"When you get an electric shock like that, it throws your heart into V-Fib!"
The legendary Orange amplifier designer, Ade Emsley sat down and answered 17 of our most burning questions about Orange Amps.
We find out which amp is Ade Emsley's favourite of all time, which artists he's been most proud to see using Orange amps and that time he stopped his heart by getting electrocuted when building an amplifier. Plus many more amp hacks, ideal tone sweet spots for your amps and more cool stuff from the father of the Orange Tiny Terror, AD series and more.
0:10 What amps are you most proud of?
0:42 Favourite artists you've seen using Orange amps?
1:09 How do you manage to come up with consistently cool stuff?
1:50 How do you feel about bands going samples?
2:43 Valve or solid state? Where is it for you?
3:27 Worst accident you've had when making an amp?
4:25 Amp you regret designing?
5:00 Amp you regret discontinuing?
5:27 Can you share some sweet spots on some of your favourite amps Rockerverb sweet spots and ideal settings, Tiny Terror optimal settings and sweet spots
6:40 Any hidden features in amps? Any amp hacks? Using send and return to get stereo reverb
7:55 Any artists you'd love to have Orange amps?
9:00 Is there an amp you want to bring back into production?
10:00 Tone tips for Orange pedals?
11:33 Favourite Orange pedal?
12:37 Favourite Gain settings on Orange amps for Blues, Rock & Metal?
13:35 Are you in a band Ade? Can we see you live?
14:16 Best use of Orange amps you've ever seen?
For those who don't know, first of all you should be ashamed! Ade is Orange Amplification’s lead amp designer and Technical Director. He is basically the reason so many of your favourite bands sound so good, as the Orange amps and pedals he has designed have left a seriously awesome mark on the music scene.
Ade joined Orange in 1998 and has been responsible for designing almost all the cool amps you've seen come out of the Orange factory since then. His most notable achievement for Orange is probably the Tiny Terror, which is now considered one of the most important amps of all time. This small, yet powerful amplifier head caused the entire “lunchbox amp” craze and is still classed as one of the best amps ever made.
Since joining Orange in ’98, Ade has been responsible for designing the most popular amplifiers Orange have ever produced including the AD, Rockerverb MKI and MKII, Thunderverb, OR, Dual Dark, and TH series. Chances are you've got a record that was recorded using an amplifier Ade Emsley has designed.