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

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

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hthomas04/27/2012

hthomas's review"Cool delay"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
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.



UTILIZATION

It's very easy to set up and get a good delay at any point.

SOUND QUALITY

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. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.

OVERALL OPINION

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.
iamqman07/01/2011

iamqman's review"Just amazing!"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
There are so many delay pedals out there that claim to have the goods. Many of them get hyped up and then when the dust clears then people start the realize that is wasn't that great. I'm a big delay guy from digital to reverse to analog. I love the delay effect that can be achieve in rock n roll music. I have played a lot of delay units that are fantastic and then there are the elite delay pedals. The MXR Carbon Copy is an elite delay pedal. No matter how you push this pedal it will sound great for you.

Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal Features:

* Analog audio path
* Extremely compact
* 600ms delay time
* Controls: Mod switch, Delay time, Mix, Regen
* True hard-wire bypass
* 9-volt operation
* Blue LEDs

UTILIZATION


This pedal sounds great in front of a clean amp, in front of a dirty amp, and amazing in the effects loop if you got one. This pedal is about the same size as a Phase 90 pedal. The Mix adds wet/dry to the tone, while the Regen controls the effect repeats,, and the Delay Time is the delay time. It has the mod switch that allows you to add an extra bit of color to our tone. It also has switch inside that allow you to pinpoint the range you want your modulation to float around. There is quiet a bit of options with controlling this unit while being very compact.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound of this unit is awesome. One of the best delay pedal on the market. I love the way the delay tone sits right in there with your guitar string attack. It doesn't jump ahead and it doesn't fall behind. It especially sound very good in front of an overdriven amp which a lot of delays pedal won't do. I prefer this pedal to sit right in the effects loop for easily operation.

The way I have used this pedal in the past was with a Peavey Blues amp and a MXR OD pedal and a Strat. I got some good classic rock tones that were very lead and smooth like. Great for rhythm and lead tones. Dial this pedal all the way up to get long delays customary of Pink Floyd delays or dial the regen down for some slap back delay times.

OVERALL OPINION

I gave this unit a great because I wish it was true bypass. It seems MXR picks and chooses which pedal are going to have it. MXR says this pedal is true hardwired which I am still trying to figure out what that means. If it is the same as true bypass then sweet. So that kind of bugs me that they would do that, but hey you can always get it modified. The pedal sounds so good in all situations. It fills in the gap very well in a live situation and adds a great tonal range to carry your guitar tone from one transition to another.

I would recommend this pedal to any gigging guitar player in need of a little delay warmth to add to your signal. It comes in new at around $150 which is a great price for a delay unit.
ibanez4life SZ!04/12/2011

ibanez4life SZ!'s review"Analog Delay at a silly cost!"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
The carbon copy from MXR is a great new analog delay to the market, featuring

-Regen, mix, and delay knobs for fine tuning
-Analog modulation that can be switched in and out via small switch
-Internal trim pot to adjust level of modulation
-Green sparkle paint job!
-Power via 9 V battery of AC adapter


UTILIZATION

For anyone familiar with any other delay pedal, settings the MXR Carbon Copy will be no problem in the slightest. Tweak the mix knob to adjust the amount of wet signal blended with your dry. Additionally, the regen knob governs the amount of repeats in your delay, and the delay knob controls the amount of time between repeats. Switching in the modulation offers a new variant on the delay, but adjusting it is a bit of a hassle, since the trim pot is internal. It would be nice to have this adjustment on the exterior of the pedal.

SOUND QUALITY

For the price, the Carbon Copy offers one of the best delay tones available. Being an analog delay, the pedal offers sweeter and warmer repeats than your typical digital delay. It works great for smoothing out a high gain solo tone. Overall, it is great at adding some more ambience and space to a guitar tone, since the repeats blend very well into the background rather than cutting through with the original signal. The modulation also sounds great, though wasn’t a big concern to me due to my usually high gain applications.

