What Guitar Distortions Does Noel Gallagher & BRMC Use on the M13 Line 6?

Updated July 20, 2017

The M13 Stompbox Modeler is Line 6's flagship guitar effects device. By digitally modelling guitar distortions and vintage and modern effects, this single unit can replicate many guitar sounds. Many guitarists, such as Oasis's Noel Gallagher and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Peter Hayes feature signature guitar sounds that can be replicated with the M13.

Noel Gallagher's Effects

Establishing themselves in the 1990s, Oasis featured layered guitars and sounds that hearkened back to British rock of the 1960s. To achieve these sounds, Gallagher relied on a simple set-up of a Gibson semi-hollow guitar plugged into a Roland space echo, or Boss DD-3 delay, an Ibanez TS9 tubescreamer, a Hughes and Kettner Rotosphere rotating speaker emulator, a Vox wah wah pedal and a variety of British tube amps from Marshall, Vox or Orange.

Noel Gallagher M13 Settings

The M13 provides emulations of many of these effects, including digital delays, Ibanez tubescreamer, rotating speaker emulations, vintage Vox wahs and distortion sounds from Marshall, Vox and Orange. Suggested amplifier models and distortions in the M13 include the Screamer, Colordrive, Line 6 Drive and Overdrive. These distortions should be set with enough gain to break the signal up, but not so much distortion that it smears the notes. Effects should include the Tape Echo, Digital Delay, Wah and Panner models.

Peter Hayes' Effects

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) features Peter Hayes' guitar work and effects to create wide soundscapes. BRMC's first album was famously recorded with minimal gear, using only a Gibson semi-hollow guitar connected to an Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer, plugged directly into a recorder. Hayes' modern effects set-up includes a variety of vintage tube Fender amplifiers, TS9 tubescreamer, Klon overdrive, Ernie Ball volume pedal and Tone Wave Tech's Apollo digital volume controller.

Peter Hayes M13 Settings

Loud volume and tube amp break-up are key to BRMC's guitar sound. Using the M13 distortion models, Screamer, Colordrive, Line 6 Drive and Overdrive can generate similar sounds. Peter Hayes sets his boosts and distortions to be controlled by a volume pedal to achieve a variety of distortion levels with his amplifiers. The M13 can be configured to be controlled by an external expression pedal for similar results.

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Larry Rivers has contributed his recording and audio production expertise to Nashville and Los Angeles alt-weeklies as well as industry magazines since 2008. He is a music recording expert, holding a Bachelor of Science in audio production and bringing over 12 years of album production and live sound engineering to his how-to articles.