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Compromise.

It involves making a decision that you didn’t really want to take, but it seems like there is no other choice. So you take the best available option.

Compromising on amplifier design is something we don’t do very well with at Orange. That’s why all our amps are analogue, no digital or modeling. It means you’re starting with a baseline tone that feels natural, detailed and sweet sounding.

Analogue Amplifier Clarity

The type of amplifier can make a huge difference, from the chiming transparency of analogue solid-state gear to the woolly mid-range tones of an all valve amp. That has a big impact when using outboard gear like pedals and modeling processors. Adding layers of tone or effects can create truly unique sounds, but that’s not always what people want. That all comes at the front end.

Imagine it’s like making standard curry base. It doesn’t matter what type of curry you make with that mixture, without paying close attention to those first steps, you won’t get what you’d expect.

That’s why we created a range of new amps with a specific set of characteristics so you don’t need to compromise. You can have your cake and eat it.

The Crisp

The brand new Pedal Baby 100 is specifically designed to produce a truly transparent clean sound to run your pedal boards through. Weighing in at only 3kg it has all the mojo you’d expect from a Class A valve amp inspired design, but without that sterile frigidity you’d expect from a digital Class D amplifier.

The front end is Class A FET technology, while the power section is class A/B, providing a solid-state analogue output. That means you get back all the dynamics, punch and natural sound that are missing from modern power amps; neutral but still flattering.

Now as any touring musician will tell you, there’s nothing quite like the semi-inflated balloon feeling you get when you fly out to a show and realise your travel amp is underwhelming quiet onstage.

Unlike many of small Class D amps, the Pedal Baby 100 is bridged and that makes a big difference.

Most Marshall or Orange cabs are 16 ohm, which means in real terms the Pedal Baby 100 gives you around 70-watt clean power, and 100 watts at 8 ohms. Many Class D amps will only produce 1/4 of the marketed power at 16 ohms and half the power at 8 ohms.

The Clean

In the 1950’s technology opened up a whole new opportunity for musicians especially when it came to clean tones. Tremolo reached maturity by 1963, and from that point onwards hit after hit used the effect in new creative and musical ways.

TremLord 30 captures that era perfectly. A 30w all valve guitar combo using EL84 valves, which gives the amp a middy vintage warmth to the clean channel, not to mention the additional headroom for your outboard gear. On the output side, the headroom/bedroom setting allows you to reduce the volume so you can drive the amp into its sweet spot.

Already quite different tonally from the ultra-crisp Pedal Baby 100, the TremLord 30 also features a two-spring reverb tank adding masses of splashy, crashy flavour, adding to that timeless clean tone.

What makes the TremLord 30 unique from other products on the market is the tremolo itself. There are two footswitchable speeds, so no need to make on amp adjustments; it just takes a click of the pedal to go from a smooth tremolo to a choppy ‘Riders on the Storm’ type effect.

The biggest twist though is the FX loop is being on the power amp section, which means you can run your FX after the Tremolo, putting that unique sound into your modern setup.

The Creamy

The classic Orange Amplifier clean sound has always been synonymous with a warm mid-tone that sounds creamy and thick; oozing with pure class. It’s an aural homograph, redefining the word filthy. It’s that sound you don’t just hear but you feel, faithfully representing the harmonics as they move from fingertips through to your speaker driver. To some that might be classed as adding colour, yet that’s far from the truth.

Our flagship AD30 has two separate signal paths, the clean channel is voiced in the traditional classic Orange voice whereas the second channel has a tighter bottom end with more gain and a quicker attack, more suited to artists that prefer their pedals to do all the work. Additionally, the valve rectifier produces natural compression that is responsive to your playing style, the perfect all-rounder amp for country pickers through to indie artists.

Since 2004 the Rockerverb (and now Rocker 32 combo) has transformed the ‘high gain’ amplifier market. It was adopted in the droves by metalheads from across the globe, artists such as Slipknot, Fall Out Boy, Evanescence and Mastodon. However, the amp is not a one trick pony.

The Rocker range is that timeless classic: vintage meets modern. Now in its third generation, the MKIII is the bastard grandson of an inspired idea, and once which now features a clean channel with a ‘chimey’ response and increased headroom. Even with the changes, it still retains that classic Orange Amplifier mojo.

Rounding up

Whether you’re looking for something that’s pure simplicity, designed to offer a specific texture or you’re just wanting to deliver that classic clean tone, there’s no denying the gleeful nature of plugging your guitar straight into an Orange Amplifier.

We take a lot of care and consideration during the design phase, matching how people are using their gear; driving home new blends, creating modern classic tones people will talk about for years to come.

Orange is well known as being the go to amp for anyone who wants distortion. From British Crunch to total filth. What people don’t associate with Orange is a clean sound and let me tell you, Orange does clean pretty bloody well actually and has done since the very earliest days. Remember, “Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac? Recorded using Orange Amps.

