Submitted by Enoch from Cincinnati, OH (4 points) on Jun 14, 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.
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
Bad Points: EXPRESSION PEDAL IS EXTRA
SWITCHES ARE WEAK
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.
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.
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
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