For years, Orange Amps has been hounded by their customers and retailers to make a pedal. It may have taken a while to join the pedal party but it had to be right, and for 2015, Orange has finally set... Click To Read More About This Product
For years, Orange Amps has been hounded by their customers and retailers to make a pedal. It may have taken a while to join the pedal party but it had to be right, and for 2015, Orange has finally settled on a design of which they are rightly proud. Introducing Orange Amps' first pedal since the 1960s “ the Custom Shop Bax Bangeetar Guitar Pre-EQ.
As a traditional stompbox the Bax Bangeetar is in a class of its own, boasting a unique gain structure and extensive EQ controls. Dial in a huge range of overdriven and distorted tones, delivered with a feel and responsiveness rarely found in pedals. Beyond that, though, this preamp pedal is an invaluable tool, allowing you to tailor your tone to any setup with absolute precision via its parametric mid controls.
Find and eliminate problem frequencies in certain guitars and amps, shape broad mid ˜scoops™ or boost anywhere on the mid spectrum to suit any style. Plug straight into the front of an amp as a standalone drive pedal, or plug into the effects return to make the donor amp ˜disappear™! Whatever your rig, the possibilities are virtually limitless.
For even more flexibility, the second output takes your sound and passes it through the CabSim circuit, recreating the frequency response of a mic™d Orange 4x12 cab, ideal for direct recording or even connecting to a PA. Whether on stage or in the studio, the nature and scope of its controls mean there isn™t a situation where the Bax Bangeeter wouldn™t be welcome.
WIDE GAIN RANGE
The Bax Bangeetar is an entirely new design, not based on anything Orange have made previously. The gain structure covers a massive breadth of overdrive and distortion without ever sounding compromised, however you set it. At the minimum, the Bax Bangeetar is an awesome clean boost or low gain driver, highly receptive to different guitar and pickup combinations. As the gain increases, you™ll go from classic Orange crunch and vintage rhythm tones, through to soaring leads and right up to genuinely insane levels of distortion. As in, bonkers levels. The Boost switch offers a ˜clean boost™ after the gain stage when the pedal is engaged to help your leads jump out of the mix in a live setting.
NO DIODE CLIPPING
As soon as you plug into the Bax Bangeetar, you™ll quickly notice that all the sounds contained within remain articulate and tight across the gain range, without any hint of wooliness. In fact, it doesn™t feel like a pedal at all. Orange has achieved all of this without the use of the back-to-back diode clipping techniques found in most pedals. This box distorts and behaves just like their amps, with natural-sounding and controllable breakup, and delivers serious punch with no stifling compression.
BAXANDALL EQ WITH FULL PARAMETRIC MID CONTROLS
Inspired by some of the highly-sought after consoles of the 1960s but with a number of modern tweaks, the Bax Bangeetar' powerful EQ really separates it from other drive pedals. With an open treble response and controlled low end, the fun properly starts with the mid controls.
The midrange is perhaps the most important area for guitar players, not only because this is generally the space they occupy in a band mix, but also because of how the midrange drastically affects the tonal and distortion characteristics of a guitar/amp setup. Despite this, they've found that most overdrive/distortion pedals have very limited control over this range. Not so with the Bax Bangeetar' fully parametric mid controls. The ˜Freq™ knob selects the center frequency you wish to affect. The ˜Q™ controls the bandwidth, sweeping from narrow to wide, allowing you to fine-tune a precise or broad frequency range. The ˜Mid™ knob can then be set to cut or boost those frequencies, for exact command over your tone.
ULTRA TRANSPARENT BUFFERED BYPASS
œIs it ˜true bypass™?
No. It' better than that.
˜True bypass™ is well-intentioned but is not without limitations. Orange's supremely linear buffer circuit is designed for the growing number of discerning players who realise the positive effects that a studio-quality buffer can have on their overall tone. And when they say ˜transparent™, they really mean it. Whether you need to drive a pedal board or just need a little help getting a pure signal to your amp, their buffered bypass ensures no degradation and no loss of clarity or high end. Placed first in your chain, you™ll sound better, even when the pedal is off!
INTERNAL CHARGE PUMP
Key to the design is Bax Bangeetar' charge pump which doubles the internal voltage to 18V from a 9V source. This is not only crucial to the bypass circuit, but also means this pedal has a wider dynamic range and more output, with even greater definition and headroom than a conventional 9V pedal. The Bax Bangeetar can run on a single standard 9V battery, or an external regulated AC-DC adapter.
The second output takes the Bax Bangeetar' preamp and passes it through our CabSim circuit, faithfully emulating the sound of a mic™d Orange 40th Anniversary PPC412 4—12 cabinet, loaded Celestion G12H 30 speakers. Connect the CabSim output to a recording console to capture huge Orange tones in the studio, or to a powered monitor or PA for a versatile live setup. Both the regular and CabSim outputs can be used independently or simultaneously.
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Comments about Orange Amplifiers Bax Bangeetar Pre-EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:
This "pedal" has some of the most powerful EQ features I've ever seen. It's more of a pre-amp than a distortion pedal, but it certainly works fantastically as a dirt box. The mid range controls give you an absolutely incredible range of sounds. It's got a lot of gain on tap and the boost is a nice bonus.
The pedal seems to be constructed exceptionally well, out of heavy duty sheet metal. The knobs turn in soft clicks, which makes it easier to set and retain your preferences. The chrome roll bar probably prevents you from knocking your settings out of whack with your foot if you are not careful, and makes for a nice carrying handle (although, it's really overkill). Finally, you can use a battery, but you have to take the whole back plate off to access it. It's A LOT easier to just bring a power supply.
The negatives: this pedal is huge and pretty heavy. I would not use it on a pedal board. Not only would it take up more space than many boards can provide, it would also tower over your other pedals. Even if you could fit it, I doubt you could find velcro strong enough to reliably hold it in place. By the way, if you open up the pedal, there's really not that much stuff crammed in: they could have easily made this 50% smaller. The pedal can be quite noisy at higher gain settings. It's also incredibly expensive.
I purchased the pedal for a lower price, so for me, it was worth it and it's a great studio tool. I probably would not gig with it because of its size. I also own a Tech 21 Oxford, and that pedal sounds every bit like an Orange in a much smaller enclosure and for a much lower price. If you're looking for something to gig with, I'd go with the Oxford. But, if you're looking to completely shape your sound, the Bageetar is incredible.
Comments about Orange Amplifiers Bax Bangeetar Pre-EQ Guitar Effects Pedal:
I just can't get enough of this thing. I swear it is the MAC DADDY of pedals.
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