Over the years, I’ve seen the MXR Carbon Copy Delay on many Pedal Line Friday submissions. It’s definitely one of the most popular delays available. Myself and Jimmy have been interested in checking one out for quite some time, and Jimmy got one for his board for another delay option. Jimmy is currently running a Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Stereo Man and wanted a secondary delay for shorter or longer delays and thought the MXR Carbon Copy could fit that slot.
Immediate initial thoughts about the delay. It’s definitely a beefy enclosure and the unit has a good solid feel. I personally like that in the pedal. It’s quite impressive that the pedal is analog for that size! The MXR Carbon Copy uses bucket brigade technology to perform the repeats. The Carbon Copy has 600ms of delay time and has optional modulation on the repeats. You can select this feature by pushing down a button on the face of the enclosure. Layout is super simple – Delay (delay time), Mix (how much of your signal is effected) and Regen (how many delay repeats). There are two internal trim pots as well that adjusts the width/rate values of the modulation.
I actually own one of the old MXR Green Delays, and by far the Carbon Copy destroys that pedal in tone and functionality (granted, my old greenie could be not properly functioning due to age/condition).
For this demo, we have Jimmy Rolle playing is Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Elegant into a Germino Lead55 Head through a Marshall 4×12 cabinet. There is nothing between the guitar and the amp except for the MXR Carbon Copy Delay. Audio was recorded with a Fathead Ribbon Mic and a Shure SM7B, both close mic’d.
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As you can see/hear, the MXR Carbon Copy Delay is a great sounding analog delay. The MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay is available for $149.99 at Musician’s Friend, but I see there is a sale going on at Amazon right now. At the time of this posting, the MXR Carbon Copy is on sale for only $119.95 at Amazon.com and ships with FREE super saver shipping!