MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay

M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay, Delay/Echo/Phrase Sampler for Guitar from MXR.

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yoTrakkz's review"very solid analog delay"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
The MXR M169 is loaded with a wide variety of analog and digital delay models of famous pedals and devices . Also has basic sampling capabilities which I am not all that familiar with. It is a modeling device. You can use the knobs to tweak each delay to your needs but you can only store three of your settings at once. There is a toe tempo tap button. The pedal has stereo/mono inputs and stereo/mono outputs. The unit requires its own proprietary power adapter. The unit is very solidly built but has a very poor reputation for the reliability of its buttons.


The setup of the pedal is kind of ergonomically ideal in some ways but you quickly wish you could store more than 3 user settings because there are lots of cool models. I greatly appreciate that there are user friendly knobs for quick tweaking and not digital menus which are time consuming and nightmarish.
The manual is very cool too with neat information about the original devices that the models are based on.


The unit is very quiet and designed to be used on the front end between your guitar and amp and not in an effects loop where it apparently doesn't work well. The models are good and the pedal is fun fun fun. However it is important to realize that this is a modeling device and like all modeling devices it sounds cold, sterile, and artificial and will interject that sound into your chain.


It is definitely a cool pedal that has been around for a while and needs to be updated with the capability to hold more user settings and needs to have its reliability issues fixed.
However I refuse to use this delay as part of my main sound because of the sterile artificial sound that the modeling interjects even for some reason when the guitar is plugged in the unit but the effect is bypassed.

Fireguy8402's review"Nice analog delay."

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
The MXR Carbon Copy has a completely analog audio path. This pedal has around 600ms of delay time with optional modulation. The pedal has a basic three knob setup for a delay pedal, Delay time (0ms up to 600ms), Mix (lets you adjust the amount of delay on the dry signal), and Regen (the amount of repeats after the original sound). The special thing about this delay is that they throw in a modulation button to allow chorus sounds on the delays. The width and rate are available for tweaking from inside the pedal via two user adjustable trim pots. The pedal is true hard-wire bypass so there is no tone sucking at all. The pedal runs off a single 9-volt, but it drains batteries like crazy so you’re better off using the 9 volt power supply. A bright blue LED lets you know if the pedal is on or off from a distance on a dark stage.


The pedal is very easy to hone in, just set your amount of delay and how many repeats you want and how loud you want them compared to your original sound and that’s it. No need for a bunch of menus or useless functions. I would have liked for MXR to have put the rate and width adjustments for the modulation on the outside of the pedal. The on and off switch is big enough to tap with your toe if you are a sharp shooter, making this switch a little bigger would have been better, but at the cost of a larger size. This thing is only the size of a Phase 90 and that’s part of the charm. Solid feel and a solid switch on this pedal.


This thing sounds very great for a modulated delay, or for an analog delay sound. The repeats are very rich and warm, so if you are looking for an exact sounding repeat you might want to look at some Boss pedals from the DD line. This isn’t a digital sounding delay, and I think that’s a great thing. It’s very natural sounding and musical, it blends with your tone and adds ambience, it doesn’t just repeat it. There is also no annoying click when you turn the pedal on like there are with some delays. No tap tempo or presets, so it’s a one trick pony unless you are able to bend over and change the settings during a song. It does a great slapback to fatten your rhythm tone, or does a great “Gilmour” tone with the modulation on and can get rather spacey.


