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MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2008
I had the privilege of using an original Echoplex delay box that was lent to me years ago. After returning the Echoplex, I've relied on an inexpensive digital delay pedal that recently began to bomb out on me. After reading a lot of info and positive reviews on the MXR Carbon Copy Delay pedal, I decided to take the plunge and purchase it online at Amazon. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.

The pedal is nice and compact...no bigger than a phase 90. Sound-wise it's not quite an echoplex...but does have warm tonal characteristics that remind me of the old school delay sounds. The modulation button is a nice touch and does sound similar to the tape warble heard on the echoplex. It basically varies the speed of the echo...creating a chorus effect when heard along with your original signal. This is a very subtle chorus sound...but that's how I remember (and like) it. The pedal will also self oscillate when the repeats are pushed to the max for some crazy sounds...just take care not to blow up your speakers. I did notice some very minor noise on the longer echos when playing clean bright tones, however, I've read that this is not an uncommon thing with analog pedals.

My only gripe with pedals like these are the internal controls. Personally, I think the whole trimpot concept is barbaric anymore. It just doesn't make sense to make the user disassemble an entire pedal to access additional controls. I doubt it would take much for Dunlop to drill an additional 2 holes into the housing to accommodate these features. Also, take care when disassembling these things. The jack threads are made of plastic...which can cross thread very easy if the metal nut fastener is tightened too much or incorrectly.

Overall a really nice pedal. I was initially concerned that the 600ms delay wouldn't be long enough...but as it turns out...it's actually a little more than I need. Sounds cool, looks cool, and not too pricey. I think most musicians will find this a valuable addition to their setup.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The MXR Carbon Copy is becoming a baseline standard by which other delay pedals are compared. That's not saying it's average, or the best, but it's a fine little pedal. Despite the name, the repeats are anything but carbon copies of the dry signal. Compared to a pristine digital delay, the Carbon Copy's repeated tone is warm, dark, and ethereal. There's a hint of overtones in there, too. Compared to one of my other favorite delays, the Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy Analog Delay, which has a heavier modulation and adds a little dirt to your tone, the Carbon Copy is very clean and subtle.

My favorite setting points the Mix and Delay knobs to about 10 o'clock, and the Regen to 1 or 2 o'clock for a rich sound on my rhythm guitar parts. If you're looking for a great analog delay, this is an excellent place to start.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2010
NOTE: I've only had this pedal for a few days so the rating has nothing to do with how reliable it is, which I'm sure I'll find out over time. It looks really cool though.

I'd been looking for a delay pedal for some time and the Carbon Copy definitely more than fulfilled my needs. As another reviewer said, this doesn't have the bells and whistles that some other more expensive analog or similarly-priced digital pedals have (mini-loops, backwards guitar effects, etc.).

What it does have is incredible-sounding delay effects and intuitive controls. If your amp is several thousand dollars you MIGHT find that the deluxe Memory Man sounds better, but for $120 (Amazon's current price) this is amazing. It both blends with and enhances your tone to a degree that the pretty-good Digitech DigiDelay ($100) can't match, and most other pedals under $200 don't come close. I play through a fairly crap Vox Valvetronix amp and this honestly improves my tone if I set "Delay" and "Regen" (number of repeats) very low. Even if I'm not looking for a noticeable delay I leave it on just because of the tonal improvement.

You can also use much longer delays (up to 600ms I believe, more than enough for 95% of songs/guitarists) and increase the number of repeats ("Regen") to an almost infinite level. And the "Mix" knob just lets you adjust how loud the delay is, from inaudible to the exact same volume as your guitar. Unlike some other delay pedals, when you set the "Mix" knob at the maximum setting, it sounds EXACTLY like your guitar signal.

There's also a modulation button that adds a very subtle throb to the delay effect. You can adjust the properties of the modulation using two internal trimpots (which require a screwdriver to access rather than just taking off the plastic feet like some other pedals), but I haven't messed with those. For all I know it could make the modulation much more pronounced, but I believe it will always be pretty subtle. Still, it's something that most other delay pedals don't offer and its pure class.

For a guitarist on a budget or someone looking to expand or start a pedal board, I can't think of a more crucial pedal than the Carbon Copy. Most of MXRs pedals are very affordable, and this is so good I'm thinking of trying out their phaser and compression pedals soon. The Carbon Copy also comes with a 1-year warranty that you can activate online.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2012
It took me a while to settle on this delay. I wanted something with warmer tone and tap tempo, and as it turns out, that is a catch-22. Some digital delays (Digitech DL-8, Boss DD-7, T-Rex Reptile) have decent simulation of analog delays, but ultimately all of them sounded stale next to the real thing. The control panel on this delay is as simple as it gets: REGEN is the feedback control, MIX controls the level of delay, DELAY controls the rate, and the MOD button toggles the modulation feature. You can experiment for days on different modulation settings, different combinations between the M169 and other pedals (such as reverb) to create a full spectrum of ambient effects capable of making any audiophile drool.

