On Jan 22, 2011, at 10:39 PM, Mark Hamburg wrote:
As Jeff Duke demonstrates, you can get really interesting ambient effects out of it.
And I played my entire Y2KX set using the M13 plus a few upstream stompboxes.
What's missing for me with the M13 relative to the AM8000R from a signal flow standpoint is if I want to get some straight signal in addition to the ambient effects. There are definitely interesting effects to get by cranking the mix to fully wet on the earlier effects and reprocessing with the later effects and this isn't really viable with the Line6 effects if you also want some dry signal since each effects section just feeds into the next. If you've got even a simple mixer available, however, that problem goes away and with the M13 you could use the effects loop to basically get two separate runs of effects. So, it's a little less flexible than having one really powerful box with an overall wet/dry mix, but unlike the Korg unit, I don't end up needing a rack and it's a lot easier to tweak on the fly.
Now, I just need it to offer some things like feedback on the pitch shifter... The Octo/Shimmer sound is nice, but sometimes I like having the pitch descend down rather than up.
On the space front, if buying again, I would probably buy an M9 rather than an M13 and try to find space for it on my pedal board. Right now, the M13 sits off the pedal board though the expression pedals are on the peal board. That said, when I'm designing my dream looper, I've been using the M13 as a target point for a reasonable hardware configuration allowing easy access to core features in a reasonably portable form factor. Maybe the LP-3? (For all of the feeling that I diss the Looperlative here, it is a very nice piece of kit. I just feel that when people ask "why would one choose anything else" -- and that question does get asked a lot -- it's a challenge to people who do find themselves choosing to use something else for a variety of reasons.)