Orange Revolution

At this year's MusikMesse, Orange, Britain's premier custom amp builder since 1968, introduced The OPC Computer Amplifier Speaker — the first computer of its kind that you can connect yourself and your music to the digital world simply by plugging in your instrument.

A fully integrated computer with internal speaker which delivers playing, recording, editing and computing capabilities to musicians and music aficionados, the OPC is indispensable for today's on-the-go musician.

The OPC will be leading the way with a number of innovations:

- The first computer of its kind to have a built-in high powered speaker which delivers superb full range hi-fi quality sounds as well as vintage guitar sounds.

- The first computer to have a universal input jack enabling users to plug in a multitude of musical instruments (guitar, keyboard etc ) and peripherals such as the iPod, MP3 players, microphones.

- A unique cooling system to ensure air goes in and exits only after cooling the internal computer.

As a fully fledged computer it has 4GB DDR2 RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Intel chips, Windows 7 x64 home premium, 8 x USB2.0 ports, is Wi-Fi enabled and has an integrated GeForce 9300 graphics card with an optional dedicated ATI 5670 512MB card for those who may want to play a few games while they put their guitars down.

The first models will include modelling software incorporating computer samples of vintage and current Orange amps and cabinets as well as free branded recording software package. Once plugged in, you can then use the software included to create music or choose your guitar sound and then play, record and hear your guitar through the computer.

Designed and built in the UK, the OPC is compact, very portable, sexy and beautifully Orange! It takes many of its design cues from Orange’s, instantly recognisable, brightly coloured Orange Amplifiers and picture-frame cabinets and once again makes Orange stand out from the crowd.

The OPC is due to be released in JUNE 2010 and the price will be announced shortly.