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The POD HD500X is the ultimate tone palette, whether you want to re-create classics or go somewhere new with the ability to recall up to 512 totally different rigs-with changes to preamp type, power a... Read More

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The POD HD500X is the ultimate tone palette, whether you want to re-create classics or go somewhere new with the ability to recall up to 512 totally different rigs-with changes to preamp type, power amp configuration, guitar type, polyphonic alt-tuning, effects chain and more. And thanks to HD technology, POD HD500X provides the depth, character and touch nuance to inspire your creativity in the studio or on stage. So if you've never experienced the flagship of the POD family, now's the time to check out POD HD500X.

World-Class HD Amps
From vintage classics to modern powerhouses, each HD amp delivers incredible sonic depth, character and touch nuance to inspire your playing-and that's just the beginning. Customize the tone and dynamic response of each HD amp with an extensive set of deep parameters including Sag, Bias, Bias Excursion, Hum and more.

100+ Studio and Stomp Effects
POD HD500X gives you over 100 studio and boutique stomp effects, so you can take your sound in any direction. Emulate classic signal chains with distortions, delays, mods, filters, reverbs and more, or discover entirely new sounds by mixing and matching up to eight simultaneous effects. You also get pro-grade, assignable footswitches and a built-in, die-cast expression pedal to control your effects in real time.

More Processing Power, More Creativity
With unparalleled flexibility and more processing power than anything in its class, POD HD500X is built for tone creation. To start, POD features dynamic DSP, so you have the freedom to stack the effects you want wherever you want them. Compared to its predecessor, POD HD500X lets you add even more effects to your signal chain. You can also mix and match HD amps, cabinets, mics and effects in virtually endless combinations. With 512 presets, you've got plenty of options for recalling your tones.

Sculpt Sounds with Dual Signal Paths
Legendary guitar tones are often created with more than one signal path. POD HD500X lets you create these complex, rich tones without the setup headaches of traditional dual-amp rigs. You can route your guitar through two completely independent paths-each with its own HD amp and effects chain, of course-or process two signals at once using the 1/4" guitar, 1/4" auxiliary or XLR mic inputs. So whether you want to configure elaborate signal chains for more traditional stereo amp setups, or create unique soundscapes, you've picked the right tool.

Assignable Footswitches and Rugged Construction
With POD HD500X, you get professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings for at-a-glance operation. You can use them to enable or bypass amps and effects, or to select presets directly. If you want to get more creative, you can assign multiple amp and effects parameters to the expression pedal and morph between sounds-controlling up to 52 parameters in real time. The footswitches also control the built-in 48-second looper-an instrument unto itself. The bent-metal chassis and rugged construction make POD HD500X ideal for any stage.

Flexible I/O for Recording with Any DAW
POD HD500X provides all the connections you need for studio, stage and anywhere in between. You can plug in a mic to record vocals or acoustic instruments, track with your favorite HD amps, use the stereo FX loop to connect stompboxes and outboard effects, and much more. Connect to your computer via USB for multi-channel, studio-quality recording with your favorite DAW software-or tap into POD HD Edit, the free editor/librarian software that makes it easy to tweak and organize all your tones.

Command Center for Your Guitar Experience
It doesn't matter if you use a guitar amp, go straight to the PA or take advantage of a next-gen full-range guitar rig-POD HD500X is the ideal command center for any guitar setup. It's a fully assignable MIDI controller, so you can use the footswitches and expression pedal to control all kinds of external hardware and software-and it gets even better when you use POD HD500X with other Line 6 gear.

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  • Extensive collection of award-winning HD amps for authentic tone and feel
  • 100+ studio and stomp effects—use up to eight simultaneously
  • Selectable speaker cabinets and mics
  • Unparalleled flexibility to craft your tones: Dual signal paths, multiple routing optionso Dynamic DSP with more power for amps and effects and stereo FX loop can be inserted anywhere in the signal chain
  • Professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings for at-a-glance operation
  • Comprehensive I/O includes USB 2.0, MIDI, S/PDIF, balanced XLR outputs, integrated mic preamp and more
  • Guitar input with variable impedance
  • Fully assignable MIDI controller—control external hardware and software via footswitches and expression pedal
  • L6 LINK connection for integration and control of DT-series amplifiers and StageSource series loudspeakers
  • VDI connection for integration and control of James Tyler Variax guitars
  • 8 set lists containing 64 presets
  • 512 user-writable preset locations
  • Assignable expression pedal controls amp and effect parameters
  • Integrated 48-second looper with dedicated footswitch
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
  • Tap-tempo footswitch
  • Professional-grade construction with bent metal chassis, chrome roll bar and die-cast expression pedal
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4.4

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All that and a bag of chips!

