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MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal   

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The MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Pedal features a completely analog audio path for the ultimate in rich, warm delay--made possible only by old-school...Read More

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The MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Pedal features a completely analog audio path for the ultimate in rich, warm delay--made possible only by old-school bucket brigade technology. This design boasts an amazing 600ms of delay time with optional modulation via a top-mounted switch and a simple, three-knob layout that controls Delay time, Mix (dry/wet blend), and Regen (delay repeats)--all in a pedal no bigger than a Phase 90. In addition, the M169 pedal has two internal trim pots that offer user-adjustable width and rate control of the modulation for even more tonal options. The Carbon Copy effect pedal will take you from crisp "bathroom" slap echoes to epic, Gilmour-esque delays with a twist of a knob. True hard-wire bypass, single 9-volt operation, and stage-ready blue LEDs round out the package.

Analog pedal with time-tested tone and flexible settings in an amazingly compact package.

FEATURES
  • Analog audio path
  • Extremely compact
  • 600ms delay time
  • Controls: Mod switch, Delay time, Mix, Regen
  • True hard-wire bypass
  • 9-volt operation
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MXRM169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 159 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (140)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (36)
  • Compact (30)
  • Responsive (30)
  • Versatile (23)
  • Good selection of effects (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (34)
  • Home studio (26)
  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Professional recording (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Favorite Delay

Right around the time that this pedal first came out, I heard a local guitarist using it at a show. We started talking about it and from what I heard, it was enough...Read complete review

Right around the time that this pedal first came out, I heard a local guitarist using it at a show. We started talking about it and from what I heard, it was enough to convince me that I had to try it. I've messed around with several Digital Delays over the years and the sound of the Analog Delay just won me over immediately. Once this pedal made it onto my board, it's never came off, except to re-position it. I even went to the store with my guitar and tried out the Carbon Copy against all the other Analog Delays that the store had available. This thing still won me over.

I play a variety of Strats through a Tweed Fender Bassman. I'm not huge on using a lot of effects to alter my sound. I enjoy playing with a clean or slightly overdriven tone with the use of some pedals to color my tone slightly. The only drawback I see from the Carbon Copy is it not having the option of reverse delay, which can be a very useful effect from time to time, especially in solos.

This pedal is extremely easy to use, very reliable, and affordable. The modulation button is an awesome function that, with the proper adjustments, adds much more depth to the overall sound.
The only reason this doesn't get a full 10 is because to me a full 10 rating on a delay would be for one that included reverse delay. There are 2 tweakable adjustments on the inside of the pedal for the modulation button. Might be a bad thing to some that it's necessary to open the pedal to make these adjustments but I'm sure for most players it won't be a problem. The 2 adjustments are more of a set and forget feature however they are extremely useful!
MXR builds great pedals that last and take a beating.
Compared to the higher price of some other pedals, especially Analog, the Carbon Copy holds it's own with a lot of delay pedals out there. Even though there are more expensive Delay pedals that sound better, there are also quite a few that are more than double the price that don't touch this one in terms of sound quality.

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My experience with M169

Okay, bought this in summer '08 when the second run came out and it was backordered. Was looking forward to this affordable analog delay as my first. Previously I used a Boss...Read complete review

Okay, bought this in summer '08 when the second run came out and it was backordered. Was looking forward to this affordable analog delay as my first. Previously I used a Boss DD-6 with high cut mod. This is a decent delay pedal. I thought there could be more range in the mix knob. Mine was hard to dial in the right amount. Never used above 9 or 10 O'clock when soloing over something. Mod button didn't do much. It was true bypass and passed signal with no power. I may or may not have still been using this if it hadn't died. After 2 or 3 months I think, it stopped passing signal when engaged. I had registered it, so I sent it back with paperwork. I had it back in 3 weeks. They repaired it and I had to pay shipping to Dunlop. If it's helpful to anyone troubleshooting theirs, Dunlop said "replaced Q10 transistor". It seemed to sound better when I got it back, maybe they adjusted it. I don't remember if there are trimpots besides the mod trim. Maybe just my imagination. Anyways, it probably would have been fine, but I decided to sell it because I didn't trust it. I now have a real nice analog delay I built myself. It sounds better than the MXR. The M169 may be a good pedal for the price, but I'd buy it new and fill out the warranty card. I also wouldn't discourage anyone from getting a digital delay. There are probably as good if not better deals out there among the many delays available. Haven't tried it but like the BBE two timer. Maybe boss DD-7. Shop around.

