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...
This photo of Jonny Buckland's pedalboard reveals he uses the Line6 DL4 effects pedal. It can be seen in the lower right of the pedalboard. The photo is from the "Clients" section of the official site for Mike Hill Service (who provide all kinds of services to pros, including amp service, creating pedalboards, etc). The original source of this image is [this](http://www.mikehillservices.com/coldplay---jonny-buckland-328-p.asp) page. Judging by the enviroment and stage set up in the picture, it appears this photo was taken in 2009 at Wembley Stadium during the Viva la Vida Tour run.more
"Out of the tuner the line goes into here, which is a Line 6 Delay," says Mike Campbell's guitar tech about the Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal.
"The Line 6 DL4, he just uses it as a phrase sampler and a looper. So if he feels like just putting a texture in between songs while we change guitars or whatever, even if he's just bored. He samples it himself, lets it run, and then fires it off later in the song to build the stuff up," says Josh Klinghoffer's guitar tech.more
Noel's most recent (documented) guitar effects pedal setup includes (from right to left, followingthe signal chain): Ibanez TS-808 Tubescreamer, MXR Dyna Comp, ProCo Rat Distortion, Boss RV Reverb/Delay, MXR Micro Amp, Boss Digital Delay, Boss TR-2 Tremolo, Boss Tuner Pedal, Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler. Pedalboard by Mike Hill Services.more
[This interview with Marr for *Premier Guitar* magazine](https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27660-johnny-marrs-mancunian-charm?page=2), regarding the recording of his 2018 album *Call the Comet,* includes a list of gear currently he used during the sessions. The DL-4 pedal is among the effects on the list.more
00:23, 2010 Tour in Russia. Full routing ============ * Boss Chromatic Tuner, * T-Rex Luxury Drive booster then the signal goes to the pedalboard, apparently to Overdrives/distortions: * Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, * Digitech Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive, * T-Rex Møller. Chorus/Phasers/Flangers: * T-Rex Twister Chorus & Flange above Reverbs/Delays: * Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb by his side, * Boss Digital Reverb RV-5 below, * Electro Harmonix Holy Grail reverb by his side, * Line6 DL-4 Delay Modeler outside the pedalboard. Amp switcher: * Tonebone Radial JX-2 Switchbone AB amp switcher + booster. As he seems to select which amp he goes to (there's the both option too; maybe he just uses it as a final boost for both amps), I imagine he doesn't use the effects loop of the amps, or maybe the reverb/delays part goes through the effects loop of only one of the amps? After going crazy I found this great work by a japanese that saved me from searching the Holy Grail (don't think I'd had identified it) and the Delay: http://garymoore.blog.fc2.com/blog-category-25.htmlmore
At 3:50 in this Rig Rundown for Troy Van Leeuwen of [The Wongergirls](http://equipboard.com/band/the-wondergirls), [Queens of the Stone Age](http://equipboard.com/band/queens-of-the-stone-age), [Enemy](http://equipboard.com/band/enemy), [Failure](http://equipboard.com/band/failure), [A Perfect Circle](http://equipboard.com/band/a-perfect-circle), [Sweathead](http://equipboard.com/band/sweethead), and [The Desert Sessions](http://equipboard.com/band/the-desert-sessions), his gear is displayed, showing a Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal.more
[Premier Guitar](http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine) on location at NBC Studio 6B, GE Building, in NYC, catching up with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's the Roots' guitarist, "Captain" Kirk Douglas. Here at 2:34 he explains that the Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal is part of his setup on the show.more
The LA girls (main picture, above) may not be as well-known or as heavy as some of the most popular acts who have graced the main stage over the years, but their star is rising, and they make some of the most interesting guitar sounds right now. They love Fender Jaguars and Fender Mustangs, and their eerie sound is full of reverbs and delays. Both guitarists (Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman) got interesting pedalboards full of great pedals, quite a few of them delays: Electro-Harmonix Cathedral reverb, Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy, Line 6 DL-4 delay modeler, DigiTech Hardwire DL8 Delay/Looper, Boss RC-3 Loop Station, besides Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Chorus and even the very rare Boss VB-2 Vibrato pedal.more
