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The Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler is a "super-stomp" that gives you access to one of over 100 coveted effects at at time with a footprint the size of a standard pedal. But M5 is also different - it's...
In this rig rundown of Russell Lissack’s pedalboard, at 18:02, his Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler pedal can be seen. Lissack says: > "This is Line 6 M5 which has a bunch of different sounds in it. I got this by accident because I was trying to find a tremolo pedal that had a BPM counter on it, because I didn't want to use MIDI - I don't like MIDI, really. It's kind of unreliable, I find. So I couldn't find one that you could adjust to precise BPM which is annoying. I bought [the M5] before I realized that, then I found actually that it had some other kind of cool sounds in it, which you can combine things. We've got a song called [Virtue](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0TZt8NvGD0) which has a pulsing keyboard sounding riff... it makes something really simple sound really big and dramatic." He goes on to demo the riff from Virtue using the Line 6 M5more
“That’s my, ‘I need this one random thing for this one part in this one song’ pedal. There’s a couple of things that need that for whatever reason, like the parked wah: there’s a riff in The Artist In The Ambulance that just doesn’t work without that effect. And the Whammy-like pitch-shifter pedal thing for the end of For Miles.”more
Starting at 5:23 into this video, Tim Pierce demonstrates and talks about the Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler on his pedalboard: > "...On this particular board, the only modulation source I have is the [Line 6] M5. So let's see what's up right now - a vibrato... I see these M5s on a lot of Nashville studio guitarist pedalboards. It's really a really good workhorse. Nice reverb... if somebody asks for a phaser or flanger it's there for you."more
Supercharge your pedal board with a single stomp!
The Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler is a "super-stomp" that gives you access to one of over 100 coveted effects at at time with a footprint the size of a standard pedal. But M5 is also different - it's designed like a Swiss army knife to carve out sonic creativity one brilliant effect at a time. Dare to inspire and be inspired with its 100 gain-defying distortions, lush choruses, scintillating reverbs and many other kinds of expressive effects.
Why buy another pedal every time you'd like a little extra spice? M5 is your buddy who's got the garage filled with half a century's worth of modern and vintage effects. But this time he'll loan out anything from the collection and never ask for it back. From the classic and timeless to the bold and esoteric, M5 has got you covered. Your instant stockpile is robust, easily switchable and well known - many of the effects are from DL4 Delay Modeler, Verbzilla and other famous Line 6 pedals.
M5 costs less than one good single effect pedal, features an easy-to-read screen, and is infinitely customizable.
I had this unit for a short time with the purpose of testing different effects. That was during a transition period between my projects which led me to touch a little of my rig configuration.
The distortions have some character but are still sterile, while I found no sweet spots on the reverbs and the delays may be fine but I gave those little consideration due to being covered there with other pedals there, I took advantage on the possibility of trying different filters due to my idea of getting into wah or whammys, which I've never had a good relation with but started to have some interest on.
The pitch glide turned to be nice for me, and with the expression pedal you can choose different kind of configurations that refines subtle tweaks that you can't make on the original Whammys. I ended with a Whammy 4 after making this my favorite application of the M5 and I must tell that between the two things I've just chosen the Whammy mainly for a matter of footprint on my pedalboard (the Whammy 5 may offer a definitively better behavior about the polyphonic tracking).
Most modulation effects sound very clean and with some lack of texture/depth –as happens with most digital modulation effects– but I really could make myself the idea of buying the unit again to stick with it if someday they upgrade its firmware to allow setting the modulation effects' rate in ms/BPM as it's already possible with delays. By now I just have to cross my fingers about finding a Guyatone Ultrem or maybe getting a Strymon Mobius just for this tiny feature they had and the M5 lacks of. I have other advanced ideas they could perform with firmware updates, but with that basic point I would just give my bucks away for it again.
This multi-effect pedal is very good at reverbs and modulation, but it plain out sucks for overdrive and distortion. I bought it just because it does the leslie and univibe emulation really well.