The first desktop POD featuring revolutionary HD modeling
PODÂ® HD represents a giant leap forward for amp modeling. It is the only desktop multi-effect to boast 16 state-of-the-... Read More
The first desktop POD featuring revolutionary HD modeling
PODÂ® HD represents a giant leap forward for amp modeling. It is the only desktop multi-effect to boast 16 state-of-the-art Line 6 HD amp models, 100+ modern and vintage-styled M-class effects, and a collection of essential digital and analog ins and outs. POD HD is the most up to date version of the original, time-tested lineage of Line 6 desktop direct-recording devices.
HD amp modeling: sound and feel like never before
HD amp models defy the accepted standard. They allow you to record with previously unachievable realism. Creating these new HD amp models was no small feat. Line 6 mixed 15 years of amp modeling experience with 2 years of new research and development to build an entirely new amp modeling technology from the ground up. During that time, they hunted down 16 incredible amplifiers and â with the help of some of LA's top tube amp experts â restored each one back to peak condition. The new modeling technology uses 10 times more amplifier information than before, including single-ended class A tube stages, class AB push/pull interactions, power supply behavior, and more. The result is exceptional warmth, feel, sustain, and articulation for your recordings.
Tube amp fanatics have long enthused that their favorite stacks and combos aren't merely "amps" but instruments themselves, with playability equal to that of the guitar plugged into them. New HD modeling takes the POD HD experience to that same exalted level, capturing the genuine playability that great guitarists demand â with nothing to mic up or isolate. POD HD includes 16 HD amp models based on*:
â¢ FenderÂ® Twin ReverbÂ®
â¢ HiwattÂ® Custom 100 (DR103)
â¢ SuproÂ® S6616
â¢ GibsonÂ® EH-185
â¢ FenderÂ® BassmanÂ®
â¢ FenderÂ® Blackface Deluxe ReverbÂ®
â¢ Divided by 13 JRT 9/15
â¢ Dr. ZÂ® Route 66
â¢ VoxÂ® AC-15
â¢ VoxÂ® AC-30 (Top Boost)
â¢ MarshallÂ® JTM-45 MkII
â¢ Park 75
â¢ MarshallÂ® JCM-800 (2204)
â¢ BognerÂ® Uberschall
â¢ Mesa/BoogieÂ® Dual RectifierÂ®
â¢ ENGLÂ® Fireball 100
100+ M-class FX
Made famous by Line 6 M13â¢ and M9â¢ Stompbox Modelers, M-class FX have found their way into the hearts of many musicians. POD HD features a whopping 100+ M-class effects to craft your sound. With this wide tonal palette to play with, you can sound like anyone under the sun, or no one but you. Route up to 8 FX at once in any order and combination.
â¢ 19 delays (including cool tube and solid-state tape echoes)
â¢ 23 modulations (including both blackface-style opto and brownface bias-modulating tremolo, phasers, choruses and pitch effects)
â¢ 17 distortions (classic stompbox distortion, to vintage fuzz, to thick metal chunk)
â¢ 26 filters (including wahs and several exclusive custom filters)
â¢ 12 compressors and EQs (including stomp comps and studio tube compression)
â¢ 12 reverbs (from surfy springs, to studio plates, to cutting-edge digital room sounds)
Unprecedented flexibilityâstunning simplicity
Beyond the mere depth of the amp and FX models, POD HD offers flexibility to mix and match amps, effects, cabs, mics and more in multiple pre-set rigs, attainable at the touch of a button.
The engineers behind POD HD made it easy to access its deep programmability. POD HD was designed by guitarists for guitarists. Plug in and record on the fly â spend time playing rather than programming. Edit and organize all your sounds via computer with the included editor/librarian software. (MacÂ®/PC)
POD HD connects to just about anything and everything in your studio with its stereo balanced outs, USB 2.0, S/PDIF out, 1/4-inch input and XLR input.
What you need â where you need it
POD HD goes on your left, on your right, or sits in your lap. The desktop design allows you to integrate it into your studio your way. Also, POD HD easily fits in your gig bag or back pack, making your studio as mobile as you are. The easy-to-read display and real knobs assure you of complete control in the fastest possible time. No pointing and clicking, no stopping what youâre doing to walk to a rack of gear.
Version 1.3 Firmware update now available!
Power-boost your PODÂ® HD multi-effect with an additional six HD amp models and five amp parameters â all for free in firmware update v1.3.
