Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler

Multi-Effects Floor Unit

Made by Line 6

Description Digital models of 16 vintage delays, with 14-second loop sampler. Includes 16 vintage delay and echo effects, 3 programmable presets, onboard Tap Tempo control, true bypass switching, and an expression-pedal input.
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Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.8 (of 5)
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On 10/31/2005, Redmond Militante (957) posted:
Overall Rating:
-i'd get this over a memory man because of the options -i mainly use the 'tape echo' maestro echo plex simulation - if i had the cash, i'd go for the echoplex over this
Model Year: 2002
Price: $190.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
-knobs: delay type, repeats, tweak, tweeze, mix -3 footswitches to store presets, 1 for tap tempo -true bypass -many many options for delay type, this thing is packed w options
Sound Quality:
-lp or strat through a variety of amps, mainly hard rock -it's suited for anything you could possibly use a delay on -my first delay unit, i haven't used any of the delays that it models so i couldn't really compare -not noisy -one thing i noticed that it sounds much better w a tube amp than with a ss
Ease of Use:
-programmable, but you will have to read the manual -tweak and tweeze mean different things depending on the type of delay, so it takes some time getting used to -but once you've used it for about a day, it's a no brainer
Durability:
-built solid -mine was used - the 'a' switch seems to light up on its own every once in a while - not a big deal and it might be the former owner's fault
On 12/1/2004, Richard Miller (103) posted:
Overall Rating:
I own and use both of the delays mentioned in this review and sometimes I even run them together with one cascading into the other. I guess of the two my own preference runs to the DL4 by Line6. It's harder to learn and play but the sounds come close to some much more expensive rack type delays. In spite of it's learning curve it is so good in other ways that I would still rate this pedal as a 5 overall.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $275.00 (new)
Where Obtained: McMurry Music
Features:
This is a very well built, professional soundind delay in a digital floor unit. It can be run on battery or adapter. Stereo or Mono.
Sound Quality:
The closest pedal I can compare this with is the Boss DD20 Gigadelay. The DL4 has better voices and more voices. Also it offers volume swells and a phasing effect in one of it's delays. It is harder to learn than the Boss,though, and is not quite as user friendly. Both are very good in their own way. For the more Professional sound go with the Line6 DL4. For some very good delay voices in an easier to learn format go with the Boss DD-20Gigadelay.
Ease of Use:
This is not the easiest pedal to learn to setup or use but the results in sound quality make it a great pedal for me.
Durability:
The most durable floor effect(delay type) I've run across.
On 8/7/2004, John Rich (3189) posted:
Overall Rating:
I think that anyone who aspires to do more with delay effects, than this will be the pedal for you. If you like delay, but don't want to get too into it, then you might want to stay away from the pedal. THIS PEDAL IS FOR GUITARISTS WHO ASPIRE TO DO MORE AND ACTUALLY USE DELAY. Overall, it sounds and is laid out good that anyone can enjoy what this pedal has to offer.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $249.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
The Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler is a delay lovers dream! It's got every delay you can think of like reverse, ping-pong, digital, stereo, sweep, and the list goes on. It's also got a 14-second looping function built in. There's also room for you to lay down alot of overdubs and other melodies. While this pedal does have a looping function don't forget that this is a delay pedal with an amazing array of different delays.
Sound Quality:
What can I say other than this pedal is clean as a whistle. No noise at all. What also really impressed me aside from the sound quality, was the fact that the looping function doesn't fade out....it goes on as strong as it can until you mash the button to shut it off! I've got it running through my Roland GR-1 Synthesizer right now and I'm creating all sorts of vast soundscapes.
Ease of Use:
It's still taking me a little to get it the hang of this pedal. I mean I think it's laid out very easily, but as with anything it just takes awhile to understand it no matter if it has 3 buttons or 17! I am, however, really impressed with the general layout of this unit.
Durability:
It's built like a tank!
On 3/17/2003, Dave Gillett (20) posted:
Overall Rating:
This probly has the best options for your buck I mean you get 16 different and accurate delay simulations. I'm very pleased with the results I've gotten live from this unit all in all an A is the grade this unit deserves.
Price: $249.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
There are 3 programable stomps and a seperate tap stomp. It is both battery and ac powered.
Sound Quality:
I currently run it through a Jcm900 marshall half stack. I play a Heavy melodic rock similar to incubus, a perfect circle ect. But I think the possibilities of this unit are limitless.You have a vast array of delay effects only limited by your imagination.
Ease of Use:
It is a very detailed unit so it does take some getting used to but as a whole once you get used to the sensitivity of the "color" knobs, thing get a little easier.
Durability:
Very heavy duty. Die cast metal.
On 5/24/2000, Justin Calvo (13) posted:
Overall Rating:
Good stuff!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $249.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Great pedal for your money. So much to choose from, so little attention span!...what makes this pedal worthwhile is the 14 second delay sampler alone. The people at Line 6 left nothing out with this pedal. Although it takes a while to learn it all, simply since there is so much, it is a great new tool!
Sound Quality:
Ease of Use:
Tough at first!...read the manual!
Durability:
On 2/24/2000, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a great tool. Since I primarily play in an acoustic setting it has helped me become a more percussive guitarist. It also fits into the mix just right when I play electric.

The phrase sampler - which records 14 second loops can layer 14 second loop on top of 14 second loop forever. The original phrase simply gets lower and lower. Experimentally, I have layered as many as 6 14 second phrases without having the intent of the original idea distorted.

It has also helped me practice soloing and with timing.

Drop me a line if you have any questions.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $249.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MMI Music
Features:
The DL4 offers the Loop Sampling of the Boomerang. The Tube Echo of the Maestro Echoplex EP1. The Tape Echo of the Maestro Echoplex EP3. The Multihead Echo of the Roland Space Echo and Korg Stage Echo. The Sweep Echo of the EP-1. The Anolog Echo of the Boss DM2 ans DM37. The Lo Res Delay of the Lexicin PCM-42 The Digital Delat of the Line 6 AX2. The Digital Delay w/ Mod if the Korg SDD-3000 The Rhymic Delat of the Boss DD-5. The Stereo delay of t2 independant delay lines. Ping Pong Delay. Revers Delay, Dynamic Delat... Auto volume delay... It offers 3 presets - which is rare for a stomp box. It can be hooked up to an expression pedal to change certain settings in real time.
Sound Quality:
The quality of the sampling is very good, when you adjust the mix between effect and guitar through there is no noticable change in signal line signal strength.
Ease of Use:
There are 5 dials on this unit. Type of delay, Delay Time, Repeats, TWEAK, TWEEZE, and mix. TWEAK and TWEEZE change depending on what effect/setting you are in. This makes the learning curve of getting exactly what you are looking for somewhat difficult at first.
Durability:
This is an all metal stomp box that looks and feels like a green army tank.