M13 Stompbox Modeler Pilot`s Guide - Revision D

M13 Stompbox Modeler
Pilot’s Handbook
Manuel de pilotage
Manual del Piloto
See www.line6.com/manuals for Advance Guide
Advanced Users Guide available @ www.line6.com/manuals
Rev D
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Rear Connections
Basic Operation
1. Cable Retainer - Wrap your power supply cable around this once or
twice to prevent an accidental disconnect.
2. Power Input - Connect the included Line 6 Power Supply here.
3. Power - Switch goes up, lights come on. Switch goes down, lights go off.
FX (1,2,3,4) Units - You can run up to 4 effects at once. Each FX Unit
has 3 memories (A, B & C), which can run any model of any type
(Distortion–yellow, Delay–green, Modulation–blue, Filter–purple &
Reverb–orange. Your audio path starts with FX Unit 1 on to FX Unit
2, 3 and last 4.
4. MIDI In/Out - Please see www.line6.com/manuals for the skinny on
MIDI features, which allow you to remote control scene changes, FX
unit memory selection, looper operation, expression pedals, and tap
tempo. Plus dump and receive scene data via MIDI System Exclusive
4. Expression Pedal 1 + 2 - Compatible with standard expression pedals,
including the Line 6 EX-1. Control FX parameters in real time by
assigning them to either of these expression pedal inputs. The Line 6
expression pedal is a passive 10K ohm mono linear taper pot, using a
standard 1/4 inch mono instrument cable. 6. Stereo Input - When connecting your guitar or other mono source use
the L(MONO) input.
7.FX Loop - This loop is assignable anywhere in the chain of M13
Stompbox Modeler’s FX Units, and is ignored when a return is not
8. Stereo Output - For mono output, use the L(MONO) output.
Display - Each display shows the current settings for that FX Unit. The
display illuminates the color of current effect type (Distortion–yellow,
Delay–green, Modulation–blue, Filter–purple & Reverb–orange). The letter at the top right indicates whether the A, B or C memory is running. To the right of this is the effect model name. If no FX Units are on
the display will read “BYPASS”. Knobs control settings as shown above.
Note: Press in the MODEL SELECT knob to change effect type or turn
the MODEL SELECT knob to select a new model.
Press and Hold TAP to activate the tuner (effects and looper will be
disabled). Use your lower left parameter knob to set your reference
frequency. Use the lower right parameter knob to select either “BYPASS
AUDIO” or “MUTE AUDIO” for silent operation. Press tap again to exit
the tuner.
Memory Footswitches - Each FX Unit has 3 memories (A/B/C). Only
one memory can be active at a time: its footswitch will be brightly lit,
and colored to show the effect type. Inactive switches are dimly lit
colored to show the effect type. Step on a footswitch to activate that
memory. Step on an active memory switch to bypass the FX Unit.
TAP - Tap tempo is available for all Delay effects, most MOD effects, and
some Filter effects. For Delay and MOD effects turn the second top row
knob or for Filters turn the first bottom row knob of the FX Unit all the
way to max, and you’ll switch between tap tempo and regular control
modes. Once you’re in Tap tempo control mode, turn the knob to select
one of the available note values. Tap 2 or more times on the TAP switch,
and all the effects set to tap tempo control will change their time/speed/
tempo to match the tempo you tapped. To end tap tempo operation
for an effect, turn the knob to max again. NOTE: Parameters set to tap
tempo control are NOT affected by expression pedal operation.
Scenes & Scene Setup
switch from one set of multiple effects to another. Bypass all FX units by
stepping on the active scene footswitch.
Scene Save
You can run your M13 Stompbox Modeler in Scene Select Mode giving
you 12 scenes, each of which is a complete pedalboard, storing all the
settings of the A/B/C memories of the 3 FX Units. In addition to all the
FX settings, a scene stores the signal position of the send/return loop,
BPM, DSP/True bypass, Gate, plus the expression pedal assignments,
so those can change with each scene. We’ve loaded each scene with an
example pedalboard, to get you inspired.
AZ Still Brings It
My ScratchPad Scene
Call The Police
Bridge Of Vibes
On The Edge
‘Road’ Suitcase
Bass In Your Face
DL Mania
Expression Pedals!
To access your Scenes, step on the SCENES footswitch. Your displays
will now show the names of all 12 available scenes. The currently active
Scene is shown in the solid circle (AZ Still Brings IT in the example
above) and its corresponding footswitch will be lit. To select a different
Scene, press any of the other 11 FX Unit Footswitches. Momentary
Scene Mode is the default setting, so selecting a new scene puts you
right into a whole new pedal board where you can turn effects off and on.
