Mimiq Doubler ushers in a new era for live guitar doubling. By harnessing every ounce of power from our new proprietary doubler algorithm, Mimiq manages to distill the magic and uniqueness of actual studio-grade double tracking into a compact peda...
Mimiq Doubler ushers in a new era for live guitar doubling. By harnessing every ounce of power from our new proprietary doubler algorithm, Mimiq manages to distill the magic and uniqueness of actual studio-grade double tracking into a compact pedal. Just stomp it and hear your rockin' riffs gain epic leviathan-like strength, and your lead-lines stand out with unprecedented grandeur, as if played by up to four guitarists at once. When it comes to Mimiq, more is definitely more!
While far from perfect, this thing is a godsend. I use this as a part of my live rig and my tone has never been better. I'd been looking for a way to split my signal into two amps that was more interesting than an A/B/Y or stereo delay pedal.
Build quality is great, feels very sturdy and well engineered. The casing is one of the best designs ever I think, to access the battery there's a large set screw on the back that is wide-threaded and can be unscrewed with a quarter. Much more convenient than the typical 4 screws on MXR type boxes, and less fragile and less moving parts than a BOSS style casing. Reliability so far has been perfect.
The stereo ins and outs are a nice feature for those putting this at the end of a stereo effects chain. The controls are marked "Tightness", "Effect" and "Dry". "Tightness" controls how much of the "Mimiq" effect is blended into the signal. When used mono, the "Effect" and "Dry" knobs do what they say on the tin. In stereo, they are essentially volume controls for the left and right outputs. Fairly intuitive, except that the "Tightness" control works backwards from how you'd expect ("0" is the most "tight", while "10" has the most amount of the "Mimiq" effect)
One small issue is that it seems to eat batteries quite quickly, about as fast as an average digital delay (it has a power consumption of 100 mA). It would probably last a good while on a battery if you were using it as an occasional effect. But, if you plan on switching it on at the start of the gig and switching it off at the end like I do, definitely use an adapter. Thankfully, if you're stuck using a battery and it does die mid set, because it's true bypass it'll just switch off and won't kill your signal.
I play hardcore punk and metal and when set to the most minimal settings (1 Dub, "Tightness" at 0, "Dry" and "Effect" at 10) the clarity and definition that it gives is something I've been chasing all of my guitar-playing life. I tried using it with just one amp and it was pretty underwhelming. This thing really shines through two amps, with one set fairly midrange-heavy and clear, and the other more scooped and saturated. I can't say enough about what a game changer this pedal was in that scenario.
I did find that setting the "Tightness" control above 11 o clock brought about some subtle tracking issues when doing fast leads, especially on the treble strings. This was exacerbated when adding more dubs, and at times can sound slightly artificial. Keeping the "Tightness" control set very low (ie, most "tight")
This pedal has become completely indispensable to my live rig, when used subtly it can really fill out the sound of a power trio or add some body to the mix when one guitarist drops out to play a solo. While it might not succeed in fulfilling its goal of providing a 100% realistic double tracking emulation, if you work within its limitations it will yield amazing results. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if I had to replace it, and might stockpile a couple extra just in case they get discontinued. It's that good.