Is the Timeline based on the DL4?

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  1. No.9

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    I've been looking for a reliable DL4 replacement, without hardware issues, and the functionality of the Timeline appears almost identical. Anybody go from a DL4 to a Timeline?
     
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    Aside from sharing the ability of presets and tap tempo, no, I don't think there is any direct circuit lineage to be had between the two units.

    Plenty of people have upgraded from a DL4 to all sorts of units, including the timeline.
     
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    I used a DL4 (among others) for a long time, and have a Timeline now, but I guess they're similar in that they both have a knob to change basic delay types... but that's about it. As for a recommendation, just depends on your needs.
     
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    Strymon Timeline is based on a Damage Control Timeline ;)
     
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    I'm pretty sure the DL4 and Timefactor have no relation - Line 6 created the DL4, and Damage Control created the original Timeline; Strymon and Damage Control have joined forces, and have now re-released an updated Timeline.

    FWIW, I went from a DL4 to a Timefactor, and now to the Timeline.

    There's a pretty steep learning curve from the DL4 to the Timefactor, just getting used to the controls, settings, saving presets, etc. But after a month or so, it's a pretty easy pedal to dial in.

    READ THE MANUAL!!! Seriously, most of the time, I blow it off, but if you upgrade to a Timefactor or Timeline, you owe it to yourself to read the manual. Both great choices (and I miss my Timefactor sometimes :hide2).
     
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    I thought all the algos were built from the ground up for the Strymeline.
     
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    The Timeline is based off of fairy dust from Nevernever Land
     
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    it could very well be but i doubt it, maybe dBucket & dTape. but why re-invent the wheel if you already own the technology. i think strymon even confirmed here that the modulation is a straight port from the DC version
     
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    I wouldn't be entirely sure it's not, at least partially. Damage control was created by ex-line 6 employees.....
     
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    Interesting, I assumed there had to be some sort of connection to the DL4.
     
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    Here are some comparison videos:

     
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    I looked for a DL4 vs Timeline vid, no luck, has anyone compared the two? I'd be interested to see a side by side.
     
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    This is the guy behind Damage Control, impressive portfolio.

    -->http://www.luciantu.com/Damage_Control_USA.html

    There must be somebody out there that has compared the Timeline to the DL4, seems like the best value comparison being how similar their functionality is.
     
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    DL4 models = M9 models, no?
     
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    Actually, if I recall correctly, I think some of the guys at Strymon used to work at Line 6. Hence why they used to sell the Line 6 tube-thingy when they first started out. So it could be possible that, for instance the Swell algorithm, is loosely based on the auto-volume echo from the DL4.
     
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    I have no idea, my knowledge of new digital pedals/multi-effects is pretty limited. I didn't know what an M9 was until that video.
     
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    The things I used most on the DL4 were auto-volume, reverse, filter, and the looper.

    I guess I wanted to know if these effects are a direct port from the DL4 to the Timeline? If the price difference wasn't $250 it wouldn't matter, but for that much more ching I'm curious.
     
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    They are not a direct port from a DL4. It's a completely different pedal with a totally different interface, parameters to control and different effects altogether.

    If you are looking for a different version of the DL4, i'd recommend getting a M5 or an M9.
     
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    They are most definitely not the same algorithms.
     

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