Submitted November 15, 2006 by a customer from comcast.net
"Still flawless 4 years later..."
This thing has made me into a delay nut. I wasn't sure but bought it from a friend who was moving to Europe. I love it and would shell out retail to get another one if this one gave up or gets wrecked. My favorite aspect is the Loop sampler, I may still get a Boss loop station, but for the price, and the features, the looper on the DL4 can't be beat, and it's only a small part of the whole versatile package.
This is the ultimate delay toybox in one unit. A must for experimental/open minded musicians. The Loop Sampler feature is worth a third of the price alone! It can be used to create walls of repetition or you can loop a rythym then play a second part over the top to practice or hash out ideas. I've had my DL4 for about 4 years now and it's never taken a dump on me when I needed it to perform! Many people complain about Line6's durability but I have no concerns. Just keep your Line6 gear dry and in a safe case. I keep mine, with it's power supply, in a cheap, foam filled plastic gun case. it's water resistant and crush proof. These Line 6 boxes are not built like the venerable Boss bricks of yesteryear. It's newer, digital gear which requires a little more care. All of the delays sound true and clean and I have had no problems with excess noise or hum. You could easily invest several thousand bucks, trying to add new fx to your loop, or you could drop the cash for the DL4! The sounds are, duh, digital emulations of famous delays, so don't expect a true, warm organic analog sound on all of the presets, though most sound pretty darn cool.
Line 6 would do well to re-design their DL4 and instead of knobs they should use a scroling backlit LCD display like on some of their pricier multi effects units. This product has been out quite a long while, they should do an updated version...smaller, slightly more durable with actual pedals instead of small, easy to miss switches. The AC adaptor (sold seperate?) is needed, unless you love paying for large, costly batteries... The Line 6 power supply isn't too expensive and works with all the stompboxes, a NEEDED accessory, otherwise you are ready to go. All of the delays are useful, if you're creative and willing to turn knobs! I can't remember ever gigging with this in a regular "band", but I've used it extensively to crate soundscapes and layers behind vocals, samplers and keyboards. Aside from the great settings and the loop sampler, it's purely fun to make noise and see what kind of repetitive walls of sound you can create. Be kind to your pets if you own any and turn your volume down or play somewhere soundproofed, as animals really hate this thing's more severe sounds.
Ease of Use
Plug into and out of it, attach power supply to wall or power strip and BAM! you are playing with some killer delays. I put a cheap phaser and a flange behind it and got some very "talky" vocal tones from it.The manual offers some clear advice but it's more fun to learn what things do on your own. Sounds great with bass too...
My personal DL4 has the appearance of a large aluminum doorstop and I have never had ANY probems with it, 4 years in. If I were to gig actively with it, I would buy a second unti, keep it in the box, in my trunk in case I needed it if it were crucial to my music style. The green paintjob is sweet and has yet to chip or flake though I have seen others DL4s painted over or paintjobs cracked. Take care of your DL4 and it will serve you well, avoid spilled beer and excessive heat or cold or moisture and don't drop it, that simple!
Hard to tell, there is no other box out there, still! that can do what this box does, so yes, in a way it's worth it. It's worth it to me becasue it is so much fun and i am always discovering new stuff to use it with.
I called Line6 on behalf of a friend who is an all tube "digital hater" kind of guy. They filled me in on the manufacturing process and gave me a basic rundown of what its guts are all about. They were pleasant and knowledgeable, but they didn't offer me anything cool like stickers, hats or catalogs. I wish they would have sent me some schwag.
The Wow Factor
It should be a no brainer for any noise artist or experimental musician who does not comply with "the rules" of music. I am drawn to the mildly metal flake hulk green paintjob and who can keep their hands off of several knobs and switches. technically, though it's been out for a relatively long time, it still blows me away and is as an essential part of my day as my iPod and my pocket knife.
active musician and hobbyist
Hardcore, metal, punk, experimental, ambient, dance
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