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Amazing, BUT it has a learning curve!  (By Trav)
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BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT:
This is a great pedal that goes well beyond a simple chorus, delay or reverb sound. But, there is a learning curve, especially with regards to whether you run it to two amps, through an effects loop, in stereo or mono, or in the front of an amp. What works well in one set-up doesn't always work in another. So far, I've ran it with a PRS Archon tube amp, Line 6 HD147 solid state head and multiple Line 6 POD HD devices (500, 500X and HD Desktop).

HOW DOES IT SOUND AND HOW WELL DOES IT TRACK?:
It sounds just like whatever you put into it; so there’s that... The separation of sound is most noticeable when used in a stereo spectrum. If used in mono, the difference is still quite present. I could easily see a solo acoustic guitar artist leaving this on for an entire song/set. I ran my Variax JTV-69S (using acoustic modeling and DADGAD tuning) into the Mimiq and then into a POD HD Desktop. I used a pair of over-the-ear headphones and it was amazing with three dubs and all three knobs maxed.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?:
Mimiq unit, TC Electronic sticker, foam pad (no battery, instructions or USB cable)

IS IT WORTH IT?:
Yes! Once you've figured out the configuration that works best with your set-up, the price is a bargain!

FULL REVIEW FOLLOWS:
Just spent about three hours with the Mimiq and learned several things:

RUNNING THE CABLES:
How you hook it up makes a tremendous difference.

Plugged into the front of the amp on a clean channel sounds great, no matter where you have the knobs. BUT, if you hit the dirt channel, there is better chance of an unpleasant flanging whenever you bend a note, depending on where the "tightness" is set. The good news is that you can turn the knob to the left and lose the flanging, but you also lose some of the openness. Not recommended for dirt channel settings without an effects loop available. There is a flash update available at TC’s website; I ran it and it seemed to lessen the unpleasant flanging, but this hook-up remains my least favorite when using pre-amp distortion. The manual does recommend using an effects loop with pre-amp distortion.

So, I ran the Mimiq through the mono effects loop (PRS Archon combo amp) and the sound was fantastic, whether clean or dirty, and almost at any of the Mimiq knob settings. The manual was right on with their recommendation.

Next, I ran it into the stereo effects loop of a Line 6 HD500X, with the Mimiq's two "outs" to the 500X loop's two "ins" and used a TRS (stereo) cable from the 500X loop "out" to the two Mimiq "ins." Fantastic sound! A real monster! The Mimiq loves stereo! I did try the guitar into the Mimiq and then to the guitar input on the 500X and got the same flanging result as running into the front of the amp when using distortion. It doesn't seem to be bothered on clean settings.
Last, I ran the guitar into the Mimiq and out to the front of two separate amps. With the cables connected, but the Mimiq switched off, sound came out of both amps, although there was a bit of hum... as you might expect when running one pedal to two amps. When the Mimiq is engaged, a separation of the two amps is immediately clear. This is where turning the "tightness" knob to the right really shines; it genuinely sounds like two guitarists.

WHICH OF THESE HOOK-UPS SOUNDED BEST?:
For me, through the stereo effects loop of the 500X and into a stereo head (Line 6 HD147) through a stereo 4x12 Marshall JCM900 cabinet was the ticket. Whisper quiet. Tube guys, no worries: It also sounded great in mono, through the Archon’s effects loop; it really gave a huge fullness to the sound. If you run it with two amps, even better... although you'll have to solve the ground hum issue.

KNOB & SWITCH SETTINGS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TOO:
Should be no surprise here. Although, many pedals can be set once and left there in eternity, not so much with the Mimiq. I suppose you could... but playing the "Tightness" and "Effect" knobs against each other makes for some beautiful nuances in the sound.

The "tightness" knob turned toward the left (CCW) is actually the max tightness setting, whereas turning to the right (CW) will loosen the timing and widen the sound. Too much to the right when used with distortion imparts mild flanging and this multiplies when the "dubs" switch adds more guitars. I also though it added some treble, which was cured with the amp's treble knob.

Think of the "Effect" and "Dry" knobs as individual straight level controls for each versus a "mix" knob for each; if both knobs are turned down, you get nada for output. Some settings were best with the effect slightly higher than the dry, while others sounded best with the dry all the way up and a slight touch of effect.

Bottom line: You'll likely have to tweak those knobs and clicking the "dubs" switch may necessitate further tweaking. I don't see me leaving any of them in one position for an entire set list. However, your mileage may vary.

OTHER NOTES:
Order of precedence is HUGELY important if used with other effects, particularly delays. Using the Mimiq before a delay can feed up to four signals into the delay, causing a cacophony of sounds. Although... some were kind of cool. The order of multiple effects MUST be taken into consideration when using the Mimiq.

No instructions were included, but they are available at the TC Electronics website. And, bonus, they are really good! There is a smartly-written section dedicated to adjusting the knob positions for the desired pedal effect and even a few notes on purposely making lo-fi sound effects.

