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Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Line 6 DL4 Delay Stompbox Modeler is the first stompbox to give you digitally modeled effects. Includes 16 vintage delay and echo effects includi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Digital models of 16 vintage delays, plus a 14-second loop sampler.

The Line 6 DL4 Delay Stompbox Modeler is the first stompbox to give you digitally modeled effects. Includes 16 vintage delay and echo effects including Tube Echoplex, Space Echo, Deluxe Memory Man, Analog Delay, Reverse, and many more. It also provides for 3 programmable presets and an onboard Tap Tempo control, 14 seconds of sample-loop memory, true bypass switching, an expression-pedal input for realtime control of all effects settings, and stereo inputs and outputs. Runs for up to 30 hours on four "C" batteries or with the optional PX-2G power adaptor.
Add the optional EX-1 Expression Pedal to your Line 6 gear to modify the length of your delay time as you play.

FEATURES
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
Stereo inputs and outputs

Like buying a bunch of classic delays in one. Order today.

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Line 6DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 145 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (95)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (12)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (6)
  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cheating on My Tape Delay! Shhhh!

Let's face it, if the God's on Mount Olympus wanted delay, they would have used a tape delay. But as someone who has used tape delays live and in the studio, I have...Read complete review

Let's face it, if the God's on Mount Olympus wanted delay, they would have used a tape delay. But as someone who has used tape delays live and in the studio, I have learned one very important thing in my years of experience, don't use tape delay's live unless you like living on the edge (not in a good way).

I'm not one of those purists who thinks that digital killed the audio star and that tape was the best format or any of that other nonsense, but tape delays have those remarkable imperfections that create spontaneous sonic magic so I have been chasing that tone in a more relaible format for years. I have a tape delay unit as well as other analog and digital delays (including the Reel Echo) and each has their own unique cool, but my search is pretty much over. I don't think I'm going to get much closer sonically and simply put, I love this pedal. It can re-create pretty much any delay sound I want including my coveted tape delay sound, without worrying if my tape unit made the journey safely. It's durable, the switches are smooth and the unit is big enough to adequately see the controls when playing live. If you write songs, this has the power to inspire some really creative ideas.

There is one legitimate con, which is that it takes up a lot of pedal board space. The unit does sound a bit processed at times and not as natural, but I like that, so if you are a purist, you may find this a problem. Also, if you need exact setting references, there are no LED read outs to guide you (like the new Vox delay, which also sounds more transparent). I've tried the new Vox unit (big Vox fan one of my favorite amps), but, for a delay effect, I am looking for that smooth reliable sound, giving up on the tape benefits live and in certain studio situations.

This unit needs a lot of time to play with and I suggest that you read the manual first like other Line 6 products to really get a full idea of the unit's potential. All in all, this is now the best non-tape delay unit that I own.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bottom line: So frustrating that a great device has such inconsistent durability

It has great delay features. The are all really warm and can fill a room really well with some rich delays. It's easy to use and the tap tempo makes delay time shifts easy...Read complete review

It has great delay features. The are all really warm and can fill a room really well with some rich delays. It's easy to use and the tap tempo makes delay time shifts easy on the fly. But I have to knock it for it's durablility. I have had a Ibanez DE7 echo/delay for 3 years and I have had not a single problem with it. All the features are not worth this repeated crap out. Bottom line, it's so frustrating that this thing is such a great pedal and it will just die on you with no warning. I won't be replacing this
Good variety of delays. Looping is easy to use while playing and the 1/2 speed and reverse are nice extras. You can only recall 3 presets at a time but I had the analog, auto volue, and reverse preset in and that covered pretty much everything that I needed. In all honesty I didn't use all of the different types in any practical situation but the ones I had preset were go to, especially the auto volume.
Mine was a refurbished unit bought on discount from the site and it's broken down 2 times in the 5 months I've had it. The first time it got repaired on warranty, but this time it just shot out on me without any incite as to why. It's a sturdy box but the footswitches are kinda fragile and it wouldnt take much to break one. I've heard of these things breaking down easy even if they're brand new, so something to consider.
I enjoyed every second of playing with this unit but I hated everysecond it wasn't working.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cheating on My Tape Delay! Shhhh!

By Gear Junkie

from Central, NJ

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

Let's face it, if the God's on Mount Olympus wanted delay, they would have used a tape delay. But as someone who has used tape delays live and in the studio, I have learned one very important thing in my years of experience, don't use tape delay's live unless you like living on the edge (not in a good way).

