Price paid: $ 114
Ease of Use — 10
There are only three controls on this pedal.
Repeat: Controls the number of repeats of the delayed signal
Blend: Controls the level of the delay signal. Turning it completely counter-clockwise leaves you with just the dry signal, and turning it all the way clockwise will get the delay signal to sit at an equal level with the dry signal.
Delay time: Controls the delay time. From a range of 20ms to 600ms.
It is very straight forward and only takes a couple of seconds to set up an incredible sound.
Sound — 9
If pristine crystal clear repeats are what you're looking for, you won't find it here. However, if you like colourful, dark, and warm repeats typical of vintage analogue delays, this is definitely the pedal for you! To be honest, I didn't expect a great sound to come out of this pedal when I first saw it on the pedal rack at the local music store. But the minute I plugged this in and strummed a chord, I was blown away. At this price point, you are unlikely to find an analogue delay that sounds better in my honest opinion. The super dark repeats (possibly even darker than the MXR Carbon Copy) makes it a great delay to use during a solo or even to create ambient soundscapes post-rockers would be proud of. Using the Time knob you can dial in delays as short as 20ms for a slapback sound or go all the way up to 600ms for a long echo like sound. Sounds great with basses and synthesisers too.
A neat little party trick: If you set the 'Repeats' knob all the way clockwise the pedal will start to self-oscillate, and you can do some pretty cool effects by playing around with the 'Delay Time' knob.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This pedal is built like a tank and I can guarantee you 100% that if you drop this on your foot, it's going to hurt for a couple of days. It may be small but it is rugged, and it will come out of the most hardcore gigs completely unscathed. The only worry I have about the durability is for the mini 'Repeat' and 'Blend' knobs, they do feel a bit flimsy but are sturdy enough for years of use I am sure. I think it's impossible that this pedal will fail on you midway through a gig, but for argument sake even if it does, it is small enough to fit another one of these on your board just in case.
Overall Impression — 9
Post-rock, funk, jazz, metal, whatever style of music you play, this is a great and affordable way to enter into the world of analogue delays without sacrificing tone or reliability. Though a problem one might encounter is that in a live setting, it can be quite difficult to see where the mini 'Repeat' and 'Blend' knobs are set, if you like playing around with your settings that can prove to be a challenge. Personally, I use this as a second delay that my Strymon Timeline usually feeds into, so I almost always keep the same setting on the Ibanez delay.
The Ibanez Analog Delay Mini has found its permanent home on my pedalboard. Affordable, analogue, true-bypass, easy to use and to dial in a good sound. What more could you ask for at this price point?