Let’s take a hard and heavy amp such as the Rockerverb 100. Favoured by artists like Jim Root of Slipknot and Brian “Head” Welch of Korn, you may have the impression that it’s distortion only but nothing could be further from the truth. The clean channel has an extraordinary amount of headroom making it a perfect platform for FX pedals. If FX aren’t your thing and you want chimey, bell like clarity – we’ve got you covered. Orange Amps Technical Director, Ade Emsley who is an afficionado of tone has designed even our high gain amps so that they clean up beautifully on the dirty channel too.

Of course, there are all sorts of clean. Perhaps you’re more of an “Edge of Breakup” clean kind of player. Once again, there’s an amp for you in the AD30HTC. Do you need to shape your tone more? OK Check out the TH30. See where I’m going with this?

Let’s be honest, an Orange Amp is always going to sound like an Orange Amp and when it comes to crunch and distortion, may I with all due modesty say we’re pretty damned good at it but that doesn’t mean we’re a one trick pony amp company. 2019 has seen the launch of some of the most innovative products Orange has ever produced and guess what – they do clean spectacularly well! The Tremlord 30 is our take on a vintage amp of the 50’s and is so clean, you could eat your dinner off it, while the Pedalbaby 100…Well it’s a power amp. What else would it do?

There are many amps out there that do clean superbly well and are better known than Orange for doing so but the next time you’re thinking about an amp for your cleans, bear Orange in mind. You’ll probably be very pleasantly surprised.

For many of you Orange might be known as a stoner rock company, which, fair enough, is an easy assumption to make as we have quite a fair bit of heavy bands on our roster, and regularly share that picture, you know, THAT picture of Matt Pike with the stacks of amps across our Instagram. However, Orange is for everyone, and for example, in Japan, we’re known as a clean sounding company, now would ya believe it?! In the name of Orange and it’s diversity, let’s take a look at a few of our artists who are proudly sporting some clean Orange sound.

Tyler Bryant, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown

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Guitarist Tyler Bryant of Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown fell for the blues at an early age, and moved to Nashville at the age of 17 to make music. He has since proven himself as an incredible musician, and have toured or played with bands and artists such as Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Bonamassa and Guns ’N’ Roses. He’s released two albums and EPs with his band, and continues to tour and make music.

Graveyard, Truls Mörck

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Sweden’s Gothenburg has almost become a mecca for this whole 70s revival thing with bands such as Graveyard, Horisont and Witchcraft making names for themselves far away from their Nordic borders. Truls was originally the guitarist of the band, but left after their first record to focus on different things. However, low and behold, a few years back the band saw yet another change of lineup and was this time in the need of a bassist. Truls joined the band again, and have now been playing with them for the past two records “Innocence & Decacence” and 2018´s “Peace”. Truls wasn’t too familiar with Orange when rejoining the band, but as former bassist Rikard was an avid Orange user it seemed natural to give it a go. Having tried a few different amps such as Ampeg and Fender, he eventually decided on Orange as it seemed like the best fit for the kinda music they were playing. “They’re pretty straightforward without too many buttons, so it’s quite easy to get good sound.

Grateful Dead, Bob Weir

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Bob Weir, founding member of ICONIC hippie psychedelic peace and love loving pioneers the Grateful Dead and the original acid granddad. It all started on new year’s eve in 1963 when a sixteen year old Bob heard banjo music played from Dana Morgan’s Music Store while he was wandering the streets of Palo Alto looking for a club that would let him and his other underage friend in. Intrigued by the music they were hearing, they were lured in to the store where a young Jerry Garcia was sat playing. Bob and Jerry ended up spending the night playing music together, and decided to form a band, which later saw them at the front of a hippie revolution. In 1994 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to his time in Grateful Dead. He’s also played in various other bands such as Kingfish, Bobby and the Midnites, and RatDog, all while maintaining a solo career.

Bad Religion, Jay Bentley

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Jay Bentley is the bassist and one of the founding members of political Californian punk rock band Bad Religion, and have with the exception of a little break from ’83 to ’85 played with the bands since the formation in 1980. The band is known for their philosophical, social and politic lyrics and their vocal harmonies, and are considered to be one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all times, with more than five million albums sold worldwide. When not playing with Bad Religion, Jay has also been touring regularly with punk supergroup and cover band Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, filling in for bass for Fat Mike.

Temples, Tom Warmsley

Tom Warmsley of Temples

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Formed in Northamptonshire in 2012 Temples kind of just exploded into the UK music scene with their neo psychedelic and modern take on classic British pop rock. After the release of their debut album “Sun Structures” in 2014 you couldn’t leave the house without hearing the single “Shelter Song” played relentlessly on every corner, and the album charted at number seven in the UK. Bassist Tom Warmsley is an Orange ambassador, and has this to say about our amps: “Orange amplification is as strikingly integral, alien, gorgeous and mysterious as it was in 1968, a true transition period of British amplificiation. In every instance of footage, the amps look as psychedelic as the bands playing through them.”