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MXR Carbon Copy Review

Date:April 13, 2009MXR Carbon Copy
Manufacturer:Jim Dunlop/MXR
Author:Ned

MXR Carbon Copy Impressions

I've had this pedal for a couple of months but finally had the time to sit down and work it pretty good. Couple of things right off the bat: 1) It sounds really good. A very warm sound compared to a digital delay. 2) Not much volume control on the delays, appears to be either off or on then louder. Found it impossible to get a subtle delay especially for slapback type sounds.

Some sound clips below but I really like the MXR Carbon Copy. Good sounding delay with modulation in the same size box as a phase90. Does basically what my Boss DD3 does but warmer, the Carbon Copy does effect the tone of the delay unlike some digital delays.

MXR Carbon Copy Specs

Since I have a DD3 thought it would be cool to compare each one spec wise then in the sound clips.

SpecMXR Carbon CopyBoss DD3
Input Impedance1 M Ohms1 M ohms
Output Impedance1K Ohms Max10 k ohms or greater
Signal to Noise Level-95 dBu95 dBu
Current Draw26 mA Max45 to 65 mA
Delay Time20ms - 600ms12.5ms - 800ms

The MXR Carbon Copy also has .2Hz-2.2Hz adjustment of the modulation speed via internal pot.

MXR Carbon Copy Clips

Here are the clips, all done with my Egnater Mod50 and the SL2 module. Rhythm clips are the A channel and lead clips are the B channel. First clip is dry, second MXR Carbon Copy, third Boss DD3. The lead clip has the dry and MXR Carbon Copy in the same clip.

Signal chain is as follows: Peavey Wolfgang (Suhr Aldrich pickups) --> MXR Carbon Copy or Boss DD3 --> Egnater Mod50 --> Palmer PGA-04 --> Presonus FirePod --> Sonar.

Mod50 SL2A Dry Rhythm Clip

MXR Carbon Copy Rhythm Clip

Boss DD3 Rhythm Clip

Mod50 SL2B Dry & Carbon Copy Lead Clip

Boss DD3 Lead Clip

MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal
Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal

PreSonus FP10 10x10 FireWire Interface (Firepod)
PreSonus FP10 10x10 FireWire Interface (Firepod)

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