Electric guitarists incline to be very non-technical, instant satisfaction types of individuals. Because of this, most guitarists wish to use real elementary stompboxes. So the goal for most manufacturers is to put out pedals with only a couple of knobs. But occasionally even three knobs can be daunting. At some point you’ll require to force these fears away and see how to get great sounds out of your guitar pedal. A terrific place to begin learning how to dial in your own sounds is with a delay pedal like the MXR Carbon Copy.
Insert the Carbon Copy into your signal chain.
Plug your guitar cable to the input of the Carbon Copy. Next, the Carbon Copy plugs into your guitar amp.
Unless it is your sole pedal, you’ll need to determine out where in your signal chain to put the Carbon Copy. The general rule of thumb for guitar signal chains is dynamics processing (compressor/limiters), followed by distortion/boosters, followed by modulation processing (delay/reverb).
Understanding what each control does.
The Delay knob allows you to modify the amount of delay time from 20ms (fully counter-clockwise) to 600ms (fully clockwise).
The Regen knob allows you to adjust the number of delay repeats from one (fully counter-clockwise) to infinite (fully clockwise). This knob works with the Delay knob, changing the amount of Delay changes the amount of Regen.
The Mix knob allows you to vary the portion of delayed, or “wet”, signal from entirely dry (fully counter-clockwise) to equivalent amounts of wet and dry (fully clockwise).
The Modulation button allows you to impart a certain amount of modulation to the delay signal. Modulation is an effect that changes the pitch of a signal by a small, regularly occurring amount, making a warbling effect.
There are two internal trim pots that provide you to change the width and rate controls of the modulation effect.
Effect on/off switch:
Like most guitar pedals, the Carbon Copy has a foot-switch that toggles on and off.
Start with the Delay and Mix knobs arrange entirely clockwise and the Regen knob place complete counter-clockwise. Turn the pedal on by stepping on the footswitch. A blue LED illuminates when the effect is engaged. Now all you require to do is dial in your desired sound by adjusting the three knobs in relation to each other.
Don’t let a lack of experience stop you from twisting those knobs. Don’t ever be afraid of “happy accidents”.