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Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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Modern and classic stompbox models in a powerful and portable package.

The Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler has enough stunning guitar pedal sounds to spark the gear lust in every guitarist-Swirling phasers, tangy choruses, syrupy sweet reverbs, and more. The comprehensive list of available M9 models features all the effects from best-selling Line 6 pedals. Access all the famous sounds from DL4 Delay Modeler, DM4 Distortion Modeler, FM4 Filter Modeler, MM4 Modulation Modeler, Verbzilla, Echo Pro, and more.

M9 Stompbox Modeler is set up like three FX units. Each effects unit can have two stomps at the ready, and any three effects can play simultaneously. Use one effect at a time, arrange effects in tried-and-true combinations, or create your own original blends.

Use the Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler to create 6 different stompbox arrangements, or pedal board "scenes"-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 switch out one or two pedals. Plus, the Line 6 M9 pedal features MIDI in/out, for you to back up your scenes to your computer or control the unit with a MIDI controller.

Inspired by the simplicity of classic stompboxes, the Line 6 M9 guitar effects pedal is incredibly easy to use. Tweak your tones on the fly using the dedicated knobs and easy-to-read LCD window. Just turn the knobs and you're done-no menus, no saving, no hassles-and your tweaks remain, even after you power down.

Complete with a full-featured, 28-second looper, Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler allows for extended in-the-moment looping. It has all the necessary looper controls with dedicated footswitches to make looping easy: Record, Record/Overdub, Play/Stop, Play Once, Undo/Redo, Half Speed and Reverse (The looper can be used simultaneously with the three FX Units.).

The Line 6 M9 multi effect pedal features plenty of ins and outs. 1/4 in. mono/stereo inputs and outputs (with True Analog Bypass or DSP Bypass) let you put M9 Stompbox Modeler before, after, or between your other pedals. Connect expression pedals to the two 1/4 in. expression pedal jacks to morph smoothly between tones. MIDI in/out, which is perfect for backing up your "scenes", also makes the Line 6 effects pedal compatible with many popular MIDI control systems.

The Line 6 M9 guitar pedal is built tank-tough with all-metal construction. From the chassis to the footswitches, M9 withstands constant stomping. Together with its built-in chromatic tuner, the Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler's generations of sonic treasures and brain-dead-simple design will prove indispensable-not to mention highly addictive.

Check the Line 6 website for software updates that increase the power of your M9 Stompbox Modeler

FEATURES
  • 100+ stompbox effects, three simultaneous with three more at the ready
  • Create up to 24 pedal board scenes; Scenes back up to your computer via MIDI in/out
  • 28-second looper with dedicated footswitches
  • Universal Tap Tempo syncs all time-based FX
  • MIDI control system compatibility
  • True analog bypass or DSP bypass
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
  • Plenty of ins and outs; 1/4" mono/stereo inputs and outputs; Two 1/4" expression pedal jacks; MIDI in and out
  • Heavy-duty metal chassis and footswitches

Choose from over 100 effects in this all-encompassing multi-effects pedal.

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Line 6M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.0

(based on 30 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

SMALL SIZE AND LOTS OF USES

I bought this when the price was at 350 bucks. Great deal! Still good at 400, so I was fortunate to get it when I did. The first thing I tried was to...Read complete review

