether you need to win the battle against feedback, handle complex effects chains, brighten up a dull instrument or just plug into a PA, the Acoustic Pedal has you covered – in top-notch Orange style. With a low-noise JFET circuit design, surgical-yet-flattering EQ, XLR and 1/4″ outputs and a buffered FX Loop, all situations are taken care of. This high-headroom, high-quality pedal keeps your setup simple and controlled, leaving you free to do what you do best. Play.

EQ WITH NOTCH CONTROL

Acoustic instruments can be tricky. When dealing with feedback, finnicky pickups and finding a place in the mix, you need an EQ that is both powerful and simple. The Middle knob works in conjunction with the Notch and Q Factor controls to subtly sculpt your sound or tackle feedback with precision. Fixed-frequency Bass and Treble knobs give you much-needed control over the “body” and “sparkle” of your instrument.

HIGH HEADROOM, LOW NOISE

The Acoustic Pedal uses a single-ended JFET circuit design to guarantee insanely low levels of background noise. No hiss, even with the Treble control maxed! Super-high headroom comes courtesy of the 18V power supply, guaranteeing the cleanest, clearest acoustic tone we could give you.

BALANCED XLR OUTPUT

Connect straight to the P.A. with no need for a D.I. box. Our studio-grade, balanced XLR output will drive long cable runs with noise-free, high-fidelity performance. The built in phase flip enables eradication of phase cancellation issues at the press of a button, while the additional 1/4″ mono jack output can be used simultaneously for ultimate flexibility.

BUFFERED FX LOOP

Effects aren’t just for electric guitarists. In the world of the modern acoustic player, where loopers, reverbs and delays are just as important as the instrument itself, creating the perfect signal chain is essential. Our highly-transparent, buffered FX Loop gives you the freedom to build your dream acoustic rig, without compromise.

The Orange Acoustic Pedal is a Single Ended, Class A, Acoustic Preamp, with a Full Parametric Midrange / Notch Filter, and a Buffered FX Loop.

When you add up all the positives: The build quality, the clean tone, the well thought out ins and outs, the EQ and the price…. it’s a no brainer to me if you’re looking for an external preamp

The 18V Acoustic Pedal and its useful effects loop are super-quiet and do a fantastic job of preserving signal integrity

For plugging into either an amp or a DAW, I found the Acoustic Pedal to be a useful—and cool-looking!—addition to my setup that offers transparent EQ options whether using an undersaddle pickup or magnetic soundhole pickup

FeaturesLow noise JFET preamp, EQ with Notch control, buffered FX Loop, balanced XLR output with phase reverse switch
ControlsBass, XLR phase, Treble, Notch, Middle, Q Factor, Volume
Power18V centre positive
Unboxed Dimensions (W x H x D)10.5 x 6 x 13.7CM (4.1 x 2.4 x 5.4″)
Unboxed Weight400g (14.1oz)