OVERALL OPINION

I am pleasantly surprised by this pedal, especially at its price point. It became a key point in my lead sounds, and made them much more pleasant than previously. Though it doesn’t retain the clarity of digital delay, the warmer repeats offer a great tone if you’re willing to make the sacrifice.
iamqman03/24/2011

iamqman's review"Killer Delay pedal"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
There are so many delay pedals out there that claim to have the goods. Many of them get hyped up and then when the dust clears then people start the realize that is wasn't that great. I'm a big delay guy from digital to reverse to analog. I love the delay effect that can be achieve in rock n roll music. I have played a lot of delay units that are fantastic and then there are the elite delay pedals. The MXR Carbon Copy is an elite delay pedal. No matter how you push this pedal it will sound great for you.

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal Features:

* Analog audio path
* Extremely compact
* 600ms delay time
* Controls: Mod switch, Delay time, Mix, Regen
* True hard-wire bypass
* 9-volt operation
* Blue LEDs


UTILIZATION

This pedal sounds great in front of a clean amp, in front of a dirty amp, and amazing in the effects loop if you got one. This pedal is about the same size as a Phase 90 pedal. The Mix adds wet/dry to the tone, while the Regen controls the effect repeats,, and the Delay Time is the delay time. It has the mod switch that allows you to add an extra bit of color to our tone. It also has switch inside that allow you to pinpoint the range you want your modulation to float around. There is quiet a bit of options with controlling this unit while being very compact.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound of this unit is awesome. One of the best delay pedal on the market. I love the way the delay tone sits right in there with your guitar string attack. It doesn't jump ahead and it doesn't fall behind. It especially sound very good in front of an overdriven amp which a lot of delays pedal won't do. I prefer this pedal to sit right in the effects loop for easily operation.

The way I have used this pedal in the past was with a Peavey Blues amp and a MXR OD pedal and a Strat. I got some good classic rock tones that were very lead and smooth like. Great for rhythm and lead tones. Dial this pedal all the way up to get long delays customary of Pink Floyd delays or dial the regen down for some slap back delay times.

OVERALL OPINION

I gave this unit a great because I wish it was true bypass. It seems MXR picks and chooses which pedal are going to have it. MXR says this pedal is true hardwired which I am still trying to figure out what that means. If it is the same as true bypass then sweet. So that kind of bugs me that they would do that, but hey you can always get it modified. The pedal sounds so good in all situations. It fills in the gap very well in a live situation and adds a great tonal range to carry your guitar tone from one transition to another.

I would recommend this pedal to any gigging guitar player in need of a little delay warmth to add to your signal. It comes in new at around $150 which is a great price for a delay unit.
glassjaw703/21/2011

glassjaw7's review"Classic, warm delay"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
MXR's M-169 Carbon Copy delivers warm analog delay in a sexy little green-sparkle box. It also has an extremely bright blue led to indicate when the effect is turned on.
Controls are simple; regen, which sets the amount of repeats, mix for how much of the delay sound is mixed into your signal, and Delay, which sets the length of the repeat.

There is also a small push button on the upper left side of the face of the pedal that engages a subtle modulation effect when pushed in. There is another bright blue led to indicate when this is turned on. What the button does, is add a modulated effect to the signal, but only to the repeats. I've heard it described as a tape echo simulation, which adds a warble effect to the repeats of the delayed signal, but the mod effect in this unit is nothing like that. It's basically just a very nice, lush chorus effect that is used very sparingly.

Also, there is an internal trim pot that allows the user to set the depth of the modulation. In my personal opinion, it is dialed in perfectly right from the factory.

IMPORTANT: If you do want to experiment with the trim pot settings, it is my strong recommendation that you mark the factory position before turning the knob. It can be difficult returning to the stock position if you desire to do so.

The unit runs on a 9 volt battery or AC power supply.

UTILIZATION

The Carbon Copy's layout is simple and effective. Unless you've never used a delay unit before, you'll have no trouble dialing in specific sounds you're after with this pedal.

