Orange Amps, 1 Electric Guitar Power Amplifier, Black (Micro Dark)
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- Power: 20Watt (hybrid)
- Tube: one 12AX7 (preamp)
- Controls: Gain, shape, volume
- Impedance: 8 16 ohms
- Headphone out with CabSim circuit
- Carrying handle
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Micro Dark 20W Tube Hybrid Amp Head. After much player demand, Orange is building on both its diminutive Micro series and high-gain Dark series with the aptly named Micro Dark. It has more gain than the original Micro Terror, and it's smaller than the Dark Terror, an awesomely potent combination. This 20W hybrid head comes loaded with a single 12AX7 preamp tube for authentic tube overdrive, paired with a bullet-proof solid-state power section and stuck in a package that can fit in the glove box of a car. The end result is a deceptively loud head that's bursting forth with high-gain Orange tone. The controls are simple as can be. With just three knobs - volume, shape and gain - it's unbelievely easy to dial in your tone. The shape control varies the midrange response along with the bass and treble, so rotating it to the left will add mids and smooth the highs, while a twist right will reduce the mids and brighten the tone. And one twist of the gain knob will show that, despite its adorable stature, this thing is no novelty. It cranks out serious, high-gain, face-melting tone at volumes that'll leave you shocked. Further building on the outstanding Micro platform, the Micro Dark comes equipped with a transparent, fully buffered FX loop, so you can use your favorite pedals with ease. Using the built-in CabSim headphone output - which simulates a 4x12" cab output through headphones or as a direct out - or the optional PPC108 1x8" cab, The Micro Dark is an ideal practice rig. But if you dare to plug it into a full-sized cab, it can turn into a mighty studio weapon.
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2-week update: I didn't know that perfection could be improved, but that sweet spot in the gain is made a whole lot sweeter with a $30 Stax dumbler pedal at the input with tone around 12 and gain around 11.
For only 200 bucks you would be a fool not to buy it.
Only setback is that it doesn't have reverb, but I bought the dark simply because it has an effects loop, and I plan on using that for the reverb.
Simply put, BUY THIS AMP!!
Overall, it’s a great bang for your buck.
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I bought an Orange Tiny Terror last year and was fairly impressed with the the tone both through the Micro Terror Speaker and through the speaker simulated headphone output.
The Dark Terror came out and I was impressed with the reviews on YouTube so decided to take a blind punt and ordered one online without testing it myself. I'm really happy I did. It's the best small amplifier I've ever played through and captures 'that tone' I've been looking for for years. It sounds fantastic with single coil or humbucker equipped guitars. You can back off the gain and dial in classic rock and blues rock tones that sound fantastic. With the gain cranked you can go from Alice in Chains to Metallica via early Black Sabbath with ease, tones I've never been able to achieve with smaller amplifiers (I've yet to find a fully solid state amp with a decent crunch tone that doesn't sound synthetic).
The only gripes I have with the dark terror are A) The proximity of the gain knob to the guitar input jack. B) The lack of CD / MP3 input that was on the micro terror...id have forfeited the buffered effects loop on the dark terror for an auxiliary input like the micro terror's. I wouldn't dock a star off the rating for these minor issues.
The distortion/gain tone was a different voice to the Micro Terror and just didn't sound nice. The dynamics were there with the pre-amp tube, but it still needed a boost with an OD pedal.
The fx loop allowed a reverb pedal to mix which was great compared to the Micro Terror, but the Headphone/Emulated out sounded terrible, fizzy, thin etc. No idea where they get the Orange 4x12 emulation, I didn't hear it.
If only Orange had improved the Micro Terror with an fx-loop, more gain and a better headphone out for practice, that would have been fab, it's what I thought the Micro Dark was going to be, but it sadly wasn't - shame and a missed opportunity.
This is exactly what I have ended up with with the Micro Dark and a whole lot more. It sounds fantastic with the 1x8 cab that Orange also make which is what you would expect. For a practice amp is is brilliant, I can set the sound similar to my Dual Dark and plug my pedals in the same way and get an almost identical sound.
The biggest surprise however has come when taking to a practice and plugging it into my 2x12 Orange cab. I expected it to be loud but it is far louder than expected by a long way.
I play in a heavy rock band with a drummer, bass, keyboard and vocals and it was easily loud enough to be heard over everything. In fact I started with the volume set half way and gain at about 2 o'clock and had to turn down to about 10 o'clock on the volume. This is a surprisingly loud amp for its size and sounds fantastic.
With the gain set to the 2 o'clock mark backing the volume of the guitar back about half way cleans the sound up nicely and with a drive or boost pedal in front it gives a great range of sounds from a pushed clean to a really saturated drive.
As for the fx loop it takes my chorus, reverb and delay pedals brilliantly and sounds great. Also having an fx loop on an amp this size and price is great and does offer a lot of options.
If I was to have anything negative to say it would be that it is lacking some of the warmth that a valve power amp section gives but it is marginal and side by side with the Dual Dark the sound is incredibly similar. So much so I am considering using this as my gigging amp purely because of its size.
UPDATE : This also makes a great `All Valve` pre amp to go into a `proper` poweramp ( Marshall 120/120 for example ) How ? just don`t connect a cab ( power amp section is solid state so not having a load should be fine ) but use the out from the FX S/R and there you have it, just the valved Preamp section and not expensive for a standalone pre amp either !
Having tested with the orange micro speaker this thing sounds great! Using the 'Shape' knob you can achieve a variety of tones opening the high end as you turn it towards the right, with the more 'tight' punchy sound coming from the left of the know. Gain can be introduced too. Naturally you need some degree of gain to hear the volume, but go beyond 0db and you get the classic distortion sounds - and good they are! I just wish I could play with this more in my small apartment sandwiched by neighbours! Recommended!