I'm not one of those purists who thinks that digital killed the audio star and that tape was the best format or any of that other nonsense, but tape delays have those remarkable imperfections that create spontaneous sonic magic so I have been chasing that tone in a more relaible format for years. I have a tape delay unit as well as other analog and digital delays (including the Reel Echo) and each has their own unique cool, but my search is pretty much over. I don't think I'm going to get much closer sonically and simply put, I love this pedal. It can re-create pretty much any delay sound I want including my coveted tape delay sound, without worrying if my tape unit made the journey safely. It's durable, the switches are smooth and the unit is big enough to adequately see the controls when playing live. If you write songs, this has the power to inspire some really creative ideas.

There is one legitimate con, which is that it takes up a lot of pedal board space. The unit does sound a bit processed at times and not as natural, but I like that, so if you are a purist, you may find this a problem. Also, if you need exact setting references, there are no LED read outs to guide you (like the new Vox delay, which also sounds more transparent). I've tried the new Vox unit (big Vox fan one of my favorite amps), but, for a delay effect, I am looking for that smooth reliable sound, giving up on the tape benefits live and in certain studio situations.

This unit needs a lot of time to play with and I suggest that you read the manual first like other Line 6 products to really get a full idea of the unit's potential. All in all, this is now the best non-tape delay unit that I own.

(6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

IT WILL BREAK

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

DO NOT BUY THIS PEDAL! it will not work on you 75 percent of the time you own it. you'd think line 6 would have heard about this and started putting out new and improved models but I have not heard of ANY plans for this. it is NOT a reliable pedal and you are wasting your money...

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Breaks Easily

By Jota Erre

from São Paulo - Brazil

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

I bought less than one year ago and broke easily and not it does not have assistance technique in Brazil.
so much frustrated.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!

By Stratmaster-Dy.sS

from Chicago

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Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal has a lot of cool ghosts and is a very quirky pedal in a good way. You can nail the chorus and warble from the famous Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man. If you set the repeats and delay time on the Analog with Mod preset all the way down, you can work the Tweak and Tweez knobs and it now functions as a straight up chorus pedal. So much use in one pedal. The looping function rocks too. I use the DL4 and I also have a MXR Carbon Copy on my pedalboard. Between those two pedals, its all the delay I could ever want. Don't wait, buy the DL4.
You will never get tired with the 16 different sounds.
My only problem is I can't run it of my power brick. I tried a 9V and 18V power cable to run off the brick but it is a custom jack. Why?
There is so much versitility and all the sounds are at your feet. I owned the Boss DD-20 and you had to scrole through the presets (not so handy when your on stage).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great versatile delay pedal!

By Aaron

from Lorain OH

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a great delay pedal. Very versatile and can achieve a lot of different sounds using this. Very easy to dial in a sound you like and it is responsive to the way you play. Have had mine for a couple of years and it can take a lot of abuse. Probably the only thing made by Line 6 that I've liked. Only have two complaints. One, the power supply is ridiculously big and a pain to deal with if you already have a ton of cables to dodge. Second is the delay looper is somewhat confusing and would love to learn how to utilize it but in the two years I've had it I still can't get it to work well. Digital delay setting is mainly what I use and it sounds pretty close to my old Boss DD-3. Anyways, I love mine and will probably never use any other delay again unless I'm recording and want to play around. Great pedal overall, buy it!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best delay pedal money can buy!

    By aaron

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is probably the best delay pedal on the market. I'm not a fan of Line 6 and pretty much hate all of their digitally based amps and pedals but this one is pure awesome! It has a lot of different delays to choose from and all of them can be modified to your liking. 3 presets and tap tempo plus a looping effect. I've owned mine for over a year and still can't really figure out how to do good loops, but besides that, it can come up with any delay sound that pops into your head. I've also found that using this pedal opens up alot of creativity and ideas for writing. Sound quality is very very good. So good that I run it in front of my amp, I don't even bother with the FX loop. Although the digital delay on this pedal isn't quite as good as the boss dd-3, the fact that you can boost the delay volume and add more presence when entered as a preset makes up for this. The only beef I have with this product is the ridiculously large power supply. Had to buy a smaller one. It does get in the way and can come out easy if you don't pay attention and trip on it. Oh by the way, this thing is built like a tank. Overall, if you want pro quality and top of the line delay, the DL4 is the best option out there.

