Orange Releases Bass Butler Bi-Amp Pre & Little Bass Thing Amp | NAMM 2020

If the old adage "good things come in small packages" rings true, then it's doubly so today, as Orange is giving us two new ways to get huge bass tones in two small enclosures.

The Bass Butler Bi-Amp Bass Pre is the result of Orange's desire to shrink down a very particular kind of pro-level bass rig.

"Back in the good ol' days, it was a popular practice to send a bass guitar signal to a bass amp and a guitar amp at the same time–known as bi-amping," Orange says. The benefits—having separately defined low-end through a bass amp, while adding mids, highs, and gain with a guitar amp—did, however, require two actual amps (and a willingness to cart both around).

Orange Bass Butler Bi-Amp Bass Pre
Orange Little Bass Thing 500W Amp Head

Instead, the Bass Butler is a pedal-sized "bass rig in a box" that offers two parallel analog signal chains. The always-on Bass Channel has independent controls for bass, treble, and volume, along with an optical compressor. From there, there's a balanced DI output with selectable cabinet-tone simulations.

The Bass Butler's Guitar Channel has four gain stages, from vintage-style overdrives to modern high-gain madness, along with its own dedicated tone controls and a balanced DI output with selectable guitar amp–cabinet simulations.

Orange Bass Butler announcement video.

In addition to the XLR DI outputs, the Bass Butler also has a 1/4" jack Amp output option, which you can use to bypass the cabinet simulations and plug in to any standard bass amp. So whether you're going straight to a mixing board, recording interface, or into your favorite amp, the Bass Butler will work for you. The retail price is $399 USD.

The second of Orange's new small releases is the Little Bass Thing, a diminutive, lightweight, 500W Class D powerhouse amp head.

Nik West demos the Orange Little Bass Thing.

At a little more than just 6.5 lbs, it has a solid-state preamp, Class D power amp, and built-in optical compressor. Of the compressor, Orange says, "With its unique sidechain and a response optimised for bass guitar, this single dial provides excellent dynamic control and a warm, classic feel, at subtle or extreme settings."

Outputs include a stereo speaker outputs and a balanced DI output, along with an effects loop send and return. The Little Bass Thing also offers a -6dB input pad switch, for players with higher-output or active pickups. The retail price is $699.

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