Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler
This is it, folks; the fabled “green box” that’s been igniting creativity, passion and sheer awe since Line 6 first released its digitally modeled marvels on the world in 2000. Containing 16 models based on legendary echo and delay boxes from the ... read more
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I bought this more for the looping capabilities than the delay (14 seconds of loop memory). Gotta admit, I saw Howie Day several years ago making heavy use of it and I loved the looping bits he did with it. It's just a very fun box, price isn't bad either for all you get.
EDIT: here it is in action http://youtu.be/LdqM8-gc4vo?t=6m2s
edited over 1 year ago
Pretty awesome delay pedal & looper
The Line 6 DL4 is one of those pedals you almost have to go out and try simply because of it's popularity amongst guitarists. To be honest, I'm not much of a delay pedal snob. I haven't owned or tried enough delays to really understand the nuances. Maybe for that reason, the fact that this pedal models 16 echo and delay boxes is perfect for me. The guitar sound I really like to emulate is a Editors/Coldplay/Bloc Party sort of sound, and this pedal has plenty of options for that.
I'm a fan of looper pedals, so the onboard 14-second looper is really what sold me on this one. I saw it as a way to get a good looper and a variety of delays all in one box... at least until I build out my pedal collection and go deep on some delays. The loop function is super easy to use, and 14 seconds is plenty of time to record a substantial loop and jam on top of it - it's pretty satisfying sounding like a one man band!
The build quality is great, I've gigged with it and have had no issues. Admittedly the price is a little steep, but I've had this thing for so long and it has brought me so much enjoyment that I don't really think about what I paid for it.
I'd say an easy 4 or 4.5 stars out of 5 for the DL4. Even if you're a delay pedal purist or collector, try this one out, it might still have something to offer you.
edited about 1 year ago
Not knocked out
I know this is the most ubiquitous modeling delay on the planet, but I really do not like the DL4. I am glad they invented this 4 button format to be copied by companies like TC Electronic, but I just could never get into the sound of this thing when I owned it. It lasted maybe 2 weeks and went out the door! I did really dig that filtery delay model for creating wild portishead HPF repeats with increasing resonance and cutoff. This pedal also seemed to compromise my core guitar tone even when disengaged. I felt it compressed everything and cut my bandwidth some. I hate that. the tap worked well though, and that's good as were the silent switches. Not for me though. I apparently still have one of these but it seems to be broken. Color me surprised.
Complete and very useful
A pedal with endless possibilities! It is very well build. Some people complain about a volumedrop or about the switches. I don't experience any problems with it. I used the regular flashback of TC Electronic, but I was missing the opportunity of presets. Especially the looper is very useful. The pedal is quite big and maybe expensive for some, but for its sound and possibilities it isn't expensive at all.
Nice delays and looping.
I would have given it 5 stars but some earlier production runs were little vampires. They'd suck tone from your instrument from the moment you plug in. Other than that this is a great delay pedal with several mods available out there. The loop function is fun.
This is it, folks; the fabled “green box” that’s been igniting creativity, passion and sheer awe since Line 6 first released its digitally modeled marvels on the world in 2000. Containing 16 models based on legendary echo and delay boxes from the storied Maestro® EP-1 Echoplex to the awesome T.C. Electronic® 2290, the DL4 has in turn become a classic in its own right, as popular with guitarists as it is with singers, drummers, bassists, keyboardists, and anyone who wants a pure 24-bit true stereo signal path in the service of delays that run the gamut from gritty and psychedelic to pristine and heavenly.
You’d be insane to pack an original Roland® RE-101 Space Echo or Electro-Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man into the back of your van for a club tour, but the DL4 packs models of those sounds and many more into a rugged, road-tested steel housing that can run for up to 30 hours on four “C” batteries or with the optional PX-2G power adaptor. Models of classic delay boxes—and the sweet choruses and vibratos that accompany many of them—are just the beginning; the DL4 also boasts innovative sounds like its “Auto-Volume Echo,” which combines a volume swell with a tweakable tape-style echo; or the outstanding “Reverse Delay,” which allows you to play stunning backwards guitar solos on the fly.
You also get those U2-style “Rhythmic Delays” in several metric flavors, super-cool “Ping-Pong Delay” effects, and outrageous stereo panned repeats. Look, if it ain’t in the DL4, it probably doesn’t exist . . . until you create it. What’s more, with its onboard 14-second looper, the DL4 is both the perfect practice tool and the ultimate creative canvas for crafting overdubs and creating textures, with its ½ speed and reverse modes ideal for sonic adventurers and arrangement-minded recordists alike.
Like all Line 6 stompbox Modelers, the DL4 boasts a simple and sturdy front panel design, with four footswitches for saving and recalling your sounds, and six knobs for selecting models and tweaking parameters, with distinct assignments for each knob depending on the delay model you’ve chosen. Paired with the optional EX-1 expression pedal, which lets you morph between two radically different settings for each of your sounds, the DL4 is truly the ultimate delay pedal, making the history of echo and delay available to your creative future.
- 16 vintage delay and echo effects including Tube Echoplex, Space Echo, Deluxe Memory Man, and more
- Provides for 3 programmable presets
- Tap tempo control
- 14 seconds of sample-loop memory
- True bypass switching
- Expression pedal input