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Mimiq Doubler (TC Electronic video demo and review)



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[FONT=Calibri]The purpose of the Mimiq Doubler is to thicken up yoursound, often achieved by way of a slight chorus or slap-back echo, or morecommonly (in the studio) by way of multi-tracking the same guitar part. The MIMIQ Doubler does the latterautomatically and at various levels – in a very subtle way or with a lot ofaggression. Dialed in correctly (whichtweaking can vary whether the signal is clean, heavily distorted or somewherebetween) it can sound very natural and full. The YouTube demo video within this review did not ‘dial in’ to the besteffect relative to clean or distorted signals, but was set in such a way thatyou could hear the audible difference clearly (since YouTube often compressesthe signal and you lose some of the effect desired).[/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri]Certainly your playing and composition will dictate how manyadditional guitars you want to hear… one extra, or two or three, and that alsorequires tweaking the Dry, Effect and Tightness accordingly to best match theguitar’s tone, amp settings and other effects in the chain. But once you do, you can get closer to that ‘wallof sound’ from just one guitar, bringing a lot more life to leads and heavyrhythms. Depending on the settings there‘can be’ a coloring of the original tone, although not a bad coloration as thenuances (harmonics, etc.) of the notes seem to be enhanced while making thesignal sound livelier – something distorted becomes a bit more distorted andedgy, whereas pinch harmonics ring out even more clearly. And that makes sense if you consider have 1-3guitarists in your band playing the same thing and with the same gear andsettings. This is most apparent as youadd more DUBS or increase the EFFECT to obvious levels rather than modestlevels.[/FONT]


[FONT=Calibri]Here is a brief rundown of the controls. The DUBSrefer to how many additional guitar signals you want layered with the originalor DRY. One DUB can make a difference,whereas three may be too much (depending on the entire scope of your sound,other effects, what effect you want, etc.). The TIGHTNESS adjusts howmuch variation there is in the layers, e.g., a slight warble or chorus effectvs. very precise in replication, any adjustment that can produce a differentquality in time, pick attack and pitch. The EFFECT adjusts the levelof the overdubs/added layers and this needs to be coordinated with the DRY knob (which adjusts how much of theinput signal is sent to the outputs – full up is parity). [/FONT]


[FONT=Calibri]What I like about this pedal is that it merely replicateswhat goes in it, which means it works for ALL instruments, and even the humanvoice. It thickens up anything, from syntheffects to a bass guitar or when you want the vocals to stand out more duringthe chorus, and obviously it works great for guitar (could be interesting ifadded to a drum track). It also producesa 12-string guitar effect, if you so choose to dial it in accordingly (keep thetightness low and the effect high). Thevideo with this review was recorded in Mono, but it is a full Stereo pedal, which gives an evengreater thickening effect (not a panning effect) when you have left and rightspeakers communicating in their appropriate corners.[/FONT]


[FONT=Calibri]What is very impressive is when you add other effects, suchas chorus, phaser, etc., as the outcome of the Mimiq Doubler seems tosuper-enhance everything that much more. Dial in just right and you may find it difficult to return to a regularguitar signal as it can sound relatively ‘weak’ in comparison. Moreover, suppose you already have some songspre-recorded and you want to make the guitar (or any instrument) sound bigger;you can run the guitar track’s signal into the Mimiq Doubler and record a new‘multi-layer.’ [/FONT]


[FONT=Calibri]Another great feature is thatthe pedal includes a USB port so that you can upload firmware updates whenavailable – a pedal that keeps on giving and improving in technology over time.[/FONT]
[FONT=Calibri]The Mimiq Doubler has only a few knobs, but as stated thereis tweaking to do. If you shift from acompletely Dry signal (with the effect off) to the pedal being on, you maycreate too much of a volume boost, which means keeping the pedal’s DRY turneddown (unless you want that boost). Toomuch EFFECT, relative to how many DUBS you want can make a tone sound slightlymessy (more so with a lot of distortion), even if the TIGHTNESS is setright. In that regard, it can take verylittle EFFECT to make a difference. Aswell, one DUB often is enough for lead (maybe two DUBS at times) and 1-2 forheavy or distorted rhythm. With a cleanor acoustic guitar all three DUBS can work very nicely. However, three DUBS are possible in anyinstance if you keep the EFFECT in check and rely more on the DRY; lots of funexperimentation for the tweaker.[/FONT]


[FONT=Calibri]Hooking the Mimiq Doubler is straight forward, usuallyplaced after any distortion or overdrive pedals to give the best control overthe layers or Dubs. A second option isthrough an amp’s effects loop, as doing so ensures a single overdriven soundentering the pedal and, thus, producing better clarity of the layers. However, you can even place the Mimiq DoubleBEFORE a distortion pedal to produce a lo-fi effect for more of a sludge/stonerrock sound.[/FONT]
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