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Orange Amplification is proud to launch the Terror Stamp, probably the most portable class A/B, 20 Watt amp ever. It is a pocket sized powerhouse, packing all the punch of the miniscule Micro Terror and Micro Dark into a small pedal format. Masses of Terror tone at the stamp of your foot

The tiny Terror Stamp floor amp can fit on a pedal board and is packed with features including 8/16Ohm Speaker Output, Fully-buffered FX Loop, CabSim/Headphone Output, Shape Control and Foot Switchable Master Volume. Its diminutive, robust case measures only measures 6.1 x 13.4 x 9.9cm (2.4 x 5.4 x 3.9in) and weighs 0.38Kg (0.84lb). A minute amp with a massive sound and a tiny stage footprint that fits neatly in a coat pocket!

The amp’s hybrid valve / solid state design offers guitarists the best of both worlds. The ECC83 valve based preamp has all the harmonics, dynamics and feel expected from a full size Orange amp and offers crystal clean tones through to thunderingly high gain. By combining this with a 20W Class AB Solid State power amp, Orange has succeeded in creating a devilishly small, dependable amp which sounds great at any volume, and can even be used to power a 4×12 cab.

With the Terror Stamp, Orange continue to prove that the biggest sounds can come from the tiniest packages. Typical Orange simplicity, with that unmistakable Orange British tone.

A commanding VMan from Slipknot summons a complete performance from Orange Amplification’s 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 new Bass Butler can do most things –  except get pasta from the Amalfi coast or find the beer! No hand bell required!

The compact 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.

Your awesome tone has arrived, Sir.

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.

500 Watts in a tiny package

Orange Amplification is delighted to introduce the Little Bass Thing. A straightforward, lightweight bass amp, designed with the modern bass player in mind. The amp is 500W’s of Class D muscle, combined with a powerful, solid state pre-amp, packed snugly into a diminutive 3KG package. This tiny toolbox amplifier delivers maximum tone with minimum fuss.

The Little Bass Thing features a sweep-able parametric mid control for simple and effective EQ. This is augmented by carefully chosen bass and treble frequencies combined with 15dB of boost to ensure the ultimate bass sound can be dialed in accurately and quickly. With this powerhouse of an amp, bass players can easily add the finishing touches to their sound with simple, engineered precision characteristic of all Orange Amps.

The amp’s built-in Class A Optical Compression circuit, can be controlled by a foot switch (sold separately) or from the front panel. This single dial has a unique sidechain and a response that has been optimized for a bass guitar. It gives the Little Bass Thing excellent dynamic control and a warm, classic feel at subtle or extreme settings. The Class A Optical Compression circuit is a neutrally voiced pre-amp with precise EQ.

The Little Bass Thing also features a buffered FX Loop and studio-quality, balanced D.I. output with a Ground Lift switch to help remove any ground loop issues. There is also a 6dB input pad switch for active basses and hot pickups.

Bass players seeking a small, simple rig without compromising on sound or volume need to take a look at the Little Bass Thing. The best things come in small packages.

Check it out at the Orange Amplification booth #4644, Hall D where all the other Orange products can also be seen.

Who’s Awesome? You Are!

As you’re all aware, we said goodbye to the Orange Forum at the end of November after more than 15 years.

This post is perhaps a little different from others you may have seen from Orange over the years – this post is specifically addressed to you, the forum community.
The success of the forum was all down to you guys, our contributors who took the time out of their days to give us both their knowledge and their love of this wonderful thing we all share – Music.
We weren’t precious about the forum, we never really thought of it as ours – it was yours and we as employees of Orange rarely had anything to do with moderating – we didn’t need to, it was a place where respect was shown to users of all sorts of amps and discussions were largely carried out with courtesy for the opinions of others. Not that you lot were a bunch of angels but you get the point. It made our lives easy as we could let you guys get on with the business of enjoying talking with each other.