I bought this when the price was at 350 bucks. Great deal! Still good at 400, so I was fortunate to get it when I did. The first thing I tried was to use it in the effects loop of my amp, so I could use the amp's overdrive and only use the modulation and delay effects of the M9. It sounded good, however, the compressors and distortions sound awful after the preamp. No big deal, I was using my amp's distortion and my own Vox wah and overdrive pedal before the amp. When I tried hooking the M9 in front of the amp, not using the loop, I was pleasantly surprised. I run my Vox wah first, then this M9, and that's it! I do run a BBE in the loop, but it can sit on top of the amp since I never turn it off. How quick and easy to set up and what great sounds I'm getting! People complain about the distortions on this unit. There are alot of different flavors to choose from, and I found that all I need is the "classic distortion", modeled after the Pro Co Rat. I use it with the drive on about 25 percent for most rhythm playing and about 90 percent for long sustaining solos and other lead work. When off, I get my amp's natural clean sound. This works with both my Fender twin and my Marshall half stack. Just set the amp as clean as possible, get the tone you like, then set up your distortion tone on this box. The mod effects are good, not great. I mainly use the analog chorus setting for some things. Sometimes I use the flanger, not the best flanging I've heard, but useable. The reverbs are really cool, however for live shows, I use the reverb in my amp. The filter effects are mainly wierd, but I love the harmonizer! Set it for D minor and up a 3rd, and wail away on White Room! LOL! Last but not least, the delays are fantastic! I love the tap tempo, which can be set before you turn on the delay! This is sweet because you can set your delay time before your big solo, then kick it in when needed. I set some for quarter note delays and some for dotted eighth note delay, which is my favorite. The looper is alot of fun and I have used it to show off at gigs. It is also a great timing trainer and practice tool. Another use for the looper is to record a basic rhythm, have your drummer put a beat to it, put down your guitar and walk around the room to hear what your rig sounds like. I go to the soundman and make sure my EQ is good coming out of the PA. Great product! I would buy another one if I had to.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It May or May Not Suit Your Needs

I have been playing guitar for about 40 years. At this point in my life, I play about 4 gigs per year. Being a gear junkie is another of my problems. In the...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar for about 40 years. At this point in my life, I play about 4 gigs per year. Being a gear junkie is another of my problems. In the multi effects arena, I own the M9, the Nova System, Boss ME-80, The Zoom G5, and the Digitech RP1000. The all have there pros and cons. I bought the M9 in an attempt to eliminate my pedal board which has a bunch of individual stomp boxes.
The first thing that anyone who is considering the M9 should understand is that you can only get three effects on at the same time. If you are a player who has compression, delay, reverb, and distortion all at the same time, this pedal is not for you. Stop reading now and look for a different unit. Remember, only three effects can run at the same time.The M9 works with what they call "scenes" which is the same as what other units call a "patch." A scene is just a pre defined set of six stop boxes that you program yourself. Programming is easy. The problem is that you cannot give your patch or scene a name. The patches have names like A1, A2, A3, B1, B2,B3 etc. If you are a musician who uses a lot of patches for a set, it can be hard to remember where they are when playing live. For example, if you have created patches for your Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, and Black Sabbath sounds, how are you supposed to remember the Clapton tone was stored in B3? Other multi effects units let you name the patch Eric Clapton so you can just scroll to it and engage.Another short coming is that the foot switches which turn the effects on and off are only marked A1,A2,A3, and B1,B2,B3. Now you have to memorize which switch was the delay and which was the overdrive etc. This problem does not exist on some of the other units. The M9 is easy to set up and program. The sounds are not as good as boutique stomp boxes, but they are more than acceptable. If you run more than three effects at a time this is not for you. If you need many patches, (which I don't) look elsewhere.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SMALL SIZE AND LOTS OF USES

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

I bought this when the price was at 350 bucks. Great deal! Still good at 400, so I was fortunate to get it when I did. The first thing I tried was to use it in the effects loop of my amp, so I could use the amp's overdrive and only use the modulation and delay effects of the M9. It sounded good, however, the compressors and distortions sound awful after the preamp. No big deal, I was using my amp's distortion and my own Vox wah and overdrive pedal before the amp. When I tried hooking the M9 in front of the amp, not using the loop, I was pleasantly surprised. I run my Vox wah first, then this M9, and that's it! I do run a BBE in the loop, but it can sit on top of the amp since I never turn it off. How quick and easy to set up and what great sounds I'm getting! People complain about the distortions on this unit. There are alot of different flavors to choose from, and I found that all I need is the "classic distortion", modeled after the Pro Co Rat. I use it with the drive on about 25 percent for most rhythm playing and about 90 percent for long sustaining solos and other lead work. When off, I get my amp's natural clean sound. This works with both my Fender twin and my Marshall half stack. Just set the amp as clean as possible, get the tone you like, then set up your distortion tone on this box. The mod effects are good, not great. I mainly use the analog chorus setting for some things. Sometimes I use the flanger, not the best flanging I've heard, but useable. The reverbs are really cool, however for live shows, I use the reverb in my amp. The filter effects are mainly wierd, but I love the harmonizer! Set it for D minor and up a 3rd, and wail away on White Room! LOL! Last but not least, the delays are fantastic! I love the tap tempo, which can be set before you turn on the delay! This is sweet because you can set your delay time before your big solo, then kick it in when needed. I set some for quarter note delays and some for dotted eighth note delay, which is my favorite. The looper is alot of fun and I have used it to show off at gigs. It is also a great timing trainer and practice tool. Another use for the looper is to record a basic rhythm, have your drummer put a beat to it, put down your guitar and walk around the room to hear what your rig sounds like. I go to the soundman and make sure my EQ is good coming out of the PA. Great product! I would buy another one if I had to.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything in One