      (2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Jerry

      By Keyboard J

      from N. California

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      Pros

      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I owned this effect pedal for about a week, and though that may not be sufficient enough time spent with this device, it was more than enough time that I wanted spend learning how to operate a delay pedal. Personally this pedal was less impressive than most other pedals. The main reason I was drawn to this device was that it allows you to store up to 4 settings and recall them through the foot switches. However, this was not as simple to do as I had wished.

        I would personally recommend a Boss or Line 6 multi effect pedal with delay on it if you wish to switch from one delay to another. Otherwise I would recommend Boss DD7. Most professionals only use one, sometimes two different settings on their delay. Unless you're playing some extremely delay-related music, one or two different delay settings is probably all you need. If this is the case, buy 2 DD7's...it costs about as much as buying this thing, and I believe you would get a better result.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Delays, and road worthy

        By NICKNAME123

        from DENVER, CO

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I bought my first Line 6 Delay in 2003. I have played it for thousands of gigs, on top of hours and hours of home and studio use. At live performances, I mainly use the pedal to loop acoustic guitar. Some people may be turned off by the 15 seconds of loop, but all you need to do is start looping with your 1/2 tempo button on, which doubles your loop to around 30 secs.

          I've used the line 6 for some studio recording, including looping and harmonizing some electric E-bow parts. I recorded them backwards onto the pedal, then used the Reverse feature. That sounded killer when mixed with another delay and reverb pedal.

          I have 4 Line 6 Delays now and I mix and match Delays and loop them both for vocals and guitar. Maybe line6 will eventually make a new pedal where you can use the delay features like the 'Sweep' or 'Ping Pong' while you loop... it would save a ton of space!

          I've taken decent care of them considering they do a lot of traveling, have been dropped, rained on, etc. They are heavy and durable. Unfortunately, each pedal has broken a footswitch, which I've had to replace. It was an easy fix... all you needed was a new switch, screwdriver, wrench, and about 30 mins.

          This pedal is a must-have, and I recommend trying it out and playing with all of its features before buying a DL-20...hated it!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          DL4? DL-MOAR!

          By Timmy-wdRuL

          from nowhere

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

          i fooled around with a few delay pedals before finally biting the bullet and buying my dream pedal, the DL4. I bought it brand new from MF and it has worked perfectly for two years now and i have no regrets. I am, however aware that there are some not-so-great quality ones out there. So, i have recently done some modifications which included bare-metal finish, new resistors to help with the volume drop issue, 5mm water clear led's and (of course) new switches. My switches did NOT crap out on me, but once i opened the case and saw what i was dealing with, i was disappointed by line 6. that being said, everything else is solid as a tank. the sounds are great, and the flexibility is unrivaled in my opinion. and it's just plain sexy. Definitely worth the buy!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Second one Broken

          By Ebok

          from New York.New york

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Not Responsive

          Best Uses

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Second time this thing broke, i would highly suggest going for another pedal. look at the videos online of how many people have problems with this as well. to high of cost to fix. Tech support has not helped at all, for the price its a great pedal but you have to understand it will only last you around a year to two years until it fails

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Line-6 (Dont Last)4

            By Bassmann93

            from Texarkana, AR

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I had been debating whether to buy a DL4 or a Boss DD-20, I had come to the conclusion that the DL4 is user friendly when it comes to stage use, I know people who own both and they had told me that the DL4 is great for (on-the-job) use, I knew about the problems with line-6, I finally bought the line-6 with the PX2 Power supply. I had not owned the pedal for about 4 months, and one morning I plugged it in and went to turn it on, and I had nothing, I had experienced this before, and took the batteries out and it worked, well now there are no batteries. I unplugged everything and plugged it back in...nothing, I plugged it into a different wall....nothing, I put NEW batteries in it....nothing. I have read that the resistors are very cheap. I now have regrets, and should have bought the Boss pedal. I have advice for everyone, unless you want to keep buying a brand new DL4 every few months, DO NOT BUY THIS PEDAL!!!!!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome pedal

            By Gibson Lover-qW.ql

            from Philly, Pa

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            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is the best delay pedal ever! It has a wide variety of sounds and features. Most pro artist who use delay, will tour with one of these as a backup for they're other pedals because these awesome green boxes can do anything.

            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Oneye Willeye

            By 196637873

            from NE. Pa.

