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MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay

 
MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay


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Rich, analog delay perfect for any style! featured

Ease Of Use With 3 knobs labeled "Mix" (the wet/dry output mix), "Regen" (the delay regeneration amount), and "Delay" (the time between repeats); the MXR Carbon Copy is not only incredibly user friendly, but a sonic delight to the ears. It is also equipped with a "Mod" button that allows for a slight oscillation in the delays to simulate old school tape echo (very well, I might add). This modulation also has two internal trim pots inside the pedal to change the width and depth of the oscillations to dial in that perfect flutter!


Sound The MXR Carbon Copy is all analog, and from the first time you fire it up, you can certainly tell! From short slapback delays, the Carbon Copy preserves your original signal and picking dynamics like a well crafted analog studio delay should - allowing you to explore musical passages and rhythms with incredible natural accuracy. As you increase the delay time, the Carbon Copy responds by greeting you with more and more full and rich analog glory. You can layer your sound sweetly by rolling the mix knob up or keep it low to fatten it up for a more "post production studio sound"; this pedal does it all! As you increase the "Regen" knob past the 12 o'clock position, you reach into the infinite repeat zone; here you get EPIC delays - enter the experimental sounds and the 600ms delay time doesn't seem to limit you at all, sounds can pile up and fall into infinity with amazing results; the kind of sounds that can only come from analog electronics. Clean tones with the Carbon Copy are spectacular; no transistor sounds here, just pure analog warmth and the sound of your guitar. With gain the Carbon Copy also performs like the champ it is. Although slightly louder (which requires dialing the mix back slightly) the Carbon Copy perfectly takes your signal and duplicates it from a crisp shortness to rich, long delays. MXR also added a modulation feature to emulate the sound of a tape echo. With the button engaged it adds a slight oscillating flutter to the repeats which can especially be heard on the last couple repeats at the end; its very very nice and natural sounding! There are two internal trim pots to further fine tune the sound of the oscillations (although I found the factory settings fine for my tastes.) Another fun bi-product of its all analog construction to turn the "Regen" up all the way, and play a note - the pedal can self oscillate, and you can control the timbre with the "Delay" knob creating all kinds of wild outer space sounds and UFO noises! The bright blue LED indicators for both the main switch and the "Mod" buttons are FANTASTIC for seeing on stage and low light situations; since the pedal is a cool sparkly green color, it makes it harder to see on stage, but it lights up very well. The pedal is also true bypass, so it doesn't suck tone while off or on; also the switch doesn't make any "clunk" or sounds while engaging or disengaging.

Simply put, this pedal is a delay that in its price range, can't be beat!


Reliability I have used it live and in the studio many many times and dozens of gigs without a backup. It hasn't failed me (but has collected some grime). Its casing is rock solid, and doesn't make any noises or have any scratchy potentiometers; I would say it's going to serve me a long time to come. I would buy another one in a heartbeat if this one ever broke or got stolen!


Customer Support Never had to deal with MXR...their pedals don't break easily!


Liked about it 1) Ultra rich analog tone!!
2) Cool "Mod" feature for even more options
3) Just plain wonderful delay for the price


Didn't like 1) Could use a tap tempo
2) A little loud on high gain (have to dial the mix back to compensate)
3) -no complaint!-


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5.0

By SonicProvocateur
Nov 26, 2009
 
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Simple and reliable -- good for gigging.

Ease Of Use It really doesn't get any easier than this. It is a simple analog delay pedal with a regen (saturation), delay time, and mix (how much you can hear the delay in the guitar signal). The pedal is simple, and that is what it is meant to be.


Sound Analog delay sounds more "distorted" than digital delay. Purists usually go for analog as it does have it's uses for certain sounds. However, I will never use analog delay on clean tones if you want to keep the sound "clean." Get a digital delay for that. Analog delays (almost all pedals) tend to have a distorted "old school" delay which does sound very good for what it is.

In essence, it sounds amazing for distortion and good for cleans IF you are looking for a distorted delay sound. If you want a pure wet/clean delay, get a digital.


Reliability Built like a rock. MXR makes high quality gear. I have one that is 30 years old and still works on stage.


Customer Support Never had to deal.


Liked about it It does what it is suppose to do and does it well. It is quiet on stage and has 800ms of delay which is plenty for most people. It is also built solid and will be reliable during gigging. Try out a digital and analog pedal at a store before you decide which version you like -- they are quite different. That being said, the MXR is one of the many good analog delay pedals on the market.


