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Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Pedal

This all-in-one FX modeler packs over 100 distortions, delays, reverbs and filters -- plus a 28-second looper. Store 48 pedalboard setups for instant recall! (51) Read 10 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Teeming with over 100 immortal distortions, delays, reverbs, and more, the Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler offers immediate access to an entire arsenal of history's most well-regarded stompbox sounds.

With the Line 6 M13, you get 19 analog and digital delays, 18 well-known distortions from creamy to crazy, 12 reverb effects, 26 vibey filters including wahs and pitch effects, 22 tangy mods such as expressive trems or phasers, and 12 compressors and equalizers that squash, gate and color.

The Line 6 M13 alows you to use up to four models simultaneously, in any order and combination. It's like having a massive pedal board packed into a convenient, simple-to-use package.

The M13 includes 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.

It's Stompbox Simple

Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler is easy to use, just like a classic stompbox. Tweak your tones on the fly using the M13's 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.

Built-in Looper

The M13's 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 Pedalboards

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 pedals in front, behind or even in between M13 Stompbox Modeler's models.

Prepared for any live or studio situation, M13 Stompbox Modeler 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, M13 Stompbox Modeler is designed to survive on-stage abuse. From the chassis to the footswitches, it'll withstand constant stomping.

Line 6 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). zZounds is an authorized dealer of Line 6 products.
- 100+ stompbox FX, up to 4 in any order/combination; All the models from best-selling Line 6 pedals and rack gear including DL4(TM) Delay Modeler and others
- 19 delays, 18 distortions, 12 reverbs, 26 filters, 22 mods, 12 compressors and EQs; Universal tap tempo
- Four bright LCD screens show parameter names and values, and built-in chromatic tuner; Dedicated knobs control each effect's parameters
- 28-second looper with dedicated footswitch controls for Play/Stop, Undo/Redo, Rec/Overdub, Half Speed, Reverse, Play Once, Pre/Post
- Create up to 48 pedal board scenes; No more tearing up Velcro(R) just to swap one or two pedals!
- Easy to use: No menus, no saving, no hassles - just turn the knobs and you're done. And your settings remain after you power down
- Ins and Outs: Mono/stereo inputs and outputs (with True Analog bypass and DSP bypass), assignable mono/stereo FX send/return, two expression pedal jacks, MIDI in/out
- Heavy-duty, all-metal chassis and footswitches
- AC power adapter included
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Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 13 x 4 in
Line 6 Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 818-575-3600

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Building on the success of the M9 pedal, Line 6 expands the capabilities with the M13 stompbox modeling pedal. Built for the stage, this multieffects unit lets you create chains of up to four effects, make detailed changes throughout the signal path, and save your configurations in any of the 48 recallable "scene" banks. On top of all that, the Line 6 M13 comes equipped with an onboard tuner, stereo I/O, MIDI capability, and a 28-second looper.

The Line 6 M13 Features a Road-ready Chassis
The Line 6 M13 is built for gigging, and the metal chassis is up to the task. The unit measure 15.25 inches wide by 11.75 inches deep, with an angled top so there's less risk of a mis-trigger. A 12-foot power cable is included, expanding your reach when outlets are scarce. All of the M13's cable connections (stereo I/O, stereo effects loop, a pair of expression pedal inputs, MIDI I/O) sprout from the rear panel. The Line 6 M13 does not offer digital I/O.

You can use the MIDI connection to update firmware, install new effects models from Line 6's website, and even archive your saved scenes to computer. The quick-start manual that's included with the M13 is good enough to get you started right out of the box, but you'll want to download the advanced manual for an in-depth understanding of all the features.

Stompbox Layout
Think of the M13 as a series of four effects modules positioned side by side across the top of the chassis. Each has a rectangular LCD display and six parameter knobs, all guarded by a metal bumper to keep your boots at bay. Below each bumper, three stomp switches let you trigger individual effects in the chain. Press one of the switches, then use the top left parameter knob (Model Select) to assign an effect. The remaining five knobs offer access to different parameters, depending on the effect you select.

Effects are color-coded by type, and the LCD display will change color when you spin the Model Select knob. Delay effects are green, time-based modulation effects are blue, reverbs are orange, filtering and EQ effects are purple, and distortion/overdrive effects are yellow.

Load a selected effect into any of the three chrome switches in the module, and the switch will toggle the effect on and off just like a standard stompbox. Each switch has an LED displaying the color of the loaded effect type, glowing dimly when the effect is bypassed and brightly when engaged. Effects can be assigned to any switch in any order, and each of the four effects modules can be routed in any sequence.

You may choose to assign a different effect type to each stomp switch, giving you instant access to up to twelve individual effects. You may also choose to route the same effect to all three switches in a single module, assigning different parameters to each. You may have a light distortion set up on switch A, for example, adding a little bite to the verse. Switch B has the same effect with some additional drive, fattening up the sound when you switch to the chorus. Switch C has increased gain, adding boost to bring you up over the mix during the solo.

