Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer – Tutorial, Demo & Review
Check out our ‘Ibanez Tube Screamer’ Tutorial, Demo & Review with ‘Nathan Cleary Music!’ featuring a deep dive through some of the features, sounds, pros and cons of the famous Ibanez TS9.
The Tube Screamer Overdrive is a tried and tested classic for a good reason.
It’s a tool which can give your tone and stup that extra push in your compositions and performances with a simple but effective layout and sound that can create an array of different tones and colors: from screaming leads to crunchy, honky or mid-boosted rhythm parts.
It’s used best in conjunction with a tube or non-digital amplifier to really push the signal going into the amp and get those warm tubes moving!
Beginning with a quick overview and discussion about the unit, followed by a quick tour of the main features and a minimal to no talking sound demo of the presets to finish and let you come to your own conclusions.
- A UTILITARIAN TONE CLASSIC
While we didn’t have a chance to do a demonstration with the tube screamer overdrive in a mix with other instruments today, be sure that it’s lead tones in particular can really cut through a dense mix with ease both in the studio and in live situations.
There’s a reason that it’s revered as the best screamer pedal by many guitarists as well as appearing on many records where the Mid-Frequencies have to just pop out of the speakers! (Also don’t forget to try it on some Synthesizers for even more possibilities.)
- DURABLE AND STURDY
Despite its low price and relative size, it’s built very well and doesn’t feel like it’s going to let you down anytime soon! For a live performer this is a big, big plus.
And of course it saves you a bunch of money in the studio too as you don’t have to replace it very often! (I’ve had my personal tubescreamer for 5 years now with no issues so far and consistent use.)
- MIXING WELL WITH OTHERS
While not within the scope of a single video, the Tube Screamer Overdrive really shines when it’s used in conjunction with other pedals and as a finishing little touch/pedal to include in your particular sound palette!
Being able to just peak and really bring out the critical mid-range during a solo really is a ‘not-so-secret’ secret weapon for the Lead Guitarist.
As shown in the video though, while it’s famous and mostly used for Lead it can also be used on Rhythm parts to create a range of scratchy to honky tones for you to experiment with.
If you’ve got your basic/favorite/personal tone down and want a pedal which can add that extra little boost and bite with just the quick switch of a button, then this is your pedal!
With just 3 controls on the front of the pedal you can get a deceptive range of mid-range boosted tones which can work in an array of different sections in your composition as well as, of course, as a blistering lead boost which cuts through the mix in the studio and a live situation.
We did our best to show off some of the range of the pedal on it’s own today, but of course, you should take it for a spin for yourself with your own amp, guitar or setup to see how it can work for you and get you some new cutting tones to add to your productions!
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