To get v1.3 just connect your POD HD via USB to your computer, run Line 6 Monkeyâ¢ Intelligent Updater and follow the instructions.
Firmware update v1.3 includes six HD amp models based on* channels from three classic American combos (the âVibratoâ channel of a FenderÂ® Deluxe ReverbÂ®, the âVibratoâ channel of a FenderÂ® Twin ReverbÂ® and the âBrightâ channel of a FenderÂ® BassmanÂ®), two British half stacks (the âNormalâ channel of a Park 75 and the âNormalâ channel of a MarshallÂ® JTM-45 MkII) and a high-gain Line 6 original.
Five additional, fully adjustable amp parameters don each new HD amp model (and will be added to the HD amp models you already have). Further customize essential aspects of tube amp feel and behavior with Sag, Hum, Bias, Bias Excursion and Master Volume.
Meet the new HD amp models:
Blackface âLux VIB
The âVibratoâ channel rounds out the HD model based on* the classic combo thatâs considered by many to be the ultimate studio amp: FenderÂ® Deluxe ReverbÂ®.
Blackface Double VIB
FenderÂ® Twin ReverbÂ® is an all-time classic of biting twang and shimmering clean tones. This model is based on* a FenderÂ® Twin ReverbÂ® âVibratoâ channel, which is a separate preamp circuit with clipping characteristics that are different than the âNormalâ channel due to an additional 12AX7 tube stage.
Tweed B-Man BRT
Based on* a FenderÂ® BassmanÂ®, the amp that started it all â instant rock and roll tone. This model is based on the ampâs âBrightâ channel, which provides a different voicing from the âNormalâ channel by utilizing the second half of the first preamp tube. (The âNormalâ channel uses the first half only). High frequencies are increased due to the addition of a bright cap across the volume knob.
Brit J-45 NRM
This model is based on* a MarshallÂ® JTM-45 MkII, which marked the beginning of the distinctively bright and crunchy sound that Marshall amps are known for. The âNormalâ channel is adept at big, bold clean tones.
Brit P-75 NRM
Based on* the âNormalâ channel of a Park 75, a Jim Marshall-designed amp that enjoys cult status for its powerful Plexi-style tones. The âNormalâ channel delivers a slightly darker tone than the âBrightâ channel, a model of which already appears in POD HD.
Line 6 Elektrik
A face-melting, soul-weeping Line 6 original with high-gain capacity, interactive presence and mid-range controls. Careful, this might hurt a littleâ¦
*All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6âs sound model development. Fender, Bassman, Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Hiwatt is a registered trademark of Fernandes Company Ltd. Supro is a registered trademark of Zinky Electronics, LLC. Gibson is a registered trademark of Gibson Guitar Corp. Dr. Z is a registered trademark of Dr. Z Amps, Inc. Vox is a registered trademark of Vox R&D Limited. Marshall is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc. Bogner is a registered trademark of Bogner Amplification. Mesa/Boogie and Rectifier are registered trademarks of Mesa/Boogie Ltd. Engl is a registered trademark of Ausflug, Beate and Engl, Edmund.
Note: Effect downloads may require purchase of additional software to operate.
Reviewed by 5 customers
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I've bought and traded in just about every multiple-effects unit, effects amp, and individual pedal. But I'm not a performing musician so who am I kidding? I spend most of my time playing at the kitchen counter in front of my computer. Now I plug into this unit... run it into GarageBand on an iPad, and run the output into a compact Roland acoustic amp. Perfect for making songs that you can then export for iTunes! Don't forget to connect the POD to your computer... as another reviewer mentioned, while the POD interface is ok for selecting presets or making slight changes, the bulk of your creating and editing presets, adjusting, tweaking, etc is best done using the visual display of the PODHD Edit software. And unlike the Fender Fuse stuff, transferring settings back and forth from the computer is almost instantaneous. The 4 stars is because the Line6 website only has a fraction of user created presets for the POD HD Desktop as compared to the POD HD500 (the presets aren't compatible). One work-around is to use the POD HD500 software to view its presets in one window.. and then recreate the settings manually with the POD HD software in another window. Actually it's kinda fun and a great way to learn how to use the software!
Short and sweet, Im only writing this because I think people should know when a product is actually worth there time and money. I have worked for years in a couple of different music stores and have owned and played threw many types of guitars and amps. Im particular to higher end Les Pauls, Tele's, Marshall's, Fenders, and lately Blackstar amps. This POD is AMAZING for anyone with a DAW, especially if you download the Editor/librarian witch is awesome as well. It's very easy to use, the tones are clean and chimey, gritty, boogie deep, Its all there. Very Happy, Very Impressed!!!
