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Line6 M5 “Dedicated Scene Select Footswitch” Modification

I’ll post this information because I had a hell of a time finding information for this mod. JHV3 offers it as the Line6 M5 “Dedicated Scene Select Footswitch” Modification. This allows the M5 user to use only one switch to toggle the preset scroll screen, rather than having to aim for (and usually miss) hitting both footswitches. Much better for live use. I figured I’d try to do it myself. This mod will also presumably work for the Line6 M9.

With help from this tutorial on replacing the M13 stock switches (something that I’ll do to the M5s eventually) I managed to do this mod myself. And it was quite simple once I figured out where to position the new switch!

List of parts:

Switch (x1): Smallbear 110-PM-OFF Momentary, Normally Open
Silicon Diodes (x2) (doesn’t really matter what type)
Hookup wire
Lead free solder
Zip tie
Hot glue

1) Take the bottom off the M5, which is a bit tricky. After removing the four screws on the bottom and the MIDI port screw, you need to push from the side opposite the MIDI ports, this will dislodge the bottom panel so that it can be easily pried up and removed.

2) Remove all the nuts from the jacks. This will allow you to remove the main PCB. Make sure to disconnect the ribbon connector that connects this board to the upper board. Mine had hot glue holding it together. This was easily dealt with by using a utility knife to slice the glue near the connector joint.

3) Remove the knobs from the topside of the unit using a slot head screwdriver to gently pry them up. Unscrew all the silver screws with lockwashers that connect the second PCB to the standoffs inside the unit. Disconnect the quickconnect that connects this board to the footswitch board.

4) The switch is best positioned along the center line created by existing the right hand (tuner) footswitch, midway between the Line6 logo and the M5 logo. This is one of the only spots with enough clearance inside for the switch. Drill a 1/2 inch hole using a step bit or gradually increasing in standard bit sizes (don’t just dive in with a big bit, it’s metal, and it won’t be pretty if you do). Like this:


5) Connections: connect wires to the underside of the footswitch PCB. I cut the wires about 6 inches long. These connect to the tactile switches that are triggered by the existing footswitches. Like this:



There are four connections on each tactile switch. You just connect to two of them. Looking down on the open unit with the footswitches closest to you connect one wire (blue) to the upper left and another (orange) lower right of the right hand switch and the upper right (blue) and lower left (orange) of the left hand switch. Like this:


You may have to clear away some hot glue so as not to dirty up your soldering iron. Once connected, I used a little more hot glue over the connections, just for redundancy.

6) Connect to the switch.

On the ends of each the blue wires solder the anode side of a silicon diode (the end without the black marking if using similar diodes to those pictured).

I used heat shrink to cover the connections (the blue wires should not connect together except at the cathode end of the diodes), in this photo I left the heatshrink off just for reference. Connect the cathode ends of the diodes together and then connect these to one side of the switch. Twist the ends of the orange wires together and connect these to the other side of the switch. Like this:


In the finished job, I also put more heatshrink over the connections to the switch terminals. I placed a zip tie around all four wires about halfway between the new switch and the footswitch PCB.

7) Put it all back together! Install the switch with its body parallel to the logos (there are two standoffs there, I oriented mine with the switch terminals pointed toward the screen). Note: the switch comes with two nuts, make sure that you only use one nut on the top side of the unit and no nut on the inside, otherwise there wont’ be enough clearance between the switch body and the PCB. Install the various PCBs and make sure the quick connector and ribbon connector are secure. I applied more hot glue to the areas that I had sliced to disconnect the ribbon connector.

That’s it! Now you can switch to the preset scrolling screen by tapping the switch, select your preset, tap it again! So much easier than trying to aim for two footswitches.

Ready to Rawk

Opening for Glass Tiger, Western Fair, London, ON Sept. 12, 2014
Crybaby Wah (modded)>Boss CS2 Compressor>TC Polytune Mini>Line6 M5>Fulltone Plimsoul>Ibanez TS9DX>CAE Boost>Line6 M5>Boss DD3 Delay>TC Ditto Looper. Plus, an expression switch for the two M5s.

The very singular custom of voting

It’s that time again; a time in which it’s worth reflecting on the practice of voting itself.