This is a great pedal for a basic straight up delay sound. The quality of tone is there for all your basic needs. It has great warm repeats that are in a very usable range, I don’t know who needs much more than 600ms of delay, but it’s plenty for my needs. Mixes very well with other pedals and is built to stand up to the test of time. I think there was a bad run of these when MXR put them out, but since then I have not heard of anyone saying anything but positive praise on these pedals. A great barebones delay for all users and at a fairly decent price for the quality you are getting.
King Loudness08/11/2011

King Loudness's review"A great analog delay"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
The MXR Carbon Copy analog delay is designed to be a pedal that can capture many of the vintage analog and echo type tones used by players from the sixties onward. It's a very simple pedal, with only three controls as well as a modulation switch. There is a control for the effect level, the length of the delay repeats and the amount of times that you hear the repeats. Hitting the modulation switch adds a bit of swirling, chorusing sound that harks back to the old tape Echoplex units with their modulating heads. It's finished in a really cool dark sparkle paint and has a plug for a DC adapter as well as a spot for a 9V battery. It doesn't have a lot of the other features of similar BOSS or TC Electronics units (IE: tap tempo) but it makes up for that with a pure and awesome analog bucket brigade delay tone.


Setting up this pedal for use is extremely simple. As stated it only has three controls onboard. Mix controls how loud the effect is, Regen controls the time of the repeats, and Depth controls how many repeats you are hearing. The pedal goes from slapback type country delays to longer David Gilmour esque lead delays simply by turning the Regen knob clockwise to get a longer delay time. It's really quite versatile in that regard - you don't have to do too much as far as changing the pedal settings to get a wide variety of good and diverse tones.


I've used the MXR Carbon Copy with various Mesa Boogie, Splawn, Orange and Peavey amps. I definitely preferred it in the effects loop of an amp as it sounds much clearer and crisper, especially with gain added. The tone of the pedal really doesn't cut into the natural sound of the amp being used, which is a great thing. The pedal works great for slightly trippy sixties style clean tones in conjunction with the modulation button. I found myself really loving that and the slapback type settings for when I wanted to use the pedal on clean settings. When it came to using the pedal with overdrive I definitely preferred using it as an enhancer for leads - using the longer Gilmour type delay times to really make the sound very smooth and liquid-y. Though it was definitely not quite as easy to balance the delay for clean and lead tones, once I figured it out I was contented to use the same settings for well over a year.


All in all I think the MXR Carbon Copy is a great analog delay that is priced reasonably and sounds very true to the units of old. It's about $150 new and is well worth it. The tones are very vintage, but they still sound clear and defined for the most part. I don't care for it as much in front of an amp as I find it gets a little bit fuzzy and diluted, especially with gain added. That all being said, if you're looking for a great and pure sounding analog delay pedal, you really can't go wrong with the MXR Carbon Copy.

tjon901's review"A benchmark delay pedal"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
MXR is one of the most popular guitar effects makers on the market. That being said they are not really known for their delay pedals. In fact they did not make one for nearly two decades until this one came out. The MXR Carbon Copy delay pedal is modern analog delay pedal. The pedal comes in a subtle green case. It can be powered by an AC adapter or a single nine volt battery. It features a true bypass circuit to it wont color your tone when it isnt on. It has 3 knobs. It has a Regen knob a Mix knob and a Delay knob. It has a tiny button near the top labeled mod. This button when switched on adds a little tremolo effect to the delay sound. The level of tremolo effect can only be adjusted internally. It has two LED lights one indicating when the delay is switched on and the other indicating when the mod button is switched on.


The MXR Carbon Copy has 3 knobs and one button. The first knob is the Regen knob. This knob controls the number of repeats you will get with your delay sound. The second knob is the Mix knob. The Mix knob controls the saturation of the delay effect. If the Mix knob is cranked the delay sound will be as loud as the guitars real sound. The third knob is the Delay knob. This knob controls how long a time period you will get between delay pulses. This pedal offers up to a 600ms delay. This is not much by todays standards but it is much more than any real analog delay pedal will give you. If you want more delay you should consider getting a rack unit. The mod button adds an extra tremolo effect to the sound. There is knob external knob for adjusting this effect. To adjust this effect you have to open the pedal up and adjust it from the inside.


