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44 of 45 found the following review helpful:
Money well spent if you don't need the bells and whistles. Jul 16, 2008
By G. Dick
I had the privilege of using an original Echoplex delay box that was lent to me years ago. After returning the Echoplex, I've relied on an inexpensive digital delay pedal that recently began to bomb out on me. After reading a lot of info and positive reviews on the MXR Carbon Copy Delay pedal, I decided to take the plunge and purchase it online at Amazon. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.
The pedal is nice and compact...no bigger than a phase 90. Sound-wise it's not quite an echoplex...but does have warm tonal characteristics that remind me of the old school delay sounds. The modulation button is a nice touch and does sound similar to the tape warble heard on the echoplex. It basically varies the speed of the echo...creating a chorus effect when heard along with your original signal. This is a very subtle chorus sound...but that's how I remember (and like) it. The pedal will also self oscillate when the repeats are pushed to the max for some crazy sounds...just take care not to blow up your speakers. I did notice some very minor noise on the longer echos when playing clean bright tones, however, I've read that this is not an uncommon thing with analog pedals.
My only gripe with pedals like these are the internal controls. Personally, I think the whole trimpot concept is barbaric anymore. It just doesn't make sense to make the user disassemble an entire pedal to access additional controls. I doubt it would take much for Dunlop to drill an additional 2 holes into the housing to accommodate these features. Also, take care when disassembling these things. The jack threads are made of plastic...which can cross thread very easy if the metal nut fastener is tightened too much or incorrectly.
Overall a really nice pedal. I was initially concerned that the 600ms delay wouldn't be long enough...but as it turns out...it's actually a little more than I need. Sounds cool, looks cool, and not too pricey. I think most musicians will find this a valuable addition to their setup.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Modern Standard Sep 06, 2011
By Cameron L. Mizell
The MXR Carbon Copy is becoming a baseline standard by which other delay pedals are compared. That's not saying it's average, or the best, but it's a fine little pedal. Despite the name, the repeats are anything but carbon copies of the dry signal. Compared to a pristine digital delay, the Carbon Copy's repeated tone is warm, dark, and ethereal. There's a hint of overtones in there, too. Compared to one of my other favorite delays, the Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy Analog Delay, which has a heavier modulation and adds a little dirt to your tone, the Carbon Copy is very clean and subtle.
My favorite setting points the Mix and Delay knobs to about 10 o'clock, and the Regen to 1 or 2 o'clock for a rich sound on my rhythm guitar parts. If you're looking for a great analog delay, this is an excellent place to start.
12 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Excellent analog delay for the money, small footprint Feb 24, 2009
By The Light Fantastic
This is an excellent choice if you're looking for a nice analog delay with a small footprint. It looks great, it's easy to use, and it's a fantastic size for a delay pedal. The analog delay is nice and warm -- much more satisfying than digital delay to my ears. Also, the modulation button enables you to add a chorusing effect to the delays. At factory setting, it's a bit over the top, but an internal trim pot enables you turn down the modulation to something more usable.
I have no complaints whatsoever about this pedal -- it's great for the price. However, I ultimately switched to a EH Deluxe Memory Man. Despite being much larger in size, the DMM has a nicer sound to my ears and has a bit more functionality. The DMM is quite a bit more expensive, though -- almost twice the price, and more than twice the size. I've actually kept this pedal as a second delay.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Great Delay Pedal, AMAZING for the Price Dec 31, 2010
By Mark Twain
NOTE: I've only had this pedal for a few days so the rating has nothing to do with how reliable it is, which I'm sure I'll find out over time. It looks really cool though.
I'd been looking for a delay pedal for some time and the Carbon Copy definitely more than fulfilled my needs. As another reviewer said, this doesn't have the bells and whistles that some other more expensive analog or similarly-priced digital pedals have (mini-loops, backwards guitar effects, etc.).
What it does have is incredible-sounding delay effects and intuitive controls. If your amp is several thousand dollars you MIGHT find that the deluxe Memory Man sounds better, but for $120 (Amazon's current price) this is amazing. It both blends with and enhances your tone to a degree that the pretty-good Digitech DigiDelay ($100) can't match, and most other pedals under $200 don't come close. I play through a fairly crap Vox Valvetronix amp and this honestly improves my tone if I set "Delay" and "Regen" (number of repeats) very low. Even if I'm not looking for a noticeable delay I leave it on just because of the tonal improvement.
You can also use much longer delays (up to 600ms I believe, more than enough for 95% of songs/guitarists) and increase the number of repeats ("Regen") to an almost infinite level. And the "Mix" knob just lets you adjust how loud the delay is, from inaudible to the exact same volume as your guitar. Unlike some other delay pedals, when you set the "Mix" knob at the maximum setting, it sounds EXACTLY like your guitar signal.
There's also a modulation button that adds a very subtle throb to the delay effect. You can adjust the properties of the modulation using two internal trimpots (which require a screwdriver to access rather than just taking off the plastic feet like some other pedals), but I haven't messed with those. For all I know it could make the modulation much more pronounced, but I believe it will always be pretty subtle. Still, it's something that most other delay pedals don't offer and its pure class.
For a guitarist on a budget or someone looking to expand or start a pedal board, I can't think of a more crucial pedal than the Carbon Copy. Most of MXRs pedals are very affordable, and this is so good I'm thinking of trying out their phaser and compression pedals soon. The Carbon Copy also comes with a 1-year warranty that you can activate online.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Creamy, precise delay Nov 27, 2011
This is hands down the best delay pedal I have ever used. I owned a Boss DD-3 for many years and I have tried various other brands, but this little beauty takes the cake. The delay is pure analog so it produces a smooth and creamy sound. It is very easy on the ears in both clean and distorted settings, and it adds exponentially to your tone. When turned off it is true bypass, which means it does not color your guitar's natural tone in any way. I recognized a notable difference when I unhooked my DD-3 and plugged in the Carbon Copy.
The pedal is slightly smaller than most pedals but it is built like a tank. The price point is a little expensive but, in this instance, you get what you pay for. If you're looking for a creamy, true bypass, analog pedal then look no further. The Carbon Copy is the best there is!
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