Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
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Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer

TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer, Overdrive pedal from Ibanez in the 9 series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 10 reviews )
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Jerald06/25/2018

Jerald's review" Great addition to the TS series!"

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
I have a Ibanez TS-7, a TS8008 clone, and now this TS9DX. It is built like a TANK! Sounds like it has quality components. Very smooth and creamy overdrive that doesn't break up....EVER, at any setting! I was going to sell mine as I got it in a trade for fixing a guitar but just couldn't let it go! Steve Vai used this for years (seen it on his pedalboard). Just a great Tube Screamer!
heads on fire09/09/2011

heads on fire's review" Solid overdrive pedal for the money."

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
SPECS
Power supply : 9V battery (S-006P) or AC adapter AC109, AC309, AC509
Power requirement : DC9V 8mA
Size : 124(D)×74(W)×53(H) mm
Weight : 570g
Volume, Tone, Gain, and Mode pots
Metal housing
Metal stomp switch


THE BUZZ
The Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer Effects Pedal features the same circuit as a TS9 Tube Screamer with 3 new settings: +, Hot, and Turbo.

This pedal is basically an overdrive with 4 different voicings.


UTILIZATION

This pedal is incredibly easy to use. After plugging in to a guitar and amp, the first thing to do is choose a mode. TS9 mode is the classic mode, + mode is like a TS9 with just a little bit "extra", Hot mode has increased low-end grind, and Turbo mode just sounds like a fire-breathing gain beast! then, dial in the amount of dirt. EQ to taste with the tone control, and set the volume control as desired.

SOUND QUALITY

The pedal sounds great for guitar or bass. Most players will use it as a boost, where stepping on it adds a volume jump for a solo. I like to use it as a "low end tightener" - when engaged in front of an amp that's already driven hard with plenty of gain, this will tighten up the bottom frequencies and allow the guitar to cut through.

I'm not a huge fan of the Hot or Turbo modes, as they get a bit too fizzy for me. The TS9 mode sounds like it should, very similar to old Stevie Ray Vaughan records, and the + mode is where I like to leave it.

OVERALL OPINION

This is a solid product from Ibanez. It comes in a durable housing, so I'm not worried about gigging it. The sound quality is great for the price, and for tone freaks that like to tinker, the pedal can be modded to upgrade the components. If one wants to outsource a component upgrade - Keeley does a great job on this particular pedal, as does Analogman. Overall, this is a great value for the price.
moosers10/31/2009

moosers's review

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
The Ibanez TS-9DX Turbo Tube Screamer is an analog overdrive that while has no real tube inside of it, emulates a tube type distortion.  The pedal is basic in make up, but does have one extra parameter that isn't found on the other tube screamers. It can be powered by either a 9 volt battery or power supply and isn't rack mountable as it is a stomp box.  The pedal has a 1/4 inch input and output to plug your guitar and amp into into.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the Ibanez TS-9DX Turbo Tube Screamer is easy to follow overall as it simply has four knobs to work with.  It has parameters for level, drive, tone, and a mode knob.  The mode section has three things to choose from - turbo, hot, and TS9, all of which will give you a varying tone.  I tend to mostly keep it on the TS9 setting as I'm a really big fan of the original TS9 and feel that this mode fits best in with what I am doing, but all of the modes on this sound good.  I haven't seen the manual for this pedal, so I can't say if it would be helpful or not to have around when trying to learn how to use this pedal.


SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality of the Ibanez TS-9DX Turbo Tube Screamer is pretty awesome overall.  If you are looking for that classic tube screamer tone, this is definitely capable of that and then some.  Having the extended array of parameters allows this to be a more versatile pedal than the TS9 and the TS808.  I generally use this pedal for recording and for live shows with a Fender Strat and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb and I'm able to get some pretty awesome tones within this configuration, no matter what application I am using it for.  This is overall a great sounding pedal and if you have ever used a tube screamer, you know what this can do.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, while the Ibanez TS-9DX Turbo Tube Screamer isn't my favorite of the tube screamer line of pedals, it is the most versatile and still has a great sound.  It doesn't have as realistic of a sound as the TS9 or the TS808, but this isn't to say that I don't like the sounds, because it is definitely professional sounding enough to be used for live shows or for recording.  The price isnIf you are interested in a tube screamer, definitely check this out along with the other tube screamers to see what will work for your style and wallet!
MGR/Randy04/07/2003

MGR/Randy's review" Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer"

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
I bought this awesome little guitar effect at Guitar Center for $110. I've been trying to get that SRV sound by changing pickups, different amp, and a boss blues driver pedal. I read that Stevie used the tube screamer so I took a chance.

This thing rocks!! After all this time and money all I needed was this little pedal. I'm sure the pickups and fender amp help but if you want a good blues sound or just increase the mid's from a single coil guitar this is it. Also, there are 4 different settings for the type of boost you want. The drive varies also which is good for me because I like to play clean a lot. You also have tone and level so you have plenty of leeway to get your sound.