There is a software update available on the TC website that reduces the chance of sound artifacts when in mono mode, using 2-3 dubs. It does require that you use an external power supply (battery doesn’t count!) to trigger the “update mode.” According to the manual, a 9-volt, negative-tip adapter running at least 100 mA, but less than 300 mA will work. I used an old 9v neg-tip 200mA adapter from an 80’s Boss drum machine without issue. The update took less than a minute. Connect the USB cable, hold down the footswitch and plug in the adapter; light turns green, click update. Pedal resets, light turns red when finished. Done.

There are two micro-switches under the battery cover, although only the top one is used. Left (default) is for buffered bypass and Right is for true bypass.

Fellow Line 6 POD X3 and POD HD “Bean” users: you can use the microphone input on the X3 and HD Desktop in conjunction with the guitar input for a two-input sound. You must go into the system I/O (press and hold “view”) and turn input 2 to “mic” to activate it. I use a HOSA MIT-129 adapter (about $20) in the mic input to run a second ¼” guitar cable into the POD. It looks a little wonky, but works quite well. However, since this is not an effects loop, you still deal with the flanging issue when using the POD’s distortion.

The Mimiq was designed in Denmark and manufactured in Thailand.

Might be interesting to use with other instruments: electric violin?

WHAT I LIKED:
Sounds BIG! Vastly improves the whole "vibe" of the sound; inspirational for solos and picked chords. Really makes an acoustic guitar or piezo bridge SING! Although the main intent was to make this for live performances, it worked spectacularly with my recording set-up as well. Reasonable size, quality switches and pots. Priced nicely for what it does, if actually not a little low. Battery replacement is easy with a single, coin-slotted, floating fastener holding the back plate.

I really liked how easily you can dial-in the effect with the three knobs. Mild or wild, boost the volume or bring it down: twist the knobs and you are there.

DISLIKES:
The initial "WTF?" moment when the harsh flanging occurred when using the Mimiq in the front of the amp on the dirt channel. In all fairness, the manual, which I read later, DOES say to use an effects loop if using pre-amp distortion. No foul. Also, the flash software update (free, on the website) seemed to lessen the artifact flanging.

WHAT SHOULD BE IN VERSION 2?:
Maybe add a jack for an expression pedal to sweep a selected knob or switch. The knobs are too close together to reach down with a toe when playing live; perhaps one of those slip-on knob “wings” would work well in the meantime. Maybe consider adding an octave circuit for some “twin guitar lead” action!

OVERALL:
Great pedal, quality build and sound. Delivers on every promise. Well-worth the purchase price. I cannot imagine a performing guitarist who wouldn’t want this as part of their live sound pedalboard. It should be issued to acoustic performers! Earned a permanent spot in my rig. Whether you use it as a stomp effect for a solo or leave it switched on all night, you’ll pat yourself on the back for adding this pedal. TC Electronics hit this one out of the park! Special thanks ProGuitarShop for another sweet deal! Arrived quicker than promised!
(Posted on 1/2/17)
Amazing, BUT it has a learning curve!  (By Trav)
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BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: This is a great pedal that goes well beyond a simple chorus, delay or reverb sound. But, there is a learning curve, especially with regards to whether you run it to two amps, through an effects loop, stereo/mono, or in the front of an amp. What works well in one set-up doesn't always work in another. So far, I've only ran it into real amps. I haven't tried it into a DAW yet.

IS IT WORTH IT?: Yes! Once you've figured out the configuration that works best with your set-up, the price is a bargain!


Just spent about three hours with the Mimiq and learned several things:

RUNNING THE CABLES: How you hook it up makes a tremendous difference.

Plugged into the front of the amp on a clean channel sounds great, no matter where you have the knobs. BUT, if you hit the dirt channel, there is better chance of a unpleasant flanging whenever you bend a note, depending on where the "tightness" is set. The good news is that you can turn the knob to the left and lose the flanging, but you also lose some of the openness. Not recommended for dirt channel settings without an effects loop available.

I ran the Mimiq through the mono effects loop (PRS Archon combo amp) and the sound was fantastic, whether clean or dirty, and almost at any of the Mimiq knob settings.

Next, I ran it into the stereo effects loop of a Line 6 HD500X, with the Mimiq's two "outs" to the 500X loop's two "ins" and used a TRS (stereo) cable from the 500X loop "out" to the two Mimiq "ins." Fantastic sound! A real monster! The Mimiq loves stereo! I did try the guitar into the Mimiq and then to the guitar input on the 500X and got the same flanging result as running into the front of the amp when using distortion. It doesn't seem to be bothered on clean settings.

