Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay
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Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay

AD9 Analog Delay, Delay/Echo/Phrase Sampler for Guitar from Ibanez in the 9 series.

heads on fire 09/09/2011

Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay : heads on fire's user review

« Nice box, but can get better features for less. »
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I'm writing this review based upon the newer reissue, not the original made by Maxon.

SPECS
Input Impedance 500K ohms
Output Impedance 10K ohms
Maximum Input Level +5 dBv
Gain 0 dB
Delay Time 20ms – 300ms
Equivalent Input Noise - 100 dbm (IHF-A)
Power Supply One 9 Volt Battery or external AC adaptor (9V)
Size 124 (D) × 74 (W) × 53 (H) mm 4.9 (D) × 3 (W) × 2 (H) inch.
Weight 580g 1.3lbs


THE BUZZ
The Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay Effect Pedal uses a compander with pre- and de-emphasis for an exceptionally clean delay. Time and level controls allow mixing between dry and delayed signals. Repeat control lets you adjust the number of repeats without runaway. 2 outputs enable dry and delayed signals to be routed separately.

UTILIZATION

The pedal is easy to use. It comes in a very durable metal housing. The fact that the pedal only gets to 300 milliseconds means it will primarily be used as a slap-back for many people.

I give the pedal a 7 in this category as an Ibanez DE7 can get up to 2.6 seconds, with a similar tone, for much cheaper.

SOUND QUALITY

The pedal sounds great. Regeneration capabilities on this box are incredible, if you're into that sort of thing. This pedal can nail down an East Bay Ray Dead Kennedy's style like none other. There aren't any options for voicings, so you'll get a dark echo tone and like it, thank you very much.

A Keeley-modded Ibanez AD9 can offer better quality tone, with a true bypass, and with some other neat features like expression pedal jacks. This pedal is worth looking at potential capability for that alone, if one has the cash to make it happen.

OVERALL OPINION

The stock pedal is good, but an Ibanez DE7 blows it away by providing similar tones PLUS an option for much different tones, along with way longer delay times, for cheaper on the used market.

If I knew I had the extra cash to find a Keeley-modded AD9 to get the better capabilities and tones, I'd probably do it, as used Keeley AD9s can be found for reasonable prices. However, buying an AD9 and then having Keeley mod it - the costs involve seem prohibitive for the amount of features one gets in return.

Bottom line - if you don't want a modded AD9, get a DE7. If you do want a modded AD9, buy a used and already modded-one, or mod it yourself!