Small pedals have been growing in popularity for years now, as guitarists seek to pack more effects onto one board. In their range of Mini pedals, Ibanez offer everything from the classic sound of their Tube Screamer to more generic phaser, tremolo, and flange, pedals, all in small, stylish, easy to operate cases. In this regard, the Ibanez Chorus Mini is no different. It offers the warm sound of a classic chorus pedal in a highly compact unit.
Ibanez have not tried to reinvent the chorus sound here, and that’s all for the better. Chorus is a classic effect and is definitive to the sound of many contemporary music genres. By resisting the temptation to mess with perfection, Ibanez have built a great little pedal. It’s not flashy, and it won’t change the music world, but it will provide you with everything you need from a chorus pedal.
If the Ibanez Chorus Mini has one problem it’s that it is a very generic pedal. Now, of course, this is what comes with the trade-off of being a mini pedal.
As with all of Ibanez’s Mini range, it’s a three-knob design. In this case, you get depth, level, and speed.
That’s certainly enough to give all the basic control you need over a chorus but it doesn’t have much range. There are no alternative modes and if you’re looking for extremes you won’t find them here.
Ultimately, if you want a chorus pedal that’ll give you everything in one unit then you want to check out the Boss CE-5. If you’re looking for something like the CE-5 that won’t break the bank then you should take a look at the Behringer UC200.
But if you’re looking for something that’s a good trade-off on price and that’ll fit easily onto your board, while giving you a classic Chorus that’s easy to operate, then this is the pedal for you!
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