Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler

Expert Review

The 2.5 pound Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler multi-effects processor immediately looks impressive, with its compact design and all-metal black-finish chassis. As the smallest in the company’s M series, the M5 is still able to pack quite a punch in terms of the variety of effects contained within a single unit. There are way too many effects to truly dive into here, but just know that you’re getting carte blanch of all you’ll ever need in terms of guitar effects.

This device offers 19 delays (including analog echo, reverse, tube echo, and stereo delay), 23 mod effects (jet flanger, panned phaser, and pattern tremolo), 17 distortions (facial fuzz, buzz saw, and colordrive), 12 compressors and EQs (tube comp, graphic EQ, and 4 Band Shift EQ), 26 filters (Q filter, pitch glide, and tron up), 12 reverbs (vintage plate reverb, chamber, and cave). Yes, you can really have a field day messing around with this thing.

There’s also a backlit LCD screen which allows for a clear and readable display. You can also store up to 24 effects as presets so you can recall them instantly, whether you’re going to be using certain sounds frequently onstage or in the studio. A built-in tuner is an added bonus, and a tap tempo function allows you to accurately sync time-based effects with the song you’re actually using the effects in.Rating: 5/5

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