An included product "manual" (which is actually a description card) gives a couple useful presets.

SOUND QUALITY

The delay effect in this unit is classic and warm sounding. It's a very high quality delay effect which is produced by a "bucket-brigade" circuit. In this type of circuit, the analog signal is moved along the line of several capacitors. How does this create the warm, gooey liquid tones in this pedal? I have no idea! I'm no engineer after all. I just know that the delay sounds in this pedal are heavenly!

I currently use this pedal at the end of my pedal chain in front of my Dual Rectifier. I only use it after other dirt pedals into the Clean channel of the Mesa, as delay units usually sound pretty bad before distortion sounds.
(I have used the pedal in the fx loops of other amps after the amps' distortion and the sound was wonderful. I don't use it like this with the Mesa due to the poor quality of the Mesa's parallel fx loop.)

I use this pedal for two different sounds. One is a long delay with several repeats for a singing David Gilmour lead sound. This setting makes playing leads a joy. Plug in a Fuzz Face or Big Muff and set the mix level about halfway, and the delay maxed, and it singing sustain for days! Beautiful!

The other sound I typically dial in is a shorter 1/4 note or dotted 8th note delay. This is more like what The Edge uses in U2, and is very fun and sparks a lot of creative playing. Using this setting, you can play less and the delay does a lot of the work and fills out your sound with well timed slapback delays.

The Mod effect is a beautiful and lush, yet subtle chorus effect that I find sounds great on clean tones. I prefer to use gain and play leads without it as I've never been a huge chorus fan. On clean tones however, the effect is subtle enough to add a nice spacious fullness to the tone without taking over. Perfectly dialed in by MXR at the factory, at least in my opinion. There's nothing worse than a guitarist who uses too much chorus!

OVERALL OPINION

Considering the quality of the tone and craftsmanship of the M-169, you get a lot of pedal for the price. Any guitarist, bassist, key player, or even vocalist seeking a high quality, warm sounding analog delay should check out the Carbon Copy. One of MXR's best offerings in years!
moosers10/17/2009

moosers's review

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
The MXR M-169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay is an effects pedal designed for use with electric guitar but suitable for use with any electronic instrument.  The pedal has 1/4 inch connections and is powered by a nine volt power supply.  This isn't a rack mountable piece of gear as it is a stomp box.

UTILIZATION

The configuration of the MXR M-169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay is easy to understand.  The pedal has parameters for regen, mix, and delay and a mod button.  This is just about as easy as it gets to control a delay pedal as even those without any experience with delay pedals will be able to use this pretty easily.  A manual probably isn't necessary, but since I haven't seen the manual I can't speak to how helpful it would be.


SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality of the MXR M-169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay is quite impressive overall.  You can get up to 600 ms of delay providing more than enough to get that classic analog delay sound.  I use the pedal with a '76 Fender Twin Reverb and a Fender Strat most of the time and I find this to be a pretty great combination.  While it does have a vintage sound, at the same time it is a pretty clean delay tone.  This isn't the best analog delay pedal that I have heard, but it does sound pretty awesome overall.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the MXR M-169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay for about a year and I definitely like everything that this pedal brings to the table.  It is easy to use overall and is capable of getting a wide array of nice analog delay tones.  The price is reasonable for sure but it isn't the cheapest delay pedal out there for the reason that it is a true analog pedal made of great parts.  If you are looking for a good pedal for analog delay, the MXR M-169 should definitely be in the conversation.
swmcv200701/22/2009

swmcv2007's review

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
This is an analog delay. This means the guitar tone in unaffected whether the pedal is on or off. This really only is a delay, but considering how versatile and warm sounding it is, it's all you want. It does have a switch with 2 internal pots that applies a chorus effect to only the delay but its only noticeable if turned up all the way (which never sounds good with chorus's) or in the studio. I gave it a 10 because all I wanted was a simple powerful and warm delay and I got that.