Since so many have been complaining about the interface on the new black bean, I thought I'd try & clear the air. These people are not using this unit the way it was intended, it's that simple. The POD HDs were designed to be used in conjunction with computers. Not necessarily every time, all the time, but expect to spend a good amount of time with this thing connected to your computer, especially in the beginning. This is so crucial in discovering the amps, cabs, effects, & all the configurations. It's too confusing & intimidating for a new user trying to only use the POD's little interface all by itself. It can be done but you're only torturing yourself. I initially wanted to give the black bean 4 stars because of this but after I connected it to my PC, I realized there's no realistic way they could've implemented the same ease of functionality of "HD Edit" program you install on your computer onto the actual POD itself. So, having said that, man this thing sounds great. I suspect those that disagree only have their guitar(s), and/or inexperience blame. Please, get some years under your belt & plug an American guitar into this thing & then submit a review. I've owned the original 2.0 red bean for over 10 years & I'm no stranger to tube amps & modeling amps, Line6 or otherwise. I'll say this, if you want a Dual Rectifier, go buy one. If you want a AC-30, go buy one, etc, etc. This thing comes so close I personally just don't even care. I love authentic, realistic tube tone & all the nuances that come from it & the POD HD nails it for me. If you're a tube purist, tell me....why you're buying amp modeling software then? It doesn't make sense. Bottom line, the HD modeling software blows away everything Line6 has ever done thus far, not to mention every other attempt at amp modeling by their competitors. I'm enjoying the hell out of it & I'm not one for out-of-this-world sounds and tons of effects. The amp models just by themselves are fantastic! I have utilized many of the effects though & I'm honestly impressed by their quality, depth, and range. So, if you're anything like me, you'll probably love this thing. Just be sure & give it the benefit of the doubt & reserve your judgement until you've had ample time to grasp what it can really do.
I purchased a POD2.0 and fell in love with it. Having played guitar on stage and in the studio for 35ish years, I truly wish I had that little red bean back then! The POD HD came out about a month after I bought the POD2.0...and, of course, I ran right out and bought the HD. There are a few things that I dislike about the HD. But, before I get into those, I must say that I truly love the sensitivity and expressiveness. Okay, here are the bad points (not in any particular order): The preset sounds, with the exception of very few are totally worthless/gimmicky types of sounds; And, forget about dialing in a tone in a hurry. The 2.0 facilitated the musician in it's ease of use, the HD is a little more complex (which I suppose might be a good thing if you aren't on stage after having a couple of beers). The view screen, oi, the view screen...well, it goes beyond bad and into the horrible range. To begin with, the little icons and knob visuals are a little tough to read and discern when you are sqare on the display. Move a few degrees off of the display and it disapears. Example: I have my HD on my desk next to my PC monitor. I cannot see the screen from that vantage point. I had to build a little stand to raise up the back end so that I could see the screen again without pulling the hunchback routine. Speaking of view screen,that leads me to shoddy build quality. There are light leaks through the metal casing around the view screen that are brighter than the screen itself. Okay, I said it, I feel better now. Consider testing it out well before taking one home. I wish I had.
Ive owned an,original POD2.0 and Floorboard fell in love with that the 1st Day.Then they came out w the dual amps so I purchased the,X3Live and was floored at the new sounds and i/o options.Now I got the POD HD Desktop and,I`m totally blown away by the touch response and Real Amp feel..I do Love this New one.It takes my new songs to another level.I Record my music thru Sonoma Wire Works Riff World under the name MACDADDY1..I play guitar,bass,keys,vocals,Thru this and a lot of people luv the results that I get..Line6 is gonna have a lot of New customers.3 of my buds already got the 500!I know when i turn this puppy on i`m going to get a Great tone in seconds..Rock solid build reliable and ton`z of fantastic factory presets to get you started very quickly.Ive played 100`s of shows in my cover bands over the years w the POD2.0 and the X3live..and Always comped on my sound at every show by guitarists alike..This is The Bomb..I`m a Line6 Junkie 4 ever!!and bought all my Line6 thru Guitar Center Cherry Hill N.J.Location w the super friendly and knowledgeable Mr Vince White...I`m Stoked every time i go to Guitar Center..I Could not ask 4 better service or price any where..Line6 at Guitar Center,Its a Win Win Baby....