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.

ibanez4life SZ! 04/12/2011

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay : ibanez4life SZ!'s user review

« Analog Delay at a silly cost! »

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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


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.


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.


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.