By Kyle Tafoya

from CA

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Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

I've never written a review or cared to write one, but the M9 is really everything I was looking for so I figure I should pay it respect. First, I've had many problems with line 6 in the past, mostly being poor build quality and overall tones that sound lhorrible. But the M9 is superbly built and has great tonality. The m9 has a massive amount of features from EQ, tons of effects, overdrive, looper, etc. (there's a lot). I have an Orange Rockerverb 100 and the tone is naturally dark with little presence to the overall sound, especially the dirty channel. I wanted something to beef up the sound and add atmospheric affects without touching any of the natural tone of the amp. The M9 was perfect for doing so. The EQ mode works wonderfully for adjusting and fine tuning your amps natural sound. I got my Orange to sound much heavier and more clear without loosing the Orange tone. The effects are awesome and can allow for some very creative sounds. There's more effects than you'll know what to do with. The looper works great, it allows for half speed, reverse and overdub. You honestly save quite a bit of money purchasing this instead of buying multiple pedals. Overall I'm very happy with this peice of equipment. If your thinking about getting the M9 or M13 you should go ahead and get it. This is coming from someone who is very skeptical of line 6 and I can honestly say the M9 is great.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sounds, Quality Delay, Quality Mods A++

By All About Jesus

from Boca Raton, FL

Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

At the begining I was a little hesistant with line 6 stuff but I thought I would give it a try. This time they got it right. This is a great pedal, of course the overdrives and distortions are not the same as analogs but they come very, very close, if you get the M9 plus a tube amp, you are all set for worship songs.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of boutique pedals in a box

By MusicByDesignStudio

from Tek-Sis

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Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

Here is the scoop on this jewel. I own two limited editon tube fender amps and lots of botique pedals from makers like Wren & Cuff, Black Arts & Lovepedal etc and while the botique pedals are great, I compared them directly to the M9 and began to wonder why I spent all that money on those pedals. Sure they look cool and there is alot of hype surrounding them and their sound but seriously the M9 really sounds smoother and doesn't have that mushy bassy sound in the overdrive & distortion sounds. I also compared the spring reverb sounds to my limited edition Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb & it really had the same sound and character. Now if I only had a time machine to just buy this and the amp and not all those cool looking pedals that are all back in their boxes now, ha.

Don't forget you can combine overdrive's and distortion's to create new distortions sounds. Add in some delay or whatever and rock out. If you need more than 3 effects at a time then get the M13. Also the fuzz preset called "Fuzz Pi" sounds just like my Catlinbread Merkin Fuzz pedal.
Lots of features and tweaking ability, its like having a hundred pedals & you can use 3 at once.
Feels solid to me with its metal case and good quality sounds.
Great value becuase it truly has the sound.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good pedal

By nickname3434

from Undisclosed

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Great Delay
  • Great Reverb

Cons

  • Dreadful Distortions

Best Uses

    Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    So I bought this pedal to use specifically for delay and reverbs. I use one or two modulation effects, and some of the filters for fun. and for the most part there really good.
    I went from having a nova delay to the m9. I only switched because the band I'm in I needed more options and this was the affordable option. I thought I would lose great sounding delays that the nova could product. Well I was wrong. The pedals the m9 tries to emulate are fairly accurate to the real thing. I know there not perfect, but going into this switch a sceptic of what it could do I'm thrilled with the turn out. I mainly use the analog delay w/mod and it sounds really good. I have a few different reverbs set and they all sound great.
    I think line 6 did great on the delay, reverb, filter, and even modulation, But I can't stand the distortion on it. I know I haven't played with the distortion enough, but I know many people that either play the m9 or m13 and non of them are happy with the distortion that this produces. So in my opinion If you go for this buy a good overdrive, distortion, fuzz whatever your flavour is to throw in along side it. or else from what i've experienced you'll have a very non-responsive distortion that really doesn't colour your tone the way it should. I think you get my point I find the distortions BAD and the rest GOOD.

    well theres my 2 cents.