Last, I ran the guitar into the Mimiq and out to the front of two separate amps. With the cables connected, but the Mimiq switched off, sound came out of both amps, although there was a bit of hum... as you might expect when running one pedal to two amps. When the Mimiq is engaged, a separation of the two amps is immediately clear. This is where turning the "tightness" knob to the right really shines.

WHICH OF THESE HOOK-UPS SOUNDED BEST?: Through the stereo effects loop of the 500X and into a stereo head (mine is the Line 6 HD147) through a stereo 4x12 Marshall JCM900 cabinet. Whisper quiet. Tube guys, no worries: It also sounded great in mono, through the Archon; it really gave a huge fullness to the sound. If you run it with two amps, even better... although you'll have to solve the ground hum issue.

KNOB & SWITCH SETTINGS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TOO:

Should be no surprise here. Although, many pedals can be set once and left there in eternity. Not so much with the Mimiq. I suppose you could... but playing the "Tightness" and "Effect" knobs against each other makes for some beautiful nuances in the sound.

The "tightness" knob turned toward the left (CCW) is actually the max tightness setting, whereas turning to the right (CW) will loosen the timing and widen the sound. Too much to the right when used with distortion imparts mild flanging and this multiplies when the "dubs" switch adds more guitars. I also though it added some treble, which was cured with the amp's treble knob.

Think of the "Effect" and "Dry" knobs as individual level controls for each versus a "mix" knob for each. Some settings were best with the effect slightly higher than the dry, while others sounded best with the dry all the way up and a slight touch of effect.

Bottom line: You'll likely have to tweak those knobs and clicking the "dubs" switch may necessitate the need for more tweaking. I don't see me leaving any of them in one position for an entire set list. However, your mileage may vary.

OTHER NOTES:

Order of precedence is HUGELY important if used with other effects, particularly delays. Using the Mimiq before a delay can feed up to four signals into the delay, causing a cacophony of sounds. Although... some were kind of cool. The order of multiple effects MUST be taken into consideration when using the Mimiq.

No instructions were included, but they are available at the TC Electronics website. And, bonus! They are really good!

There are two micro-switches under the battery cover, although only the top one is used. Left (default) is for buffered bypass and Right is for true bypass.

WHAT I LIKED: Sounds BIG! Vastly improves the whole "vibe" of the sound; inspirational for solos and picked chords. Reasonable size, quality switches and pots. Priced nicely for what it does, if not a little low. Battery replacement is easy.

DISLIKES: The initial "WTF?" moment when the harsh flanging occurred when using the Mimiq in the front of the amp on the dirt channel. In all fairness, the manual, which I read later, DOES say to use an effects loop if using pre-amp distortion. No foul.

OVERALL: Great pedal, quality build and sound. Delivers on every promise. Well-worth the purchase price. Earns a permanent spot in my rig. Thanks TC! Thanks ProGuitarShop for another sweet deal!
(Posted on 12/30/16)

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TC Electronic Mimiq Doubler

Automatic double tracking is a studio trick almost as old as studios themselves. The technique was invented by Ken Townshend at Abbey Road Studios, in response to John Lennon’s disdain for double tracking vocals. To put that into perspective, doubling is a technique that takes the original signal and detunes a copy slight above or below the pitch of the original. Knowing this, you can imagine what a strain it put on vocalists to do this manually. Automatic double tracking was born.

Now, TC Electronic has released the Mimiq, the modern player’s solution to the trickery of the studio. Like many other effects, this began as a tape-based effect, which is why TC had to step up and nail it, given the company’s propensity for all things tape.

The Mimiq features a switch for selecting the number of tracked voices, from a simple doubler (two voices) to a tripler (three) and quadrupler (four). In a studio, this can be one of the most tedious parts of recording, especially for you shredders and metal players. Even if you nail your part note for note, there will always be some kind of variation, because you’re not a robot. The Mimiq is a one-take machine.

Of course, the Mimiq isn’t limited to the studio. Having it on at all times will really beef up your signal, especially good for solos or thunderous riffs. It’s a must-have for lead and rhythm players alike. And because of its extensive control set, you can dial it in to be as huge as you’d like. Here’s how:

The Tightness knob controls how close to the original signal you’d like to keep things. Low settings yield a robotic tracking session while higher levels play fast and loose with the tracking for more spatial separation.

The two remaining knobs, Effect and Dry, let you fine-tune the amount of dry signal added to the mix. Go full wet for a hollow spacy tone or dial in just a touch to add some pep to your playing. Dialing it in is a breeze and you may never turn it off.

If the Mimiq doesn’t give you enough space in mono, it comes fully equipped with true stereo ins and outs which drastically opens things up. If you run two amps in stereo, you’ve been waiting your whole life for the Mimiq.

TC Electronic Mimiq Doubler features:

  • Mimics up to three tracks for immense guitar tones
  • Tightness control lets you play with the space between tracks
  • True stereo ins and outs open the pedal up
  • Standard 9v center-negative power operation (adapter not included)

 


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