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5.0

what I was looking for

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from longmont CO

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This replaced an old DOD digital delay and sampler. I never felt great about that pedal. The mxd is nice and simple with great sound. I shouldn't have waited so long to just get it. If you're on the fence about getting this delay, just do it, get it now. I doubt you will feel like you made a mistake. Mine is almost always on.

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    5.0

    THE BEST!

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    from California

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Anytime!
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I've had this for a couple years now and it is absolutely awesome. I play a Schecter tempest custom (les paul-type sound/feel) into a Randall 120W half stack on clean (psych./indie/garage rock stuff) and often times this is the only pedal I have on. I also often pair it with a TC Spark Booster with the gain high to get a crunchy but smooth, tasty tone. I have three other MXR pedals and they are all great but this is my favorite. This thing sounds a lot better/is more useful when using the 9V adaptor IMO. When using an 18V adaptor, you get a crazy feedback loop when you strike then mute a note when the controls are a certain way (mix up + delay or reign). I get a better and more easily adjusted sound when using the 9V adaptor.

      This pedal is outstanding and probably my absolute favorite!

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again

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      from Northwest Florida

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I use this analog delay pedal many times in sequence with a graphic delay pedal to achieve particular swirling effects, however, either pedal on its own performs very nice.

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        5.0

        Awesome delay

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        from Alfred, NY

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            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I'm using for home recordings, this pedal is awesome.

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            3.0

            Wow!

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            from Moon

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Love the pedal. Like the Original Boss dm2 better but nothing tops that.

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              5.0

              It's Like Buttah! (or silk) Analog delay done right.

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              from Seattle, Wa

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                  Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I replaced my old delay with the MXR and I think I'm in love. There is nothing quite like the old bucket brigade analog form of delay - it is warm and true. Frankly there is simply nothing I don't care for with this stomp. Plus it has a small footprint, so it is stingy with your pedal board real estate. It is also amazingly quiet, adding no noise in your signal chain....... you won't be disapointed!!! Its like Buttah!

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                  5.0

                  Best I've used

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                  from Austin, Texas

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality

                  Cons

                  • Limited Selection Of Effects

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Performances

                  Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  First and foremost, you have to put this pedal through your effects loop. I never used a loop and was tempted to get rid of this pedal after running in front of my amp. After I plugged through the loop, this pedal is absolutely gorgeous. I have used Boss pedals and some other cheap delays, and this pedal takes the cake. I am still curious about the line 6 delay, but this sounds so great. I wanted simple and this is it. I read some forums on settings, and starting out everything at 12 and then pulling the resonance back almost to nothing was the key. This is not a looper pedal, but can provide some long delay. I use for that classic delay for leads and it literally makes me crave it while I'm at work.

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                  4.0

                  Much diffrent from a Digital Delay

                  Pros

                  • Built like a tank
                  • Fantastic Sound Quality
                  • Mxr Is A Solid Company

                  Cons

                  • Placement Of Mod Controls
                  • The Led Light Is Blinding

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    If you're looking for a warm sounding, reasonably priced Analog delay, look no further. The MXR delay sounds and work as advertised. I only have two cons. First one: the mod controls are located inside where you have to unscrew 4 screws to access it. So make sure you like the sound before closing it up. The next one seems kinda dumb but that led is so bright that one small glance and I'm nearly blind for a second. Easy to dim by placing some clear tape over it. Overall an awesome quality delay. Great for some Gilmour sounds.

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                    5.0

                    Super Versatel

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                    from Evergreen CO

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                    Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Adds depth to your tone, great slap backs etc. Or turn up the delay , wet mix, and regen and get some great melodic tunes.

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                    5.0

                    It's a classic for a reason!

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                    from NJ

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      This delay has replaced my DL4. It is a very warm and natural sounding pedal. The delay adjustments can achieve subtlety to insanity so it is versatile and fun to play with. I play Gibsons through and Orange Rockerverb 100 and I run all pedals into the amp, no fx loop for me and this delay is happy to do so. If you are looking for a pristine , super crisp delay, this may not be the one for you.

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