    I haven't had this pedal long enough to comment on its durability.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Stuff

    Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:


    It takes some tweaking but it really does have some great filters, modulation, delays ,and reverbs. The drive section is a little dry but not bad if you enhance it in the studio or when using with a tube amp (push the power section not the preamp).
    For the price I would say that this is a great little piece of equipment and definitely better than hauling a huge pedal board around. I still use other analog drive pedals but now I can use this for everything else. Just take your time and dial in your sound, you can't just plug in and expect to hit it dead on from the start.
    I love that it saves the effect where you left it. I usually use multiple settings on each pedal for different songs so I have papers with that info all over the place. Now I just use a different scene and I'm set. Nice job.
    If you hate Line 6 or fear being laughed at by your "pure tone" friends then don't buy this, but if what you want is some great sounds worth a lot more than what you pay then get it.
    I gave it a less than perfect rating because some of the sounds are too digital for me but not the majority.
    Tons of tones with tons of tweakability.

    So far so good. Only had it a few weeks

    Great sounds that you would pay tons more to get the real thing.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Little Creature!

    By JC

    from Maryland

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    Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    Overall," this is an amazing addition to any guitar arsenal. I am using it with both acoustic and electric guitars. The delays and reverbs are very nice with the acoustic. There is one reverb option called ""Particle Verb"". Adds a nice droning synth in the background that just kind of creeps into the mix. Very cool for the quieter stuff...al la Coldplay. The compressors and distortions work amazingly well together to get a creamy yet defined electric sound. The modulators provide a very interesting option. Want a Jimmy sound....No problem! The way I ultimately rate my musical toys is simply.....am I happy with it a month after I bought it. With the Line 6 M9", the answer is a definite YES!
    This little box has so many different sounds locked into it. The toughest part is figuring out exactly what you are looking for and what you want to mix and match. I would have given this stompbox a perfect 10....except it is lacking in one area. It uses midi cables to attach to the computer, and you need a USB to midi adaptor to make it work using a program called SYSEX. Why can't there just be a USB connection????
    Solid metal construction and built like a tank. The AC adaptor is very heavy duty.
    So many high quality sounds packed into a very small package!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    It May or May Not Suit Your Needs

    By JLL115

    from NYC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy to Program
    • Easy to Tweak on the Fly
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Can't Name Patches
    • Only Three Effects At a Time

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I have been playing guitar for about 40 years. At this point in my life, I play about 4 gigs per year. Being a gear junkie is another of my problems. In the multi effects arena, I own the M9, the Nova System, Boss ME-80, The Zoom G5, and the Digitech RP1000. The all have there pros and cons. I bought the M9 in an attempt to eliminate my pedal board which has a bunch of individual stomp boxes.
    The first thing that anyone who is considering the M9 should understand is that you can only get three effects on at the same time. If you are a player who has compression, delay, reverb, and distortion all at the same time, this pedal is not for you. Stop reading now and look for a different unit. Remember, only three effects can run at the same time.The M9 works with what they call "scenes" which is the same as what other units call a "patch." A scene is just a pre defined set of six stop boxes that you program yourself. Programming is easy. The problem is that you cannot give your patch or scene a name. The patches have names like A1, A2, A3, B1, B2,B3 etc. If you are a musician who uses a lot of patches for a set, it can be hard to remember where they are when playing live. For example, if you have created patches for your Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, and Black Sabbath sounds, how are you supposed to remember the Clapton tone was stored in B3? Other multi effects units let you name the patch Eric Clapton so you can just scroll to it and engage.Another short coming is that the foot switches which turn the effects on and off are only marked A1,A2,A3, and B1,B2,B3. Now you have to memorize which switch was the delay and which was the overdrive etc. This problem does not exist on some of the other units. The M9 is easy to set up and program. The sounds are not as good as boutique stomp boxes, but they are more than acceptable. If you run more than three effects at a time this is not for you. If you need many patches, (which I don't) look elsewhere.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent, Essential

