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POD HD500 represents a giant leap forward for amp modeling. It is the only multi-effect pedal that boasts 16 brand-new, state-of-the-art Line 6 HD amp models, 100+ modern and vintage-styled M-class effects, and a comprehensive digital and analog I/O.

HD amp modeling: sound and feel like never before
HD amp models defy the accepted standard. They feel, behave, and interact with previously unachievable realism.

Creating these new HD amp models was no small feat. Line 6 mixed 15 years of amp modeling experience with 3 years of new research and development to build an entirely new amp modeling technology from the ground up. During that time, we hunted down 16 incredible amplifiers and”with the help of LA's top tube amp experts”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 a high-quality warmth, feel, sustain, and articulation for you to fall in love with.

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.

Your amp collection”now in HD
On the POD HD500's menu is a collection of freshly modeled amps, many of which are brand-new to POD, and all of which are essential for performing guitarists who require a wide variety of tones in one streamlined, multi-FX-sized package.

POD HD500 includes 16 HD amp models based on:
¢Fender Twin Reverb
¢Hiwatt Custom 100 (DR103)
¢Supro S6616
¢Gibson EH-185
¢Fender Bassman
¢Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb
¢Divided by 13 JRT 9/15
¢Dr. Z Route 66
¢Vox AC-15
¢Vox AC-30 (Top Boost)
¢Marshall J-45 MkII
¢Park 75
¢Marshall JCM-800 (2204)
¢Bogner Uberschall
¢Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier
¢ENGL Fireball 100

100+ M-class FX
Made famous by Line 6 M13 and M9 Stompbox Modelers, M-class FX have found their way into the hearts of many musicians. POD HD500 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. You can also use up to 8 FX at once.

¢19 delays (including cool tube and solid-state tape echoes)
¢23 modulations (including both blackface-style opto and brownface bias-modulating tremolo, phasers, choruses, and rotary speakers)
¢17 distortions (classic stompbox distortion, to vintage fuzz, to thick metal chunk)
¢12 compressors and EQs (including stomp comps and studio tube compression)
¢26 filters (including wahs and several exclusive custom filters)
¢12 reverbs (from surfy springs, to studio plates, to cutting-edge digital room sounds)

The power of this collection is truly mind-boggling. In addition to these classic sounds themselves, POD HD500 functions as a fully featured looping, pitch shifting, and harmonizing machine. Ready to start creating? This rig could keep you going for a lifetime.

Unprecedented flexibility”stunning simplicity
Beyond the mere depth of the amp and FX models, POD HD500 offers flexibility to mix and match amps and pedals in multiple pre-set rigs, attainable at the stomp of a switch.

Scale from an instantly routable signal chain up to the flexibility of a MIDI switching system and beyond, (even compiling several rigs within the POD HD500's memory, storing a full rig per "slot" with total flexibility and direct access).

The engineer's behind POD HD500 made it easy to access its deep programmability. Smart FX make it a snap to quickly dial in your tone, and the free, easy-to-use editor/librarian software supports your deepest, darkest tonal explorations. POD HD500 was designed by guitarists for guitarists.

Comprehensive connectivity for live and studio use
Put simply, POD HD500 connects to just about anything and everything”analog or digital, balanced or unbalanced, for amplification or recording.

A snapshot of the back panel shows 1/4" and XLR outputs (mono/stereo), USB, MIDI in and out/thru, S/PDIF out, FX loop (mono/stereo), guitar, and mic aux ins with mic level, Variax connection, expression pedal input and a L6 LINK jack for seamless integration with Line 6 DT50 tube amplifiers.

Edit and organize and all your sounds via computer with the included editor/librarian software (works on Mac and PC).

Built like a tank
POD HD500's cutting-edge technology is kept safe within a "bulletproof" bent sheet metal housing with heavy-duty metal footswitches and expression pedal. No injection-molded plastic boxes here”POD HD500 is ready to lap up years of road and stage abuse and keep you playing.

Version 1.3 Firmware update now available!
Power-boost your POD HD multi-effect with an additional six HD amp models and five amp parameters “ 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 Monkey Intelligent Updater and follow the instructions.

