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.
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With an all valve front end, the Terror Bass is a 500W hybrid bass amp with a valve preamp and solid-state power amp, making it closer to the sound of our flagship AD200 than ever before, with a front panel that remains the same layout to the original Terror Bass but with an added clean switch, giving more headroom and smoother, clean sounds.
From clean pop sounds through to gritty rock tones the Terror Bass can do it all. A pad switch on the front for active basses takes 6dB off the input sensitivity. The effects loop is valve on the send and solid-state on the return. The Terror bass is a Class D amp with 500 watts of power into 4 Ohms and 250 Watts into 8 Ohms, the limiter switch on the back prevents the output stage from being pushed too hard into 4 ohms.
We met bass wizard Adrian Bartol in Madrid and captured the tones you hear in this video, using his Moollon bass and new Terror Bass and OBC112 miking the room, to bring you all the expressiveness and versatility of this ultra-portable professional rig, from Motown_esque groove to pop, from punk to contemporary rock, the Terror Bass covers every base and the OBC112 can follow you from the studio to the gig.
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The all-new, re-designed Terror Bass has arrived and it sounds better than ever.
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It’s the Voice of Bass this month at Orange and I have been asked to recommend some albums that celebrate some of the best rumbling bass lines known to the music industry. I have decided to pick albums because at heart I am a hipster who listens to vinyl and I also struggle to pick one song from an album. In this list I have picked some classic songs but I have also tried to steer clear of the really obvious ones such as “Another one bites dust” has i’m afraid been left out, anyway let’s go!
Stone Roses – Stone Roses
For me you cannot have list about bass without Manny being involved, i’ve chosen to showcase his work in the Stone Roses (easily could have picked ‘Screamadelica’) and the band’s debut album. The opening song ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ starts with a cacophony of sounds, then the rumbling bass tone comes in and brings in the rest of the band. I could have picked any of the songs on this great album, from the bass line that opens ‘She Bangs the Drums’ all the way through to the bass riff that is the main groove of the albums eight minute finale ‘I Am the Resurrection’. What impresses me so much is the groove that goes through all of Manny’s playing and how he is always locked in with Reni. They are one of the best rhythm sections I have ever seen live.
Paul Simon – Graceland
I made a promise to myself that I would not have slap bass in any of these selections and already I have broken my rule (I also think there is another one later as well). But in my defence, this is here because of the musicianship that occurs across the album and the standout part is the bass playing, closely followed by the drumming! I had to choose as the example ‘You Can Call Me Al’ mainly because of the bass solo that occurs at 3.44, yes I know it is a slap bass solo but sometimes, just sometimes they can be done well. Throughout the album the bass is the key component in the songwriting, especially on ‘The Boy in the Bubble’ and ‘Graceland’ it takes centre stage with carefully considered slides and beats in the bass line that propel the songs forward.
Lou Reed – Transformer
Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’ is a great record for many different reasons, the iconic bass line that makes up it’s most famous track ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ is one of the main reasons. The iconic sound was created by interlocking bass lines played on a double bass and then overlaying a bass guitar line over the top. Herbie Flowers who played bass on the track came up with the idea so he was able to charge double for his work on the track! Herbie played bass across many of the tracks except for “Perfect Day”, “Goodnight Ladies”, “Satellite of Love” and “Make Up” which Klaus Voorman played on. If you haven’t checked this album out (one where have you been?) I recommend it very highly.
Alexisonfire – Old Crows/Young Cardinals
Described by the band as being “f**king heavy” Alexisonfire’s final album before their hiatus opens with the grizzled bass tone of “Old Crows.” The album is full of great moments of bass playing with Chris Steele locking in with drummer Jordan Hastings through out. I picked this track mainly because of the tone that starts the track off, another highlight on the album is the locked in groove of “The Northern.” This slightly slower paced track sits in the middle of the album and has a classic bass tone and groove.
Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine.
It couldn’t be a list without Rage Against the Machine! But you can’t have a bass list without Timmy C from Rage Against the Machine. This album has so many high points for a 4 string player it’s a masterclass in different techniques. From the start of “Bombtrack” with the staccato finger playing to the slap bass from “Take The Power Back” (sorry about more slap bass.) This album should be taught to every bass player! I chose “Know Your Enemy” because the bass line has such a groove and swagger in the intro and then it just switches back on itself into a walking bass line for the verse with such ease. The album is full of musicianship like this, from start to finish not only is it a great record but exceptional bass record.
So i’ve missed out a lot of other great records for bass, I know but I made a decision to only choose five so you guys could comment and let me know more. Maybe you found some records that had passed you by and this makes you check them out. Leave in the comments your recommendations and I will check them out!
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A lot of people ask me what kind of work goes into acquiring
new sponsorships from guitarists. They assume that I have to be very proactive
in order to nail down endorsements. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Most
of the time I have the pleasure of being reactive to endorsement requests. I
rely on a network of managers, touring crew members, and even guitarists who
introduce me to other guitarists. Sometimes it’s just a complete coincidence.