Momentary Scene Mode
In Momentary Scene Mode, once you select a new Scene your display
will then return to the basic operation view. You can now activate or
bypass any FX Unit if you would like. Any changes you make to the
Scene will automatically be saved, just like a traditional pedalboard
setup. To select a new Scene, simply step on the SCENES footswitch
and choose a new scene.
Latch Scene Mode
In Latch Scene Mode, the only difference is when you access your
Scenes, the 12 Scenes remain on the display after you have loaded a
new Scene - you won’t see FX Unit settings in the LCD. Step briefly on
the SCENES footswitch to return to basic operation so you can tweak
individual effects. This mode is exceptionally handy when you want to
To save your current set of FX Units settings to a scene or to copy your
currently loaded Scene from normal operation, holding SCENES initiates scene save:
Scene names are shown in the displays, with current scene inverted and
Press an A/B/C footswitch to select a scene to replace, and now just that
display is lit, showing just the that scene name.
You can change the name by turning the MODEL SELECT knob to
change the selected character. Turning the upper right parameter knob
chooses other characters for editing.
SCENES light is flashing: hold it for at least 2 seconds to complete the
save (or step on LOOPER CONTROLS or TAP to abandon saving).
Scene Folders
Your M13 is equipped with 4 scene folders giving you a total of 48
scenes. To access a new folder press the scene button and then turn FX
Unit 1’s Model Select knob and select the folder you wish to load (1-4)
then press any scene to load it. Scenes will now default to the new folder.
Looper & Setup
The Looper in the M13 gives you up to 28 seconds of mono recording
time at normal speed, or 56 seconds at half speed. Your loop will always
run in mono, even if you’re running stereo FX.
To enter and exit looper mode, press the Looper Controls switch.
Press REC/ODUB to start recording your loop. You can press
REC/ODUB again to immediately end your loop and begin
recording as many overdubs as you’d like, or...
Press PLAY/STOP to continue the loop without recording. You
can still jam over your loop. It just won’t be overdubbed into your
loop. Press again to stop the loop playback.
PLAY ONCE can be pressed from stop or during playback, to
cause play to end when the loop completes.
Hit a bad note? You can press UNDO/REDO to discard your last
overddub. This is also handy if you just want to remove your last
overdub momentarily. Press UNDO/REDO again to recall the
discarded overdub.
Step on HALF SPEED while in playback mode and your loop
will now play back in half speed. Start a new loop in half speed
when you need additional loop time - up to 56 seconds.
The REV footswitch sets your playback to reverse. Reverse cannot be engaged during record - doing so will immediately stop
recording and start playback of your loop in reverse.
Press the PRE/POST to route the Looper before or after the FX
Using FX while looping
Any effects you have on when entering Looper mode will remain in your
signal path. To change your FX Units or Switch Scenes during looping
press the LOOPER CONTROLS footswitch to exit loop mode, make
your selections and then press the LOOPER CONTROLS footswitch to
return to Loop mode. Setting your looper to “PRE” will apply FX to your
guitar signal only. In the Setup Menu setting the looper to “POST” will
apply FX to your loop recording and your guitar signal.
Press and hold the LOOPER CONTROLS / HOLD FOR SETUP footswitch to enter the setup mode. Use the parameter knobs to adjust the
settings described below.
Expression Pedals
Version #
Expression Pedals - Each FX Unit can be controlled by one of the
expression pedals, or none. A pedal can control more than one FX Unit.
Set pedal to heel and make desired setting, then set pedal to toe and
make desired setting, then pedal between them.
The number displayed at top row, left is your stompbox modeler’s software version. Use Line 6 Monkey software to check for updates.
120 BPM
Tempo - Your lower left knob sets the global tempo of all time/speed
based effects.
LprLvl - Play (upper middle knob) adjusts the overall playback level of
the looper. Overdub (lower middle) adjusts the level of each overdub
pass from 0dB to -20dB.
LprEq -Hi Cut (upper right) adjusts the frequency of a Lo-pass filter. Lo
Cut (lower right) affects the frequency of a Hi-pass filter. Both Hi Cut
and Lo Cut only affect the recorded and looped audio only.
Prefs - Turn the MODEL SELECT knob to choose True Bypass or DSP
Bypass. If you choose True Bypass, that will be activated when all FX
Units are bypassed, the looper is not running, and nothing is connected
to the external effect loop return. In that state, relays will switch your
signal to an all-analog path. As usual with any relay switching system,
you may hear an audible click in your audio as the relays switch. If you
choose DSP Bypass instead, you’ll get the benefit of hearing delay and
reverb trails smoothly decay, rather than being immediately cut off,
when you bypass.
scene. Then going from one scene with the FX loop to one without lets
you, in essence, switch your outside effect on and off.