The M13 saves a snapshot of your complete pedalboard setup, including all effects and parameter changes per stomp switch, as a single "scene". Use the Scene Setup switch (located on the right side under the M13 logo) to name your scene and store it in any of the 48 (4 banks of 12) scene locations. Line 6 preloads the M13 with twelve preset scenes to get you started, but these can all be overwritten as you build more of your own. Need more than 48? You can offload your scenes to computer via MIDI, and build yourself a new set. Keep in mind, even though you can have up to 48 scenes in the M13 at a time, only twelve scenes at a time can be accessed via foot switch. Use the Model Select knob to scroll through the four banks, and call up what you need.

Switch the Switches
Once you've got the effects dialed in, activate the Looper Controls and some of the stomp switches take on additional duties. Record/Overdub, Play/Stop, Play Once, Undo/Redo, Half Speed, and Reverse are all useful for creating looped parts, and there's even a Pre/Post function that lets you route the looper before or after the effects. Not wanting to be thought a slacker, the tap tempo switch also does double duty. Hold it down for a few seconds and you've got access to the onboard tuner. Mute the output, bypass the effects while tuning, or change the reference pitch with the parameter knobs.

Hands-On
Obviously, this unit does a ton of stuff, and it may seem like it would be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, the main controls are clearly labeled and laid out in a familiar format, so it's pretty intuitive. When I pulled it out of the box, I was able to tune up and dial up some effects without so much as a glance at the manual. That said, you'll want to keep that manual handy the first few times you save and load your scenes. Switching scenes is pretty painless, though depending on the effects you have loaded you may notice audio dropouts as the new scene is engaged.

If you've ever played around with Line 6's DL4 or any other brand of looper, you won't have any problems walking yourself through the M13's looper functions. There isn't a single-button bypass, though you could set up the tuner to do this.

As I dug deeper into the effects models, I felt the M13 was a little too skewed toward chorus and phase effects (more than I probably need) and a little light in the distortion department. Also, the default settings on the distortion patches all sounded a little too similar, for the most part. Still, with some time spent tweaking fuzz and overdrive parameters, you could easily broaden the range of available tones.

Beyond the obligatory set of standard multieffects, I had some fun messing with the harmonizer patches, ring modulator, and the Seeker, a kind of 'super filter' that produces thick, rhythmic wah sounds. I also really dug the Pitch Vibrato, which is modeled after Boss's VB-2 pedal, complete with the "rise time" speed control. The models of analog delay and echo effects sounded pretty accurate, but the reverbs were kind of hit or miss, I felt. Common hall patches were a bit lacking, though I did like the sound I got with the '63 Spring setting.

Not Just for the Stage
It seems pretty clear Line 6 designed this for live gigging, but I put it to good use in the studio as well. Some of the sounds worked well as aux effects while mixing, though I did need to boost the input up to a useable level as it's not set up to handle a line level input. The Boost Comp effect helped with this.

I experimented heavily with the echos in the studio. While they lacked a little of the personality of the originals, they sounded really nice in the mix. Harmonizers such as the Bass Octaver worked great too. The tracking was rock-solid and the tone was rich and fat.

Beyond the effects themselves, the ability to save scenes is totally studio-friendly. You can store your exact settings away and call everything right back if you need to punch up the mix at some point in the future. And with the number of different effects available in one convenient unit, you've got all the options you could want at mixdown. If the M13 came with digital I/O, it would be a studio must-have.

The Bottom Line
Guitar multieffects units aren't exactly a new concept, but the M13 does go a long way toward giving you a complete selection of classic and modern effects in a rugged, gig-ready package. Every player has their list of favorite pedals, and with over 100 effects on board the M13 has the chops to satisfy them all.

The onboard MIDI control and effects loop make it easy to interface with the rest of your rig, and the expression pedal inputs and onboard looper take you well beyond the traditional effects box.

Pros:
Straightforward and intuitive interface, instant access to a large number of effects. Powerful looper with pre/post operation. Active support community at Line 6's website.

