But I don't have the funds to indulge in a new amp right now, so what is a guy like me who loves Orange amps to do to scratch that itch?
The answer is to hop on AmpliTube's Custom Shop and buy any of the eight Orange amps they have for about $20.00 each and then buy the added things like cabs, or you could pony up $99.99 and get everything at once for less money. If you're hesitant about separating yourself from your money, you can even try out the goods for 72 hours before deciding whether to purchase it or not - a rarity that every musician should appreciate.
The amps that I used in my sound samples below are the:
and the Tiny Terror
Anyone familiar with the Terror series is probably familiar with the fact that the Dual Terror is a Tiny Terror with an additional channel (called Fat) that I think reigns supreme this side of $1,000.00, so you may be curious why they have both amps. The Dual Terror is modeled after a stock Dual Terror while the Tiny Terror is modeled after a hand-wired UK version that goes for about $1,000.00 here in the States (a normal one goes for $600.00). They do sound different (and if you've been reading this blog and listening to the sound samples, you're already very familiar with the Tiny Terror as I use it almost exclusively to record samples for gear).
Personally, I think it's nice to have the option of both sounds being represented and the fat Channel on the Dual Terror is still awesome!
What about the other amps though? Well, they're killer. They each have their own identity and you can hear as you start playing around that this amp would be best for this kind of tone, and this amp that kind of tone. There is some bleed-over where different amps could certainly be used for the same general tone, but if you put them together on two different tracks it would help create some differences, subtle though they may be.
I love the collection. I've wanted a Rockerverb ever since I saw Jim Root use one, and it's as gain-filled as ever with no preset remotely labeled "clean." It can do clean, but you can look at the presets and see where they were aiming with this amp and it was to take off heads, not really serenade.
Making sound samples is tough. I didn't want to add anything more than a guitar and the amp sim, but even then, we all know amps are amps and knob positions matter. So to alleviate any confusion about where the knobs were specifically set, I went through and recorded sound samples using the presets and adjusting nothing other than my guitar's pickups.
I used a Flatline Delta 90 in the neck position for the clean samples, and the middle position for the crunchy. The crunchy samples by no means represent the maximum level of dirt the amps are willing to dish out, but just a good level of crunch as presented by the presets.
Should you buy the Orange collection? Of course. The amps are killer, the knob counts are low so they're easy to work with, the presets sound great and make for great bases to tweak to your own satisfaction, and they're cheap enough to collect them all.
But if you don't believe me, then by all means, download them to try out and see for yourself. You'll get 72 hours to think about how to tell me I was right all along.
The real question here isn't SHOULD you buy these (you should), but WHICH ONES should you buy? Again, try them out and see which ones you like the most. Personally, I could see using every one of them in certain situations, and I'm glad I have them all, but maybe you're only looking for certain ones.
If that's the case, buy them separately, but if you have even an inkling that you would eventually like them all, just save up your hundred bucks and buy them all at once so you can save yourself a ton of money.
For more information, or to download the Custom Shop or AmpliTube for free, be sure to visit IK Multimedia's website.
*IK Multimedia supplied me with the Orange collection for review purposes.*