CH 1
MIDI - Use “DUMP” to backup a scene, folder or all scenes to your com-
puter. You can also restore the factory settings. The second parameter
(lower right) is for assigning the MIDI channel your M13 Stompbox
modeler sends and receives. Get the Advanced Guide at www.line6.
com for details and download the Line 6 Monkey utility software to
check for available upgrades and updates of the M9 Stompbox modeler
Scenes - As you adjust an effect those adjustments are retained as you
switch away to a different A/B/C memory and back again—no save
function is required. It’s just as if you were adjusting different physical
stompboxes, each of which would still have the last knob settings you
made to it. The same is true as you switch scenes, swapping one virtual
pedalboard for another: when you come back to a previously used scene,
it loads with all the last adjustments you made to it.
Gate - Think of the Gate as a special additional pedal that applies to
each scene. There is no footswitch control for this effect so only use
it when you always want the gate engaged. THRESH (upper middle)
sets the threshold of the gate, turn this knob fully counter clockwise to
bypass the noise gate. DECAY (lower middle) adjusts the decay of your
noise gate.
If you prefer that scenes not remember your last adjustments, set the
Contrast - (upper right) adjusts the brightness of the displays.
Scenes (upper middle) parameter to MNLSAVE (Manual Save) instead
of AUTOSAVE. You will then need to use the scene setup mode any
time you want to manually force a “save” of current settings to a scene:
hold SCENES, step on the switch for the current scene, then step and
hold on that same switch again to complete the “save” (display will say
Copy Completed).
Relative / Absolute Pots - In REL mode when you turn a knob the
parameters will not jump to the position of the knob but change proportionally to the amount of your parameter knob movement up or down.
When set to ABS it is not possible to make incremental edits of an
effect parameter. The parameter value always adjusts from the current
pot position.
FX Lp - The hardware send/return loop can be routed before all the
FX Units, or after any of them. You may also set the FX loop off in any
DIM ON/OFF (lower right) enables the dimly lit footswitch LED’s when
effect memories are bypassed (on) or disables them (off).
That’s Not All Folks...
Effect Copy
An effect can be copied to any other memory location within a scene,
or to a completly different scene. For example you can copy your effect
in memory location FX Unit 1A to FX Unit 3B. To begin, select the
memory location you would like to copy (the effect must be on and currently showing its parameters in your display). Press and hold the Model
Select knob. Your display will be flashing. Press the memory footswitch
for the location you want to copy to and now your copy is complete and
is stored in both the original and new location.
You may also copy an effect from one scene to another scene in the same
folder. Press and hold the Model Select knob. Your display will be flashing. Press the scene switch. Now all the scene displays will be flashing.
Select the scene you wish to copy the effect to. M13 will go to that scene
and all active displays will be flashing. Press the memory footswitch for
the location you want to copy to and now your copy is complete and is
stored in both the original and new location.
Send/Return Jacks for External Effects or Amps
The rear panel send/return jacks are stompbox/instrument level unbalanced connections that allow you to connect external devices in series
with M13 Stompbox Modeler’s effects. From the SETUP mode, you
choose where this occurs in the signal flow: before all FX Units, inserted
between any two of them, or after them all. You can also set the FX loop
to the off position. This setting is stored as part of each scene, so different scenes can use the send/return differently. And if you don’t connect
to the return, the loop will be ignored, and will not affect the signal flow
(but still sends signal, allowing you to use just the send to feed a tuner).
A typical use would be running one or more external effects in the send/
return loop:
How about using some of the FX Units to feed your guitar amps’ input,
and others in your amp’s effects loop? No problem. Let’s have FX Unit
1 and 2 feed your amp’s input, and put FX Unit 3 and 4 in your amp’s
effect loop. First, set the send/return loop to run after FX Unit 2. Then,
hook up like this:
Or for real fun, try splitting effects to 2 separate amps: set the send/
return loop to run after FX Unit 2 and set up as shown next. FX Unit 1
and 2 will feed the first amp, and FX Unit 3 and 4 feed the second amp:
Or just run the full set of FX Units out to 2 amps in true stereo like
You could also hook up like this, to put M13 Stompbox Modeler into
your amp’s effect loop without using M13 Stompbox Modeler’s send/
return jacks at all:
To amp input
To amp Return
From amp Send
These are just a few examples. Be creative!
Mono / Stereo Operation
Some models (like Stereo Delay) provide stereo operation. When run
before a mono model (like a distortion), the signal will collapse to mono
as it feeds the mono effect, and will then be passed on in mono to the
next effect or outputs.