Carbon Copy as an always-on

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by taylor16, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. taylor16


    Dec 25, 2012
    Sedona, AZ
    Just got this wonderful pedal a few days ago and because of the holidays haven't yet used it in a band setting.

    Anyone try this pedal as an always on with "minimal" effect? I attached a photo of the setting I'm talking about. Again, this could be very different in a band setting but it adds a nice little something-something at this very low level.

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  2. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Supporting Member

    Also interested in this. Planning to add an small and simple analog delay to the board.
  3. I'm not sure why you'd want to have a delay on all the time unless you're playing in a pretty unconventional way. At best it will be inaudible in a full band mix and at worst it will slur your timing and make it sound off.

    I use lots of delay on bass but definitely not as an always on effect.
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  4. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    I personally think that bassists who have an "always on" pedal are trying to tweeze a certain sound out of their bass or are unsatisfied with the current sound of their existing bass. Generally with effects (like photo filters / effects) less is usually best (says the bassist with a huge FX board!). My experiences with verbs and delays is that they can sound awesome when soloing / paying bass on it's own...but can turn your tone into mush in a mix / band setting.
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  5. RJC1811


    Nov 19, 2008
    Canandaigua, NY
    I had a Tele back in the 80's and played through a cheap PV amp and it had a pretty thin sound. I used a DD3 as an always on to fatten the sound. It worked ok but the real answer was a better sounding guitar through a better amp.
  6. Always on delay for guitar is totally different IMO.
  7. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Supporting Member

    For the style I play, I see delay more as a seasonning. The band is covering Sex on fire and I'm hearing a slapback-type effect during the verses, so dat's wot A'm going fer.
  8. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing.

    Dec 10, 2013
    Denver, Colorado
    Designer - Big Machine Electronics
    Having an always on pedal is no different than always plugging into the same amp or using the same cab. It's just a component of your tone. But I think even a short delay will get monotonous after a while and a different pre or OD would probably be a better idea. Unless your sound is unconventional, then have at it.
  9. yes it can work - if there is space in the music. works especially well in a trio or duo setting - ive used a boss dd-3 with very very short delay time and minimum feedback. its pretty psychedelic. wont mess up your timing.

    i have the a carbon copy too, but i like digital delays with bass. go for it!
  10. There has always been a special magic from the drive section of some delay units that adds a certain desirable character beyond the intended purpose of delay. That would explain the popularity of pedals like the Dunlop EP101 Echoplex and Xotic EP Booster.
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