    By Northwest Noise

    from Pacific Northwest, USA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Cost Effective
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Sound design

      Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      I take my gear purchases very seriously, and I have high expectation for acquisitions, which are usually preceeded by extensive research, review reading, cost analysis, etc. Although I am thankful to have enough tools for any professional necessities, I have a general philosophy about having the best quality I can afford, taking care of what I have, using tools as deeply as possible, not having excessive amounts of things that are not needed or especially go unused, and getting products that allow me to continue using with versatility as I grow in my practice and occupation. Regarding the M9, I can say that I have been using one since 2010 and have integrated it solidly into concerts, studio recordings, and other myriad projects of these past years. I just acquired a second M9, for expanded uses and to be certain that I will be able to securely continue solid use. If you are considering this product, I would guess that you are familiar with how much this unit is capable of. I can attest that this box is excellent. For its small size, it carries 100 pedals worth of effects, of which can be stored in multiple settings, modified in real time with tap tempo, and with a bit of utilitarian looping. Comparing this to three boutique pedals, for example, one would pay likely twice as much or more, with 97 less options, and likely not have access to saved settings for sets, track recordings, etc, nor be able to use tap tempo which syncs to all effects in chain, and a pedal for changing effect parameters (not included). I cannot say enough good things about this pedal, but hopefully this review will help others looking for experienced reviews to help them decide if this is worthy of purchase. Also, the sound quality is excellent. the list of professional users should serve as confirmation. this box is perfect for my uses and needs.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Multi EFX Pedal IMHO!!!

      By Sonny6String

      from schenectady, ny

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I used the Line 6 DL4 for about 5 years with no problem at all, although at times due to the unit having only 3 presets i would have to bend over to add modulation to a preset if i wanted it for a song, so i figured i'd give the M9 a shot sense it had more presets... well i don't want to ramble on so in short i got what i wanted and more, also the chorus efx are great, as are the other modulation efx and you can set them for tap tempo or a set rate (same goes for delays of course), your choice, never seen this for a modulation type efx before, very cool... the reverbs are very good, as are some of the overdrives/dist./fuzz mods. Only thing i didn't care for was the size of the supplied power pac (it's huge), so i order the Godlyke PA-9S-US Power-All 2000mA and the L6 jumper cable(reverse-polarity).
        Hope this helped, happy pickin'!

        (1 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Might as well get the m13

        By donkeyjerky

        from CHICAGO, IL

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        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        All in all, a very imprisoned version of the m13. Might as well spend the extra $100 and get the m13. They're trying to fit too much here into a pedal that needs twice as many footswitches for the features. If you don't want the footprint of the m13, get the m5. It's got pretty much everything the m9 has and is not only easier to use, but no bigger than a stompbox.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty Good but....

        By Jerrin Johnson

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        This was my first effects pedal. This is a good pedal to start out and experiement with, but I don't plan on having this in the long run. Effects are pretty good, but compared to single effects pedals, this sounds more digitized but its subtle. The looper is fun to mess around with.
        I like the "scenes" concept, which allows you to have 6 effects in one scene, and have 6 scenes. I wish you could use more than 3 effects in one scene.
        Some of the footswitches get stuck, but after a couple of clicks they return normal. Sometime there's no sound coming out of it, I just enter tuner mode and get out and everything returns to normal
        If you're into the multi-effects stuff, save up $100 more to get the m13. IMO you should revolve your pedal board around this and just get singles pedals. You'll get better quality in sound and notice the difference

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Multi-Effects pedal I have used

        By Melancon player

        from everywheresville

        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Great pedal, I have used many other brands of multi-effects pedals and have always gone back to individual pedals either because of how difficult those pedals were to program, limited amount of effects, or they just simply didn't sound good! These issues were all solved by the M9. Very easy to use and extremely flexible! The tube screamer setting sounds very good and I am able to access many different setups very quickly and easily. Line 6 really did it right with this pedal. All the effects sound very good and warm. I just used it at a gig and was able to replace all of my pedals with just the M9 and I never missed everything and the tone was great!I highly recommend this pedal. I would recommend the volume and expression pedals for obvious reasons. I do wish there more smooth overdrives, but the tubescreamer setting fills all my needs.Great choice and best multi-effects I have used.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Line 6 is Doing a Terrible Job

