Orange's Acoustic Pedal combines the best of their Acoustic Pre TC pre-amp and Crush Acoustic 30 amplifier into a highly versatile, low-noise pedal. Designed as an all-in-one solution for live acoustic performance, the Acoustic Pedal sports a 1/4-inch mono output as well as a balanced XLR out for plugging directly into a PA system — no DI box necessary! Sam Bell reviews.
Orange is well known for its earth-shaking electric guitar amps, huge control knobs, vintage design, simplicity and power. But they also do a great job with acoustic instruments as well. Today I'm taking a look at the Orange Acoustic Pedal.
The Orange Acoustic Pedal is an Acoustic Pre-Amp that is designed to work well with other pedals, offering players high headroom and tonal flexibility. The pedal itself is based upon a mix between Oranges' Crush Acoustic 30' amp and their Pre-TC pre-amp in a compact unit.
Orange says that one of the advantages of the pedal is its tonal clarity, preserving the natural voice of your instrument. The Class-A pre-amp & JFET circuitry, which features a single-ended design, gives us a clean sound that delivers extremely low noise, even when the Treble knob is at its highest setting. It's also worth mentioning the pedal uses an 18V operation which gives us even more headroom and tonal clarity. And I'd have to agree; the pedal does have a nice crisp clarity to it; it really does the job well of translating your guitar's tone direct to the PA.
The EQ is detailed yet simple to operate, featuring Bass and Treble controls to shape the outsides of your tone. Then the Middle range control brings in the body of the sound, which can be further tweaked with the notch and Q-Factor controls. Perfect for emphasising the character of your beloved acoustic guitar & dialling out any troublesome feedback through a PA system when you turn up to the venue. Plus, we also have a phase cancelling switch to get rid of any issues with phasing that we might have depending on the playing situation. All of this goes to a high-quality XLR out.
The pedal also comes equipped with its own FX Loop, so you can bring in your favourite reverbs/delays/modulations/extra effects into the pre-amp before sending it out to the XLR. This is very cool; it would have been nice to have a simple Reverb or something similar built in for flexibility; however, most modern PA systems have you covered on that side of things.
The unit itself features Oranges hallmark classic control knobs, funky psychedelic paisley design, and it's very easy to navigate and well built. And it's incredibly affordable. If you're looking to give your acoustic signal the integrity it deserves, and you're on a budget, this pedal is well worth checking out. It's straightforward, affordable, and perfect for the gigging acoustic guitarist.
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