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Ibanez Tube King

Ibanez TC999 Compressor

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RickD's review (Ibanez - TK999)

By RickD, 21/04/2008
- What are the effects, or types of effects available?
Tube distortion and EQ.
Noise reduction knob on the back.

- What technology is used? (analog, digital, tube...)
100% analogue

- Can they be edited? through a Mac/PC editor utility program?
Nope

- What connection types are there? (Audio/MIDI)
In & out, like any simple pedal.

- Is it rackable?
Errm, it's a pedal.

UTILIZATION

- Is the general configuration/setup simple?
Hard to beat this level of simplicity ;-)

- Is the sound or effects editing easy?
Yes, you can very easily get something u like.
The EQ is very powerful and sounds good.
You can get a bit of noise/hiss but, well, this not a Mesa/Boogie rack, it's a pedal.

- Is the manual clear and sufficient?...
I think it has examples of settings but who needs a manual?? It's a pedal!!

SOUND QUALITY

- Are the effects good, usable and sufficiently realistic?
Oh yes!

- With what instruments do you use them?
Don't think the bandwidth would suit a bass or anything else than an electric guitar.

Less hiss would have been good but the noise reduction thingy works ok.

OVERALL OPINION

- For how long have you been using it?
About 8 years.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?
Adds sustain for rock solos.
Couple this with the Tube King compressor and you just hoooowwwlll...!

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I had had many effects before...Boss ME-6, Digitech RP-6, Boss GX-70, and tried various pedals...and various amps...various sansamps...
This one turned out quite versatile and had a sound i liked more than any other. I'm old fashioned, be warned. My amp is a Marshall JTM-60 (70's style British rock tube amp).

I also have a POD 2.0 and i think this is better.

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
I paid 950 Francs at the time (£95 back then), ie 143 euros. Not cheap.
A second hand one would be good value, though, for sure.
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RickD's review (Ibanez - TC999 Compressor)

By RickD, 21/04/2008
- What are the effects, or types of effects available?
Compression

- What technology is used? (analog, digital, tube...)
Analogue, tube.

- Can they be edited? through a Mac/PC editor utility program?
Nope

- What connection types are there? (Audio/MIDI)
In & out.

UTILIZATION

- Is the general configuration/setup simple?
Yes, very.

- Is the sound or effects editing easy?
Yes, but settings are powerful so u need to be careful and use them with subtlety. Too much can really kill the sound.

- Is the manual clear and sufficient?...
Yes, very clear, with preset examples.

SOUND QUALITY

- Are the effects good, usable and sufficiently realistic?
This is fine for electric guitar during a gig but be careful when recording cos you can add hiss easily. You might want to dehiss the track afterwards, actually.
This is no Neve gear...

- With what instruments do you use them?
Useless on bass unless you're looking for a special effect.

OVERALL OPINION

- For how long have you been using it?
About 8 years.

- What thing do you like most/least about it?
Great for added sustain. Goes well with the TK-999 distortion.

- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Not sure there is much competition, really, or there was none at the time...a tube compressor pedal? Do you know of any?

- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Was about 150 € (£100 back then), which was not cheap, and i'd seriously hesitate now before spending as much. As ever, second hand this would be a good choice, though, if you can get it for about half as much.

What's good is that the settings are very powerful, as for the EQ on the distortion model, and you can really transform your sound drastically. This can be used creatively or just naturally. Worth a test drive, i say!
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TKK ... (Ibanez - TK999)

By Qill, 24/11/2012
I have nothing to add any more is said in the previous comments

UTILIZATION

RAS

SOUND QUALITY

0 no potato attack, sending serious was not a lot of middle and treble sound loud, it's soft knee if you just want a clear a bit dirty and soggy I think it may be appropriate but crunch and overdrive ... rendering aid has nothing to do with a TS9 in a tube amp is not melodic, warm ... compared to the Tube Driver, the Tube King is far behind

OVERALL OPINION

in year 90 pedal overdrive / distortion lamp was fashionable, Hughes & kettner, Mesa, Matchless, Engl ... everyone was leaving his pedal lamp warmed the sound of our old transistor amp
Except that here the sound of the tube king was not at all appointments, the lamps are no utilities we do not feel it is completely transparent, it would be necessary to put some more? ago after the debate on the lamp change, is it really worth the trouble ... especially since it is not an operation for novices, with testing a version upgrade with a 12AU7, there is better but not enough to go running to buy .... especially our time's not good pedal drive missing ...
The only pedal I kept lamp is the Tube Driver with bias knob that I strongly advise you and is well above the Tube King
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totoleboss's review (Ibanez - TK999)

By totoleboss, 16/05/2006
Everything has already been said!

USE

Use?
I use it in a config bassman head 70, baffle Boggner Shiva and 2 telecaster: an old 52 and a '50 reissue Mount with 2 joe Barden.

the use of the pedal is very very simple: one branch (the focus is in the left and right OUT is get used that's all.), it screws up the knob at noon and WOCK N Woll

SOUND QUALITY

God only knows how many of satu pedal and drive quue I tried.

Menatone king of the britain, TS9, TS10, Line 6 DL4, Banzai Fireball, V twin MesaBoogie, Tubeman H & K ect, ect, ect ...
apart the TS10 part of my current arsenal, none liked. And then I fell on the Tube King quue jje looking for a while on the site, forum ect ...
I bought the get, the branch! Arrrrrrg sound is yucky. Drooling, not accurate, not level, no dynamic! for an output level nearly as strong as when it is unplugged, I must fuck volume knob thoroughly. Total short loose.
And then I said, it's funny, it'll complement in contrast with what others say utilisatueurs. And it's a pedal is light. And if I?
And I!
And what do I see it? a 12AX7 Mesa Boogie!
Hummmmm. not convinced the guy. I decided to turn this mesa boogie (which over time will be prove to be a dead lamp). I fucks him in the stomach SOVTEK 12ax7WB a lamp I had left was the days when I had my head VHT Pittbull. it's one of the lamps there was upstairs of. I close, I plug in, turn up the sound!

OH FUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Potato, precision, punch, dynamics, hamronique ... I do not know my bassman sounded like a plexi time boost in 1000

it is a HUGE pedal in its sound, grain, output level. A yeah I forgot to tell you that suddenly, leaving all the knobs at noon, the volume of the pedal is pass "BOTTOM" "22h adjustment." Stronger and AC part by feedback.

The equa is terrible and very effective, it can sciseller a nice little sound with a lot of precision. Really top the TK999.

NOTICE GLOBAL

It has a worry! there is only a TK999 TK999.

Why worry? well I'm going to buy me more. For what is enial is cum gain 0, a little twist of turning up the volume, and we are left with the crunch of a plexi, but a barge thing. I have the impression of being Malcolm Young.
With 11h gain, I am Angus and gain 3 hours, I VH!
There is a monstrous reactivit and versatility in this pedal. Tres far the best pedal to drive on which I played.

I will never part with it.
110 euros secondhand with diode not work and 12AX7 to change. Briefly, to 130 euros, I have an unnamed killing. it's good to feel invincible.
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