Entries by Neil Mitchell

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1997 – The Second Coming

The OTR Denmark Street, London 1997: Noel Gallagher suggests changes to the Overdrive, which are then incorporated in the OTR Ade Emsley – Technical Director Noel Gallagher was using his Orange amp almost exclusively on the early Oasis albums and liked to run everything on 10. We talked through what he would like in order […]

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1993 – 1997 The Orange Gibson Years

OR120 Reissued Production ended at Bexleyheath in 1979 when OMI was forced to close. This was a direct consequence of two major overseas distributors going into liquidation within a short space of time. However, Cliff Cooper continued to build and sell Orange amplifiers in small quantities throughout the 1980s. Then in 1993, Gibson licensed the […]

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1977 – OMEC Amplifiers and Cabinets

Born out of the advanced technology and design of the OMEC Digital Programmable Amplifier, OMEC introduced an entire range of 150 watt transistor instrument and public address amplifiers. ORIGIN OF THE OMEC RANGE John James – Designer “In the mid-1970s solid state power amplifiers were beginning to overcome their reputation for unreliability and distortion which […]

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1975 – Intoducing OMEC Digital

The world’s first digitally programmable amplifier. Peter Hamilton – OMEC Digital Designer “I designed the OMEC amp in 1974/75. Before that, I spent a few months as a student fixing amps part-time in the Orange Shop’s basement, and then worked with them full-time for about one year – my first job. The brief was to […]

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1975 – Jimmy Bean

Mick Dines – Production Manager Jimmy Bean was Cliff’s idea – to create a guitar stack in denim and leather… “At the time, everyone was wearing jeans, so we thought the Jimmy Bean idea might start a new trend in amplifier styling. I recall that trying to source the denim jean material and leather for […]

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1975 – Orange Launches OMEC

Cliff Cooper – Founder and CEO “OMEC stands for Orange Music Electronic Company. We chose the word ‘electronic’ to suggest digital and transistorised amplifiers, as opposed to the valve amps that had established the Orange brand in the early 1970s. OMEC’s main products in the mid-1970s were the programmable digital amp, the Jimmy Bean solid […]

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1974-1976 Extending the Range

1974 – The Pics and Text Adrian Emsley – Technical Director “The big difference between the Pics & Text and what came before was that the Pics & Text had a DC- coupling concertina phase splitter, which improved the sound.” 1975 – The Custom Reverb Twin Mick Dines – Production Manager “The Reverb Twin was […]