MXR Carbon Copy delay effects pedal review
Review Date: Wednesday 15th of April 2009 05:14:46 PM
Last Updated: Tuesday 14th of July 2009 04:28:28 PM
Reviewed By: Huw Price
Effects pedal review. The MXR carbon copy analogue delay
Tape echo enthusiasts prize WEM Copicats, Echoplexes
and Space Echos because of the way that they colour and distort a
guitar. Despite being a mere stompbox the Carbon Copy does the same; it
has a thick, slightly scuzzy quality, distinctly analogue and with a
convincing hint of overdrive. It's a perfect formula for slapback echo,
so if you're into rock'n'roll and rockabilly sounds then it's ideal –
and slapback's short, bathroomy reverb effect doesn't obscure or swamp
what you're playing, unlike excessively long reverbs.
Copy is equally adept at generating psychedelic atmospheres and Pink
Floyd-style soundscapes. The great thing is the way that the repeats
sound completely different to the dry signal, with a significant amount
of treble roll-off and with further degradation taking place as they
regenerate. The stuff you're actually playing retains its form and
definition, while the repeats almost sound like a different guitar. The
Carbon Copy also has a discernable three-dimensional, surround-sound
Turning up Regen quickly provokes the Carbon Copy into
feedback. This is particularly true at shorter delay settings, so a
little more range on the Regen control might have been useful.
the Mod feature is particularly effective. On the factory settings it
combines with shorter Delay times to create a pseudo-chorus effect,
which the internal controls could make even more pronounced. On the
other hand, widening and slowing the modulation brings the Carbon Copy
much closer to a wow and flutter effect, thickening chords and adding
extra movement under the dry signal.
With the Carbon Copy, MXR has managed to add versatility and minimise noise without sacrificing the ever-popular tonal qualities of BBDs. As with the vintage echo devices it seeks to emulate, your opinion of it will depend on whether you like the way it colours your sound.
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