Ibanez ADMINI Analog Delay Pedal
The first thing to know about this pedal is that it’s a reissue of a classic design, and while it may be smaller than its inspiration the design of both is very similar. The original was discontinued due to a shortage of a certain type of chip, which in turn inflated the price of the original pedals.
The reason that pedal’s predecessor, the AD9, was such a hit was that the repeats it produced were a classic example of what analog-delay connoisseurs want out of a delay pedal. The unit’s repeats gradually degrade, filling out both the bass and mid frequencies (and rolling off the treble) as they do. This lends the pedal what’s been described as “a funky grit, between distorted and clean.” At its core, it’s a pedal with loads of character.
When looking at the ADMINI, there’s nothing that can really be called an objective flaw. The unit isn’t lacking in controls, and while its tone isn’t as pristine as many digital delays that’s actually a selling point in many situations.
A possible area of controversy is that this pedal is true bypass, so when you disengage the unit you’re going to lose and lingering repeats. However, because the pedal is true bypass you won’t have to worry about any tone coloration when the unit is disengaged.
To see which Delays we recommend, see our guide to The Best Delay Pedals.