Line 6 Filter Modeler FM4


User Reviews of the Line 6 Filter Modeler FM4

  • Submitted by Enoch from Cincinnati, OH (4 points) on Jun 13, 2011
  • Bought one used and in poor, somebody spilled beer and or energy drink on/in it, dirty, heavily used condition... could have cleaned her up but ultimately was unsatisfied for reasons other than nearly unusable sticky knobs.
  • Good Points: A) It's Purple.

    B) Capable of producing some pretty trippy/mind numbing effects.

    C) Hours of fun.
  • Bad Points: What I was really after was a FILTER pedal. Whereas the FM4 is really half filter half synth... I have enough real analog synth (Elektron SID Station, Korg Poly-61M, etc.) and virtual analog synth (Micron) already. Therefore making my guitar sound like a crummy version of one of those just doesn't seem practical.

    Ultimately, the fact that I found both the MM4 and DL4 for the same price, in better condition and WITH the power supply (otherwise an additional 25 dollars) included, lead me to return the FM4.
  • Price Paid: US$120.00
  • Purchased At: Guitar Center
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  • Submitted by AULOS from Hereford Uk (480 points) on Aug 7, 2009
  • This is a really great pedal but it is seriously worth getting the expression pedal. It literally gives you 4 more patches - same with the DL4. The tracking is useless with chords but with single notes its excellent.
  • Good Points: TRUE BYPASS 4 PRESETS
  • Bad Points: EXPRESSION PEDAL IS EXTRA SWITCHES ARE WEAK
  • Price Paid: US$215.00
  • Purchased At: Guitar Center
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  • Submitted by Nate from Saint Charles, MO (6 points) on Dec 16, 2008
  • Good Start out product for getting into the noise style of music.overall a good purchase
  • Good Points: -easy to work -variety on sound -inspirational
  • Bad Points: -own power supply -a little pricey new
  • Price Paid: US$150.00
  • Purchased At: Guitar center
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  • Submitted by Jon from New Haven, CT (80 points) on May 19, 2008
  • Sweet box this one...The filters are pretty out there and will suit most needs. The (only) low point is the synth emulations; while they actually are pretty useful and fun, they are very quiet compared to the filter output and needs a lot of tweaking. But the filters alone are well worth the price I paid for it used. I love that it's got stereo ins and outs.
  • Good Points: STEREO!!! killer filters. Very solid build. Really easy to get into and a good box for most noisemakers.
  • Bad Points: Kinda pricey. Synths are pretty quiet.
  • Price Paid: US$160.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by mthead from Seattle, WA (38 points) on Jul 31, 2007
  • This pedal is great for adding a little synth emulation on top of drones. It can work like a sub octave when I use the blend knob right, just adding a little rumble under the rumble. The seek-wah is cool for sort of a sequenced tremolo, great to run straight white noise into. The growler works good with noise loops as well. It also help beef up thin sounding analog emulating synths.
  • Good Points: Synth emulation, Seek_wah, Obi_wah, synth doubling
  • Bad Points: I don't like the filter emulation as much as I hoped I would, but I bought it for the synth patches, so it more than makes up.
  • Price Paid: US$249.00
  • Purchased At: Guitard Center
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  • Submitted by Aaron from Redmond, WA (34 points) on Jan 10, 2007
  • This beast is a noisemakers' wet dream. Line 6 did me right with their delay modeler, I figured I'd ask Santa for the FM-4 this year. Santa came through, I have already spent several hours with this thing and haven't even scratched the surface of what it's capable of. The Obi-Wah setting s insane, leaving little random modulated notes in its wake. for noise folks, the Octisynth and growler settings are sheer beauty. The ability to choose a setting and then tweak the knobs in real time, as with the DL4, means that you can creat obnoxious sounds off the back of other obnoxious sounds. The Throbber setting is wicked for snigle note lines on top of static or looped noise via the delay modeler, which works like a creative partner to this pedal. The Filter Modeler is packed with emulations of effects that would cost you thousands of dollars, if you could even find them. I have heard that an expression pedal opens up more possibilities but I really don't feel like getting one yet. The noise and experimentation possibilities are endless and the FM4 will be my constant companion for my new ambient/noise/ electronica project. I can only imagine the doors that this baby will open when used with the DL-4's Loop Sampler feature. Noisicians and feedback freaks would do well to test this box out, then order one immediately. Don't pass it up because it's purple or based on samples you hear online, this is one piece of equipment you have to play with in person. You will be hooked.
  • Good Points: Over a dozen different presets with the ability to cusomize and store your own variations. It's well built and I have never had any problems with other Line 6 gear. It's pretty much meant for noise, traditionalists will hate it and it's too far out for even the wankiest, technical metal players. The FM-4 begs hours of raw experimentation by the most extreme, no holds barred creative players. If you believe in experimentation, noise and unbiased musical masturbation, you would do well to get this. I'm surprised we haven't heard more of this device on noise recordings so far.
  • Bad Points: Power supply is sold seperately. It is a battery vampire, comes with 4 C batteries and renders them useless in a few short hours. The power supply is a tid pricey but absolutely essential, as you'll want hours alone with the FM-4 without fail. Some heavy handed whiners have griped about the quality of Line 6 gear. You take care of it, it will take care of you. It's labeled a "stompbox" but it will last longer if you use your hands instead of feet to make adjustments. I keep mine, along with it's noisy green cousin, in a hard plastic pistol case with foam on the inside. Maybe I am just more catious than most, but I don't forsee any problems with quality. The price is STILL pretty steep, this thing has been out for a long time, it's not like it's brand new to the market. I wish Line 6 would add a backlit LCD display and decrease the number of knobs. They should also make it upgradeable online like their POD devices. How cool would it be to download a new setting every couple months?!
  • Price Paid: US$250.00
  • Purchased At: zzzounds.com
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  • Submitted by Mark from Arlington, TX (26 points) on Feb 6, 2004
  • This unit has a lot of sounds - filters, monophonic synths, auto swell, & ugly ring modulator. It can provide almost endless tweaking capability. You can radically alter the sound with a knob turn.
  • Good Points: endless sounds. very expressive.
  • Bad Points: Doesn't come with a power supply. It can take a while to learn what each knob for a particular patch.
  • Price Paid: US$200.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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