Orange Micro Dark 20 watt Amplifier Head
Building on the overwhelming success of the acclaimed Dark Terror and Dual Dark amps, Orange Amps have distilled thousands of customer demands into a pint-sized valve hybrid head – the Micro Dark.
- Single channel valve/solid state hybrid amp head
- High gain preamp with a single 12AX7/ECC83 valve
- Shape control
- Fully buffered effects loop
- cabsim-loaded headphone output
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The Micro Dark shares the same intuitive Shape control combined with a new 12AX7-driven high gain preamp section which yields 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 disguises 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 pallette 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 the 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!
Valve/Solid State Hybrid Design
The Micro Dark sports a new high gain circuit which blends valve and solid state technology. The preamp uses single 12AX7/ECC83 valve and produces a huge range of usable tones with warm cleans, smooth overdrive and fat, singing distortion. Its robustly designed solid state output section means the Micro Dark can be paired with any 8-16 Ohm cabinet.
The 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 anti clockwise 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 to its absolute peak.
CabSim Headphone Output
A popular feature on the Crush Series amps, the headphone output includes Orange's CabSim circuitry which faithfully emulates the sound of a mic'd Orange 4×12 cabinet loaded with their 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.
Orange Micro Dark Specifications
Controls (right to left): Gain, shape, volume
Finish: Matte black high tensile steel
Output power: 20 watts max.
Speaker output: 1 x 8-16 ohm cabinet, rated at 20 watts or greater
Dimensions (W x H x D): 16.5 × 13.5 x 9.5 cm / 6.50 x 5.31 x 3.74 inches
Weight: 0.78 kg / 1.72bs