Firmware update v1.3 includes six HD amp models based on* channels from three classic American combos (the œVibrato channel of a Fender Deluxe Reverb, the œVibrato channel of a Fender Twin Reverb and the œBright channel of a Fender Bassman), two British half stacks (the œNormal channel of a Park 75 and the œNormal channel of a Marshall 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 ˜Lux VIB
The œVibrato channel rounds out the HD model based on* the classic combo that' considered by many to be the ultimate studio amp: Fender Deluxe Reverb.

Blackface Double VIB
Fender Twin Reverb is an all-time classic of biting twang and shimmering clean tones. This model is based on* a Fender Twin Reverb œVibrato channel, which is a separate preamp circuit with clipping characteristics that are different than the œNormal channel due to an additional 12AX7 tube stage.

Tweed B-Man BRT
Based on* a Fender Bassman, the amp that started it all “ instant rock and roll tone. This model is based on the amp' œBright channel, which provides a different voicing from the œNormal channel by utilizing the second half of the first preamp tube. (The œNormal 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 Marshall JTM-45 MkII, which marked the beginning of the distinctively bright and crunchy sound that Marshall amps are known for. The œNormal channel is adept at big, bold clean tones.

Brit P-75 NRM
Based on* the œNormal channel of a Park 75, a Jim Marshall-designed amp that enjoys cult status for its powerful Plexi-style tones. The œNormal channel delivers a slightly darker tone than the œBright 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 little¦

*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 6' 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.

Features
  • HD amp models that feel, behave, and interact with previously unachievable realism for an entirely new playing experience
  • 16 HD amp models based on the most sought-after guitar tones: California cleans, classic crunch, vibey boutique warmth, modern high-gain, and more
  • 100+ effects including delays, modulations, distortions, compressors, EQs, filters, and reverbs; Up to 8 simultaneous FX; Tap tempo
  • 512 user-writable preset locations
  • 48-second looper with dedicated footswitches for Undo, Play Once, Pre/Post, Rec/Overdub, Play/Stop, Half Speed, and Reverse
  • Built-in tuner with signal mute
  • 1/4" and XLR outputs (mono/stereo); MIDI in, out/thru; S/PDIF out; USB; L6 LINK; FX loop (mono/stereo); 1/4" aux in; XLR mic in with mic level; 1/4" headphone output; Variax VDI connection; External expression pedal input
  • Free editor/librarian software
  • Bent sheet metal chassis, metal footswitches and expression pedal
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Line 6POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
 
4.6

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Finally

The new POD HD series has finally achieved an authentic amp sound and feel in a floorboard unit. Most commendable is how the built-in effects behave and interact like real pedals in front of...Read complete review

The new POD HD series has finally achieved an authentic amp sound and feel in a floorboard unit. Most commendable is how the built-in effects behave and interact like real pedals in front of an amp, providing the right amount of boost, etc., and how different guitars (strats/les pauls) sound authentic with each model. Prior to purchasing the HD500, i had bought the HD300 and used it live for a week with spectacular results. The 500 took longer to get the hang of, with a more versatile (and thus more complicated) interface, but the payoff is that I can run both my acoustic and electric guitars through it using the AUX input, and have amazing sounding patches for both instruments, sending stereo XLR outputs to the band's PA system. Up till now I would need a whole separate setup for the acoustic guitar (preamp/tuner/compressor) with its own power supply etc. After using a POD xtLive for two years on cover gigs, and real amps and effects for showcase situations, the dramatic improvements in modeling quality in the HD units is extremely rewarding. Favorites are the very meaty-sounding Dr. Z Route 66, the Divided by 13 with its dual blended gain knobs, and the wonderfully jangly/crunchy AC30 models. I'm not a big fan of spending lots of time tweaking tones, and it will most likely take me a few more weeks to dial in more tones for some Zeppelin-y Marshall, Park & Supro sounds. But, I just can't say enough about the overall quality and feel of the sound direct through the PA and monitors. Highly recommended for gigging guitarists!