In this [artical](http://proguitarshop.com/andyscorner/the-guitar-gear-of-pearl-jam), Stone Gossard of [Pearl Jam](http://equipboard.com/band/pearl-jam), [Temple of the Dog](http://equipboard.com/band/temple-of-the-dog), [Gossman Project](http://equipboard.com/band/gossman-project), [Mother Love Bone](http://equipboard.com/band/mother-love-bone), has been seen rocking his Line 6 DL4.more
"I have a Ratt pedal and an MXR Custom Comp pedal [CSP202]; Boss Reverb [RV-5] and Tremolo pedals [TR-2]; and I use a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler for a few things just so I don't have 15 other pedals on the board. But the Strymon TimeLine, oh my God. Oh man, it's just unbelievable. It can do so many things. " - excerpt from Ultimate Guitar interview.more
"On the left is the Dunlop univibe speed controller, next is a Dunlop 535Q wah. Then my ts9/808, then an old TS-808. Roy is holding a Line 6 delay pedal. Next is a Roger Mayer Octavia. The other box is a switchbox or "snuff box" which allows KWS to kill the guitar signal to the amp and send it to the tuner only."more
At 8:52 Scott Holiday talks about "A pedal that is very popular, everyone uses this thing...and ummm, a lot of people complain about it, try to say it doesn't sound good. I don't know, I think it sounds REAL good... I got a whole box of them delays and I still want this one on my board. And you can see, usually when you buy it it's got the red LEDs. Naturally, mine's better because it's got the blue LEDs...it MUST be better!" referring to his Keeley-modded Line 6 DL4.more
> The one sound or tone that is a staple in our band is Line 6’s Sweep Echo on their DL4 delay pedal. The funny thing with those pedals is that we seem to break them all the time. We have a drawer full of assorted DL4 parts from previous pedals already broken. But obviously, that sound really caught our ear and has done wonders for the band, so when one does break, we have to buy another one. We even wrote a couple of songs based solely on that sound.more
The pedal is 2nd from the right. Damien uses this for delays and occasionally as a loop station. Photo credit [Patrick Ford](http://www.gettyimages.in/detail/news-photo/photo-of-damien-rice-performing-live-onstage-with-guitar-news-photo/85510998). The photo is captioned, "Photo of Damien RICE; performing live onstage with guitar effects pedals"more
"I use PRS McCarty guitars live, and Line 6 Variax 700. My amps are a Laney VC50 and a Line 6 Vetta II. My FX are: Fulltone Distortion Pro, Nobels 808 Distortion Rat, and a Line 6 Delay Modeler. The signal is then split, one side going into a GFX 8 multi effects pedal and then into the Laney. I use a Laney Babel switch (via midi) to change channels (there are 4 of them--clean, crunch, overdrive, and kill), and the other line goes into the Vetta II. I use the foot pedal from the Vetta (long board) to make all my patch changes. All this is mounted on a custom made two-tier board of my own design and manufacture; i.e., I made it."more
During an interview w/ Gizmodo.com, Reggie Watts talks about his Line 6 DL4 [@ 1:22] "And then my second pedal that I use is the Line 6 DL4, it's a green looping and delay pedal, so this gives you nice delay effects... echo, which is really nice... and this also has a loop function [and you can do all crazy shit which I won't ruin here]"more
On August of 2016, [MusicRadar](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/rig-tour-explosions-in-the-sky-641876) did a Rig Tour with Explosions in the Sky, taking a quick look at their gear. On his board, he has the Line 6 DL4 as his second dedicated delay pedal. > “This is the only pedal I’ve been using since our first record. It makes a brief appearance on that record, and then I’ve used it on pretty much every song since. Of course, this is probably the 15th one I’ve had to buy, because they tend to break too easily, in my opinion. I use the expression pedal three or four times in the set, generally to add longer decay times to delay settings to just use in certain sections of songs, and then switch back to shorter decay times.”more
This image, found on Jim's [official website](http://www.jimcampilongo.com/about/gear.php), shows his pedalboard, which includes a Line 6 DL4.