Didn't like It does what it does perfectly. There aren't many features, but that's not what it's intended for. There aren't any things I don't like about this product.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By DarrenD
Jun 14, 2010
 
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The Perfect Analog Delay Pedal

Ease Of Use With a 3 nob eq and a mod button it doesn't get much more simple then this. Basic delay pedal functions.


Sound Great tone, great break up in the delay. Very transparent, but still has that analog tone.
Has absolutely no loop noise. Very silent. I use two of them and I love the way they don't taint my tone at all. No volume drops or boost just a nice clean delay.


Reliability Great have gigged all over with my two and haven't had a problem yet, these pedals are built like tanks.


Customer Support Haven't had to deal with them, Haven't had a problem yet.


Liked about it Tone, Ease of use, reliability


Didn't like Would like to see a carbon delay with more then one delay setting so that I wouldn't have to buy multiple ones


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By guitarist for hi
Dec 19, 2009
 
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Killer analog delay with long enough delay times!

Ease Of Use The only advanced feature on this little gem is the modulation button. Otherwise you've got the typical regen, mix and delay knobs... different manufacturers call 'em different things, but we're all pretty familiar with what those 3 knobs do.

It did take me some experimentation to figure out what the modulation button was actually doing and I was also surprised to see you can adjust the modulation from the underside of the pedal (you have to take the bottom off like you're accessing the battery). Other than getting the hang of the modulation feature this baby is brainless... very easy to use.


Sound I prefer to have the modulation button off, my regen set at about 8:30, mix at about 7:30 and delay at nearly 3:00. I tweak those settings from time to time, but the knobs pretty much stay in that ballpark.

I primarily use this for solos with high gain tube amps (e.g. Egnater TOL, Laney TT100, Carvin V3, Mesa/Boogie Road King) and I play mostly Ibanez RG variants (e.g. Jem, JPM, J-Custom, Prestige, RG770, etc.).

I really like that I can get a nice, rich delay without sacrificing delay time. I can get enough delay time for solo work out of this pedal and I get it in an all analog, true bypass package. I used to have two delay pedals on my pedal board (one analog, one digital) until I found this one. Great sounding pedal!


Reliability I've never had any issue at all with any MXR products... this one is no exception.


Customer Support I've never had to contact MXR... their products are built so well I've never had a need to.


Liked about it 1) Long delay times without having to go digital
2) True bypass
3) A wide range of delays in a single pedal


Didn't like Nothing


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By djrjems
Jul 03, 2012
 
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A nice little delay pedal.

Ease Of Use I bought this when my last band told me to stock up on better pedals, cause the ones I had were crap. I bought this at a big music store in Vegas. The first thing I did was dial it up and try to get that "Gilmour" sound. I got it and then some. This pedal is very useful! I typically use the Mod setting all the time, because I really like the sort of processed sound it gives without being too cheesy. I typically leave the mix at about 2 o'clock and adjust the regen and delay to get whatever I like. I don't take the regen past halfway too often. Sometimes I get some pretty wicked feedback going, which can be cool, but for the band I played in it didn't work.


Sound The sound on this unit is fantastic. Like I say, I can get that Gilmour sound very easily. Digital pedals just don't have the same tone as this, and I was trying $400 units that easily fell short of this. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a tap tempo or save bank because of the analog design, but it is still a very nice unit.


Reliability This thing is built like a tank. I would recommend this pedal to anyone who wants that classic delay sound without breaking the bank.


Customer Support Never dealt with them.


Liked about it 1. Nice sound.
2. Ease of use.
3. Cool paint. Minor, I know. Still cool.


Didn't like 1. No tap tempo.
2. No presets.
3. The paint could have been blue.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By paulramon1992
Feb 15, 2012
 
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Great, low-fi delay

Ease Of Use Super easy, 3 knobs labeled to make sense.


Sound If you like low-fi, tape like delay and don't need a sampler, you can't go wrong with this one. I was able to dial in exactly what I wanted within seconds. The sound degeneration is pretty cool sounding if you like vintage delay. The Mod switch adds some chorus which is an added bonus as well. Great for clean playing.


Reliability Built like a tank.


Customer Support Never had to deal with them.


Liked about it I like the ease of use, great low-fi tape like sound, chorus switch is a great bonus.


Didn't like Bad AC jack placement. It would be cool if they could add an internal dip switch that would allow you to set the chorus to stay on when the delay is switched off so that the pedal could be used in either capacity.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By tlhamon51
Jul 04, 2010
 
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