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This is nice to work with and I would recommend this to a Friend!
            This product is very nice and takes some Patients to get through the adjustments. The only thing I have had Problems with is the Power source! I have gone threw 2 and on my 3rd.! I don't like having to keep buying battery's! lol!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great pedal

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Right now I have a Fender Strat and a Vox AC30. I just recently bought this pedal and I think that it has great range of sound, and I have found it to be very useful. I really like the Tap/Tempo because it makes it so much easier to set the deley time. I like this pedal and would recomend it for anyone who is looking for a delay pedal.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Pedal

            By Little Nasty

            from Chicago, IL

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            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I all around love this pedal! I think it is super easy to use. I think that if people don't like it then they just haven't spent enough time discovering the features and capabilities of this product
            I love the features this has! It is definitely easy to use as well. All of the reviews I read saying it wasn't a great pedal have been proven wrong in my opinion.
            I love how tough this thing is.
            This is DEFINITELY worth every penny! Wouldn't spend that money on any other Delay pedal!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            It Has its features...

            By Ebok

            from New York.New york

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Im torn in this decision reatures are great line 6 support is terrible, and most people do have problems with this pedal i would look into another pedal that is more reliable. but as of now its a mandatory part of my board
            It really can do every thing for the price, With all effects you would possibly need with a medicore record time and great setting
            Pretty Miserable, broke in 3 months with extremly light use, had to bring it to a repair store the board was gone, the buttons also get sticky and are weak...
            Well the price is really decent, but didnt mention the really confusing power needs it requires. before buying check into what you need. line 6 makes a supply for this that is a good 2 pounds and really not needed. would not recommend one spot

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Bottom line: So frustrating that a great device has such inconsistent durability

            By Jerald Roberts II

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            It has great delay features. The are all really warm and can fill a room really well with some rich delays. It's easy to use and the tap tempo makes delay time shifts easy on the fly. But I have to knock it for it's durablility. I have had a Ibanez DE7 echo/delay for 3 years and I have had not a single problem with it. All the features are not worth this repeated crap out. Bottom line, it's so frustrating that this thing is such a great pedal and it will just die on you with no warning. I won't be replacing this
            Good variety of delays. Looping is easy to use while playing and the 1/2 speed and reverse are nice extras. You can only recall 3 presets at a time but I had the analog, auto volue, and reverse preset in and that covered pretty much everything that I needed. In all honesty I didn't use all of the different types in any practical situation but the ones I had preset were go to, especially the auto volume.
            Mine was a refurbished unit bought on discount from the site and it's broken down 2 times in the 5 months I've had it. The first time it got repaired on warranty, but this time it just shot out on me without any incite as to why. It's a sturdy box but the footswitches are kinda fragile and it wouldnt take much to break one. I've heard of these things breaking down easy even if they're brand new, so something to consider.
            I enjoyed every second of playing with this unit but I hated everysecond it wasn't working.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Necessity

            By Dsmith1324

            from Goldsboro,NC

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The Line 6 DL4 is a necessity for any active worship or rock guitar player. I play both. Every signed worship guitarist i have ever seen has this pedal on their board. The delays sound amazing, and the tap tempo comes in handy on stage. i recommend this to any musician wanting a versatile, great sounding, all around good pedal. Also, its good to have a digital delay pedal on stage along with this pedal too. i recommend the Boss DD-7. Very helpful for your sound.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            _______

            By devin-ejMeO

            from Baltimore, MD

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I miss this pedal so much! I had one for about a year, and then it broke on me. The features were so much better and varied than my current gigadelay. The Rhythmic Delay was my best friend. And the looping capabilities are a wonderful cure for boredom. However, if you buy this pedal, DEFINITELY GET A WARRANTY! They're not the most reliable pedals in the world, but they're worth it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Pedal

            By TigerBotHesh

            from Houston

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Line 6 DL4 Delay Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I love this pedal! I had one about ten years ago and a lightning storm took it and the rest of my pedals out. I should not have left them plugged in during a storm. This pedal is magical. I love delays and this is the best one that I have ever used. I love the variety that the DL-4 provides. I have six others pedal on my board (digitech Hardwire Tuner, Old Dunlop Wah, Digitech Rock Distortion, Digitech Digidelay, Boss Super Shifter PS-3, Phase Shifter PH-3, and the DL-4) and this thing is the king of them all. I wish that I could use more than one effect at a time on this pedal. That, to me, is the only downside. I have another delay pedal on my board, so that very small issue of personal taste is solved.Over all, this pedal is awesome and is an integral part of my board and sound.

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