UTILIZATION

The setup to this baby is very simple. You have the Rate, which is the amount of times the delay repeats. Then you have the Mix, which is just how loud the delay is. The last knob is the delay, which controls the time between delay. There is also a button with its own LED light that allows you to add delay onto only the delay. There are 2 internal pots you can turn that affect the speed and modulation of the chorus as well. All of this is very easy to use, as all MXR products are, and its fun, which is the most important.

I give this delay 10 for use because you can really do anything despite the simplicity. Great quality.

SOUND QUALITY

The delay on this pedal is great. It's so warm, which is rare among delay these days, and its a breeze to get any sound you want. You use it lightly in place of reverb, Pink Floyd delay tones, or add in a wah-wah for the lead in Maggot Brain by Funkadelic. With a little tweaking you can easily get a great delay for you. If you let the delay ring and spin the Delay knob, you can hear the sound modulate and it sounds authentic and real cool. I use mine with my Gibson SG Standard, an MXR Distortion III, my custom made Fuzz pedal, a Dunlop Cry Baby, and an Electro-Harmonix Small Stone through a Fender Blues Deluxe and I love it.

Thats why I'm giving this a 10 for sound too. Of course if you're buying this pedal then you really care about sound. Other delay have more features but they are all clicky and get old quickly.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had this delay since the beginning of summer and I can't get enough of it. I love how warm and authentic the sound is, as well as the easy to use configuration. It's a little pricey at $179.99 but you if you are a serious musician than this is a worthwhile investment. I consider every dollar well spent. I love that when you turn the mix up all the way, it's exactly as loud as the dry signal. I tried a few delays before this, a Digitech, a Tech 21, but none of them sounded as good as the Carbon Copy. The only complaint/suggestion is to shell out the extra 10 bucks for an adapter right away because this thing eats batteries weekly. If I lost mine, I would do whatever I could to get another. This is a great delay pedal. Thats why I give it another 10.
SmokingBirds11/03/2014

SmokingBirds's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I love everything !!"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Analog Delay pedal produced by MXR. Three knobs, a regen to repeat the effect, delay for feedack and mix to assay the effect on the signal. Add to it a little mod called button is used to color advantage of the effect.
9V battery or plug, jack in the guitar out for, what the basic stuff.
Voia what's characteristics, basic but in the end what more?
it's more Mxr, the case is solid and there is a more beautiful painting with glitter highlights, it's nice it changes a little.

UTILIZATION

Configuration is simple, easy super simple arch itself. All sounds good to me, for what you want to do.
No need to book, it seems to me that there is no elsewhere.
Editing sounds is as simple as the general configuration.

SOUND QUALITY

my current config is this one, Marshall JTM45 RI, connected with a US Start (set gilmourish tornado that kills ms), and a Les Paul Standard Faded (set 59 Paf MS Tornado, which kills the same). My old config was the same except that I played on Orange Rocker 30.
The effect himself now, he is warm, round, slightly fat. We can have fun playing with the delay and regen to make trippy sound effects. In terms of sound, he has his own personality, it is not transparent, and personal this is why I chose it, but it sounds very musical way, and colors the sound for him give a psychedelic side, it goes fast in years or Lucy in the Sky with Diamond was a way of life.
For me it is top pti delay.

OVERALL OPINION

I use the carbon copy for several years. I changed a lot of times stuff, and this is the only pedal that remains, and will remain until the time that it makes the soul. I ask for nothing else than to a delay far from me in fantastic countered and this pedal does it wonderfully. I had a boss DD3, which was nice, but very cold, I had the opportunity to hear the maxon ad10, which is fine, but the carbon copy to this little trick that makes it i like it that.
The quality is very good, for better, you need to type in large machines, and price level it stings badly. There was a corner of psychedelia for not too expensive, for this is the top.
I would definitely do it again this choice if I had to do it again.
n1c09406/18/2014

n1c094's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Just great"

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
An analog delay mxr old as the world. David Gilmour used it already, is to say ...
Demand supply by transformer or battery 9V choice. I never use batteries with my stuff, too risky for my taste.
Otherwise very small format, standard wall. Nothing to say

UTILIZATION

3 knobs: mix, delay, regen. As we might expect the first affects the volume of repetitions by making the delay more or less now, "delay" button to the time interval between repetitions and "regen" the number of repetitions.
The switch mod adds a pretty nice chorus effect but is devilishly chi *** to activate if we do not ask leave of three months in advance. That said a practical aspect it is the only thing I have to say about this.