I've been using this for several months now, so I've gotten used to it's quirks. That being said, here are a few things worth considering before buying this delay:
Control: Don't buy this if you need tap tempo! The knobs function very smoothly, and I can tweak them with my toe on stage if I need a rough change, but they are not precise enough for this to be in any way reliable. If you want tap tempo, get a T-Rex or Digitech. This is for people who want uncompromised analog TONE. Also, the modulation function can't be turned off and on with your feet (unless you perform barefoot and have very small toes).
Battery Life: This pedal is TRUE BYPASS, meaning that it won't suck your tone when you turn it off. It also won't drain the battery when the unit is bypassed, UNLESS the modulation is turned on (in which case, the battery continues to be used to keep the LED light on). But let me be clear: true bypass or not, THIS UNIT SUCKS UP BATTERIES VERY QUICKLY. Not only does it have a very short battery life, but the tone quality changes quite noticeably as the battery dies (clarity on the repeats fades more quickly, and distortion begins appearing on repeats). The battery is also a pain to change, as you need to unscrew the back to change the battery. Long story short, use the DC adaptor--it will save you a lot of headache. I don't even keep a battery in mine anymore.

If you can put up with these minor (imho) quircks, this is the best value you will ever find on an analog delay. The quality of components is excellent: the knobs turn very smoothly, all of the controls feel great to operate (not cheap or flimsy). The size of this unit is a definite plus as well, and the price is just about unbeatable considering the tone that it delivers. If you want an ultra-clean delay sound, buy a digitech. If you want subtle, warm tone that oozes with character, look no further.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2010
Bought this pedal to replace a Boss DD-3 for amplified harp. I never cared much for the DD-3 for harp, although it seems to be a fine delay for guitar. The Boss, being digital had a bit of a "cold edge" to it particularly if I wasn't cautious in attacking mid to upper register notes. The analog design of the CC does a great job of "warming" up the signal w/o getting muddy. I typicaly stay in the 100-300 ms of delay--just some slapback, so it has plenty of adjustment for me. True hardwire bypass is a nice feature, however, I leave this pedal on full time. Surprisingly compact, built like a tank, very cool finish. The trim screws for the modulation settings require removal of the back and some gymnasticks w/a jewelers screwdriver, so this would be a "find your fav setting and forget it" kind of feature, however I don't engage the "mod" anyway. Only downside--while the BRIGHT blue led's are cool--they require the use of welding goggles to make adjustments. Very well built, great looking pedal w/a smooth, natural warmth--I like!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2009
This is an excellent choice if you're looking for a nice analog delay with a small footprint. It looks great, it's easy to use, and it's a fantastic size for a delay pedal. The analog delay is nice and warm -- much more satisfying than digital delay to my ears. Also, the modulation button enables you to add a chorusing effect to the delays. At factory setting, it's a bit over the top, but an internal trim pot enables you turn down the modulation to something more usable.

I have no complaints whatsoever about this pedal -- it's great for the price. However, I ultimately switched to a EH Deluxe Memory Man. Despite being much larger in size, the DMM has a nicer sound to my ears and has a bit more functionality. The DMM is quite a bit more expensive, though -- almost twice the price, and more than twice the size. I've actually kept this pedal as a second delay.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
This is hands down the best delay pedal I have ever used. I owned a Boss DD-3 for many years and I have tried various other brands, but this little beauty takes the cake. The delay is pure analog so it produces a smooth and creamy sound. It is very easy on the ears in both clean and distorted settings, and it adds exponentially to your tone. When turned off it is true bypass, which means it does not color your guitar's natural tone in any way. I recognized a notable difference when I unhooked my DD-3 and plugged in the Carbon Copy.

The pedal is slightly smaller than most pedals but it is built like a tank. The price point is a little expensive but, in this instance, you get what you pay for. If you're looking for a creamy, true bypass, analog pedal then look no further. The Carbon Copy is the best there is!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
I am a jazz and multi-style guitarist from the Ft.Worth area. Over my forty + years of playing I've been through a lot of pedals and other gear. All of my amps these days are non-reverb amps. So, like many players, I need to have some sort of add-on reverb. In that quest I've used a Holy Grail Reverb and Boss RV-3 pedals for extended periods of time. They were fine, but there was always some digital artifacts that ultimately hurt the warmth of the sound. It became a dilemma for me because I have very warm sounding amps whose tone was being compromised by digital harshness. Since buying the Carbon Copy my "sonic-wetness" needs are met. I actually prefer it to a true, spring reverb sound now. For all you guys with reverbless amps, this may be a very cool ticket for you. You might find, like me, that it is all you really need. I'm quite satisfied that I have the tool for the job that doesn't compromise my overall tone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2011
I have a LOT of pedals.... including many delays and echos...

The MXR is just little more organic and warm in tone and response then my Aqua Puss, EH Delux Memory Boy, Ibanez, Boss, and lets not even get into the Behringer stuff... :)

I like the chorus-like mod button. Very lush and sweet to listen too. Not as feature rich as some of my other delays, but a tad more appealing to the ear then the others to me. Simple to use, compact and well built. I like using this clean... but even it's ability to take some distortion is pretty good.

This is simliar to my favorite echo (the Morely ECV from the 70's) in that is has that real warm surrounding sound to it. Lush is the right word.

Hope this helps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
Best stomp box ever. I wish I was exaggerating. Beautiful repeats, analog, compact, true bypass, bright and clear LED, modulation built in, and can "go crazy" like analog delays do, built like a tank, and of course the price. I play guitar and am not a huge delay user; I only keep 4 effects at my feet. Despite that, the Carbon Copy is the best stomp box I've ever owned or played period
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