Are mini pedals the future?

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  1. GloryJones

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    I'm sure this has been tackled before, but is the influx of mini pedals the future? Is it a matter of time before we see a majority of pedalboards hosting these tiny pedals? I know there are many boards filled with these pedals already.

    Is this like the whole tube amp vs. modeling discussion? There are obvious differences here, but I think you get what I mean. Will there be purists to their big box Rats or Memory Man delays who won't convert to these smaller pedals?

    This isn't a tone comparison thread. I'm well aware that these pedals sound great, and I own a few of them myself. I view them as space savers to be strategically fit on a packed pedalboard, a la Tetris.

    I'm just curious if these space savers are the future of pedals.
     
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    Only if you need them to feel like a man.
     
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    I'd really love to compress a large pedalboard down to a Pedaltrain Nano or two... :)
     
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    Mini pedals may be new, but until they can do what the larger, more popular pedals, like a Timmy, or a Klon , et. al can do, they will continue to be a part of one's possible setup, but no the end-all, be-all for most players. It's still about what the pedal can do, not the size of it.

    For example, I cannot see a Strymon Timeline being condensed down to a mini pedal...yet..
     
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    God I hope not. I've had a few of the TC Polytune mini pedals and cannot get on with the small size. They're just too small. I'm a size 10, and I need big chunky things to plant my foot on!
     
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    Everyone knows the bigger the box, the more the pedal resonates. Watch out for feedback though.



    The only reason I wouldn’t flock to mini pedals is that I often turn knobs with my feet, and smaller pedals and knobs might make that increasingly more difficult.

    Otherwise, I’m all for less weight and more space.
     
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    I just downsized to a Nano. In order to do it I downsized the tuner and delay to TC Minis. The tuner is great and the delay is fine (I don't use it much).
     
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    Cool.

    Are we going to be subjected to mini versions of every signature they make?
     
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    I think it probably won't become the norm other than downsizing things that were oversized (like the EHX nano line). For me, they're just not very practical because I have pretty big feet and I can't actually move pedals closer together than a typical hammond or MXR sized box and actually use them with any accuracy on a stage. I get it for set and forget always on applications, though, and maybe little utility things that get tucked in here or there like a buffer or tuner. But I mean...you can't mini the timeline and have it work like a timeline. It's about as compact as it can be due to human physiology as is
     
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    I have two Mooers on my 'board now. I have them mounted horizontally and I feel like I am gonna crush them when stomping on the switches. I'm sure they will hold up just fine, I'm just paranoid.

    Now, that mini-Cry Baby is way cool looking. I will definitely have to snag one of those.
     
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    Not for me! I have a couple of them and just don't dig the small size myself. Always feel like they are going to tip over to the side if I don't step on them at the right angle even with velcro on them. On a dark stage this is even worse. Also not one that feels like I need to crame something on every little space I have on my board, because I can. If they are working for others great, but I will be sticking with boss and mxr size pedals.
     
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    I think there are a number of pedal users that like having the ability to change stuff on the fly with their feet. Mini pedals are not very well-suited for that.

    There are a lot of pedals with four or five knobs+ on them-- again, not really the best candidates for micro-sizing.
     
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    I dont see them taking over, they're good for pedal sounds that you use every so often, but not enough to warrant mounting a full sized deja vibe on your board, when something like a pickle vibe will do for your limited uses. Like the guys who like the original DMM sound, but don't want to waste the space on a pedal they use for 30 seconds in a set.
     
  20. JCJones

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    I doubt it. Mini-pedals have been around a long time, remember the original Dan Armstrong pedals from the seventies? If you don't use a lot of pedals what would be the point? I can think of more negatives than positives, they are harder to work on, tough to use if you have big feet(I do!) and possibly easier to lose. I suppose if you have a monster board they might make some sense and maybe save your back! But they don't appeal to me.
     

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