Boss CE-5 Vs Line6 M5, chorus sound quality?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by NoiseNinja, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    I know this is a bit of an odd comparison, but since the Boss CE-5 is basically a digital pedal I was wondering if it actually sounds better than the choruses build in the Line6 M5.

    They are almost the same price and I really just need a chorus, but if the Line6 models sounds just as good as the CE-5 I figure I would gain more versability with the Line6, as well I would be able to use the other effects in it in other context than playing bass.
  2. Dan Neilsen

    Dan Neilsen Guest

    Apr 23, 2017
    I bought an M5 recently.
    I can honestly say I was not happy with most of the modulation in the unit for bass. It seemed to suck out the tone of the lower registers. Its probably great for guitar though.
    I currently have it up for sale and bought a H9 instead (which is crazy good)
  3. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    Thank you for the input.

    Too late to change the order anyway, seems like they already send it and it's on it's way.

    From what I heard from demos and the reviews that I read the CE-5 ought to be a good piece of gear for bass, in many opinions better than the specific bass one, which by the way also is digital, but is a bit more tame tone wise.

    Now the question is just if what I heard and read about is the pre 2001 version which were all analog or the post 2001 versions which are digital, and if there even is any notable difference between the two versions anyway.
  4. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I'd avoid the M5 if you're looking for chorus. I had one and always struggled to get a nice chorus tone out of it for bass. All of the chorus models sound dark, and I like a brighter, shimmering chorus. But worse still is every chorus model introduced an unavoidable volume boost, even if you dial the wet/dry mix completely dry, it's still noticeably louder. I've all for accurate modelling of amps and pedals, but Line 6 had an opportunity to improve the originals to make them more usable and cocked up.

    I now use a TC Corona mini with the Duff McKagan tone print and I'm much happier - highly recommended. I can also recommend the zoom ms-60b and ms-70cdr as they have both had a firmware update which includes a plethora of chorus pedal models which are far more user-friendly than the M5 models (I wish this firmware came out before I bought the TC Corana!)
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  5. Chalotrejo


    Feb 28, 2013
    I've had the M5 mostly for chorus (and that "missing pedal") in the rig, and changed it for the Zoom MS-60B. It's better suited for bass, have the ability of roll off the effect on lower notes, like the Boss CEB-3. It's also smaller and can handle four effects at once. If you are purist, you can put it on a loop, it's not true bypass.
  6. Being and Bass

    Being and Bass

    Apr 9, 2017
    The Boss CE-5 is the best Boss chorus for bass based purely on the sound. If you are looking for a "bass chorus" the EHX Bass Clone is better than Boss's. Really, I think most of Boss' bass pedals are flops, but some of their "regular" pedals work like bass pedals.