Here are four examples of how Artist Relations is all about
who you know and timing.
Glenn Hughes is one of the last true rock stars left on the planet. He oozes confidence and screams, “look at me!” It was at NAMM about 6 years ago when I first met him. Our Managing Director at the time saw Glenn walking the aisle and begged him to come into our demo room to test out some amps. Glenn came in to the room, plugged into the AD200B, started playing, stopped, put the bass back on the wall, and then looked at all of us and said “that’s the tone I’ve been trying to find for 40 years.” His mouth was literally agape.
Ever since then Glenn has been one of Orange’s biggest cheerleaders. If you’ve ever seen him live you understand why. His current rig consists of the AD200B, OBC810 and OBC115 cabs.
You’d think getting Geddy Lee on board would be a huge
undertaking. He is, after all, arguably the most important bass player of an
entire generation. When he gives his endorsement of a product you’re basically
guaranteed an increase in sales. This was true for us as well. Within a year of
putting out the infamous “Geddy sitting on his amp” picture we saw a nearly 75%
uptick in bass profits.
However, it wasn’t hard to get Geddy to endorse the AD200B and OBC410 cab. In fact, believe it or not, Slipknot ended up doing all of the work. When Rush was in the studio writing 2012’s ‘Clockwork Angels’ they happened to be recording next to Slipknot. Geddy heard Paul Gray through the wall and sent his tech over to find out which amp he was using. Paul didn’t even endorse our products at the time. I had simply sent some extra gear up to Nashville for the band to try out. Within the hour I was on the phone with Geddy’s tech, Skully, coordinating the logistics of getting Geddy his new bass gear.
Even though Orange made up about 1/3 of Geddy’s stage tone
(we were the overdriven, high gain portion) it was an endorsement that put us
on the radar of a completely new demographic, and one that solidified our
presence in the bass market.
Orange’s Technical Director, Ade Emsley, is an Iron Maiden
super-fan. I’m not sure exactly how, but through some connection he maintained
with the band’s management he was able to secure the opportunity to remaster
Iron Maiden’s entire discography for release on iTunes. Yep, he’s not just an
amp wizard; he can also master the shit out of a record.
Knowing that Steve Harris was looking to change things up with regards to his stage gear, Ade set out to design an amp based on Steve’s needs. The result was the (now discontinued) 4 Stroke 300, our first ever rackmountable bass amp featuring a 4 band parametric EQ. Steve loved it and has used it ever since for both Maiden and British Lion touring.
I’ll never forget when I was in London visiting our HQ and
Cliff Cooper, Orange’s Founder and CEO, took me aside to let me know that
Steve’s tech would be coming to the office shortly. Cliff had just returned from
one of his many warehouses with four vintage Orange speaker cabinets that he
had been hoarding away since the 70’s. They were brand new, in the box, never
opened front-loaded 412 cabs with the original Eminence speakers in them. If I
had to blindly assign a value to them I’d guess somewhere in the range of
$8000. These were the only cabinets that Steve wanted and Cliff didn’t give it
a second thought.
Some of the best endorsements I’ve ever secured have been
through tour managers, production crew, and guitar techs. John McVie is no
exception. A few years ago Drew Foppe, one of the best techs on the road today,
sent me an email explaining that John was interested in learning more about
Orange. See, back in the 70’s, John was actually friends with Orange’s owner,
Cliff Cooper. Over the years, they’d grown apart though. Now was my chance to
rekindle their relationship.
I flew out to Los Angeles because Fleetwood Mac was playing
The Forum in Inglewood. I’d get only about 20 minutes with John during
soundcheck, so I went ahead and sent out multiple bass amps and speaker cabs to
ensure no stone was left unturned. When I arrived, I was ushered into the venue
and told to wait by a small tent that had been erected side stage. John came
out and introduced himself, then took me into the tent, which I soon realized
was set up purely for John to smoke cigarettes before and during the band’s
set. There were two little chairs, some art on the walls (marine aesthetic),
and a vintage floor ashtray. In that tent we discussed Orange and how he was
trying to move back to LA from Hawaii “because general contractors on the
islands never do a good job the first time.” Considering any building in LA is
strictly no smoking, I thought it was an extremely “rock star move” that he was
allowed to do so without any restrictions.
Afterwards we went up on stage and John tested out the AD200B. It wasn’t for him though, so we moved on to the Terror Bass. When he plugged that amp in the tone hit him like a lightning bolt. He immediately requested four of them to pair with multiple OBC410 and OBC115 cabs and the rest is history.
I do want to mention something I found interesting though:
Mick Fleetwood has heaters blowing air at him while he’s playing live. Yes, you
read that correctly. Mick Fleetwood, despite playing a nearly three hour set,
was so cold on stage that he needed hot air blowing on him. It’s something I
just can’t get over.
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