1. Please see section 53 of the Ontario Elections Act which specifies the method for declining a ballot (essentially saying “none of the above”). The more citizens that do this, the more it sends the message that the whole system needs an overhaul.

2. I submit Alain Badiou’s thoughts for your assessment.

Badiou, Alain. 2002. “Philosophical considerations of the very singular custom of voting: an analysis based on recent ballots in France.” Theory and Event 6:3.

Says Badiou:

The only reasonable conclusion is that when decisive political transformations are at stake in a country putting them to a vote will ensure that nothing happens because they will have been submitted to the principle of the homogeneous. And it is interesting to note that, in general, a partial but large mass of opinion, whether it be “democratic” (in defence of free existential comforts) or directly bourgeois (in defence of property rights and earnings), serves to guarantee, on the street, the principle in question. That is, it guarantees our continuing just like before.


Paradoxes of the vote

This thinking oneself heroic when in reality one is simply conservative furnishes us with a good introduction to examination of the paradoxes of the vote. For example:

1. That the vote is a free formalism, indeed, some say, the formalism of political liberty itself, yet it is also obligatory. It is,as one knows, juridically obligatory in a number of countries. But as we witnessed this time in the violent diatribes against abstention for many it is also subjectively, or morally obligatory. (That is, let it be said in passing, for any intellectuals and students, but not so much for the essential people. For they abstained in still greater numbers in the June legislative elections. Little by little, “democracy” is taking the turn of a minority ritual).

2. That there is equality of number, such is the law of suffrage. Yet, as we have said, the decisive places are coded according to norms which transcend numbers.

3. That there is a flagrant asymmetry between “yes” and “no”. The consequence of a “no” is elimination and it is effective. On the contrary, what is played out with a “yes” could not be more elusive. What commitments are elected members held to? Nothing of worth, in any case, which holds even more today as the notion of “program” had been practically discredited. Thus, for the voter there is, a real of the negative sanction, but no real foreseeable effect of success — except that of the conservation of the principal parameters of existence. At least, that is, of those ones over which elected representatives exercise some authority. Such is the secret of lukewarm politics: the only way to stay in power is to do nothing.


The reason for the paradoxes of the vote are well known: its technical rationality means the result is gotten from a pure count, which authorises the infinite attentions of sociologists and political scientists — as concerned with numerical details and variations as the specialists of climactic history — and works to cover over massive irrationality. For why would number have political virtue? Why would the majority, modifiable at will thanks to the ruse of infinite modes of balloting, be endowed with the attributes of a norm? Such approximations are simply not tolerated in other domains where human thought is at stake. Great scientific creators and innovative artists have been right contrary to dominant opinion. Even violent amorous passions affirm themselves against mediocre social judgement. Is politics, and it alone, to be condemned to the conservatism of numerical means? Everything indicates that this is not the case. Since each time a capital political decision is to be taken, by everyone in their own name, the partisans of the just and the true are initially entirely in the minority, indeed, electorally insignificant. The résistants of the 1940’s, those of the 1950’s opposed to the sordid colonial wars, the “leftists” of the 60’s and 70’s: all of them were absolutely in the minority just as are those who today see imperialistic ambitions and the spirit of servitude hide beneath the mask of “humanitarian interventions”, or the “war against terrorism”. And, basically, everyone knows that number, the majority, won as it is from blind lists upon leaving the ballot box, has no real meaning.


Rousseau knew it well: “Individual will by nature tends to preferences, and the general will to equality”. The manifestation of the return of a general will, were it on a single point, will necessitate sacrificing preferences. This is where philosophy can help. Since, in its most general inspiration it teaches us that the universality of truth is preferable to mere preferences. And it is then that one is fortunate–beyond the market.

Read the whole thing here.

Doctorow’s book Little Brother challenged in Florida high school

This is ridiculous. The only hope is it broadens awareness of the conversation about state/corporate surveillance and civil liberties.

The students at Booker T Washington High in Pensacola, Florida were to be assigned Little Brother for their summer One School/One Book read. At the last instant — and over the objections of the head of the English department and the chief librarian — the principal reversed the previous approval and seems to have cancelled the One School/One Book program outright.

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