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It Depends

My review is strictly concerning using this for studio recording. I have used pods in the past and always found them lacking for recording. I bought a line 6 HD and spent a lot...Read complete review

My review is strictly concerning using this for studio recording. I have used pods in the past and always found them lacking for recording. I bought a line 6 HD and spent a lot of time tweaking the settings as the presets are pretty marginal. The sounds I was going for were generally the Fender amps where I could get a good clean/crunch sound. I didn�ۡ���t spend hardly any time with the effects; instead I just want to get really good amplifier and cabinet combinations for direct recording. The HD series is definitely a step in the right direction but it still has some pluses and minuses, which depending on how you use it is very important or not at all. Pros: 1. That high end buzzzt that pods have always had is gone, no matter how much you boost the high end you no longer get that synthetic sounding buzz. I could get a nice clean Fender high end shimmer that was very believable. 2. The HD series does for the first time, give you a truly warm sound. In addition running it through a sonic maximizer really is the icing on the cake. Cons; 1. As big an improvement as line 6 has made in these two areas, there were still some drawbacks for what I was looking for. The midrange and the low end still have that semitransparent sound to it that really gives it away that it is still digital (almost like a Xerox copy with some of the toner missing if you can picture that). 2. The other drawback is that it seems like there is a slight delay (not the effect but the delay inherent in digital) that makes it slightly lag, this is very unsatisfying if you trying to play really tight and in the pocket, it also seems to have the effect of giving a recording less feeling. It almost gives you the feeling like someone is �ۡ��̏phoning in�ۡ�ݕ�_ the guitar part instead of playing it live. This is nothing new but unfortunately for this problem there doesn�ۡ���t seem to be any way around it, at least that I can figure. To me it seems that if you really want it to sound great in recording you need to go analog. I compared it side-by-side with a simple set up of two analog Tech 21 Sansamp amp simulators running through a real tube preamp, the analog set up was far superior to anything I could get on the line 6 HD. I have found using different combinations of Sansamp amp simulators in stereo with the tube amp and the sonic maximizer I can get an incredible variety of sounds that make your studio monitors sound like the actual amplifier you are trying to duplicate, and there is no delay issue. Obviously the product development people for line 6 have spent many years on re-creating some of the greatest amps, but I think there�ۡ���s a certain limit of what you can do if you go digital no matter how good you are at. If they had just taken all the knowledge they have accumulated over the years and made an analog device that uses real tubes no one could touch them.

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(52 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I"m keeping it.

By Whiskey Dick

from Portland, Or

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

So... I had been using pod farm for a few months (which is what turned me on to line 6) for home recording. I had owned a few Line 6 products before, but never was too fond of them. Pod farm got me going, once you get the hang of tweaking and editing your sounds...I recently decided to play out for the first time in years, and thought I'd give Line 6 a try (again) for live sound. Like any line 6 product it takes some tweaking-which is easy and fun, once you get going, but I have to say they really came through with the HD POD! Big improvements here in sound quality plus many great features... I bought it today, played with it for an hour, and I'm blown away. In short, I'm keeping it.

(44 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I've been searching for tones like this EVERYWHERE!!

By Josh Faz

from Garland, tx

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I started off using individual pedals. Which are great and gives awesome tone. But I sometimes found them inconvenient when ever I wanted to switch from my lead tone to my rhythm tone with all the delays set in and what not. Then I got the floor pod plus and had that for 2 years and opened my eyes to the awesomeness of floor processors. I bought the Line 6 X3 which I fell in love with! But unfortunately got stolen a few weeks ago. But now I have the HD500 and I could not be happier! It does so many things that the X3 could and couldn't do. And way better! The sound quality is so pure and rich. I'm running it through a Kustom Defender tube amp. 2 12's. And I have to say, HOLY COW!! The sounds are unending!! The sounds you can come up with with the stomp boxes and modulators are incredible. And the price is unbeatable. I will say this though, to figure everything out, you have to have a little patience. It takes a little getting used to. But its way worth it! I suggest everyone to buy it! Thanks so much Line 6! You guys are geniuses!