        By JMNthe3rd

        from Los Angeles, CA

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        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Line 6 has powerful DSP technology & has made great products in the past, but this time they have done a terrible job on quality control & time-oriented customer service.I ordered one M9. The tuner bypass switching was noisy in DSP-bypass mode, & all bypass switching was noisy in true-bypass mode. I tried a bunch of different guitars, cables & amplifiers. The issue persisted.I called Line 6 support. They told me they had never heard of that issue & if the unit was doing what I described, it must just be a one-time defect.I decided the quickest, simplest solution was to exchange it for another. I called Musician's Friend & took it to UPS. Two weeks later, another M9 came. This one had exactly the same issue. This one also had two switches that seemed to have a stickier feel than the rest on the board.Again I called my trusted Line 6, as they had done a marvelous job on my POD XT Live. They said that the whole run was probably bad & that there may not be an easy way to get a unit that doesn't have this defect. SERIOUSLY! They suggested taking it to a tech would be the quickest way to get a working unit. The tech they recommended had a two-week queue to even look at anything.I originally purchased this product over 30 days ago & still don't have a working one. That is ridiculous. I have had gear built-to-order for me in less time.Dear Line 6, if you want to step up to making gear in the professional realm, it isn't simply a matter of making a great emulation of classic gear. You actually have to make products that are reliable & work out of the box. With all the potential in your designs, the M9 experience has been a real letdown to me.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Great M9

        By Daniel A. Zuniga

        from Claremont, Ca

        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        At first the M9 is a little intimidating because of all it's functionality but as soon as you learn how to use the M9 functions and features and tweaking it will become unlimited of what you can do. I struggled with it in the beginning but now I having a blast with it and I'm constantly finding something new, this product truly is a product with no limitations. Suggestion when purchasing this is product,"Purchase the Expression pedal and Read the Manual"

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Finally! A

        By Yoza-FmnRL

        from Toronto, ON

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        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        After many years (decades) of experimenting with pedals & multi-effectors alike, I needed something reliable, compact & decent sounding. The M9 is exactly all of that and more. First of all, it?s simple & it behaves like a real stomp-box board. Effects stay the way you tweaked them last time ? very handy! It doesn?t have the ?amp-simulation? circuit ? very welcomed! It?s for someone who?s tired of dragging a pedal board that?s heavier than the amp itself to gigs! I mean, this beauty is very portable and all-metal-durable. I still have to explore the many options this machine has, but I can confidently say that the few effects most of guitarists would use are fantastic: ODs & Distortions sound very close to the originals they are modeled after. Delays, Reverbs & Mods are nice, warm and extremely silent ? a very important thing on stage. It?s easy to switch to the tuner or between banks. Yes, you can store your setups but not the way as it is in usual ?all-in-one? effect units. You store your pedal configuration and from there on it?s all manual. Since I?m not a fan of 75 pedals in-front-of-your-amp kind of philosophy anyways, the number of simultaneous effects in the M9 is plenty for me. After all, you can always hook up your x-tra favorite box? Two minor things to possibly improve/update:1. Wall-wart: why people still do this? A direct line cord is soooo much better!2. To edit parameters, you have to actually engage the effect to make the knobs active. This means you have to step on the switch which, depending on the situation, may engage or turn off the effect. Not so good for a live situation. (maybe there?s another way that I don?t know of)Overall, this is the best sounding & performing alternative to a pedal-board that I?ve tried so far. For both live gigs and studio, it sounds incredible and it?s very compact. One may question the micro-nuances comparing the M9 with the ?real thing(s)?. After all, your sound is coming from your hand ? not electric circuits! For a box of great-sounding effects in a super-cute package, at a price that is less than some of the single pedals it emulates, the M9 is a steal!

