Since the best way to start a Monday is with a review of sweet unreleased new gear, we’re taking a look at Orange Amplification’s Dual Dark Amplifier. It straddles a nice gap between what a lot of people think of as the “classic” Orange sound (similar to a Rockerverb, which I in a fit of nervousness referred to as a “Rocketverb”) and the more aggressive tones of the company’s Dark Terror amp. But a picture is worth a thousand words, and our video is 30 pictures per second, so watch below for something infinitely more valuable than anything I could type here.


As a bonus, here’s a video we filmed at NAMM. It’s Kurt Ballou playing (better than I do) through a Dual Dark, using one of his new God City Instruments guitars.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • The sound in the first vid is dreadful. Hard to judge in the second with Kurt Ballou.

  • i enjoyed the first videos clean channels not so sure about that distortion though, kinda of a weird soft grainy sound.

  • Nice. (video, amp not so much) Next time it would be cool if you had a quick graphic come up for EQ/knob settings instead of explaining it; it’d save a little time and I think it would look pretty slick.

  • this sounds awful.

  • not so great.

  • I don’t think the speaker selection in the first vid does the amp any justice. Greenback 25s aren’t really voiced for high gain metal.

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