Orange Dark Terror
Orange Dark Terror

Dark Terror, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Orange in the Terror series.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 11 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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  • 11/27/11Orange Dark Terror Review

    Orange Dark Terror Review - The Dark Pack

    At AudioFanzine, we are acutely aware of all the small terrors unleashed by Orange. We already reviewed the Tiny Terror (the first model), the Dual Terror (two channels) and the Bass Terror (four-string player version) — now comes the Dark Terror.

Users reviews

Mi(ni)me's review"Dark Terrorize me!"

Orange Dark Terror
* The most practical thing about this head are its size and weight. Perfect to rehearse without breaking your back. The speaker that comes with it, the orange 2X12 celestion vintage 30, is also very light (after having used a 2x12 Engl, so I know what I'm talking about!).

* It features a switch to select the power: 7 or 15 watts, up to you. The 7-watt mode is enough to play with my band, more than enough to play along with a drummer and the rest of the band. It's worth noting that you need to really crank the volume on a tube amp to get its best sound: 7 watts with the volume halfway or 3/4 up (distortion 3/4 up as well, it increases the volume) and you can make yourself heard.
The 15-watt mode is better to play clean and use overdrives/distortion from a pedalboard.

* Effects loop for modulation effects (chorus, delay, reverb and whatnot).


* Dialing it in couldn't be easier. One volume, one tone (for the mids) and one gain control.

* The famous switch to toggle between 7 and 15 watts output power. Enough to play in a band. Live, amps are usually miked so there's no need for excessive output power. Anyway, this head delivers enough power for small gigs.

* There's a manual for people who have no intuition ;)


* With the gain cranked all the way up or set to 3/4, you get a nice distortion. The Orange sound remains fat, it's a matter of taste and colors. It can be a bit muddy, not very precise nor well-defined. If you use a pedalboard, it will be easier to get a biting distortion with more precision.

* With an EMG 81/85 (standard tuning or down-tuned a whole step or even in drop C) it sounds good. With Dimarzios and drop B (which starts to be low) it sounds fine, too, but it has less the Orange spirit, less adapted to the amp's style because it turns into a mush when it's too low ;)

* The clean distorts pretty fast, it crunches as soon as you touch the gain.

* The tone control acts on the mids. At the center, it has no impact on sound, I think. Turning it left you get a rock sound, a "British" sound. On the contrary, to the right it's an "American" sound with scooped mids, it's resolutely metal. My favorite setting is to turn this pot to 10/11. I think you can find this type of controls on Blackstar gear!


* One year of loyal service, always with its orange 2x12 speaker. I used to play with line6 valve combos, which are a good compromise between "tube" and modeling sounds, all-in-one gear. I chose this head to avoid electronic problems (the motherboard on the line6 breaks down once a year, so even if they are versatile, the constant repairs make them a real pain). Switching to the Orange forced me to get a pedalboard, going from digital to analog you have more pro gear and customization :)

* I tested the Jim Root (Slipknot) signature model. I didn't like it as much and, strangely enough, the distortion seemed less vicious.

+ : Reduced size and weight, transportation ease, its looks, the brand, the simplicity!
- : I would've loved to have classic EQ controls, bass/mids/treble, which work really well!

Note: There is the Orange dual terror for people who want two channels. But a two-channel Dark terror would be awesome (just in case the guys at Orange read this review!) !

schtroumpf_plongeur's review"Woooowwww!"

Orange Dark Terror
All-tube amp with 7- or 15-watt switch.


It couldn't be easier.
1 volume control
1 tone control
1 gain control
The hardest is to choose between the 8- and 16-Ohm outputs and the effects loop.


I play a Gibson SGJ 2013, a ToneLab ST and a Palmer cab with 2 Celestion V30s (PCAB212V30). Together, this setup give me all the sounds I want.


I've been using it since June 2013. I used to have a MustangII before, but it can't come even close to this amp head. Moreover, I didn't know why I had so many problems with my settings. Was it the Mustang? The Tonelab? Now I have no problems. ;-)

Having more "guitar" experience, I should have started with this amp. But if we knew everything in advance...

