Orange Technical Director Ade Emsley chats with his mate and inspiration for the Bass Butler, Morgan Nicholls, who is best known for performing with Muse, Gorillaz, The Streets and Lily Allen.
London based Bad Day Blues Band are having a pretty good time at the moment. Voted best New Blues Band 2019, their album sitting at number 2 in the iTunes Blues Chart and a pretty relentless touring schedule means they barely have a chance to catch their breath.
We invited lead singer and bassist, Adam, to come into our HQ to take the weight off for a moment and talk through The Bass Butler. Since it’s release, this incredibly useful bit of kit has been a significant feature in Adam’s rig.
A commanding VMan from Slipknot summons a complete performance from The Bass Butler in their new video and discovers an entire Bi-Amp bass rig in a pedal. No porky pies! See Youtube.com/watch?v=KwQkqXQ9As8
VMan, bass player with the biggest metal group of their generation, Slipknot, wants his Butler to supervise and coordinate his bass playing requirements and perform other related tech duties. Alex Auxier, Global Artist Relations Manager at Orange Amplification, demonstrates how The Bass Butler can do most things – except get pasta from the Amalfi coast or find the beer! No hand bell required!
The Bass Butler serves up everything from bright vintage tones to floor-splitting, wall-crumbling modern destruction. With its direct XLR output, built in compressor and foot controllable ‘dirty’ guitar channel, the Bass Butler is probably the only pedal a bassist will ever need.
The best things do come in little packages. Go to the Orange Amplification YouTube Channel to check this video out and much more.
Orange Amplification unleash The Bass Butler, an entire Bi-Amp bass rig in a pedal. The new pedal splits the bass guitar signal, at input, into completely separate, parallel, analogue signal chains, just like a real bi-amp rig – without an amp in sight.
The always active ‘Clean’ Bass Channel can be adjusted for compression, bass, treble and volume. An optical compressor circuit, cut/boost tone controls and dedicated, bass cabinet-simulated balanced D.I. output is always on hand with all manner of classic clean tones.
Five smaller knobs control the Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass and Gain (with four stages), of The Bass Butler’s ‘Dirty’ Guitar Channel which can be added with a footswitch. Coupled with a guitar cab-simulated balanced D.I. output and an expression pedal jack for extra control over the input gain, The Bass Butler serves up everything from bright vintage tones to floor-splitting, wall-crumbling modern destruction.
Both channels have XLR balanced output allowing the Bi-Amp bass tone to arrive complete at the mixing desk. The Bass Butler also features an Amp output, which takes a blend of the two channels, set by the volume controls, before the cabinet simulation circuits from a 1/4” jack, making it perfect for connecting to the front end of any bass amp. This set up means on-stage sound can be controlled completely independently of what the audience hears or the output can be used on its own, just like a plain old preamp pedal. A ‘Ground Lift’ switch eliminates ground hum when The Bass Butler is hooked up to a PA and a bass amp at the same time.
The pedal’s sturdy steel enclosure is made to last a lifetime; it is perfect for in the studio and on the road. The Bass Butler is quite possibly the only pedal bassists will ever need.
Check it out at the Orange Amplification booth #4644, Hall D where all the other Orange products can also be seen.