I picked up an Orange Micro Dark at my local Sam Ash yesterday after being blown away by it's tone. One of the salesman, who I am buddies with, informed me that other salesmen had not been impressed by this tiny beast. Having owned a Micro Terror for a while now, knew exactly why they had not been happy with its tone. They had been playing through the stock 1x6 cabinet that amp comes with. Obviously Orange was not trying to create a great sounding cabinet using a 1x6 cabinet, but rather something that is portable, like the amp itself.
So I set up the Micro Dark on an Orange ppc 2x12 open back cabinet, putting an EHX Cathedral reverb through the FX loop (yes thats right this amp about the size of my iPhone 5 has an FX loop) and let it rip. I couldn't help but laugh because the tones I was getting out of the Micro Dark stopped everyone in the store in their tracks and they came running to see what it was.
This amp sounds nasty. It has awesome bite with a start and snarls like a Rottweiler with a Les Paul. Whats extremely nice is Orange designed this amp with 4 different gain stages. So you can put the gain knob wherever you want and still expect to get great tones out of it. This is a nice feature since the Micro Terror has a few dead spots that don't sound too organic.
This amp is tube hybrid, but is extremely convincing when it comes to tube tone. It has one 12AX7 in the preamp section and the power amp is solid state. The entire head is 20 watts but is way louder than you expect. Another nice feature is it can power normal size cabs, like a 2x12 and 4x12. I will definitely use this amp for practice so I don't have to risk moving my Rocker 30 and dinging its tolex. The Micro Dark also has a line out for headphone or whatever else you'd like to line out, and it supposedly emulates a 4x12 cab, but I have yet to try it. For $189+tax this little thing was well worth my money.
Absolutely amazing little device; and I use the term "little" very loosely. The power, sound, and overall tone character coming from this thing is anything but little. This is definitely one of those instances where great things come in small packages. From squeaky clean and bright to serious crunch, and everything in between, this thing ain't just a one-trick pony. The tone shape knob is probably one of the most clever controls ever. Some of the cleanest clean tones I've ever heard, and the gain...ohhh...the gain...face melting gain, but still provides amazing articulation even at the highest gain settings. The FX loop is a great feature as well. Works with 8 ohm-16 ohm speakers, and definitely has enough power to rock a 4X12. This thing should be called the Micro Beast! Don't take my word for it, pick one up and check it out!
overall great amp head. best Head that $189 can buy. dont underestimate its size, its very loud with a 4x12 or even 2x12 cab. great for gainy crunchy tones and cleans up very nicely.
This amp is the best amp you can buy for the money in my book - IF you have a speaker cabinet hanging around. There enough range for cleans, crunch and high gain stuff, and it can even cut a rehersal. I wouldnt try to gig with it, especially if you need loud clean sounds. But for a bedroom, garage situation - the orange micro dark has you covered.
"From 'clean' to 'Kerry King' with just the turn of one knob" is how I described this diminutive head to a friend. OK, so maybe that isn't completely accurate, but for the price, you absolutely cannot beat what this little powerhouse can do. I am currently running this head through the matching 1x8 Orange cabinet, but I hope to soon purchase the Orange 2x12 cabinet and run it through its paces. It's a steal for under $200, and with the additions of the cabinet simulator in the headphone jack, as well as a fully functioning effects loop, there really is no better, no more portable, and no more powerful practice/gigging unit. Thoroughly impressed.
This is my first guitar head and it sounds great. I watched a lot of online videos about it and decided I wanted to get it as my first head. This thing sounds killer and has the bonus of having an effects loop while being affordable.
Dont be fooled by the size of this thing, if you plug it into a big enough cab, you get MASSIVE sound from this small amp, especially if you go through the FX loop return, and use a volume pedal to limit your volume or by using a larger cabinet
This small amp puts out 20w of solid state power with a 12AX7 tube in the pre amp. As small as it is, this thing gets loud when put through a 2x12. It has more gain than anyone would ever need. I found the sweet spot to be volume (10 o clock), shape (11 o clock), and gain (just a hair behind noon). This setting is probably quieter than what would be required for rehearsal or gigging, but tonally, it's very suiting. It has some breakup with the guitar volume gunned. I've paired it with my boss blues driver with the setting pretty much all set at noon and it gets some cool Marshall-ish tones. The effects loop is the reason why I got the micro dark rather than the white micro terror. I've run the effects send into the effects return of my Bugera V22, which results in a full tube amp. The tone comes from the Orange and the power comes from the Bugera. This also sounds great. I've done the same technique using my Behringer bass amp and it sounds better than plugging straight into it. The one issue I've found doing this was it's tough to get a clean bass tone. Overall, this head is awesome as is and takes pedals well. Paired with a 2x12 or 4x12, it's definitely up to the task of gigging.
I fail to understand the negative reviews of this for outlandish reasons. Of course it is not a good country amp. The clean sounds can be thin, or early to break. Yep. And if you bought it for those reasons your are stupid and unfit for reviews. It rocks. It rocks even for 2x the money. I run it through a 1x8 and it is a fun practice amp with a better sound than my solid state practice amp. I also run it a 2x12 and it is just what I want -- a fracking awesome amp. Great gain sound, less mid range honk than other oranges. When I push a TS (well, I prefer the OT-OD but that is crazy man) and it is a tight beast with fantastic responsive. Go buy it.
The MDT is the higher gain version of the Micro Terror. The MDT has an FX loop, which is very helpful for reverbs and delays. I thall many 0s on this on a near daily basis.
This little tube amp is just something I bought to have something to get me through the next 7 months, or til I buy the next amp witch I'm looking into now. Anyway's this little tube amp with a tiny 8inch speaker it came with is sick. If your looking for something small that packs a hell of a punch, & is full of all those 1 of a kind Orange tones. Then this is what your looking for.
I play this amp for four months now and i fell in love with it. It sounds awesome distorted and has a solid clean. I got myself an eq-pedal just for more versatility, but with the shape knob you get a lot of sound. And the effects loop is just great, i mean in this litte amp!