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Be prepared for the footswitches to break

        By John Farrell

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        For the amount I use the unit, a broken footswitch is pretty bad.
        Yes, the unit sounds good. But I don't use effects all that often, and one of the footswitches broke. A visit to Google, and I find out there are LOTS of problems with broken footswitches. It's off warranty, and my local 'authorized repair center' has a $90 per hour bench charge. So basically, it will cost me a lot to get it fixed.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The M9.. simplify genius

        By SouthernMan

        from Louisiana

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        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I have now used the M9 for about 6 months, and it just keeps getting better. Tip #1: update it with a midi USB cable. It expands capabilities about 10 fold. Tip #2: Don't give up on it early, finding sounds you like takes time. Over time, you will bank these modelers into scenes. These scenes will make your life a lot easier.I use this combined with a couple of pedals I couldn't do without, but use the m9 for compression, time based delays, and modulations. I could probably gig with just the m9, but like extra stuff with me. Get the pedal. It's a no brainer. It's like having the essential DL4, but throw in a versatile verbzilla, tuner, MM4, and a ton of other extra stuff. All with a combined tap tempo. Oh yea, and a sweet looper. The looper is easily gigged with. Just get it and simplify your rig.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Useable Mult-Effect Unit - Great Tones!

        By WarrenHaynes4Prez

        from Wilmington, DE

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        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Just got this for Christmas and spent time over the past week with it... I've never liked multi-effects because they suck tone and I've always found them inconvenient to program for live shows. But I play in various cover bands and need to cover ground from Classic Rock vintage sounds, Modern Rock tones, and even Top-40 Pop crap (sorry but those gigs pay more $$$). I've always had a massive pedalboard but I'm tired of swapping pedals in and out for different style gigs. Plus, having a huge pedalboard means lots of patch cords and I'm deterioriating the quality of my signal. Try it sometime - plug into your pedalboard and play clean with all pedals turned off - then unplug and go direct into the amp and I bet your tone is much better and more dynamic. Anyway - that was my problem and this unit helps me to simplify my signal, while still having the ease of use and on-the-fly abilities of using single pedals. For $400, you can cover a lot of ground. Highlights include the delays - basically a multitude of delays (which is convenient because you can program long delays, short delays, delays with mod, etc) which I found great for getting layered echo sounds like Eric Johnson, David Gilmour, etc. I was very surprised by the quality of modulation effects - especially the more "vintage" style effects like Leslie rotary speaker effect. Of course the more spacy phasers and flangers sound great, but having the vintage options (trem,vibe,rotary) for covering Beatles, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Cream (think "Badge") is a huge benefit. And you can have them all in one unit! I'll never get bored and don't have to settle for one or two styles of mod anymore.The distortions are "okay" but I'll probably just use my amp distortion. Again, surprisingly, the best drives were the more vintage sounding - screamer and tube driver sound really nice. Notes on a couple other weird effects - The "octo" reverb sounds like a synthesizer playing an octave above your guitar. I figured it would be annoying but it's really useable! The Tron Up provides a passable J.Garcia-approved auto wah. Not perfect but it's 90% there. The only disappointment is that I was hoping to get some POG sounds out of this but it's not Polyphonic. Chords don't work at all for octave up or down sounds - it totally detunes. However, these still sound great single note octave leads, and bass effect (octave down only) is another added surprise. This is useable in a band context, programs well, doesn't suck your tone like amp modelers, and contains enough effects (vintage and modern) to annoy your wives, roommates, and/or bandmates for years!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nice sounds, bad interface.

        By LeadGuitarist-PD4hw

        from Los Angeles

        Comments about Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I bought this pedal today to bring along to a short festival my band is playing in Germany. I didn't want a big pedal board, just something simple I could take to get the job done.As far as modelers go, it's got most of what the average guitarist would want. But my issue is with the implementation.It's not much different than having a pedal case with a bunch of individual pedals. Effects are applied one button at a time.I would have preferred to see Line6 come out with a pedal board that allowed you to have 4 or 5 effects per button. Instead, you have up to three effects at a time, each one needing to be depressed individually to activate or deactivate.Most guitarists need to have several effects be applied at the push of a single button (e.g., it's a solo so you step on a button and get delay, reverb, and distortion, etc.). Given this, I'd opt for a Korg AX3000G or the like (A G-system if you've got the big bucks).

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