Digitech Live 5 Multieffects Review

Live 5

The front panel

Let's start this review with the analysis of the front panel.

The display and the buttons for some functions

In the image above we can see the display, and also some buttons. The number on the left, 1 in this case, is the selected preset. The letter close to the number shows the active option. The Live 5 allows the creation of two possible options for the patch (A and B). At the center there is the name of the preset. During the editing this area shows the name of the parameter and the value. Obviously, according to the selected function, the display will show other important elements.
As regards the available buttons we have that for the stereo mode, the Phantom Power ON/OFF for the use of a condenser microphone, the choice of the preset, the A/B option, the storage of a new patch, the parameters menu, the reference key for the harmonies, the choice of the scale (major or minor), and the ON/OFF of the musIQ function.

The centre section with the matrix

Well, in the centre section we can see, on the right, the three knobs for the main levels. Here the user can adjust, separately, the volume of voice, guitar and harmony. At the center there is a matrix. It provides the most important information about the active patch, like for example the available parameters. The buttons on the left side show the active effects of the current preset. The parameters can be modified with the 5 knobs above the matrix.

The switches for the activation of various functions

Here there are the footswitches for the activation of the effects section, the Harmony, the two available parts for each patch (A and B), and for the selection of the preset.


Now we will see the list of the Live 5 effects, and, in addition, the available parameters.

  • Preamp
  • Type, Gain, De-esser, Band Resonance, Band Center.

  • Comp/Gate
  • Type, Ratio, Threshold, Attack/Release, Noise Gate.

  • Eq
  • Low cut, Bass, Mid (Gain and Frequency), Treble.

  • Pitch Correct
  • Type, Key, Window, Rate, Amount.

  • Lead
  • Persona, Amount, Mod.

  • Harmony
  • Voicing, Balance, Variation, Styles (voices and amount).

  • Reverb
  • Type, Level, Tone, Pre-Delay, Decay Adjust.

  • Delay
  • Type, Level, Damping, Time, Feedback.

  • Guitar Mix
  • Reverb Level, Mod (Type, Amount, Speed, Feedback).

The diagram of the signal flow

The rear panel

All the available connections

The level for the mic and for the Line In is common, unfortunately. As regards the guitar we have a dedicated high-impedance jack and Guitar Thru. It is useful to send the signal directly to an amp, a mixer or a recorder. In addition we can see 4 outputs (two XLR and two 1/4"), the jack for the headphones, and that for an expression pedal.

Too much expensive

The Live 5 price, about 340 euros, is, in my opinion, a bit excessive. It is a value product, this is sure, and features some very interesting functions, but today the market offers some devices with the same characteristics at a lower cost. Anyhow, a good multi-effects for the voice.

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