In terms of money, the quality will make you forget the price.

James...'s review"It aint tiny"

Orange Dark Terror
ontrols: Gain/shape/volume
1.5 mm Zintec chassis w/ steel vented top case
15 watts Class A/ 7 watts Class A switchable
Tube-driven effects loop
Tubes: Preamp - 3 x 12AX7, effects loop - 1 x 12AT7, output 2 x EL84
Case: Gig bag included


As a big fan of the original tiny terror and dual terror I pretty much had to check this little amp out. The price point is attractive. But let's see if the amp pays off. The FX loop is great. All orange loops tend to be really good and they really have this nailed down on their amps. I use mine with a Bogner Oversized 2x12 most of the time. I tend to favor my old Ibanez rg550 with it a lot.


The shape knob is probably one of the best features in an amp that really makes an EQ section redundant. Careful control of it will give you all the tones you could want. I will admit that this amp is great at high gain and it can "chug" better than a lot of bigger heads. But the lower gain tones are also surprisingly great. It even cleans up nicely. Who would have thought? It's helpful to think of the dark terror as a tiny terror with a slightly more aggressive voicing and a lot more gain on tap.


This amp is louder than the tiny terror. Just getting that out there. It sounds like it has 22 watts to the TT's 15. So keep that in mind. You can play just about any gig with this. There's a ton of headroom oddly enough.

The only knock I could say is how similar it is to the tiny terror. To be fair, I think this is overall a more usable amp especially if you player heavy metal or the like. If you are playing classic rock or something then stick with the TT.

iamqman's review"nice and dark"

Orange Dark Terror
For the size of a lunch box this little amp pacts quite a kick to it. This amp looks like something you would walk to school with and be carrying your peanut butter sandwich in. Orange has taken such a small but positive approach to lunch box style amplifiers. There seems to be a trend going on with manufacturers hitting a market that seems like a good entry way into their flagship amplifiers.

The amp has that familiar British grind that you found in the 60's and 70's went they were the leaders in getting high gain sustain from their guitar rigs. This little box does what a full stack can do in a pint size proportion. It sounds fantastic and gets chewier and smoother as you hit it harder with more volume. This amp is the same spec as the original tiny terror but just in a black amp casing. Same great tone as would imagine and the fantastic new look.



Volume, Shape & Gain

Valve Driven FX Loop. High Gain Preamp.

Gig Bag

Class A Switchable between 15 and 7 watts

Preamp: 3 x 12AX7, Output: 2 x EL84, FX Loop: 1 x 12AT7
Speaker Out:

(1) 16 Ohm, (2) 8 Ohm

(W X H X D) 30x17x14cm, 11x7x5.5in



Though the Orange amps have a familiar British flavor to them I think that anyone would be surprised at how big and bold the tone is from this small box. Though is is rated at only 15 watts it gets quite loud and will accompany most small clubs or gigging situations quite nicely. There is no compromise of tone or quality in this amp. Is sounds as huge tonal wise as any of the larger more frequented amps that Orange makes.

Try this guitar out with a Les Paul and you be pleasantly surprised out how meaty the tone is from simply a Gain, Tone, and Volume knob. This thing can be dropped down to a 7 watt operation for home use or even recording. It sounds great in either setting you have.


Many manufacturers have now saw the overwhelmingly positive result that Orange got from this and are now doing the same thing. Mesa Boogie released one last year as well as Vox. Hughes and Kettner is releasing one this year and you'll see that in the trade shows real soon. There has been an untapped market for these little light weight but heavy punch high gain amplifiers. I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs pint size amp with a kick. At new these amps come in at a round $650. Great bang for your buck in these harsh economic times.

jpabraham's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" FACTS ON WHAT WE WANT"

Orange Dark Terror
Everything has been said!


Use single utra


I made you an overview of the Shape button with a microphone EMG 81 on a jackson warrior

Gain at 75%.

The sound is a bit dull because it is a crude microphone jack, before a cabinet OUR 112 V30

Make up your mind!


I intend to buy one soon! because I'm going to make one I was its owner!