(44 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally

By Phil V

from Laguna Niguel CA

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

The new POD HD series has finally achieved an authentic amp sound and feel in a floorboard unit. Most commendable is how the built-in effects behave and interact like real pedals in front of an amp, providing the right amount of boost, etc., and how different guitars (strats/les pauls) sound authentic with each model. Prior to purchasing the HD500, i had bought the HD300 and used it live for a week with spectacular results. The 500 took longer to get the hang of, with a more versatile (and thus more complicated) interface, but the payoff is that I can run both my acoustic and electric guitars through it using the AUX input, and have amazing sounding patches for both instruments, sending stereo XLR outputs to the band's PA system. Up till now I would need a whole separate setup for the acoustic guitar (preamp/tuner/compressor) with its own power supply etc. After using a POD xtLive for two years on cover gigs, and real amps and effects for showcase situations, the dramatic improvements in modeling quality in the HD units is extremely rewarding. Favorites are the very meaty-sounding Dr. Z Route 66, the Divided by 13 with its dual blended gain knobs, and the wonderfully jangly/crunchy AC30 models. I'm not a big fan of spending lots of time tweaking tones, and it will most likely take me a few more weeks to dial in more tones for some Zeppelin-y Marshall, Park & Supro sounds. But, I just can't say enough about the overall quality and feel of the sound direct through the PA and monitors. Highly recommended for gigging guitarists!

(36 of 51 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It Depends

By Robert Kalberer

from Boulder, CO

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

My review is strictly concerning using this for studio recording. I have used pods in the past and always found them lacking for recording. I bought a line 6 HD and spent a lot of time tweaking the settings as the presets are pretty marginal. The sounds I was going for were generally the Fender amps where I could get a good clean/crunch sound. I didn�ۡ���t spend hardly any time with the effects; instead I just want to get really good amplifier and cabinet combinations for direct recording. The HD series is definitely a step in the right direction but it still has some pluses and minuses, which depending on how you use it is very important or not at all. Pros: 1. That high end buzzzt that pods have always had is gone, no matter how much you boost the high end you no longer get that synthetic sounding buzz. I could get a nice clean Fender high end shimmer that was very believable. 2. The HD series does for the first time, give you a truly warm sound. In addition running it through a sonic maximizer really is the icing on the cake. Cons; 1. As big an improvement as line 6 has made in these two areas, there were still some drawbacks for what I was looking for. The midrange and the low end still have that semitransparent sound to it that really gives it away that it is still digital (almost like a Xerox copy with some of the toner missing if you can picture that). 2. The other drawback is that it seems like there is a slight delay (not the effect but the delay inherent in digital) that makes it slightly lag, this is very unsatisfying if you trying to play really tight and in the pocket, it also seems to have the effect of giving a recording less feeling. It almost gives you the feeling like someone is �ۡ��̏phoning in�ۡ�ݕ�_ the guitar part instead of playing it live. This is nothing new but unfortunately for this problem there doesn�ۡ���t seem to be any way around it, at least that I can figure. To me it seems that if you really want it to sound great in recording you need to go analog. I compared it side-by-side with a simple set up of two analog Tech 21 Sansamp amp simulators running through a real tube preamp, the analog set up was far superior to anything I could get on the line 6 HD. I have found using different combinations of Sansamp amp simulators in stereo with the tube amp and the sonic maximizer I can get an incredible variety of sounds that make your studio monitors sound like the actual amplifier you are trying to duplicate, and there is no delay issue. Obviously the product development people for line 6 have spent many years on re-creating some of the greatest amps, but I think there�ۡ���s a certain limit of what you can do if you go digital no matter how good you are at. If they had just taken all the knowledge they have accumulated over the years and made an analog device that uses real tubes no one could touch them.

(32 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Putting the POD back on the map!