I would have to say (if anything) is the green color. I sound like a woman when I say this but when your amplifier is silver and black along with all your wah pedal and effects rack and there's this green pedal. Looks kinda weird but who cares. If it was good enough for Stevie then it's good enough for me.

It's as good as any stomp pedal but a little bit heavier. Seems to be made very sturdy.

For playing the blues I would highly recomend this pedal. I played the tube screamer through a friends Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and it rocked. Of course he went out and bought one. Hey Ibanez, where's my commision. I play a fender fat strat through a small 15 watt fender reverb just for fun and jamming with friends so with the tube screamer it really rocks. The Boss Blues Driver should be discontinued or changes it's name to nice looking blue pedal.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
JG34702/22/2011

JG347's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" mixed reviews ..."

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
Overdrive pedal format. Quick and simple

UTILIZATION

we turn we listen, we adjust, we play short, it's live and I like it.

I use it in a configuration very simple and light.
the TS9DX - EQ GE7 front of the Mesa Subway Rocket.
Visual and sound in the effects loop of the amp.
and nothing more. Mixed

SOUND QUALITY

why ...
the TS9DX really sounds wonderfully well with my Start + super hot overdrive and accurate.
on the other hand extremely disappointing with PRS CE24. double pickups sound very flat there, mushy and without character.

So everything really depends on the config of microphones, the Gold Lace Sensor Stratocaster are perfect.


OVERALL OPINION

I would have to try and determine a more homogeneous whatever the guitar used.
but with the Strat's really very good so my disappointment is measured.
A little disappointed
peat26802/07/2010

peat268's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
pretty green pedal with 4 buttons, I have no idea of ​​the technology, if it is analog or digital, but not serious, it works well anyway, and where it matters is that it runs with a low.
# What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
Bin there bobby I wonder, is the jack ...

UTILIZATION

there are several modes: a ts-9 and 2-3 others.
I used a personal foisles 2-3 other modes, when I bought it, and since I have never re-used: for my bass it adds nothing. mode ts-9 is already on top.

the pedal is easy to adjust, only a dork can get lost in the settings.

the manual? I had not, sorry.

SOUND QUALITY

the drive is enough to make an overdrive. I use it with a Rickenbacker 4003, all of this file in an old bassman all tube, 4x10 ampeg, and it sounds at the top: the trebble I, aggression I have, but without losing frequency serious as long (as long as I go through my amp, BECAUSE IN THE GRAVE DI MORFLENT SOME STILL).

Me what i like is when I DO balance in my flanger (a boss while purple) and it makes me sound very guile and cure / / siouxsie.

OVERALL OPINION

RICKENBACKER 4003 TS9DX + LOVE = FOREVER.

I caught it by a friend at 60 € I think it should be a good year that I play it.
I tested a lot of OD, and they all lacked a little something, heat it, thereby serious, aggressive on this one, "oh no it bobby, this is more of a fuzz than OD "is a bit low concern, and I think that's why we all tend to swing directly fuzz like cattle without much thought.

I'm really cool, I put him 10 over because it looks to me reliable and well built, and with that, even at concerts where the bass is reversed only by an ID, to compensate for absence of saturation tube amp, I always balance all the pieces, and everyone says "oh say, then it's your clown is too cool at the end of the concert.
phooey11/26/2009

phooey's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
View previous opinions.

UTILIZATION

Very simple, it's a stomp box ... what it opens its esgourdes, and shoo!

SOUND QUALITY

I guess I ets time I arrived, I could not let such negative opinions on the corny.
I do not know how Steve Ray Vaughan stroll on the forum of AF, but then to say it's a pedal m **** worthless, you still have not grown.
Me, I'm not a professional music.

I have a TS808 TS9 reissue and DX.
Honestly, you really have to listen to hear a difference.
Certainly there is something, the TS808 is richer in harmonics and others, but the DX is an excellent pedal.
I think the problem comes from its use.
It was on that for Korn or Guns, it will not really do it.
If free of rock or 60's you try more, it will go much better!

The major difference is probably that the DX has a sound a bit more "modern" than his little sister. There are more grain, but set correctly, you can find almost the same sound as the TS8.

should be compared with a TS9, I have not had a chance, but I'm willing to bet it goes.
The different modes are certainly a bit superfluous, but by dint of hacking, we can work something out.
Especially on clean tones with a slight crunch.
On the mode TS9 you can give a field day with the drive to the bottom, it sounds.

OVERALL OPINION

I must have been about a year.
Influenced by the advice, she sprayed my rig, replaced by a TS808.
I put the DX for sale recently, and finally, a few weeks ago, I reconnected, and I'll keep it.
I do not use it the same way that the TS808.
I put a very light on the drive TS8, and 3 / 4 on the DX.
I think it sounds great.

