line 6 m9 users

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Rycebag, Dec 22, 2015.


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  1. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    I originally was looking for a delay pedal to use in my band to add more to just our bass and drum duo and I was mentioning it in the ask a pro forum with JMJ and he suggested the M5 at first and then the M9. I also was thinking I might as well go with the m9 because it has the looper function. I was looking at other things like strymon but that's a little out of price range even though its worth it for them. My question is do you guys experience any tone suckage with the m9? JMJ had mentioned getting the JHV3 audio upgrade. also how do you guys like the looper? how do you guys like the other sounds on it? if you guys also have any clips that would be awesome
     
  2. Paul M

    Paul M

    Jul 21, 2005
    There is a setting in the M9 to choose between true bypass and buffered bypass. There is a little more clarity when it's set to buffered bypass. As for loss of bottom end, that depends on the effect you choose. Most of the effects allow you to mix in your dry signal. So long story short: I have not noticed any tone suckage.
     
  3. ProfFrink

    ProfFrink

    Jan 16, 2015
    I have the M5. Answering here because I'm pretty sure they have the exact same models.

    My experience with this is that the models are mostly hit and miss. Some aren't useful on bass at all, while others can be tweaked to sound good, but a. you're always feeling that you're fighting to make something that isn't designed for the purpose work for you, and b. even when I do get the settings right, the result is often less satisfying than the results I get from bass-specific pedals.

    I've also found that many of the effects tend to amplify noise that's coming into the input.

    I would classify it as "experimental" - it can be a lot of fun and there's a lot to play with, especially for more extreme effects, but you can't rely on it for your bread-and-butter.
     
  4. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    oh for sure! I definitely wasn't gonna use it for all my effects. I would still be using my overdrive pedals, octave, chorus, and comp. I enjoy the sound of my amp and bass and I use a fulltone bass drive in the comp cut mode to overdrive my amp. was more thinking of using it for the delays and looper to create soundscapes and maybe use delay on specific bass line parts.
     
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  5. ProfFrink

    ProfFrink

    Jan 16, 2015
    For this type of stuff I think it's an excellent choice, possibly with an expression pedal. The expression-pedal implementation on the M5 is superb, you can simply "teach" it how to control any parameter or combination of parameters. If the M9 has similar function - I think it works well to control stuff like depth of reverb, delay levels, etc etc.
     
  6. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Nice! how do the delays and reverb sound on bass?
     
  7. ProfFrink

    ProfFrink

    Jan 16, 2015
    Sound good to me, but I'm not a delay and reverb type of guy (yet) so I'm not sure I'm super qualified to say this specifically...
     
  8. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    anyone else use the m9
     
  9. godblender

    godblender Inactive

    Mar 11, 2009
    Michigan
    I've owned the M9 for several years now and find it to be an incredibly useful tool. For the price I think it's an outstanding value. Personally I use the Octaver, Dimension chorus, a number of delays, a few reverbs and different eq's the most. There are also some really cool synth effects and the pitch glide is excellent. Overall I find that the delays, reverb and modulation are really good...the wackier synth stuff CAN be really good if dialed in correctly...most people bash the od/distortions but I can get totally usable, if unspectacular, sounds with a clean blend...it also has some good utility stuff like the aforementioned eq's, comps, noise gate and a hpf/lpf section called Mid-Focus EQ (I think).

    I put the M9 up against a Strymon Mobius that I owned briefly and sold the Mobius. I also own an Eventide H9 which is also great. The M9 does some things better than others (including the H9 and Strymon stuff) and other stuff it doesn't do quite as well so it's a trade off.
     
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  10. ProfFrink

    ProfFrink

    Jan 16, 2015
    hmm... I need to look some more into the modulations on my M5. The ones I used so far where indeed quite pleasing.
     
  11. ProfFrink

    ProfFrink

    Jan 16, 2015
    hmm... I need to look some more into the modulations on my M5. The ones I used so far where indeed quite pleasing.
     
  12. adamaarts

    adamaarts

    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    I use the M9 almost solely for the reverbs and delays. I do experiment with other settings, like synth stuff and Octavers.

    Check out my board rundown, shows how I use the M9:


    I have other videos like how to get Muse' Time is Running Out' using the M5/9
     
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  13. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    That was convincing enough for me. I have a compressor, fulltone bass drive, boss oc-2, and ibanez cs9 that I am planning on using in addition to the m9. Do you notice any bottom end loss or tone suck from the the m9
     
  14. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    have any of you tried the jhv3 upgraded versions and if so, how those it compare in quality?
     
  15. ProfFrink

    ProfFrink

    Jan 16, 2015
    No but as I said above, these things are very sensitive to noise so I'm not surprised this is offered. Assuming these guys are willing to accept your pedal for modding (I'm guessing this is what they do but it doesn't say so on the site) then I suggest you get the "plain" pedal first, see how it works for you and get the mod later as required.

    BTW, they don't say what exactly it is that they do to the audio in order to improve it. Do you know what it is that they do?
     
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  16. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    this is the link that Justin meldal Johnson gave me Line 6 M Series Modifications . And here is the thread where we were talking about it Need delay suggestions
     
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  17. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    im specifically interested in the audio upgrade if its worth it or not
     
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    I own an M5, M9(currently malfunctioning), Mobius, and H9; I also owned an M13 a few years ago. The M series, mobius, and H9 overlap a lot, but also have unique features the others couldn't replace. I owned the M9 and loved it so much I bought the M5 planning to put the Mseries octave/synth/pitch effects at the beginning of my chain into individual dirt/filters into M9 Mod/delay/Reverb.

    The real strength of the M series is the simple, user-friendly implementation of the expression pedal. It is the most intuitive interface I've come across compared to Zoom, Strymon, Eventide, Source Audio, etc.
     
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  19. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    are you guys using the stereo or mono inputs and outputs. I don't know which one to use or what the advantages of either are? im a noob to the multi effects. My effects chain is Bass> tu-2> compressor> Ibanez cs-9> boss oc-2> Fulltone Bass drive> black arts tone works pharaoh fuzz> line 6 M9> Mesa boogie amp
     
  20. ProfFrink

    ProfFrink

    Jan 16, 2015
    I use it mono->mono. I don't really see the point of stereo unless you're doing really spacey stuff AND go directly into a stereo recording.
     
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