By @brianinaurora

from Aurora,IL

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

Let me start by saying that I have G.A.S (gear acquisition syndrome)! I have used pretty much everything and nothing I've tried can hold a candle to this. In the past I have never been happy with the tone of Line6 amp modeling. It has always fallen flat when compared to the real thing. Also there was always something missing in the feel when playing older PODs. That is not the case with this! I play primarily at church where we run everything direct and use in-ear monitors so running a full amp is out of the question. The best I have been able to come up with before buying this pedal was a pair of class A preamps going into a SansAmp, this sounded good but still was just not quite there. After several hours of tweaking on the HD500 I was able to create similar tones that had much more realism and depth than anything I could get previously. I had been considering the Axe-FX but am not currently in the position to drop $2000 then more for the foot controller. For my money this is hands down the way to go for situations where an amp isn't an option. The effects on this are also not too shabby! So far my favorite is being able to recreate the shimmer effect created by the Edge of U2 (using the Octo reverb on an expression pedal). The delays and other effects are right there too! The greatest thing for me is that everything is very configurable. You can assign any effects or multiple effects to any of the 8 footswitches on the front. This gives you a very stomp box feel which is awesome! You can also assign just about any parameter you would like to the expression pedal (which is switchable and really works like 2 expression pedals in 1). All in all this is a great product from a sound and configurability perspective. Only time will tell if it can hold up to the abuse of daily playing without breaking down. I have heard some bad things in the past about Line6 switches but let�ۡ���s hope they don't have that problem here. The only other complaint that I have is the software. The software to configure the effects is nice but is not extremely intuitive, neither is the documentation. It took me forever to figure out how to add a second amp to run dual amp tones (which so far doesn't seem to be worth the DSP cost, but still a cool option). Also if you don't synch with the unit often you run the risk of it accidentally overwriting your patch. I have had several times when a patch I was working on got wiped out and it was frustrating. After some play with it I think I have worked out a pretty good solution by just saving frequently to the HD500 while working on a patch. My last bit of advice on working with the patches is to not discount the Channel Level knob as a simple volume. It seems to my ear to work more like the "power amp" master volume. Several of my patches were sounding a bit thin and pre-ampy until I brought this knob up. It seemed to open the tone up and give it that nice amp sag feel. Hopefully this was helpful. Again this thing really seems to be great and I hope to get even more out of it over time!

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EVEN THE "REAL TUBE CONNOISSEURS " COULDN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE

By JAMA

from Nassau county New York

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I own and operate a small recording studio on Long Island in New York , and with a lot of the bands that come too record there are the true tube amp fanatics . These players insist on tubes or nothing . Being a small studio I only have a limited selection but it covers the gamut of musical styles that are being produced out of Long Island as of now . Until a few weeks ago I picked up the Line6 PODHD500 and was blown away at the truly realistic sounds I was able to program into this thing . My jaw dropped at the responsiveness it had to pick attack and volume control from the guitar the way the dirty to heavily distorted presets I was making cleaned up and felt as though I was playing every one of the amps modeled in this unit . Now here is the part you will really like I was set up to record for a band and had the guitarist unbeknown to him plugged into a Boss LS2 LINE SELECTOR which ran him into the PODHD500 set up going Direct to my A/D converters and then running through a Rocktron Pro Gap pre amp from the 80's into a Mosvalve stereo power amp into a custom built 2x12 cab but in the beginning of the chain I had also sent a dummy cable to a tube head that was left in standby mode not producing any sound . The cab and solid state amping system was set up in a closed vocal booth and was never bothered with by anyone just because they all thought that "WOW DUDE THIS HEAD SOUND AMAZING DID YOU HAVE IT RETUBED OR SOMETHING FROM THE LAST TIME WE USED IT ?" . My answer at the time of the question above was "YEAH SVETLANAS ALL THE WAY BRO" .After a quick mix down of the tracks and listen back everyone loved the sound . I even saw the guitarist rubbing the top of the tube head we just "used" and smiling and that's when I let that the truth be told and until they actually followed the cables while I sat and changed presets while playing through the amp they just used they couldn't believe their ears . The only draw backs to the unit I found was when you want to use more than one of the pitch effects with any multi effects set up there isn't enough memory to do what you want like in the Rocktron Prophesy that I own and use with this unit into the effects loop . and one other draw back is the "MANUAL " is a bunch of photo copied papers and if you drop them on the floor good luck trying to find the page you need through 3 inches of paper .On the good side plug the usb into your computer as long as it is running in 32bit mode and programming is a piece of cake .I hope you enjoyed the my experience with the PODHD500 and it helps you to go out and pick one up . the price is worth the money for the feature set if I was to buy another one it would be the 500 and not waste time with the 3 or 400 just simply on the effects you get the loop sampling and onboard foot control of the unit . Don't ever settle for the cheaper model you can wait a few more weeks and save up if it is the difference in price that holds you back because in the long run you will be either thanking your self or kicking yourself in the butt

(18 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Attack of the HD POD people

