20-watt Solid State Guitar Ampo Head with FX Loop and Valve Preamp
- 20-watt hybrid amplifier head geared toward metal tones
- Hybrid tube preamp and solid state power amp push 20 watts of power
- Shape and gain controls go from country cleans to savage high gain
- The amp is less than 3 lbs. and only 5.31″ tall
- 20 watts is plenty for practice, rehearsals, and some gigs
- Straight-forward control layout
The Micro Dark is the latest in small and portable amps to come out of Orange. They originally launched their Micro Terror a few years ago which proved that a small hybrid amplifier can deliver some great rehearsal and gigging tones. Even with its small size it still managed to beat out a lot of other amps in its class.
Building on the overwhelming success of Orange’s r acclaimed Dark Terror and Dual Dark amps, they’ve now distilled thousands of customer demands into a pint-sized valve hybrid head – the Micro Dark.
The Micro Dark shares the same intuitive Shape control combined with a new ECC83 (12AX7)-driven high gain preamp section, yielding screaming dirty tones that make a mockery of its miniature frame. Like its bigger brothers, however, the Micro Dark’s smoky black chassis and simple layout actually disguise its cunning versatility.
Of course, there’s plenty of gain on tap to satisfy even the most discerning devotee of distortion, but this little beast is by no means just a one-trick Metal monster! Beneath the menacing exterior you’ll find a rich and diverse palette of classy and confident tones. From squeaky clean to brash and mean – whatever your style – you’re gonna love this thing.
Other features include a transparent, fully-buffered effects loop and a headphone output with our popular CabSim circuitry. With the optional PPC108 cabinet, the Micro is an ideal practice rig… Plug into something a little larger, though, and you might find your new secret weapon in the studio!
Hybrid Valve/Solid State Design
The Micro Dark sports a new high gain circuit which blends valve and solid state technology. The preamp uses a single ECC83 (12AX7) valve and produces a huge range of usable tones with warm cleans, smooth overdrive and immense, crushing distortion. Its robustly designed solid state output section means the Micro Dark can be paired with any 8-16 Ohm cabinet.
Orange’s exclusive Shape control varies the midrange response whilst interacting with the bass and treble. Working from the 12 o’clock position, a subtle nudge to the left adds more midrange and smooths the highs. A clockwise notch or two reduces the mids and brightens the tone.
At the extremes the Shape’s effect becomes even more pronounced, especially as you begin to push the Gain control. A scooped, thrashy voicing with a ‘smiley face’ EQ is easily achieved in the fully clockwise position, whilst turning fully anticlockwise aggressively boosts the mids, for a more ‘classic’ bark.
Buffered Effects Loop
The Micro Dark’s fully buffered, low impedance loop allows for any number of effects and cables to be patched in without sacrificing tone. It’s incredibly transparent, meaning your pedal arsenal will perform at its absolute peak.
Cabinet Simulation Headphone Output
A popular feature on Orange Crush Series amps, the headphone output includes our CabSim circuitry which faithfully emulates the sound of a mic’d Orange 4×12″ cabinet loaded with Orange’s flagship Voice of the World speakers. Use headphones for silent practice or connect to a mixer/recording console to capture huge, authentic Orange tones in the studio.
- Type: Hybrid
- Number of Channels: 1
- Total Power: 20W
- Preamp Tubes: 12AX7
- EQ: Shape tone control
- Inputs: 1 x 1/4″
- Outputs: 1 x 1/4″ (8 ohm)
- Headphones: 1 x 1/4″
- Effects Loop: Yes
- Power Supply: 15V DC power supply
- Power Source: 15V DC power supply
- Height: 5.31″
- Width: 6.5″
- Depth: 3.74″
- Weight: 1.72 lbs.
- Manufacturer Part Number: Micro Dark