"What you see here is what you get, basically, the Memory Man is the main thing I use, but the Line 6 delay is good for straight delays and auto-volume swells. It doesn't sound fantastic, but it does what it does constistently, has a couple weird sounds and has a handy tap tempo." - Osenga about Line 6 DL4.more
> Chatham’s desire to duplicate that huge, multi-layered sound on his own brought him to the Line 6 DL4 delay modeler—three of them. Set to loop on eight-, nine- and 10-second intervals, together they created the effect of a regenerative, ever-changing melody. Eventually Chatham switched to the Boomerang III, which allowed him to confine the process to one box.more
I use the same thing as in Dead Kennedys. Right now, I’m putting together a Stratocaster-style guitar, although there’s not many Fender parts left on it. I like Seymour Duncan pickups and I’ve been using a Schecter S-1, Marshall 2000 DSL amp, Echoplex tape unit and Line 6 DL4. I don’t use a lot of pedals and I don’t use channel switching in Dead Kennedys, but sometimes in Killer Smiles.more
“For me, the reverse effect this has is one of my favourite delays of all-time. I go back and forth between having just this on reverse as well as a Maxon AD-999, the kinda pinkish one? "I’ve probably had this one for about 10 years now. With reverse delay, I tend to crank it all the way up.more
"The guitarist did, however, employ a few pedals. “I used the Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler so much that I broke it,” he says. “Now it makes noises it’s not supposed to.” Davies also used a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler to create cool, swell-and-recede effects on “How We Roll,” and on “Empire” he used a Digi-Tech Whammy pedal to sustain a note and then “play” the melody by manipulating the pedal with his foot to change the pitch."more
A Line 6 DL4 is visible top left on Matts pedalboard. The lighting isn't great but if you look really closely you can tell is a DL4 and not a similar Line 6 pedal. It also makes sense that the Delay pedals are on the left of the board as Signal usually goes Right to Left and for Matt to get some of his ambient sounds he would need the Delays to be at the end of the chain.more
I have two pedalboards, one I control with my hands and another I control with my feet. My guitar goes into a Lehle D.Loop SgoS Effect Looper/Switcher, which has two loops. Loop A contains a Prescription Electronics Experience Octave/Fuzz, a Dunlop wah, a Boss OD- 2 Turbo OverDrive, and a Rat distortion. Loop B contains a Boss DD-5 Digital Delay, an Alesis Bitrman ModFX multi-effects processor, a Z.Vex Fuzz Factory, and an Electro- Harmonix Micro Synthesizer. The output of the Lehle goes to a Morley volume pedal, an Eventide PitchFactor, a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler, and a pair of GigRig HumDinger signal splitters that I use to send a mono feed to my amp—which is usually a Vox AC30—and a stereo feed to a MOTU Traveler FireWire Audio Interface and a MacBook running Ableton Live. I also have three Roland EV-5 expression pedals: One controls Feedback and Delay Level on the DL4, another controls various functions on the PitchFactor, and the third one is connected to a Logidy USB foot controller that I use along with a Korg nanoKONTROL to make real time adjustments in Live.more
in gear interview Dylan said that he bought the DL4 because he saw Tom Erak from Fall of Troy looping and doing a lot of stuff with this pedal. He uses this pedal a lot, he have 3 DL4's loop pedals, and usually broke them down a lot so he keep fixing these 3. In youtube video "How To Play: TINY MOVING PARTS - "Birdhouse" ", in the minute 4:24 of the video you can see how he uses it to loop in the songs.more
Back in 2008, a year after the release of the studio album *All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone*, Michael was seen by a member of [Harmony Central Forums](http://www.harmonycentral.com/forum/forum/guitar/acapella-29/1791838-) using a Line 6 DL4. From a Rig Tour by [Music Radar](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/rig-tour-explosions-in-the-sky-641876) with Explosions in the Sky as of August of 2016. > “It’s a classic, man - but talk about unreliable! We go through about three a year! But I love that pedal, and we’ve been using them since the beginning. Mark and I generally use the same settings in different ways - the stereo delays mainly. Even though we don’t send it out stereo, it still gives it a very interesting bounce to it.”more
"How I Loop Using the Line 6 DL-4 I've been getting some questions on how exactly I'm making the swell/pad sounds, so I thought I'd make a video addressing it. Basically all I'm showing is that I will record an initial loop of silence. From then on, I can leave the record button on and essentially record without boundaries, and the sound will just loop over itself. I hope that makes sense... It gives me the ability to make a nice pad sound without having any sound cutoffs."more
"We used a lot of delays and reverbs on the guitar to create sonic tapestries that ran in the background throughout many of the songs. We were combining two rack-mounted Line 6 delay units with analog Fender Space echo units and other reverbs. We would multi-track several performances of harmonics, feedback and loops to create layers of spacy-ness. It was really fun to do and was something I don’t normally do on guitar."more
"10th June 2013 at Red Lion, Isleworth, Middlesex (gig with Derek Nash). The photo shows (left to right) a Marshall Bluesbreaker (which emulates the sound of the combo amplifier of the same name), a DigiTech EX-7 Expression Factory, Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler Pedal, an Ernie Ball VP JR (volume pedal), TC Electronic PolyTune (tuner) and a Boss CH-1 Super Chorus (makes sounds of similar timbre and pitch converge as one)"more
As the de-facto lead guitarist, er mando-man, Kang bounces between his Ron Oates Custom 5-string Octave Mandolin or Walker Electric 5-string Octave Mandolin. To amplify his custom 5-strings, he cranks up a Two-Rock Custom Reverb and Groove Tubes D75 Power Amp through a Bogner 2x12 cab. His two-board setup boasts a DigiTech XP100 Whammy Wah, a Electro-Harmonix Micro Metal Muff, a Electro-Harmonix Micro POG, a Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth, a Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron, a Line 6 DL4, a Keeley Phaser, a Fulltone Full-Drive 2, a Keeley-modded Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer, a Keeley Katana Clean Boost, a Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, a Maxon Compressor, a Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, a Roland GR-33 Guitar Synth, a TC Electronic G-Force, a Sarno Music Solutions Steel Guitar Black Box, and the boxes are powered by a Voodoo Lab Ground Control and a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+. And his uses various Elixir strings and Fender Extra Heavy picks.more
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.