Val_St4's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" AWESOME"

Orange Dark Terror
This is an amplification tube. A small switch selects the power (15 watts or 7).
To summarize the connections, we can say "plug and play". It's pretty much it.
Level settings and effects etc, it's still basic, the direct. A volume knob and a gain of a shape.


The use is probably the main strong point of this little head. 3 buttons and it rolls. A master volume knob, a gain knob and a button shape. Little more for it because our settings by fiddling you can really get his sound.
Conclusion, even a penguin wearing mittens succeed in having fun for hours to find his sound!


I play everything. It ranges from blues to metal passing through the rock and shred. It's simple, with this head, I can do anything! Just really tweak the settings and listen. The resulting sounds can be bold but well incisive. Well, on the other hand to play clean is more difficult, it slams but it's still very much correct. I use it with a guitar equipped with Seymour Duncan, the amp clearly illustrate the character of each microphone.


I use it for nine months and I am really overwhelmed. At first, I had gone to buy a Marshall. But after trying various Marshall I thought the sound lacked soul and identity. I saw this little head in a corner and I thought "hey it looks nice and simple this little thing." I plugged in, and miraculously! I found my partner! Even now it still amazes me because with just two buttons, the possibilities are "endless". So this is main feature of any power play. In terms of value, it is nikel. It has a small head with good design and that sounds perfectly fine. It comes with a super-Gig Bag which protects it in all my travels.
With experience, of course I will ever did!!

Cydonia's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Frankly stunning!"

Orange Dark Terror
For specifications, everything has been said I think, 15 or 7 watts, 8 ohm outputs 2 and 16, entry jjack and has an effects loop yeahhhh! Finally, a loop on a small amp!
So good, an 8 seems ok :)


Config ultra simple, turn :) we play together with three settings, it goes fast. No manual for this toaster black, which anyway would not have served much, except to understand what is the shape and still :)
8 So, plug and play very good and its very fast to get.


I use it to supplement the tiny terror sor a 2x12 cabinet split and a AB box, so basically, it is always with the gain at the bottom, then it blows ok but hey, we can not have everything!!
If the rule is to have a clean, it comes out really pretty, with a custom shop strat is very good and I would even say it rivals many amps on the market. So basically, good bass present but not slobbering. Medium present or not according to the shape but very musical and I find the treble I find very pleasant.
In crunch, with the Strat or a PRS Custom 22 dislocated it, the gain at noon and playing on the volume of this guitar is very responsive and airy, after all depends on your right hand attack, because this amp does not forgive the shortcomings against gambling by :/ But overall, we're going to crunch ACDC guitar with the volume to 5 to overdrive to rage against the machine with the volume turned up on the guitar :)
In Lead! aaaaa good there is terrible, in my opinion this is THE best thing about this amp, with a line 6 DL4 in the loop, a PRS custom 22 and a Musicman Luke 2, there's the fact, with the gain in thoroughly, the shape and volume to 13h to 12h in 15 Watts, THE softness tender not garish, very fluid for fast picking, legato is a treat. Basically it goes to Lukather satriani vai finally to all the guitar hero.
For big sound, with the fact that EMG, deftones korn slipknot without problems with a small noise gate :)


I've had four months, I had the budget to buy the EVH 50 watts but good in the end I only had one more channel and when I tested this amp, well, it was live "OOOO whore! "So if you want a lead channel or channel HI gain in addition to a head it does.
If you want an amp that is all mmmmmm then you need a boost in volume and play the guitar but prefer the tiny terror for versatility because yes, he sins in certain things because of this design hi gain BUT! if the lead you want, the fact that 400 euros!!

Sebbatou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A huge gain"

Orange Dark Terror
Everything has already been said, but hey, it's a whole lamp, 15/7W. eglages volume, EQ and gain shape. HP outputs in 8 and 16 ohm.

I just put 8 because I will not spit on a little reverb, but that price should not dream.


Difficult to get any easier in my opinion! One branch, we chose a gain level, adjusting the volume, and we play! The sound does not fit? A button a little button shape, pretty magical to me, and off you go.
Shape for the button, which serves as EQ, it acts on the medium. To be nice, we go to a rock sound, with many mediums present, has a more modern sound, say metal mediums with very reduced.