I do not know if I referrer this choice because I am also eyeing TS808 and I pretty Ducoté Xotic home right now.

But what is certain is that the DX is a good pedal.
Of course, we must know why we buy is a pedal for blues, rock, but not really something else.
As always, it is a matter of ear!
Canard.wc.man04/26/2008

Canard.wc.man's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
So here's an overdrive pedal in the Ibanez Tube Screamer the last to be out I think.
The goal is to simulate a tube amp crunch (if I'm wrong, mea culpa, send me a message and I'll be happy to correct that).

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use: Tone, Drive, Level. A button to select more modes.
manual eh?
you really have to be a three-legged duck not to use this pedal.

SOUND QUALITY

I use this pedal with an Ibanez S-470 Sol.
Frankly, I was very surprised the sound is very correct, very friendly, and I do not understand negative reviews on this pedal, especially comparing it with the TS-9 and 808 ...

The 808 is € 200, it is not in the same category ...

The 9 is less than € 30 and exactly the same circuit as the DX position "TS"

We may as well change the TS9 ...

In terms of sound, in general, is a pedal that eats a lot treble (I admit still play at least 2 hours on the tone knob all the time) but really a single grain ...

It is true that other modes contribute very little on the other hand. (TS mode> all)

OVERALL OPINION

I use this pedal for several weeks now.
I love the look, sound ... everything!
I tried a pedal tube "homemade", which made pretty good!
Obtained in time for € 75 ... frankly, this is the first good thing I do in music / (505 Zoom II ... HAHA

The Tube Screamer, once we played, we understand why it's a foot "safe bet". Try, you will be delighted! (And cons if you want a modern metal sound. It is a product vintage eh: p)
stan towelie04/03/2006

stan towelie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
TURBO TUBE SCREAMER IBANEZ home.
Its analog overdrive lamp type (for mode TS9) plus three types of heavy overdrive saturation (+ TS9 mode, and Turbo mode Hot).
level knobs (volume), tone (+ + severe or acute), drive (saturation) and modes (types of saturation).
9v power jack, input-output jack 6.35, silent type footswitch boss, Led.
The pedal is as heavy as a boss and also resistant thanks to its metal casing.

UTILIZATION

Find the sound with this pedal lon desire is rather easy for me if the same Level button is too powerful.
In fact, I use a 120 watt amp frontman and I just quasimment double the gain of my amp with the pedal fully, something impossible with a Boss type superOD.
In short I recommend this pedal for small amp (less than 80 watt) seeing if we can do spit the Beast has its maximum without screaming his neighbor;
a pedal is not consuming too much battery (a little prs as a boss) and that is not too much noise if you plug a 9v power supply it.

SOUND QUALITY

Oh, it gets to the point negative: SOUND.
for me this pedal is a pedal for blues and nothing but the blues. it may have had the sound of fiddling santana in well with the TS9, and even to the large rock (for me the TS9 mode is the best of the four modes and most versatile). But then the sound is not exactly the same as a TS9 reissue (Colorette least I think it's better now buy the latest or T808 (if you want one of the best overdrive in the world) rather than buy the TS9DX thinking have the most original TS9 saturations noms.Pour worthy of me is a pedal TS9DX m * rde.
Let me explain:
Not only is the TS9 is cold but its other modes are horrible;
mode "+" is a more blues, deeper and compresses (type mesa boogie) of the TS9 but already his heel !!!!! and it will only get worse as far and in ways that will also be less interresting because of a compression up "in creshendo" mediums and heavy rock rotten having nothing to do with the sound TS9. With additional modes I almost screw up my amp so ca heels.

OVERALL OPINION

Initially I had gone to buy a reissue TS9 or TS808 but the seller had none so I rabatu on TS9DX.
I bought and resold within three months so it does not suit my sound.
In addition it is super expensive for an OD pedal (150 euros).
I had this one APRS overdrive pedal replacement and tried in the blues driver boss has since I bought it. certainly it is not worth the TS808 trs but is good quality, cheap is versatile. I advise you if the company TS9DX which for me is a true neo-cons for metalheads fan of his ultra fat inaudible.
tiep01/06/2005

tiep's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer
TS9 with 4 modes
1 knob of drive, a tone, volume and mode selector

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use

SOUND QUALITY

Good overdrive pedal, with its pretty wrapped
The drive is quite small, but after all, what it does, it does very well.
TS9 mode is slightly worse than his little sister, the TS9, but hey, it's still excellent
The three other modes of égamelent are very good, although my preference is the latest, most wrapped (Be careful to turn down the volume when using the latter, otherwise the heels hp) and less distorted.
Just for this mode, the pedal should be purchased.

OVERALL OPINION

I have been using a 1 / 2 years now and I do not at all disappointed susi.
I would do for sure this choice, but it would be interesting to compare with the simple or the TS9 reissue before buying (the reissue is a killer ...)