This would be a very long and excruciatingly boring post if we were to list every person who has given their time to the forum over the years and we wouldn’t like to single any people out as every contribution was equally valuable and appreciated but there was a hardcore of regular contributors who really made things come alive. You know who you are and so do we! You guys are awesome!

The forum will stay where it is as a resource for now and we do encourage all of you to join in on our social media channels. Your expertise is always valued.
All that remains to say is, to all you Tiny Terrors, Rockers, Experts, Masters and Dukes of Orange – Thank you. Genuinely – Thank you.

Mary Spender

Orange Amplification Launches First Accredited Online Rock Guitar Courses

Orange Amplification is proud to launch its Rock Guitar Courses which enables students to take the first accredited online guitar exams in the world to grade 8.

The courses are split into three stages, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced which are equivalent to grades 1 to 8. Lessons are fun to learn with downloadable course materials, offering new and returning guitarists the skills and knowledge necessary to pass a qualification. Start the FREE 30 DAY TRIAL today here.

Students can choose the way of studying that suits them best; on their own, with a teacher or via the website with guided video instructions. The easy to follow lessons can be accessed by either a monthly subscription to all 3 courses or a one-off payment which gives entry to the preferred course. YouTuber Mary Spender explains more in this video.

The downloadable course materials and online lessons have been developed by a team of qualified guitarists and teachers. Included are a plethora of resources including audio backing tracks and tests specifically selected to reflect different music tastes and support varying skill levels.

All of the Orange Learn courses link into their respective online guitar exam provided by Online Music Exams. Students will only need to take 3 exams to reach grade 8 giving them a huge saving in costs and time. Courses and exams can be taken anytime and from anywhere, further reducing costs and increasing their educational prospects. Online Music Exams put students and teachers totally in control of their own timetable for learning. Orange recognises the need to reduce the costs of learning for all musicians to improve their chances of gaining qualifications for a future career and are proud to have pioneered this project. Orange has spent over five decades encouraging people to take up the guitar and to show the benefits derived from playing an instrument. The new accredited Online Rock Guitar Courses give an added incentive to would-be guitarists to receive qualifications on the instrument they love. To find out more go to https://orangeamps.com/learn/

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Your Favourite Amp Manufacturer And More

The Orange Beach Buggy c1970

Everything you ever wanted to know about Orange Amplification which started in September 1968 and its unique heritage is now available on the newly launched https://orangeamps.com/history page.

Explore the company’s rich and colourful fifty year history with an interactive timeline that takes readers through Oranges successes, achievements and milestone events. The vibrant, candid and engaging articles combine with archive images to bring the whole company history to life.

Did you know that in the beginning Orange started a successful record label, opened a shop, built Orange  recording studios, Orange publishing, Orange Hire and Orange Booking Agency? They even made Beach Buggies, one of which they kept and used for promotional purposes. Fascinating facts about all these activities and more are detailed in the Orange History alongside vintage pictures which really give a feel of the exciting times in which Orange was born.

For sound aficionados the Orange History offers loads of interesting information about how the distinctive Orange sound was shaped and developed in 1969, including how a Harley Street hearing specialist solved a mystery!

During the early years many famous musicians would visit and hang out in the Orange Shop, and many used Orange amps and speakers. The Orange History is packed with charming snippets and rarely seen images of the who’s who of rock and roll including rare pictures of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zapper, Paul Kosoff and loads more.

Over the decades the brand has seen the launch of many new, innovative and revolutionary products and has grown exponentially into a global amplification company, receiving many awards and accolades, including a record three Queens Awards for Export and Innovation. The company’s many achievements are listed chronologically on the Orange History page giving an insight into its continuing success.

The new page makes for intriguing reading, not least because it clearly illustrates the company’s forward looking perspective and the use of ‘future’ technology. CEO and Founder, Cliff Cooper’s favorite mantra has always been  ‘what’s new and what’s next?’. The Orange brand will always be about the sound of the sound, high quality products with durability and its successes continuing to point the way ahead.