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Line6 m13 VERSUS IK Stompio

Postby Fizz » Thu May 15, 2008 11:58 am


Anyone know how the following compare?

Line 6 m13
http://line6.com/m13/sounds.html

IK Multimedia Stompio
http://www.ikmultimedia.com/stompio/

The latter seems to be based on Amplitube.

Also, if you have an m13, would there be any need for a Pod? I may be wrong, but it doesn't look like the m13 offers any clean sounds or dedicated amp modelling, probably because Line 6 don't want it to clash with existing products, but the Stompio seems to contain everything.

Thoughts?
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Re: Line6 m13 VERSUS IK Stompio

Postby Hewesy » Thu May 15, 2008 4:26 pm

These are two different products.

The Line6 is basically a standalone pedalboard, using digital emulations of classic FX (and Line6's own versions and combinations). It's designed to be the "ultimate" pedalboard, for use with standard guitars rigs (guitar, pedals, amp).

The Stompio is a footcontroller for Amplitube products, and will control a PC/Mac running that software. So a more modern setup of guitar, laptop/PC, PA/Studio DAW/amp etc. As such it appears to have no internal sounds of its own.

The Line6 is designed to be used with an amp (or amp sim) so won't replace a POD.

What you opt for depends on whether you just need the FX, or want to control a laptop/PC software emulator, either onstage on in the studio.

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Re: Line6 m13 VERSUS IK Stompio

Postby Fizz » Fri May 16, 2008 11:02 am

Thanks for the reply man

The Stompio *can* be used alone - it doesn't need to be connected to a computer. It has amplitube etc embedded within the unit itself. It can be connected to your computer for e.g. editing etc, but can also be used alone for live performance. See link:
http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/24/iks-stompio-the-software-amp-without-all-the-software-dependen/

With that established, the two can be directly compared, because both are usable as standalone units ... on that criterion, any ideas on which is better, and why?

There aren'y really any detailed reviews out yet ... hint hint, wink wink, nod nod, SOS please review these units so we can see a detailed test
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Re: Line6 m13 VERSUS IK Stompio

Postby Hewesy » Fri May 16, 2008 12:04 pm

Ah, the review I read seemed to indicate it needed a PC, must have been the way the diagram was laid out.

Basically though, the difference is the Line6 has no amp sims, nor is it intended to. It's just FX, to add to an amp or recording rig.

The Stompio is designed to take care of everything after the guitar, so it does include all the Amplitube modelling amps etc.

So, as above, they can't be directly compared as they each offer somtehing different. What you go for depends if you need amp sims or just some serious FX power (I really like the look of the Line6 unit).

Any ideas on price of these two yet?

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Re: Line6 m13 VERSUS IK Stompio

Postby ASDSorin » Fri May 16, 2008 1:20 pm

The StompIO definitely NEEDS a computer for processing audio. It's just an advanced controller / audio interface. There's no embedded plugin and no standalone operation.
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Re: Line6 m13 VERSUS IK Stompio

Postby Fizz » Fri May 16, 2008 9:21 pm


Sorry, guys you were both right first time... seems Stompio does need a computer. The Engadget review I was reading was wrong, which has been pointed out by more than one commenter on the same review page, lower down.

Sound like a really good product though ... the Guitar magazine review said it was head and shoulders above the hardware-only units, but I'll wait until SOS does a detailed review. The Line6 one does look really nice too - cool design. Would be a hassle hooking up a POD and M13 together though ... nice to have everything in one unit.
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