Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler
The soul of a pedal, the power of a rack.
The Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler has the soul of a multi effect pedal and the power of a rack. It boasts a complete collection of the immortal stompbox effects, stompbox simplicity, rock-solid construction... read more
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Bellsls & Whistles
The samples in this board are pretty good. I can't get the sound out of the tube screamer that I get from my Ibanez. I like the spring reverb - very Fender-like. It has a very deep reverb that I enjoy pairing with my Les Paul to get that classic Fleetwood Mac Echo often used by Danny Kirwin and Bob Welch, the kind you hear on Future Games and Show Me A Smile. There are a lot of samples to choose from for those who love many different effects.
Wonderful piece of kit
The M13 presents a breadth and depth of sounds and opportunities to combine them that is frankly mindblowing. It's been a trusty and reliable steed for many years. However, I currently use it in combination with a BOSS ME-50 and a Line 6 Spider Valve 212 (which I use to switch between clean, crunch and distorted settings with and FBV Shortboard), and to simplify switching and set-up times, I'm planning to retire all three of those, in favour of a GT-100. As per my review for that item though, the GT-100 seems incapable of replicating some of the filter and synth effects that I rely on in the M13, so it may have to stay in the rig until a software update is released for the GT-100.
Let's not forget this unit was used on stage by multiple international musicians on tour
I'd like to clear up a thing before going any further: this multi-effect unit has been used by so many professional musicians there's simply too much to mention. When it came out, it was probably the best multi-effect unit on the market, and while Boss GT-series, Digitech and Line 6 themselves had pretty innovative multi-effects unit before, the M13 (and M9 and M5) were all the rave for a couple of years.
Nowadays Line 6 has the HX Effects unit which replaced the M13 directly, and even if it has many new and improved excellent effects replicas, the HX Effects also has most of the M13 effects in their original programming.
I could talk in great extent about which effect is good and which is less, but let's just put it this way: delays are nothing short of awesome. the reverb are very very nice, the modulation effects are so various there's literally weeks of exploration to do, the overdrives and distortions got the heat in reviews but I find them mostly quite pleasing and even though I run standalone od, disto and fuzz pedals, there are some gems hidden in there too!
One of the best thing of the M13 was the introduction of a separation point between "front of the amp" and "fx loop time based" effects selection. So you can run all the od, disto, fuzz, modulation in front of the amp and delays and reverbs hit the fx loop, just as it's supposed to be. It works really well and it's one of those things that makes you go "it's so versatile, I can't get rid of it".
The looper is not very versatile, but it does offer more options than just record/overdub, like half speed and reverse. You can also set the looper to be pre or post fx.
2 expression pedal inputs is very nice to play a delay swell on one and a pitch-shift-whammy-type effect on another for immediate access.
I really, really love my M13. The only bad things I can say about it have already been fixed by third party suppliers and modders, like the somewhat poor quality bult of the switches, the lack of a master volume etc... Google it and you'll find it.
A Versatile Tone Monster
This is one of the very few Line 6 products that I love. Possessing the capabilities of 100+ effects and a floorboard-like arrangement, it is incredibly easy to use for any guitarist at all familiar with pedals. Its best sounds are its reverbs and delays, as they accurately emulate the units they model. I'm not as familiar with the filters and mods to know how accurate they are, but they sound good to my ears. The one sort of letdown are the drives. They don't sound as organic as their real-world counterparts, as they lack warmth and complexity; however, they aren't terrible and I use them with confidence, even if they don't stand up to personal scrutiny.
Effects all in one
Instead of buying a dozen different pedals, I opted to get the Line6 Stompbox Modeler. It has good distortion, delay, reverb, among many other effects, and a couple different effect settings to boost your signal before it hits your amplifier. I added an expression pedal in order to mold the speed of my delay on the fly.
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The soul of a pedal, the power of a rack.
The Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler has the soul of a multi effect pedal and the power of a rack. It boasts a complete collection of the immortal stompbox effects, stompbox simplicity, rock-solid construction, and much more.
A complete collection of immortal stompbox sounds
Teeming with over 100 immortal distortions, reverbs, delays, and more, the Line 6 M13 pedal offers instant access to an arsenal of history's most celebrated stompbox sounds.
Get 19 celebrated analog and digital delays, 18 distinctive distortions from creamy to crazy, 12 reverbs from modern (particle verb) to vintage (spring reverb) to ancient (cave reverb), 26 vibey filters including wahs and pitch effects, 22 tangy mods including expressive trems and phasers, and 12 compressors and EQs that squash, gate and color.
The Line 6 pedal lets you use up to four models simultaneously, in any order and in any combination. It's like having a gigantic pedal board (without all the tangled cords and overloaded power strips) stuffed into a convenient, easy-to-use package.
Included are all the models from best-selling Line 6 pedals and rack gear DL4 Delay Modeler, DM4 Distortion Modeler, FM4 Filter Modeler, MM4 Modulation Modeler, Verbzilla, Echo Pro and others.
The Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler is easy to use, just like a classic stompbox. Tweak your tones on the fly using the dedicated knobs. No menus, no saving, no hassles-just turn the knobs and you're done. And your settings remain when you power down!
Four bright LCD screens show parameter names and values, and the built-in chromatic tuner.
The 28-second looper is always at the ready with dedicated footswitches for Play/Stop, Undo/Redo, Rec/Overdub, Half Speed, Reverse, Play Once, and Pre/Post. You're free to adjust your sounds while looping or overdubbing.
Up to 48 different pedal boards
Different arrangements of models, or pedal board "scenes," can be created for each of your gigs-one for your metal band, one for your punk band, one for your Top 40 gig…you get the picture. No more tearing up Velcro just to swap one or two pedals. Create and save up to 48 scenes. (Scenes can be backed up to your computer via MIDI in/out.)
Ins and outs
M13 Stompbox Modeler plays well with others. Take advantage of the stereo FX loop and put your other effect pedals in front, behind or even in between M13 Stompbox Modeler's models.
Prepared for any live or studio situation, Line 6 M13 guitar pedal features mono/stereo inputs and outputs (with True Analog bypass or DSP bypass), mono/stereo assignable FX sends and returns, MIDI input and output and two expression pedal inputs.
Total stompbox experience
Built tank-tough with all-metal construction, Line 6 M13 multi effects pedal is designed to survive on-stage abuse. From the chassis to the footswitches, it'll withstand constant stomping.
M13 Stompbox Modeler's treasured stompbox tones, built-in chromatic tuner, 28-second looper and bonehead simplicity will prove totally indispensable (not to mention highly addictive).
Check the Line 6 website for software updates that increase the power of your Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler!
- Over 100 immortal stompbox FX
- 19 delays, 18 distortions, 12 reverbs, 26 filters, 22 mods, 12 compressors and EQs; Universal tap tempo
- Up to four FX at once in any order/combination
- Models are from best-selling Line 6 pedals and rack gear
- Simple design
- Tweak tones on the fly without menus, saving or hassles
- Built-in chromatic tuner
- 28-second sound-on-sound looper
- Dedicated footswitches for all looper controls
- Mono/stereo inputs and outputs (with True Analog bypass or DSP bypass)
- Mono/stereo FX sends and returns
- Two expression pedal jacks
- MIDI in/out
- Tough, all-metal construction
- Highly addictive
- Create up to 48 "scenes"
- No more tearing up Velcro just to swap one or two pedals
- Back up scenes via MIDI in/out
- Four bright LCD screens show parameter names and values
- Dedicated knobs control each effect's parameters
- Easy to use: No menus, no saving, no hassles