MXR Carbon Copy Bright
In 2008, Dunlop brought on Jeorge Tripps and the Way Huge line. Tripps and engineer Bob Cedro’s first MXR product was the Carbon Copy. Since 2008, the Carbon Copy acted as a continuation of the original revered Analog Delay from 1979, and guitarists everywhere shared its reverence. But as playing evolved, so did the players. And these players soon demanded a change. The darkness inherent in the Carbon Copy circuit soon led players to ask for the same fantastic tone, but different. Your pleas have not fallen upon deaf ears, and we are excited to share the Carbon Copy Bright, available exclusively through Pro Guitar Shop.
Selecting the exact changes to the Carbon Copy circuit took over four years, and involved many revisions and a great deal of trial and error. Eventually, many prototypes were produced, and one was closest to perfect. After one last tweak, the final prototype received a unanimous thumbs up from everyone at Pro Guitar Shop. It was in this moment that the Carbon Copy Bright was truly realized.
The chipset of the Carbon Copy Bright remains unchanged—warm, bucket brigade analog goodness is still the name of the game. Tone seekers will be thrilled with the changes to the circuit, as the repeats are more “vocal-like” than the original. The Carbon Copy Bright certainly blurs the lines between vintage analog BBD chips and brighter vintage tape delays such as the Echoplex. A wonderful byproduct of a brighter delay is the perception of extended repeats further than the original before feeding back. The Carbon Copy Bright’s defined repeats are a great companion to the original’s darker wash, and we made them play nicely together.
The modulation section of the Carbon Copy Bright has also seen a favorable boost in character. Because the delay line is brighter, notes are much better articulated and so is the accompanying modulation. Chords strummed through a modulated Carbon Copy Bright are a thing of beauty, and hang around longer before disintegrating into the ether.
When removing the back plate, two controls await: Width and Depth. These controls are accentuated by the brightness even more, especially at more generous settings. The range of both knobs is enhanced by the tonal adjustments, as the nuances of the ebb and flow now leap out, and the most extreme settings of each are no longer buried in the mix.
With 600 milliseconds of delay time, an enhanced frequency range, vibrant delay path and true bypass switching, the Carbon Copy Bright appeals to those searching for an all-analog delay with a full-bodied present tonal palette. The future is bright.
- Brighter delay circuit with more vocal-like repeats and note articulation
- Interacts extremely well with original Carbon Copy
- Modulation has a more dramatic effect
- Hand-made in the USA