This is your typical analog delay. It does not exactly replicate your sound. Analog delays usually play back a darker version of the original sound. This makes the sound pretty cool but may not be right for some people. Using the mod button to add a tremolo effect to the sound is also cool. The tremolo effect adds an extra layer to your sound and adds more versatility to the pedal. The pedal is useful if you are looking for a short pulse delay sound.


Everyone should have a delay pedal. Not only for the delay effect but for the unique tone it can give to your sound. A delay pedal can instantly thicken up your sound and give you more layers to your tone. The MXR Carbon Copy is a good simple analog delay with an extra added twist. If you are looking for a good analog delay this could be your choice.
Audiofanzine FR12/10/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
(Originally written by psyskunk/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- Which effects or effect types are available?

Analog delay and a slight modulation (that resembles vaguely the sound of a tape echo. It's actually far from a tape echo but the effect is nice

- Which technology is used? Analog with true bypass

- Is it possible to edit them? Via a Mac/PC editor? No

- Connections? 1/4" jacks plus PSU connector (9 volts).

- Is it a rack-mountable? No


- Is it easy to make settings?

Very easy there are only three controls: mix, regen and delay. It couldn't be easier

- Is it easy to edit sounds or effects? Yes!

- Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? You only get a small sheet of paper with only two setting examples (but the possibilities aren't endless).

I give it a 9 because of the user's manual: it could have two setting examples more.


- Are the effects effective, do they suit your application, do they sound real enough? I had never tried an analog delay before and I was disappointed by digital delays (like Boss' DD). The first time I switched it on I was impressed! What a sound coming from such a small box! (compared to the size of a vintage tape echo, it's surprising :p)...

With which instruments do you use them? Guitar only

- Which sounds do you prefer / hate? The sound is exceptional but buy a dedicated PSU if you don't want to get an unpleasant hiss


- How long have you been using it? Two weeks

- Which feature do you like the most / the least? Awesome sound but a bit too unique to be used as a delay during solos with distortion because it kind of darkens the notes.

- Did you try any other models before buying it? A DD3 and the digital delays in the Boss ME50 and GT6

- How would you rate its value for money? I don't regret my purchase

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? Without hesitation!!!
V old man on the hill12/21/2013

V old man on the hill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Control freak."

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Analog delay using the bucket-brigade method chaining offset by a segmented produces a very musical delay. It is not an emulation of a tape delay a.
A green and black paint sparkle decorates the classic MXR frame with three phosphorescent potentiometer. I'm not a fan of the blinding blue LEDs. Current consumption 26 mA 9v.


Configure a delay request a time for reflection and listening. As to find the optimum setting must spend time as a pedal for three knobs to the matron offers a wealth of opportunity to 600ms.
Regen: the repetition rates
Delay: the size of the delay
Mix: the balance between neutral signal and signal affected by the effect
Mod: a small button that activates a mini vibrato
Settings require time and manual was of no help. But the position in your chaining effects reveals himself crucial. For use in clean, bass, in effect a guitar amp in an amp that crunch, wedged between a drive and a distortion or when the loop inside a loop in effect DEDICATED the delays, reverbs and loopers. The M169 is available with intelligence, because improper placement greatly affects its possibilities.


There are more colorful and warm analog delays but they are more blurred. There is much more precise but cold digital delays.
The Carbon Copy is accurate without being cold, it allows staining inside a solo, for example, while maintaining control. Ever drowned, your Son is enhanced and magnified with the "american touch" typical MXR home.
But here the point of excess, it remains in control.
Petiti the Mod button use to me because I've never found there to improvement.


The M169 is an analog delay wise. This is the reasonable choice between warmth and precision. It will integrate in a thoughtful and accomplished effects configuration. Chaining effects is a complex and empirical science, MXR pedals often cause mini earthquakes inside the pedalboard.

