The ultra-compact Micro Dark valve hybrid head builds on Orange's acclaimed Dark Terror and Dual Terror amps to give you that unsurpassed Orange tone in an incredibly small hybrid package. With 20-watts of power and tons of gain on tap, the Micro Dark is the ultimate amp for hard rockers and metal players looking for a small practice or studio amp that doesn't sacrifice tone or performance. Although the Micro Dark is voiced to satisfy even the most discerning devotees of distortion, it delivers a nice clean tone as well.
The Micro Dark also features Orange's intuitive Shape control along with an all-new 12AX7-driven high-gain preamp section to offer an array of screaming over-the-top tones that you normally wouldn't expect from such a small amp. Just like its big brothers, this tiny beast sports smoky black chassis and a no-nonsense 3-knob control layout that disguises this amps surprising versatility. Other premium features include a headphone jack with Orange's unique CabSim circuitry and a fully buffered effects loop. Pair the Micro Dark up with the optional PPC108 cab and you've got yourself the perfect rehearsal rig. Plug into a larger cabinet and the Micro Dark might be your new amp of choice for recording 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 solid state output section puts out 20 Watts and can be can be paired with any 8 or 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 an aggressive 'smiley face' EQ is easily achieved in the fully clockwise position, whilst turning fully anticlockwise 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 Orange's Crush Series amps, the headphone output includes their CabSim circuitry which faithfully emulates the sound of a mic'd Orange 4x12" 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.