Replacing line 6 dl4

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  1. RickNew

    RickNew Member

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    I've had a line 6 Dl4 for the longest time and have mostly like it. Have it set for a slapback echo (country) a longer delay for leads and the third would vary but rarely used. Don't really use the looper or exotic delays'

    It has become unreliable and I'm looking to replace it. My question is what is the best way to get these two basic delays on my board. Is there a similar unit to the dl4 or should I set up two pedals with single sounds.

    Thanks for any input

    PS, I power my board with a voodoo pedal power 2
     
  2. mowatsmith

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    I'm sure you'd be pretty happy with any of the Strymon delays and a favorite switch.
     
  3. phazersonstun

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    The Strymon's are solid recommendation, & will do the 2 sounds you want well.
    The Vox Delay Lab seems like a great direct replacement for the DL-4.

    When I replace my DL-4 it most likely will be with an M9.
     
  4. Drxgue

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    If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, I'd heartily recommend TC Electronic's Nova Repeater or Nova Delay. The big difference in the two is the Delay's digital display of BPM/ms and programmable presets. I have the Repeater and love it dearly.
     
  5. voorhiessa

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    How bout an echo park and an analog delay (Luke a carbon copy)?
     
  6. JUSTJOB

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    The Boss DD-20 would be worth looking into as well. Dependable, easy to use, great sounding, versatile delay unit.
     
  7. mikkvoxNT

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    Visaul sound dual tap delay mabey
     
  8. danonbass

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    Ok Rick. Let's see, you only use two sounds, a slap back and and longer lead delay. Since you're not looking for crazy delays, and thus perhaps aren't a "delay guy" go the inexpensive but quality route. Pick up a used MXR Carbon Copy and a used Boss DD7. Use one for slap back and one for your lead sound. Pick up a small tap tempo switch if you'd like the tap tempo option on the DD7. They're both rock solid pedals and are on touring pros boards across the world. Only get another mega delay unit if you are really into using delay.
     
  9. Dbwalker

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    Aquapuss makes stellar slap back delay box , it has a thing, hard to describe, love it.

    Echo park is an inexpensive alternative to the dl4 as weel. And sounds much the same ( but better in many ways.
     
  10. NHBluesMan

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    THIS ^

    It's already knocked afew DL4's off pedalboards, including Brian Ray (touring with Paul McCartney) and
    Jason "Slim" Gambill (lead guitarist for Lady Antebellum)
    the tone of the pedal itself is fantastic
     
  11. eternally found

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    Replaced my DL4 with my an El Cap and Favorite switch. Great replacement :D
     
  12. ahcleinad

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    El Cap + favorite switch is probably a good option. I currently run an Empress Superdelay, but that might be a little bit too much. Or like mentioned before a Boss DD-X + analog delay would also be awesome I think.
     
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    TC IB Modified Nova Delay - has 9 Presets, and sounds very good. I replaced my Boss DD-20, which I had for many years. The Nova sounds much better.
     
  14. PanicProne

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    I sort of replaced mine with an Empress Superdelay although I ended up with an m9 eventually (for longer looping and filter models mainly). I love the Superdelay (especially that reverse c everyone always talks about) but it all depends. If you really know what two sounds you want and have the cash for it I say it's almost always more fun to have "unique" pedals rather than a "multi". However, the empress is pretty darn cool.
     
  15. alamere

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    If you are looking to go all analog, the analogman delay is my recent choice and I also switched from a DL4 and set it up for two distinct delays just as you are noting.

    The ARDX is two, all analog delays in one box.
    If you are looking for sharper repeats the Strymon boxes certainly get a TON of high praise here..
     
  16. fuzzface71

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    If you like your DL4, and wanted it to be more reliable. Why don't you get a hotrod and mod all at once? Send it to forumite drasp! He does custom paint jobs. He can change the switches to more reliable ones. Fix the volume drop etc.. more info on his link. Seriously ended my delay search!

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  17. KilgoreTrout

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    Well, if you're looking to keep it simple/reduce the footprint, the BBE Two Timer will do just what you need. I've recently picked up the Vox DelayLab, and I'm thinking that pedal was built to be a DL4 killer. Its just as easy to use, has more useable sounds (IMO), and a longer loop time. It also retails for a little less and has almost exactly the same footprint. Might be overkill if you just need a couple of basic delay sounds though.
     
  18. wornoutjunkie

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    I Highly Agree with them, I have Nova Repeater and has an amazing tone and covers a lot of ground, but I've been looking for the new IB Nova Delay to cover two sounds: I only need a slapback and lead delay like you, but I maybe keep the Repeater for the medium delay and add a MXR CC for the slapbacks.

    If you haven't tried TC electronics I would recommend you to try them, another option to replace a DL4 is the Vox Delay Lab, the Line 6 M9 and the Timeline are popular choices.

    Good luck!
     
  19. GovernorSilver

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    After my DL-4 broke down, I got a Damage Control Timeline to replace it. It served me well, with a great sound of its own.

    I finally got the DL-4 modded by R3FX after talking to a buddy who had his DL-4 modded by the same guy. Now the DL-4 is working again, and I use it a lot more than the DC Timeline. Go figure!
     
  20. Leftyman

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    There is an Empress Superdelay in the emporium right now for $250. Great price on a great, versatile delay pedal.
     

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