Cons:
Effects skewed toward modulation; a little lacking on distortion. Reverbs could be more consistent.
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Sound: Sounds great. A lot of the pedals are modeled perfectly. My only complaint is that the Compressors are a little weak. I have since gone out and purchased a TC Electronics Compressor pedal and use my M13 for everything else. Feature: The features are great. How can you complain about having every effect under the sun for $500? The only reason I gave this a 9 instead of a 10 is because you can only use 4 effects at once and not all 12. I'm sure it's likely a processor issue, and to get a stronger processor would mean a higher price though so 4 at once is still pretty good. Even with that said though, this pedal is a steal at $500. It's got a every effect you could ever need. EVER! and it's also got a looper and a tuner. Also, Line 6 updates the firmwear for this thing from time to time (for free). They add features, and even add more effects. Like the Pitch Shift filter modeled after a Digi-Tech Whammy pedal that was included in the latest upgrade. They really listen to suggestions from users too. If you have something you want to see in the future, just mention it to the people at Line 6 and there's a good chance you might see it in the next update. To update, you'll need a MIDI to USB adapter. Another really cool feature... It has 2 expression pedal inputs and you can use your expression to control any parameters you want. You can even have it control multiple parameters in opposite directions (Eg. Turn your gain up and your bass down at the same time) Ease of Use: The thing is so easy to use that you will never even need to print the manual from the Line 6 site. Just select your effect, turn the knobs (I love that it has the knobs like a real analog pedal!) and your preset is saved automatically. You can turn the auto-save off if you want to, but why would you? I would still recommend printing the manual as it will show you a lot more than you ever thought was possible with a multi-effect pedal. Even the more advanced features that you'll find in the manual are super easy. So easy, even a caveman can do it....wait I think that line is taken already. Quality: Seems to be built very solidly. No plastic parts other than the knobs and screens, but everything you step on is solid metal. Very easy to transport, and it's really nice to have all your effects in one place rather than having to carry around a bunch of pedals, cables, and adapters. Value: You will not find a better pedal for a better price. The TC Nova System is pretty close I guess, and they're the exact same price, but if you ask me the M13 is a superior product. If you want something better than the M13, you'll have to shell out well over $1000 for a TC G System or something of that nature, but even that pedal doesn't have any gain pedals in it. Get this pedal! Manufacturer Support: The Line 6 website has a great support forum dedicated to the M13 also for all its users. If you have any questions or problems, go there, and chances are that your question will be answered within a couple of hours. I have never needed any repairs or had any problems, but have still used the forum for general questions and exchanging cool ideas with other users. If you get the pedal, check out the forum. The Wow Factor: It looks real cool. Looks a lot like a Voodoo Labs MIDI pedalboard and costs about the same. BUT it actually has all the effects built in. It's not just an expensive bunch of buttons. The multiple coloured LEDs and all the switches make it look like it belongs on a space shuttle. It looks especially cool on a dark stage. Don't be fooled though; this isn't a matter of fashion over function...this is fashion AND function. Overall: I don't imagine looking for another product all together. I did mention earlier that I found the TC compressor pedal to be better than the compressor models in the M13, and I could maybe see getting frustrated with being limited to only 4 effects at once. With that said though, I rarely even use 4 at once, so as long as you place your effects strategically, where you don't have two that you'd like to use at the same time situated in the same columns, you'll be fine.
Style of Music: Rock, Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal
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Sound: i've spent some time and some serious money building a respectable guitar rig. i own a gibson explorer, and a gibson sg standard. my amp is the new marshall jvm 210h which i run through a marshall 1960a cab. my last move was to build a pedal board for my rig, but after discovering this thing there was no reason to go any further. this whole unit is 24 bit which is clearer than cd quality (thats only 16 bit) and it shows. the sound is top notch. all the the effects modeling is really good, and gives you not only the newest and best version of each effect but lets you dial in all the old ones too. i agree, if you have a good amp with good distortion you probably won't need the distortions this pedal has, but the compressors that are in the distortion modeling are really good and can really sweeten your overall tone. this is the best piece of gear i've bought in years. and considering you could spend well over $1500 for all of its counterparts, the price is actually a steal. this unit is really quiet, and it does not substantially degrade your tone which wiring numerous pedals together inevitably does. i love it. Feature: this is an entire pedalboard in one package. everything you could want is in included (well, no wah but i dont use that anyway). compressors, modulations, delays, an awesome loooper, reverbs, filters.... its everything, all in one package. the only thing i had to add was an actual pedalboard to house and protect it. you don't need to buy a powered board either which will save you around $100 since the included wire is quite long. Ease of Use: the beauty with this is it really is as easy as the "bonehead simple" rating suggests. and with each effect (and optional expression pedal) it also gives you the flexibility to really tweak and create your sound. Quality: this pedal is pretty rugged. all metal housing, all metal footswitches and a roll bar. this pedal would be great on the road, but like i said i bought a hardshell case just to make sure the screens dont get damaged. god forbid something fell and cracked one of the screens while you were driving to a gig or whatever. thats probably the only weak point, but its not because of shotty workmanship. screens are screens. Value: best bang for your buck. i would have paid more than the $500 i did for this thing. its just got so much. your not gonna need every effect it has to offer, but it feels good knowing if i ever need it it's there. and the effects i use frequently are absolutely great. if you read this much, buy it. you'll love it. Manufacturer Support: i have a bunch of line 6 stuff and to date nothing has broken that i didnt accidentally break myself. i have emailed line 6 and they are very good at answering quickly. they were giving away expression pedals during the time i bought this product and line 6 was good enough to email me a few times to let me know due to the volume of free pedals they were giving away i would have to wait another few weeks but was not forgotten about. i thought that was kinda cool.
Style of Music: punk/indie rock
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