Haarp's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An incredibly good but limited utlilisation"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Analog delay. The delay is editable via Regen (which regulates the number of repetitions), Mix (which mix level of the effect) and delay (the time it will delay to repeat the sound)

the only pb I meet with this pedal is that I need to be able to store several pre adjustable delay and to use the Tap Tempo. On it is limited .. MXR damage that does not leave the same pedal with a tap tempo (but maybe that was not possible with analog?) And storages presetting possible in the spirit of the Line 6 DL4 or TC Flashback ELectronic X4


Very simple to use


The cream of the crop! lime and soft sound, a bypass exception!


Level sound quality and use is for me the best pedal

level versatility is limited but it depends on the use of each.

Qill's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Analog Delay by MXR
1 switch chorus
1 button mix, the presence of the effect
1 button regen, repeat
1 button delay, delay
2 Indoor trimpot (width and speed)
9V power supply


I use the Mix 4, Regen 1 and the delay to 2-3 with the chorus button enabled, I am used primarily mode Tape Echo / Echoplex delay type on the clean channel and a little Drive mode, after all the expense of rhythm ... I do not use it to boost the Lead I Flashback to it


I hesitated between the Wampler Faux Tape Echo EP Booster Xotic and after the test is to MXR that I folded, the difference is played on the chorus switch that brings a real plus adding depth attention anyway the Wampler Faux Tape Echo is a very good pedal against it by a gas plant and it is not given € 217 ... Xotic EP Booster on what is essentially a booster nothing to do with the real Echoplex, it colors the sound much but it is not a Tape Delay is very bare ... Then there's the MXR Carbon of grain already immediately we are not in the bright, dark is it a 70s vintage touch sauce, then we like it or not ... with a Telecaster, "Grace" by Jeff Buckley, or a Grestch "rock this town" a KILLER, I rediscovered the clean channel of my amp a little and suddenly my guitars, it is as if I had all my booster which was finally set very flat, basically I went from A cup to F cup and all that, of course ... LOL


This is a pedal that I sold and I finally bought ... 150 € Pedal for use tape Echo / Delay for me it suits me, I did not necessarily want to invest more Gender Wampler Faux Tape Echo to € 217 or Fulltone Tape Echo to 1329 € ... the quality / price ratio remains honest, I do it again
Otherwise pedal used by Joe Perry in the 2011-2012 tour

plantu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" vintage at heart"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
analog delay pedal, including a chorus


huge clear sound in the loop insertion effect of the amplifier. Effect Gilmour / Floyd guaranteed.
With a level of minimum time it approaches a rockabilly sound.


attention to Render: = brothel sound too!


Used since qqes months, though, particularly in its clear. But special report. Difficult to use a solo aur saturated and fast. Comparison with digital delays is difficult or impossible.

Splotch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A true analog delay"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Analog delay pedal with switchable modulation.

Input output jack and standard 9v power supply.

-Mix for the determination of effect
-Delay determines the repetition time (20mS minimum-600 mS maximum)
Regen-selects the number of repetitions
-Mod enables modulation (a kind of chorus / flanger) repetitions.

On the back of the foot by opening the box you can adjust settings for Rate (modulation speed) and Depth (depth of modulation)


Very Easy to use button mix up does not cut the direct sound, its very responsive buttons.

The setting inside is quite inaccessible requirement to have a screwdriver and a mini screwdriver. Moreover it is not practical to settle with the effect active. The delay "Jacques Prisoner" offers him the front, but without switching.

The manual is very clear with all the technical data and even offers examples. It is not mandatory to read to understand the operation of the pedal.


The big sound, this pedal is a pedal that really sounds the deadline remains clear on the first rehearsal and deteriorates with regeneration, normal for an analog delay.
Modulation is quite usable.
We go to the slapback "bathroom reverb" by turning a few knob, dubesque effects are possible as the famous delay deteriorating.


I've had it three weeks, I had a TREX Replica ago but I only used it very little (it is clean and sounds great yet), this one is a little contrary point of view of precision, it is very warm and fuzzy.
Far from a digital delay that are surgical rather, it does its job and does it well.

It is musical, and that's all I ask.