9 because nothing is perfect in my opinion


Guitar: Fender Jim Root signature, EMG 60 neck, 81 bridge.
I rather play metal and hard rock, which made me choose this head, and I am fully satisfied. The reserve gain is huge, and I very rarely exceeds 14h. With the EMG 81, I get huge saturation, and the sound fits very well with the shape. With 60, while kissing the gain, there are ways to have a much more rounded.
Only downside, there is a little breath if you really gain rises above 15/16h, but must be easily removed with a noise gate, which I have not made, being given that I do not ride the gain up to that level, but I will do soon, and I will publish at this time.
I tested a few hours in "group", with another guitar (with a Peavey Vypyr 15), a bass and drums (which not hit too hard), and 15W are largements enough. After, never played at the same time as another guitar amplifier tubes.

8, because of the breath has too much gain


I use it for about 9 months, and I'm still very happy. I chose it because I've tried the tiny terror of the same brand, and I loved the sound. The dark terror is similar with more gain, it seemed natural to choose, and I do not regret it.
What I love? Well I want to say all that tonight legain huge, or the shape that allows an infinite number of sounds or almost.
What I like least, and well that price, we have a great sound, 15W, and of course quality, so not much to say.
The value for money seems corrert, and I will ever experience with this choice, and I advised a friend who has the same need as me, namely passing lamps, with a large reserve of gain, any adjustment simple (you do not spend 2 hours to find a good sound), and a power not too enormous.

Freke's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" THE sound of metal 80 90 '"

Orange Dark Terror
All have been said


Config ultra simple, you plug it sounds. and we play with the gain and shape (a sort of contour) that allows you to modulate the sound and find distos radically different.

To consider an equalizer and noise gate for the effects loop if necessary to dig a little more sound.



Nags and hairy friends who play the death, the black or the trash, or other metal and rock pre 90 'this amp is for you.

In fact when we bought it we already know they can not do anything else.
A channel does not leave much choice.

So Shreders metals or conservatory, go your way and opt for heads to 3000 euros. :-)

Here it comes to a head that spits its 15 watt lamp and a background that can then deliver their full power.


* How long have you use it?

Two weeks

* What is so special that you love the most, least?
Most: the sound, the mouth, the simplicity, the weight.

The least: in the same 30 watt would be more suitable for repeated.

* Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Marsahall, randall, mesa BUGERA short, a bunch of boxes a gift only 4 knobs are used to my style of play

* How would you rate the quality / price? good
* With experience, you do again this choice? ... If we hold out in repeated yes.

tobealive's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pleasure:)"

Orange Dark Terror
Orange Dark Terror head, full tube, 15/7watt switchable, 1 Channel, 3 x ECC83 preamp tubes, 2 x EL 84 power amp tubes thomann, controls for gain, tone and volume controls, with a tube buffered effectloop x ECC83 tube, speaker outputs 2 x 1 x 8 Ohm and 16 Ohm


Very simple setup, plug and play what!

1 volume knob, a knob for EQ, one knob for gain ..

me the cover looks pretty sturdy, ideal for transport by repeating, or in concert!


I play in a style rather rock / hardcore, but I sometimes play a little bit of everything in the register of contemporary music ..

Two channels would have been perfect, but good considering the size and price, we will not ask too much: p!

The gain knob is doing relatively well, a 2 / 3 was a slightly orange crunch has, 5 sound good rock, a 7 / 8 a sound that hurt the teeth (there is a slight hiss, but with a small noise gate is set

I play with a Telecaster Mexican, equipped with a Di Marzio D Activator X, and a microphone maker signed Jerome Dussenne typed old school TV (config has a roughly 5 John ^ ^)

and frankly, it sounds! :)


I waited another week history of having plenty of time to test it before posting an opinion, and I'm really happy

in my home studio, she sits on my 6505 +, a Mesa 2x12 cabinet.

it's really the config I was looking, I am very happy!

I highly recommend it to fans of the Orange a little upset! :)