Review: Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler

100+ stompboxes to kick around   08-Dec-09

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Our resident axeman Rob Chappers, takes a look at the latest stomp technology from Line 6.
The M9 is a programmable, digital modeling recreation of over 100 different effects pedals.

Arranged as three active pedals, each with an A and B slot which gives you access to 6 stomps per bank (with three active at any one time). You can store your setups in any one of 24 pedal board scenes for gig friendly recall.

Rob has a healthy scepticisism of digital - being an analog rock valve purist at heart, but this unit appears to have passed his stringent tests to find a place on his Christmas wishlist.


M9 Features
  • Over 100 stompbox effects
  • Run up to 3 effects simultaneously (with 3 more on deck)
  • Dedicated knobs control each effect parameter
  • Create up to 24 pedal board scenes. (It's like having 24 fully tricked-out pedal boards available at any time!)
  • Universal tap tempo syncs all your time-based effects
  • MIDI in/out
  • 1/4" mono or stereo inputs
  • 1/4" mono or stereo outputs
  • Two 1/4" expression pedal jacks
  • True Analog Bypass or DSP Bypass
  • 28-second looper with dedicated footswitches (Record/Overdub, Play/Stop, Play Once, Undo/Redo, Half Speed, Reverse)
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
  • Heavy-duty all-metal chassis and footswitches


Available now
MSRP: $559.99, RRP £329

$399.99 at MusiciansFriend.com



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9 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
HarryN    Said...

Great review as ever Chappers.

You can pick up the M9's big brother the M13 for just over £300 too - that has four banks of three effects each and an fx loop (so you can 4 cable it into your tube amp putting the delays/verbs etc. after the pre-amp)

08-Dec-09 11:36 AM


Chappers    Said...

Awesome mate - that's 4 more than a 9!! Sounds great to me ;-)

08-Dec-09 08:00 PM


ShadyDave    Said...

The M9 and the M13 are absolutely excellent units - they would have to be for Mr Chapman to like them compared to the roar of a Marshall :)

Great review - but damn you for feeding my GAS !

09-Dec-09 03:34 AM


Mojo292    Said...

Great review, impressive piece of gear!

09-Dec-09 09:54 AM


Cderycke    Said...

One little pile of win! Great effects box for the gigging guitarist!!

09-Dec-09 01:19 PM


Laurie Monk    Said...

Great review... I recognise Shred Medium's special guest star finger appearance! I want one of those boxes!

11-Dec-09 06:18 PM


Soulata    Said...

I prefer M9 over M13, it's about the ideal size, same fx, 3 at once is enough for me.

btw, I bought it as soon as it came out and was surprised to see "bonehead simple" sticker on it. Well, it is dead simple to use and better for it.

12-Dec-09 02:53 AM


Benedict Johnson    Said...

Good to know that the effects are normal Line 6 quality effects, but I'd like to've heard something about the looper!

We don't all want it for guitar effects, ya know!

25-Dec-09 11:48 PM


Benedict Johnson    Said...

oops, sorry this is of course a guitar effects channel..

25-Dec-09 11:50 PM


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