Updated on 05.07.2020 – Please note: this article is part of a series of pieces about delay stompboxes. We already published four other articles in the series, one focused on multi-mode digital delay pedals, one on basic analog delay pedals, one on the pedals emulating the Binson Echorec delay, and another one on the best affordable and used delay pedals. Look out for more articles about delay coming out in the next few months!
A Guide to the Best Mini Delay Pedals
So the budget is tight, the space on your board is little, and you desperately need a delay pedal.
Here’s an interactive page that sums up all the options you have; to navigate it, follow these guidelines:
– Hover on the images for indicative street prices and notes;
– Clicking on the images will open the pedal’s YouTube video;
– Oh and… “TUS” means “Thumbs Up Score,” i.e. the Thumbs-Up-to-Views ratio the stompbox’s link video got.
MOST POPULAR MINI DELAY AND ECHO STOMPBOXES ($100)
The TC Electronic Flashback Mini (and the more recent Flashback Mini 2, which features new algorithms) is a simple digital delay with a powerful, under the hood potential, thanks to the proprietary TonePrint technology, which allows you to choose from several delay types like tape, analog, the classic 2290 sound and dynamic delay. The Ibanez Delay MINI is a miniature emulation of the classic Ibanez AD9 analog delay pedal – if you are looking for a great sounding, no frills option, you can’t go wrong with it. Lovers of the classic EHX pedals may want to check out the Xvive Echoman, more than a mere clone: it was designed by Howard Davis, the original creator of the Memory Man Deluxe.
MINI DELAYS WITH ONLY KNOBS (OR NO KNOBS)
The classic analog delay stompbox has three or four knobs (normally time, repeats, wet/dry mix, and sometimes tone) and no extra features like toggle switches or other buttons. Here are the pedals that adhere to that original concept.
UNUSUAL MINI DELAY AND ECHO STOMPBOXES
For those who like to try new things, here are a few more options that don’t really have much in common with each other, but stand out for an “out of the box” approach: from the uber creative (and digital) Rainger FX Echo-X to the F-Pedal Analog Echo Bandit and its Binson Style Tape Emulator. We put in this category also the squarely shaped Mooer Spark and the Henretta Engineering Red Brick (no knobs, but internal trimmers for time, repeats, level, and tone).
If you are looking for flexibility at the tip of your fingers, this section is for you: all the pedals in this category allow to choose different delay or echo types through a switch button or toggle. They are organized according to their “Thumbs Up” YouTube Score (TUS).
MINI DELAY & ECHO EFFECTS BETWEEN $60 AND $99
Here’s a list of middle of the road (in terms of price) mini pedals, organized according to their “Thumbs Up” YouTube Score. Some of these have no YouTube reviews (or, at least, we couldn’t find them).
MINI DELAY & ECHO PEDALS UNDER $60
And this is the list for the players with budget related issues! Some of these have no YouTube reviews.