SOUND QUALITY

It's very very good, especially for someone like me who does not want to bother with a digital delay with buttons everywhere, tap tempo, stereo mode, repeat 5/8, 7/8, 9/13 , coffee, cigarette lighter, GPS.
According to someone who really wants a sharp and precise effect is not at all what it takes because at least have a carbon copy per song is unmanageable. It will instead turn to the eventide or other gas plant to which I do not even dare to approach for fear of an anxiety attack.
This is intended to create an atmosphere on a solo, or providing feedback which really throws death.

OVERALL OPINION

I for 6 months and I told myself it deserved one more page in his posterity :)
Buy ladies and gentlemen, this is good.
Then you can always say that it's € 160 over € 50 button but there is another key problem ...
tarz200tdi06/23/2013

tarz200tdi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" An excellent time to who loves hot and velvety ..."

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Everything has already been said

It is a MXR: it is both robust veeeeeery but rather "soft" in operation (stompswitch is quite smooth and quiet, turn the knobs in butter etc ...). Personally I am quite a fan, but it is only my opinion

I bought it to complete my rig "natural" pedal (Boss TU2 MXR Noise Clamp + + + Amt SS11 EHX stereo electric mistress carbon copy + + + cabinet EHX 44 magnum). The carbon copy is connected after the mistress in the loop of the AMT

I next simulated rig (POD HD + EHX 44 magnum + cabinet) acting B-Rig

UTILIZATION

again no big news in my remarks from other reviews, but still two highlights:

> Why MXR puts its power supply on the side? In a pedalboard a little full, it is quite complicated ... So much so in my case I am forced to disconnect in when the pedal board is at rest
> Too bad Inrush modulation is not possible to walk also ... Especially that little chorus is really nice (I'll post)
> Thanks be given to the one who put here a trick with visual cues for setting the time ... It is clear that with the current gear that tends to systematize the tap tempo, find a pedal that adjusts "old" and no scaling takes a little time to start ... No annoying in the studio or repeat, for against, live between a resumption of Pink Floyd and U2 can have time to panic: D

SOUND QUALITY

This touches the very large gain on this pedal ...

So far, my only experience with the time / echo were:
> An Ibanez DE7 ... Anything and everything has been written about this pedal, especially here. For me it was fair for the price no more, but with true versatility
> A POD 2.0, then two POD HD so I was a little afraid of the grain within the pod 2.0, both the time and echoes the POD HD is compelling.

I was looking for something warm and natural, although my use of time is rather wide (from rockabilly to short echo time a little long on the metal solo, to use "pseudo (but really pseudo-huh) gilmourien" .

Suffice to say that the beast completely meets expectations .... While the max relatively short period prohibits beckien violoning but other than that the pedal can do everything strictly, from the music to the most noisy. The common denominator is the stamp, rather lighter than other analog delays (I have long hesitated with EHX memory boy), but warm at all times.

The little chorus is pretty nice ... more at the beginning I was using little but it goes I find it uses.

OVERALL OPINION

Brief

A very hot and always musical time ... This is the main argument of the pedal, but it is a strong argument!

For me the best time in this format ... Guitarists more "alternative" may, however, prefer her memory boy, I found less ... for once indomitable

To conclude: not about to leave my pedal board!

I will complete my opinion after testing the pedal in front of a good clean amp ... I will draw upon the DV Mark Galileo my fellow guitarist with a "linear" chaining (guitar => distortion => modulation => time => in the amp), seen as the grain, I suspect this little MXR VERY well to walk like that too.