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
SO many different delay effects. Can bank up to 4 preset sounds. Plus a looper. Great for live and recording. Used one for years and didn't use to its full capacity. Just so many options.
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.
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.
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.
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 pedal has served me so well. I'll admit it, if i had the extra money, I would have bought myself a TimeLine a long time ago. I picked up my DL4 used quite a while ago and it has been a valuable part of my board ever since then. Although it doesn't have quite as many options as some of it's competitors (few can keep up with Strymon), it still has more effects and combinations than I have ever been able to put together and there has never been a delay lick that I haven't been able to replicate with this guy. It's also very easy to use and figure out and the controls are straight forward and logical. On top of all that the looper in it works great and gives you even more options with stop/play button, a "play once" button, and even some settings that allow half speed and backwards playing of your loop. I love this pedal and I have a hard time seeing myself let it go after all we've been through.
A very complete and open ended delay. 3 presets. Tap tempo. I love the loop feature. I own two of this. I use them sometimes for looping and the other one for delay. or at times, I use both for loops. I love its play once, reverse and half speed function. You won't find that in a delay, except for the Strymon Timeline, but just to have the features this pedal offers talking about loops, you'll spend like twice the price of a DL4. The downside is that at times, I used to have troubles correctly powering it. (it uses supposedly 2000ma). Also, I haven't experienced it, but I've heard that sometimes the switches fail. They can be changed, but I guess it's normal. According to its use. To me, it's better than the Flashback and the DD20. Haven't tried the Eventide or Timeline.
Hours of fun. From simple analogy delay to faithful reproductions of effects that are now veritable antiques & impossible to obtain -it can be a complex pedal but great to have this array of options in one stomp box thought it does take up a lot of real estate.
Have owned mine since 2000, no issues but I believe some people are not faring so well w/ older version of theirs.
i thought this would be a crazy good loop station, that's not necessarily the case, or at least I can't get it to operate as such, it's basically my favourite delay because of its presets and price point.
This is one of my most used pedals by far and I could not be more happy with it. Though size wise it is rather large, if you really care about delay, you will make room for this powerhouse of a pedal. With countless banks and programable and quick-changable presets, this pedal can switch independently between 3 different presets at a time. The tap tempo helps a ton when you need to make last minute speed adjustments on the fly and has come in handy several times live. The DL-4 is used by some of the best in the business and for good reason. Whether you want quick snapback delays or huge (and I mean HUGE) stereo ping pong delays, this pedal can do it all. For cheaper than most EHX pedals, the only better pedal that I know of in terms of delay is the Strymon Timeline (more than 2x the price). To sum up, this pedal has never let me down, extremely well built, and can create about any delay sound you can think of. Do yourself a favor and go get this pedal as fast as you can.
The Line 6 DL4 has many good options for any artist. It has the precision options I like and a great 14 second looper. The good thing about the looper is that it has many effects, with a half time (which can be used to double your loops speed when used craftily) and a reverse looper effect it can be handy, I use it in tandem with my Ditto Looper.
From delay, looping, and so much more, this little modeler can do almost anything. Very versatile and incredibly rugged, except for some switch problems.
This is a good sounding and versatile unit with a huge variety of delays and modulation effects. The looper is also unique and opens up to many new possibilities (listen to Minus The Bear...) footswitches could be a bit smoother.
This thing is amazing. It has everything that it should, and none of those extra little things that it doesn't. Very basic, but very functional looper pedal. If only it didn't break so often.
This pedal was my intro into delay. I rocked it for ten years until it gave up and once a Line6 pedal is done, it is done. The sounds just blew my mind. I used the Tape Echo, Tube Echo, Lo Res and Analog at all times. Four stars because of their short life.