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Hey all. I have the MB and like it alot but was wondering your inputs on the Carbon Copy? Better then the MB? Are they an even match? Lets here some responses!
I have both pedals currently and this is about a dead on analysis of both. I only disagree about some of the square wave modulation on the MB being un-musical, I have found some neat stuff with it, but that is purely preference on each of our parts. I can definitely see why many would feel that way.I've owned both the Carbon Copy and the Memory Boy. I still have the Carbon Copy, but returned the Memory Boy. There were things the Memory Boy could do that I really liked, but it had one unforgivable flaw that I'll explain as I go on. Here's my comparison of the two pedals:
The repeats produced by the Carbon Copy sound wetter, brighter, and nicer to my ears. In contrast the Memory Boy repeats are pretty dark and kind of lofi. The Memory Boy repeats don't sound bad to my ears, but the Carbon Copy's are nicer/more pleasing IMO.
The modulation available with the Carbon Copy is pretty minimal/subtle, and to adjust depth/speed, you have to open up the pedal and fiddle with trim pots. The Memory Boy has external modulation controls, and much more modulation is available. Actually, too much modulation is available with the Memory Boy in my view--anything past 9:00 on the modulation depth control produced sea-sickness inducing pitch shifting that wasn't at all musical to my ears. I only used it with the modulation depth at about 7 or 7:30--just barely on. The whole rest of the knob's sweep was unusable IMO. I'll add that I only cared for the triangle waveform modulation, the square waveform was just ugly to my ears.
With the Memory Boy one has the option of controlling delay time or modulation speed with an expression pedal. Neato, especially (for me) when controlling the modulation speed--one can get really, really cool Leslie Speaker Cabinet type sounds. In this regard it has the Carbon Copy beat hands down. I loved this feature.
The dealbreaker that prompted me to return my Memory Boy was the functioning of the it's "blend" control. When set to 12:00, repeats are the same volume as the dry signal, and the dry signal is the same volume as when the pedal is bypassed. However, when the blend is set to say 9:00 so that repeats are about half the volume of the dry signal, the dry signal is boosted. This means that when the blend knob is set for quieter repeats, the dry signal will get louder when the pedal is engaged. This is totally stupid, a major design flaw. I use delay for added texture and ambiance, and almost never want my repeats as loud as my dry signal. This meant that I had a volume boost/drop going on whenever I'd turn on or off my delay--No good at all.
The Carbon Copy's control (called "mix" instead of "blend") just adjusts the volume of the repeats without affecting the dry signal whatsoever--the way it should be IMO. Yes it's true, with the MB one can have "all wet" (just delayed repeats) which isn't possible with the CC, but I don't care. Not having the option of quieter repeats without a dry signal boost made the MB unusable to me, despite it's pluses.
sound quality of repeats: CC is winner
quality and flexibility of modulation: MB is winner
other features: MB is winner, CC lacks expression pedal options
blend/mix control: MB is a total loser, it boosts your dry signal unless the repeats are as loud or louder than your dry signal.