By joe cortes

from newport news, VA

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I read about this online and had to try it out, took a chance and bought it. I got the HD300. It has 80 fx which are less than the HD400 and HD500. But, it has all the same amp models as the others, 16 well chosen ones. Technological advances are evidenced in the tactile sense you get from playing with the new unit. I own a Spider Valve mkII head and the HD 300 beats it in feel and warmth. I equate the improvement in technology to the difference between Toy Story 1 to Toy Story 3. More detail, true to life, color enhanced ten fold. I have only scratched the surface of possibilities here. Connectivity is no problem here, think of it and you can do it. The FX are on par with any studio gear or darn close. And the depth of what an HD300 can do seems like i have the top of line one. I can't imagine what the others can do. I know there are people out there reluctant to try Modeling Amps or gear, for what ever reason, but if this is the course that guitar tone will be accessed, than open your minds to the viable option of modeling amp tones. It is real enough to make music and inspire you to achieve what ever creative thing is stirring within. I like this HD300 also for its footswitching options. It is different in its approach to banking up and down, getting to the 28 second looper is easier. And, when using it for it's stombox switching, the way the HD300 does it is worth checking out, if your not into balancing your foot precariously over the preset switches, you'll like this for that. It is made of steel and the displays are bright and easy to see. It's got some mass to it. If you really like to tweak sounds you will have a blast with it and i really believe the HD300 is the best most adaptable tool out there for live and studio work. You can't go wrong, i can't wait to get home and work on it some more.

(16 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Multi-FX You've Been Looking For

By Tig

from Clear Lake, TX

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

This is one multi-effects unit that actually lives up to all the hype. The new HD series has changed how good amp modeling and effects can sound, and even more importantly, feel. Think of the difference you saw going from your old CRT TV to flat screen 1080p HD, and you'll understand why Line 6 chose "HD" as the name. The tone quality, accuracy, and warmth simply can't be described. All the limitations of the past are now gone. You can finally get the touch sensitivity of a tube amp, as well as the same real world response that have been missing in amp modeling before. Every one of the amps sound just like it should, no exception, no "weak" models! With other amp modeling/multi-FX systems, every guitar you use tends to sound about the same. I've used my P-90, Strat, Tele, and magagony 2-humbucker guitars into the 500, and they each retain their character. So, take the M13's many FX boxes and add incredible amps, but WITHOUT adding to it's price, and you get the HD500. You can place the effects, amps (you can use two in parallel) and FX loop in any order. The flexibility is endless. Using the computer interface makes patch management and editing much easier than just the box. If you don't plan on using the computer, then you'll like the HD400 better, as it is easier to manage directly. POD X3 owners have been happy with their move to the HD's. This is one purchase that is a no-brainer!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm selling all the rest of my gear

By Henry

from hayward

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I've been playing guitar for years and I've owned allot of Digital and analog pedals. I was playing a gig and saw another guitar player form one of the other bands using the X3. I was surprised how good it sounded, and that he was just using the pedal to PA. I knew I wanted one, I looked up line6 web site and saw that they were coming out with the HD500 witch is the latest and greatest. I got it and I've been so happy. Learning how to use it is part of the fun. Every time I learn a new feature its like opening a new gift. I just sold some of my amps, and most of my affects. So far I like running the pedal trough studio monitors and mixer. I have yet to use it in a live show, but I'm really exited. My only greef is I wish they would've Included the second expression pedal built in. It would have made it really worth the extra 100dollars then the HD400. All my friends with there $2K Marshall full stacks are jealous. I never have to worry about blowing my tubes. ITs great for live shows, Recording, and practice. (even sounds great if you have a good set of headphones) Sorry my review is long but I can't say enough about the value you get. Sell all your pedals and this pedal will pay for it self.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

HD500 step forward and a step back

By George P

from Freeland, MI

Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I've had the HD 500 for a few weeks and have found things I love and hate. On the lvoe site, great digital delays and an outstanding and easy to use looper. On the weak side, the amp choices are really limiting. The X3-Live gave you great acoustic guitar sounds; the HD 500 does not have an acoustic amp on it. I have yet to find a setting for acoustic that works nearly as well as the X-3 live. If you are play electric with lots of effects and lead work, go with the HD 500. If you are a versatile player who plays acoustic and electric, look for another system.

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