Review: Ibanez MINI series / Delay, Distortion, Chorus pedals

A few years back, pedal builders became increasingly aware that more and more musicians were responsible for lugging their gear through airports, and flying with their own gear. Pedal boards were becoming essential for the traveling musician, so making smaller pedals allowed for having multiple sonic options on boards already tight for space . Ibanez, known for making some of the most sought after pedals in the 80's, has decided to make some of those pedals into the MINI format with the CSMINI Chorus, ADMINI Delay and SMMINI Super Metal Distortion. 

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Photo credit: Ibanez

I remember a couple of years ago, seeing Ibanez make the legendary Tube Screamer into a MINI pedal, but I am way more excited to see these three analog legends converted into MINI versions. I use chorus a ton, so to have a mini version of the famous CS9 chorus is very appealing.  The same goes for the Ibanez ADMINI analog delay that Ibanez based off another sought after 80's Ibanez AD-9 delay. This ADMINI delay is 100% analog and is half the size of my original so guess what's getting replaced? 

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Photo credit: Ibanez

Last up is Ibanez's SM9 mini version called the SMMINI Super Metal Distortion.  Having never owned the original, I will say the SMMINI is a fierce little dude. It rips a mean, throaty distortion and has a really cool punch, that comes from the all analog circuitry. 

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Photo credit: Ibanez

Here is Nick Reinhart and I covering these three pedals in our Pedals And Effects review: