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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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

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.

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 171 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (148)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (43)
  • Compact (37)
  • Responsive (36)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Good selection of effects (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (42)
  • Home studio (33)
  • Amateur recording (30)
  • Professional recording (26)
  • Outdoor events / games (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Professional musician (8), 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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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Favorite Delay

By Gary Brockway III

from Charlotte, NC

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

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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet, warm delay

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

Glad I got this.
A keeper for sure!
I had always had a digital delay. This is my first shot at analog and I am sure glad I made the change.

The Carbon Copy sounds so much warmer. Perfect for delay on solos where I would use it most.

I guess if you are into using a ton of different delay setings you may wat to try something else.
Built geat, looks great. Nice bright leds. Won't need a pedalboard light!
This is a bargian compared to everything out there that costs so much more.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Delay

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

This pedal sounds incredible. With the mod engaged, you can get a great tape delay tone without the noise. The slap back sound is terrific as well. I played with it for 2 hours & came up with a lot of tones I never got with digital delays. I ran a OCD into a small stone into the carbon copy & into my THD univale and it oozed a wonderfull tone. I highly recomend it.
It's got the usual Delay/Mix/Regen controls. But this one has a mod button that engages a chrorus like effect to only the delayed signal. The width & speed of the mod effect can be manualy adjusted internally with a small screw driver. I prefered a wider setting with a slower speed. It adds a lot of character to the pedal. It has up to 600ms of delay, plenty for a lush Gilmour like tone.
The case is nice & heavy, it looks tidy inside as well. Has really cool metalflake dark green finish, cool.
A delay that's made this well &sounds this cool is a great value/

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple Guitarist? It's For You.

By KMHrock89

from Somerset, KY

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

I purchased this a few days ago and have been playing with it so much. It's so fun to play around with. This isn't my first experience with a delay pedal however I am new to the concept of delay. I cannot stand complicated devices because I just want to play, so this is awesome for me.

This would get a solid ten. But, I need to let you folks who are looking at tone know something that somewhat baffled me... I listened to the Pro Guitar Shop video to confirm this wasn't just my unit, I hear it in that video as well. The notes that get repeated in the delay process sound a little different than the initial note you play (brighter, a touch artificial). This does seem to change though and sometimes the notes sound clear. Maybe it's my unit, who knows. I don't know if that will affect your purchase. This thing can make some crazy sounds, especially if Regen is up and you turn delay as fast as it can go, it makes a neat sound. Just don't get too crazy and bust your amp!
Regen knob, Mix knob, Delay knob, and modulation button. Plenty of fun for those who want a simple delay experience.
I took this thing apart to look at how to change the modulation and if I ever wanted to put a 9V battery in this thing. This is steel, so you know this is going to last for a long time. Knobs turn smooth but not so smooth that your settings will be affected if you want to keep that one setting you really like while on the road.
It's a good value. What else to say? Simple, amazing.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

mxr carbon copy delay

By Robert

from New Orleans

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

great pedal, i like to solo, i play blues, metal etc. I use a marshall jvm 410H head with genz benz 212 cab and ill tell you what i really don't need another pedal, i finally found the sound i was looking for, i have the pedal settings very moderate so i can play rhythm and lead with the pedal on all the time, and even when i switch to the clean channel on my amp, i still leave the pedal on and it gives my clean an very warm chorus like sound, my settings i uses the regen almost turned off maybe just alittle turn for a effect, the mix i have it turned all the way on , and the delay about 12 oclock that way i can switch to lead, or rhythm, or clean without even touching the pedal, so basically stays on all the time when im playing, this pedal goes well with my rig, i play a fender strat with hotrails sounds great, i also play jackson rr5 with emgs 81 and 85 its a beast!!!!!
great pedal

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Whoa.

By coltonius

from Dallas, TX

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Pros

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

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    • Professional Recording

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

    When I was searching for that *perfect* analog delay, I did a lot of homework and asking around... and guess which pedal kept coming up at the front of the pack.

    The price point is unbeatable. The pedal itself is compact and built like a tank. Oh, and the tone is KILLER awesome. I especially love the sound diversity and the internal trim pots for the Modulation setting.

    In fact, I love this pedal so much I bought a second one. Don't judge me... Remember when I said the pedal is diverse? Maybe I don't like making 1,000 adjustments in a set. Maybe I stack my delays. Maybe I'd rather have 4 of these instead of a Boss DD-20... but I don't think it'll come to that.

    Just do yourself a favor and get one of these little monsters NOW.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth every penny and then some

    By VoodooChild-k7jdo

    from USA

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

    I messed up an earlier review....looking at the 5 stars, I didn't even notice it was a 10 point grading scale until the review was submitted. Fantastic delay. Simple, elegant, sounds like a million bucks. Not too many options, but if you are looking for Tom Morello effects, you know you need to look elsewhere anyway. Well built, classy. Sturdy, love the dark green. Worth every penny. Simple, analog sounds "real", very very nice. My tone quest for professional delay in a smiple package is over.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth The Extra Buck

    By ccrenshaw2012

    from Saint Paul, IN

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    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

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

      Absolutely fantastic. It's an analog pedal, so everything about it is smooth and creamy. If you're looking for something that lets you sit down and set a specific bpm with a "dotted eighth note repeat" or a tap-tempo, then this isn't the pedal for you. But if you're looking for a warm, smooth delay that can do everything from a soft reverb to a sweeping U2's The Edge sound, this pedal is perfect!

      I play mainly worship music, and for the modern styles of Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, and Hillsong, this thing shines. It's worth the extra 20 or 30 that you spend above most competitor's pedals. They aren't nearly as well-made or as clear, and the Carbon Copy can definitely go toe-to-toe with the more expensive boutique pedals out there. Well done MXR!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Design

      By Kmac

      from San Diego, CA

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      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

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

          Excellent, well built pedal. A lot of thought went into the design of this pedal. All functions, buttons, and knobs are quite useful. Quite simply, I love this delay. It's quiet, versatile, built like a tank. Dark green paint job is awesome too. Completely satisfied as it does what it's designed to do, quietly, and very well.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pretty nice

          By Zorp Xenoneep

          from Endor

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

          Cons

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            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            This is an awesome pedal. Its quite small which makes it fit on a pedal board well. It sounds really warm and is smooth in operation. Its priced well for the quality and although I see other reviewers have had trouble with their units failing I have had nothing but flawless performance from mine. Ive got it covered with dirt and got it a little wet (performing outdoors)and its still going strong. It does what its supposed to and it does it well. The only drawbacks of this unit have nothing to do with its sound or quality. Two small drawbacks to this particular unit. The power supply plug is in an annoying place (just a personal thought) for me. its on the right side of the pedal and really close to the 1/4 inch jack. Not terrible but it makes putting it on a board a little tricky in certain instances. The second thing is the biggest drawback for me. The modulation/tape echo simulator is controlled by a tiny button on the top of the unit. When its engaged the button is lit with the same size and color light as the LED on/off indicator. Even when the pedal is disengaged the tape simulator indicator is still lit when the button is pushed. On a dark stage the light glows bright and I have thought on several occasions that the pedal was on when it was actually just the tape effect button pushed. Not a huge deal but it bugs me a little. Now I dont use the tape simulator button to avoid the problem. Other than that its a killer delay!

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