AD9 Analog Delay review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 1
  • Overall Impression: 1
  • Reliability & Durability: 1
  • Ease of Use: 4
  • Reviewer's score: 1.8 Junky
  • Users' score: 5.3 (23 votes)
Ibanez: AD9 Analog Delay

Sound — 1
This thing sounds awful. The returned signal contains none of the qualities of the one which was sent. You play a silky-sounding, clean-toned note, and what you hear being spat back at you, is a distorted, corroded noise with a rancid cherry of a high-frequency squeak on top for good measure. The manufacturers must have hoped that most users would be combining this with a bank of other signal-draining stomp boxes including fizzy distortion, and so wouldn't notice the fact that the only thing that the returned sound has in common with the sent one, is pitch.

Overall Impression — 1
They say that for every negative experience there is an equal and often unknowable positive. If I had kept this piece of junk, and in a couple of years time someone had stolen it, the part of me that can appreciate the unknowable might have added the thief to my Christmas card list. If it cost 19.99, I'd say you get what you pay for, but it's relatively expensive for a pedal effect. I was disgusted with the poor quality of this piece of junk.

Reliability & Durability — 1
It seems solidly-built, as you'd expect from something that's going to spend it's life being stamped on. But I didn't need to own this thing for 5 years to know it sounded crap, and so I can't comment on it's reliability because I returned it to the bowels of hell after a day.

Ease of Use — 4
Standard stomp box with a footswitchable on/off switch and 3 knobs which, even if you can't read, are easy to work out. Though you could argue that it's difficult to get what you're looking for because of the very narrow parameters, hence my below average rating.

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    ^hey chris, do you have any other suggestions? i respect your opinion, it seems like you know your stuff, unlike some of the other meat heads that review and write here. I own this pedal as well, however i feel it's one of the better delays i've ever played. I think what people need to do to have success in finding the sound they want is to try equipment out at a music/instrument store before they buy it. Everyone loves the Ibanez Tubescreamer for example, i on the other hand can't stand that pedal and think it sounds pretty generic. I've found that many effect boxes can sound great out of one amp and horrible with another. Then you have some people on here wondering why a pedal sounds like crap when they play it with a squier and a 15 watt crate practice amp piece of crap. Anyway, You seem to know about equipment, so i totally respect your review and very much agree with your above comment. You can tell the people who comment on something they only played for about 30 seconds and didn't even try using other guitars and amps with pedals in particular. thanks for your honesty and articulation, it is a dying animal on this site at times.
    understandable, i appreciate the honesty. Yeah, there's a lot of crappy equipment out there for electrics and acoustics. i should also note that i work at a music store wearhouse, so i get to take the time to try out just about anything that comes through that looks like something of interest, so i have that advantage which is nice. Some of the boss digital delays are nice, and the Line 6 Delay modulator is great, but real expensive and it's huge. i like to stick with simplicity, and the AD9 only had three knobs and managed to sound better than the boss ones in my opinion. Delay pedals are generally the most expensive types of pedals too. So, stay patient, keep testing stuff out, and eventually you'll create a great original sound you love. take care, keep rocking