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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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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 147 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (130)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (28)
  • Compact (25)
  • Responsive (24)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Good selection of effects (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (24)
    • Home studio (19)
    • Amateur recording (18)
    • Outdoor events / games (16)
    • Professional recording (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    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

    Excellent

    By Mattdeez

    from enterprise, al

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      See demo videos on you tube

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      5.0

      this particular delay petal sounds great

      By Crust

      from Brockton, MA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I can dig it, sounds really nice...

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        5.0

        Nice pedal

        By David G

        from Jupiter, Florida

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          • Amateur Recording
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          • Professional Recording

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

          Best delay pedal I've had. Took a couple moments to figure out the functionality. Great sound!

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          5.0

          Awesome!!!

          By TheMetalGuy83

          from Dallas, TX

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

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            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I run this pedal through the fx loop along with a chorus and it sounds incredible I defenatley recommend it to any person looking for a decent delay pedal, I personally don't dig delay pedals that do too much, which in this case this pedal does the exact delay sounds I want it to without a problem, shoot even Zakk Wylde runs this through his rig, I really love this pedal and would totally recommend it to anybody!

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            5.0

            Great delay!

            By nhunter333

            from Live Oak, Fl

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Very responsive. I actually run this pedal in my effects loop. I've heard others say not to do that, but it works fine for me. My amp has 2 smart loops that you can assign to any channel, so this is an "always on" pedal for me on my lead channel. The addition of the modulation switch is cool. It gives that extra little bit of grit (for lack of a better word lol). I think I'm going to buy another one soon!

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              5.0

              Lovely!!!

              By Slayersteve88

              from Australia

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

              Cons

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

                  Amazing delay but don't put it in the fx loop! In the loop it sounds like a reverb pedal made by beringer, Infront of the amp it's amazing and in Infront of a overdrive it's amazing! But for god sakes don't put it in the fx loop!!!!

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                  4.0

                  great sounding delay

                  By chango

                  from dunn,nc

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

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

                    I don't have much experience dialing in delay pedals,but I know this one sounds really good. I only wish they would have given you more setting suggestions in the manual. Guess I'll keep playing around with it until I carbon copy David Gilmore's sound !

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                    5.0

                    Easy does it for me.

                    By Blee57

                    from Salinas, Ca

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                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

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

                        Nice Delay, Quiet, easy to set up, looks nice, sound effects as described by manufacturer. I may buy a couple more.

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                        5.0

                        Warm Delay

                        By Rockerduck

                        from Marietta, Ga.

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

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                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances

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

                          This delay pedal has nice warm (mid bass frequency)repeats. It works best for subtle delays for ambience because of the warm sound. It also makes a fine slapback for rockabilly.

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                          5.0

                          A must-have pedal

                          By Chris Mann

                          from Tennessee

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Juicy
                          • Responsive

                          Cons

                          • I Didn't Buy It Sooner

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I put a pedal demo on Youtube below.

                          I tried this pedal when it came out but I held off on buying one because I had other delays and I thought it was slightly out of my comfort price range for a pedal.

                          I finally got one and I just wanted to confirm it is very good. It's as good or better than any delay I've ever used.

                          The Mod button was a little too much at first, but I adjusted the internal trim pots and dialed back the depth and rate and now it's cool.

                          I think it easily compares to pedals costing more than this.

                          It's not as versatile as some pedals with more features, but if you just want warm, dreamy, juicy analog delay that makes your guitar sound like an angels harp then this is all you need.

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