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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 169 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (147)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (42)
  • Compact (36)
  • Responsive (36)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Good selection of effects (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (41)
  • Home studio (32)
  • Amateur recording (29)
  • Professional recording (25)
  • Outdoor events / games (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Outstanding pedal

By John

from Florida

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Great pedal for any use. Well built and dependable.

     
    5.0

    Simply a Great Analog Sound

    By C.W.

    from Florida's Emerald Coast

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I've used this pedal for about 2 months and wonder why I bothered with others. For the price, this is a very durable and fine delay pedal! It has an excellent sound that pretty much nails the sound of the old, very expensive tape delays we used many years ago.

       
      5.0

      Excellent

      By Sean

      from CT

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • It's warm delay. Has enormous flexibility.
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Good delay. Enormous range of depth, time and 'mix.'

         
        5.0

        Amazing pedal

        By Screams

        from Santa Cruz CA

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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:

          Simply a great sounding pedal, tons of versetility, compact, and the blue light looks really cool in the dark. Overall a great purchase and an indespensible part of my rig. Make sure to put it in the effects loop because t doesnt sound good in the front unless the signal is clean.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Through the Past Darkly

          By Slim

          from Bangkok

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Lush
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

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

            It is a darker delay, for sure. Warm comes to mind as well. Lush because, set to high mix and regen, you will note there is a folding over, a blendage of the repeats that does not obscure your next musical gesture, the one that is surely going to finally make it all happen for you. Who would want a delay pedal that inhibits growth? We don't want to live in the past or marry the moment; we do however want to live in the unobtrusive, mulched presence of the enriching past, informed but not tyrannized by its echoes. That is why we have chosen this lovely pedal.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good, but not amazing

            By John J

            from Stevens Point wi

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

            Sounds good in an effects loop. Less than mediocre going into the front. If your distortion has a fair amount of compression, it won't sound that good. On a clean channel, it sounds very good. This is probably true of any analog delay.

             
            5.0

            I would buy is product again...

            By Edison

            from Doral

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              perfect...

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              MXR Carbon Copy .. highly recommended

              By Cal

              from Breckenridge, CO

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              Comments about M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This is the second MXR Carbon Copy I have on my pedal board. The first is set for a quick single slap delay with the 'mod' on for thickness and is on all the time. This second one is used for long delays with repeats for certain songs and leads. These are great 'analog' delays. Buy one... or 2.

               
              5.0

              NEW and un opened box.

              By Rick

              from undisclosed

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

              product was nicely packaged (new) and un opened. Love this delay pedal.

               
              4.0

              Great sounding analog delay. Easy to use.

              By John

              from undisclosed

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Eats batteries

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              Use for live gigs. Great sounding pedal. Easy to dial in.

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