DL4 Delay Modeler review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (29 votes)
Line 6: DL4 Delay Modeler
4

Price paid: $ 249.99

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
My pedal set up includes 2 DL-4 Delays, 1 Boss DD-20 Giga Delay, CS-3 Compressor, TS-9 Tube Screamer, FM-4 Filter modeler(also a Line 6 Product), and a DigiTech Whammy pedal. I have had it running through an Ibanez AXS-42, Fender Telecaster Deluxe, Fender Stratocaster, and a Gibson SG Classic; which are hooked up to amps such as the Crate Palamino 32, a Fender DeVille, and a Vox AC30 Custom Classic. This pedal is never noisy, infact it has true bypass. Some effects such as reverse, change the sound drasticly, where Tube Echo, adds slight change to the sound. With most effects you are able to manipulate the delay to either create drastic or minor sound changes and you never loose the tone. With this pedal, if you want to immitate a delay on a song you like, you can find it on the DL-4. Artists that are known for using this pedal includes Minus the Bear's Dave Knudson, and The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez.

Overall Impression — 9
I play hardcore, alternative, jazz, metal and progressive music, and it fits everything. I said above that I have 2 DL4's, so yes If it were stolen, I'd definately consider buying it again. This pedal is a delay/loop pedal and has infinate possibilities, however if your specifically looking for a loop pedal, just get a pedal specifically made for looping, because if you bought this pedal and just used it for looping, it wouldn't be worth the money. If your looking for a good delay pedal with every delay you could possibly want, this is your dream.

Reliability & Durability — 7
This pedal isn't as durable as Boss pedals, but I've had one for 18 months now, and the only problem I have is the buttons get a little loose and you have to tighten them or else they have a possibility of breaking off. I've dropped it numerous times and it works fine. Although sound quality is excellent and for the most part if well taken care it is durable, it's a smart thing to have a back up delay if your playing a gig.

Ease of Use — 9
The DL4 Delay modeler, can create any type of delay imaginable, and also has a loop sampler, in which you can slow down, speed up, or reverse the 14 seconds of loop time. If you put the loop on half speed, you get 28 seconds instead of 14, making it worth while. When you take it out of the box it has factory presets which sound great. This thing is really easy to use, but gets more complicated the more intricate you want to make your delays. This product has any Vintage delay you want from classic delays to reverbs to reverse. Line 6 also threw in some of there own creations which include Sweep Echo, all of which sound great. If you compare this to a Boss DD-20 Giga Delay, heres the deal: The DL-4 has more delays, easier way to change delays, the DD-20 has pin-point delays, but is harder to change to another delay.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    tmv91
    Im thinking about getting it, but tons of reviews say that it stops working because the actual electronical board is under the footswitches, so you're constantly stepping on the electronics. anyone know if they fixed that?
    spoonylove90
    i used my teachers rig at a school function and accidentally turned this thing on. luckily i was soloing and whatever setting he had it on sounded good.
    nibbleschew
    tmv91 wrote: Im thinking about getting it, but tons of reviews say that it stops working because the actual electronical board is under the footswitches, so you're constantly stepping on the electronics. anyone know if they fixed that?
    I'm not sure, they do have 2 different models, both of mine are the newer ones about a year old and still fine, but a friend of mines is the older model and it sometimes malfunctions.