It's been said in the specialist music press that guitarists continually look for [and perhaps never find] the Holy Grail that is "tone". Each player has his or her own views about what they like. The dizzying world of electric guitar effects awaits those for whom the search is never ending.....
Having read details of stage rigs used by professional players, one can only admire the musical and technical ability required to operate such kit. However, this reviewer was looking for something simpler to use, whilst still being capable of great sounds. The M5 certainly delivers, albeit with one selectable effect at a time. It's robustly made and very easy to operate. Advanced users may appreciate the MIDI interface. The manual is well laid out, too.
Professional guitarists may prefer the greater flexibility of their pedal boards, but the M5 is a fine product and worthy of a second look.
The M5 has an awesome selection of effects - All fairly awesome for the money. Each bank of effect type has several variations on a theme, so you get for example a Phaser - Dual Phaser and Vintage Phaser as separate options to select, each with their own style and set of parameters to adjust which change depending the on the effect chosen - The delays mods and distortions are awesome - everything else is great, the Fuzz effects especially stand out for me, it's all killer - no filler, everything is very distinctive.
The only downside is sequencing the pedal into your chain - if you select a distortion mode then you want it before your other time / modulation based effects, if your select a delay or phaser for example then you want it after your other distortion effects.
I've built an additional loop switching box which swaps the position of the M5 in my effects chain on demand - the difference in tone and effect is massive and well worth considering when using the pedal with your other effects - saves you swapping around all the wires every time you switch effect type. Before I made the switch my phaser was just lost within the M5's Fuzz Face distortion and it was quite disappointing, now with the switch I get an awesome phased distortion - just from having the effects in the right order - also great with an expression pedal, again with Wah type effects you want the pedal at the from of the chain, another reason why an a/b b/a loop switch is a big advantage.
You have 24 presets you can save an effect and peramiters to - these save automatically by default, so if you swap the effect on preset 1 and adjust a few things before powering down, it'll all be there when you power up again - the settings are not stored as you switch thought the effects - they start on a default setting - but your adjustments for the preset are stored - it takes a little getting used to at the start but once you start figuring out your faves you start switching through presets rather than through effects within a preset.
I can see how if playing live you wouldn't want to be switching presets mid song - but for home/studio use its a great addition, over all, the M5 is worth every penny, the extra weird filters and synth effects are a great bonus, (the sort of thing you'll enjoy playing with on occasion, but not necessarily want to fork out for a dedicated pedal) Ideal for anyone looking to expand their effect range or try out a few classics before getting the real thing (you'll still have a space for the M5 - it's like a Swiss army knife)
This arrived promptly and in perfect condition, and the product delivers the stunning quality effects that we have come to expect from Line6. This device looks great on my Pedaltrain board alongside the classic analog FX (Wah, TS9, etc) and is robustly built with guards to prevent accidental foot operations. So I have a compact FX Board with my favourite analog devices, and the M5 allows me to dial up all the occasional sounds that re missing. So. Nice. Maybe I need another one?
A fantastic pedal that cut down my pedal board drastically. After realizing that I only used certain effects so little in my gigging band, I set myself out to try and cut down on my pedal board size (it was far too big at the time). Upon ordering the M5, i was really quite surprised with the quality of the effects! The fact that it is so small and True-Bypass (which some players swear by) was icing on the cake for me! I got rid of my old tuner, octaver, fuzz and tremolo after being happy with the sound that the M5 could match! I shall not pretend to you that this unit can best certain analogue pedals, but with a little tweaking I have reached quite a happy medium! Its versatile and you get so much bang for your buck! If you find yourself wanting thousands of pedals for very specific operations in your playing, it may be worth checking this pedal if you only use one at a time. ITS PERFECT TO COMPLIMENT YOUR PEDAL BOARD, BUT NOT TO REPLACE IT. I recommend a hybrid board of good analogue pedals you like and digital pedals that don't suck your tone ; THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PEDALS.