Orange Micro Dark Terror Mini Guitar Amplifier Head (20 Watts)

This 20-watt Orange tube/solid-state hybrid amplifier is perfect for the bedroom shredder. Plug it into a big cab for a sound that's anything but "micro."

Building on the overwhelming success of the acclaimed Dark Terror and Dual Dark amps, Orange distilled thousands of customer demands into a pint-sized valve hybrid head -- the Micro Dark.

The Micro Dark shares the same intuitive Shape control combined with a new 12AX7-driven high gain preamp section which yields screaming dirty tones that make a mockery of its miniature frame. Like its bigger brothers, however, the Micro Dark's smoky black chassis and simple layout actually disguises its cunning versatility.

Of course, there's plenty of gain on tap to satisfy even the most discerning devotee of distortion, but this little beast is by no means just a one-trick Metal monster! Beneath the menacing exterior you'll find a rich and diverse palette of classy and confident tones. From squeaky clean to brash and mean -- whatever your style -- you're gonna love this thing.

Other features include a transparent fully buffered effects loop and a headphone output with Orange's popular CabSim circuitry. When with PPC108 cabinet, the Micro is an ideal practice rig...Plug into something a little larger, though, and you might find your new secret weapon in the studio!

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 robustly designed solid state output section means the Micro Dark can be paired with read more any 8-16 Ohm cabinet. Plus, it's so small you could lose it!

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 a 'smiley face' EQ is easily achieved in the fully clockwise position, whilst turning fully anti clockwise aggressively boosts the mids, for a more 'classic' bark.

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.

A popular feature on Orange's Crush Series amps, the headphone output includes our CabSim circuitry which faithfully emulates the sound of a mic'd Orange 412" cabinet loaded with the 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.

Hear how much of a punch the Orange Micro Dark packs in our exclusive video demo:


- Single-channel valve/solid-state hybrid amp head
- High-gain preamp
- Shape control
- Fully buffered effects loop
- Cabism-loaded headphone output
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- Controls (right to left): GAIN, SHAPE, VOLUME
- Finish: matte black high tensile steel
- Output Power: 20 Watts max
- Speaker Output: 1 X 8-16 OHM Cabinet, rated at 20 Watts or greater
- Dimensions (W X H X D): 6.50 x 5.31 x 3.74" (16.5 x 13.5 x 9.5cm)
- Weight: 1.72 lbs. (0.78 kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MICRO DARK
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MICRO DARK
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MICRO DARK
with Cabinet and Tuner
Shipping Weight: 11.75 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 404-303-8196

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (19 ratings)
Submitted March 19, 2016 by Kenny R in Miami, FL

"Monster tone, questionable size... Wizardry! "

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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For my first Orange Amp, I purchased the 'regular' Micro Terror, the white one. It treated me well and I had fantastic tone and options, the only thing it seemed to lack was just a tad bottom end. Although I mostly used it for effects like delays and reverbs and clean tones similar to Angels and Airwaves and punk overdrives like Sum 41. the Micro DARK, however... is a different beast. The shape feature on this amp is tremendous. I worked at a music store when we just got them in stock, and I just kind of blew them off thinking it was just a black Micro Terror... until I plugged it in. There is near infinite amounts of tonal options you get from this amp. Turn down the gain and raise the volume, I hit the full potential of what the Micro Terror gave me. Crank up the gain and I get all the distortion and punch I want. Love using it with my TS9 overdrive. This amp is well worth the money. Its lightweight, inexpensive and reliable as an amp can be. Starting to think hybrids are the future...

Monster distortion when you need it, sparkly cleans when you want. The shape feature lets you dial in your perfect sound.

Lightweight and portable, obviously! The shape feature is a huge selling point. CabSim on headphone out makes it an even cooler amp for recording and playing quietly. EFFECTS LOOP! 'nuff said.

Ease of Use
Volume, Shape, Gain. Dassit. Doesn't get much simpler than read more that. Oh, and EFFECTS LOOP!

Hard metal casing, hard to dent. All the pots are smooth and don't crack up and the imputs/output jacks are firm and sturdy.

Selling point of 189 is beyond worth it for the amount of sound you get out of this thing and the versatility it provides.

Manufacturer Support
Never had to deal with support

The Wow Factor
Again, that Shape feature is just.. wow. Also the fact that its so tiny, smaller than a lunchbox, and it blows many things out of the water...

Musical Background:
guitar, bass, drums. producer. record and jam at home studio.

Musical Style:
U2, Angels and Airwaves style delays and effects, Sum 41/Blink 182 punk sounds, A Day to Remember, The Devil Wears Prada and Kil
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