I walked into the local GC hoping to get either the Pod HD Desktop or the HD400. Well, all they had in stock was the newest 500X. It was 100 dollars more than...Read complete review

I walked into the local GC hoping to get either the Pod HD Desktop or the HD400. Well, all they had in stock was the newest 500X. It was 100 dollars more than I was hoping to spend and I was in a hurry to do some recording for a friend's project. In the past I recorded with a microphone jammed in the face of a low wattage amplifier but, that is STILL too lound in consideration for the people I now live with. Two years ago, I had an HD300 and sold it. I simply wasn't that impressed. Too difficult to navigate, not enough effect options, and no USB port for editing (only MIDI in and out ports...who still uses those?)....didn't sound all that great either (to my ears at least). Ok, so here I am shelling out a hundred more for something that I admittedly had reservations over, just to be able to do a little headache free recording. Any regrets? ABSOLUTELY NOT! some great sounding presets, USB connectivity, and INSANELY realistic souning guitar tones. I've finished several tracks and overdubs for 3 songs already, and gearing up for more. I'm pretty finicky about my guitar sound, and this makes my life dead simple. For the effects pedal junkies of the world out there....THIS UNIT TAKES THE CAKE! The M-class effects are out of this world, and you can do some crazy combinations and routings with them. I almost need a "for dummies" kind of instruction book just to understand how some of the heavily effected presets get configured to make my own. I'll settle for tweaking what's already there in the meantime. Worth every penny. Built like a tank. One final note: USE THE SOFTWARE for editing! You can scroll around the 4inch screen supplied but, why do that to yourself? It'll only make you crazy and hateful.

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Harsh, SS, XT-like timbre

I've been using Line 6 gear exclusively both live and in the studio since the first Pods came out. My favorite amp models are the Blackface Deluxe, Vox (AC30 and AC15), and...Read complete review

I've been using Line 6 gear exclusively both live and in the studio since the first Pods came out. My favorite amp models are the Blackface Deluxe, Vox (AC30 and AC15), and on occasion the Marshall JCM800. My tone preference is for just enough saturation to make the notes sing and sustain so I rarely use the high gain models. Back in the day I loved the Pod 2.0 and my Flextone II amps and had no difficulty dialing up any number of great tones on the fly. I could not, however, create a single, listenable patch with Pod XT which I found yielded harsh/sterile/flat/SS sounds regardless of the amp model. I've been using the Floor Pod Plus since 2012 and am very happy with its sound and I had very high expectations for the HD line. In short, this HD500X is like a "Floor Pod Plus XT". I spent well over an hour trying to set up one sweet and simple, plain vanilla tone with the HD500x editor and a pair of Sennheiser HD 545's and failed. The HD's Blackface and Vox models are *very* different than those on the Floor Pod Plus (and not in a good way). Furthermore, I experienced the input clipping phenomenon I later discovered was fairly common among other users. Some of the Plexi models sounded pretty good but I didn't spend a lot of time with the high gain amp models. This HD line may work for a metal but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for other, lower gain styles. And it might sound great with a Variax but I don't think it works well with a regular guitar. Perhaps all the above may have something to do with the recent, substantial mark downs for the HD500x.

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Harsh, SS, XT-like timbre

By Armi

from Nashville TN

I've been using Line 6 gear exclusively both live and in the studio since the first Pods came out. My favorite amp models are the Blackface Deluxe, Vox (AC30 and AC15), and on occasion the Marshall JCM800. My tone preference is for just enough saturation to make the notes sing and sustain so I rarely use the high gain models. Back in the day I loved the Pod 2.0 and my Flextone II amps and had no difficulty dialing up any number of great tones on the fly. I could not, however, create a single, listenable patch with Pod XT which I found yielded harsh/sterile/flat/SS sounds regardless of the amp model. I've been using the Floor Pod Plus since 2012 and am very happy with its sound and I had very high expectations for the HD line. In short, this HD500X is like a "Floor Pod Plus XT". I spent well over an hour trying to set up one sweet and simple, plain vanilla tone with the HD500x editor and a pair of Sennheiser HD 545's and failed. The HD's Blackface and Vox models are *very* different than those on the Floor Pod Plus (and not in a good way). Furthermore, I experienced the input clipping phenomenon I later discovered was fairly common among other users. Some of the Plexi models sounded pretty good but I didn't spend a lot of time with the high gain amp models. This HD line may work for a metal but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for other, lower gain styles. And it might sound great with a Variax but I don't think it works well with a regular guitar. Perhaps all the above may have something to do with the recent, substantial mark downs for the HD500x.

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4.0

Line 6

By John S

from Chula vista,California

I'm surprised by this equipment that line 6 created this device without power switch.to turn on and off the hd500x you have to pull the plug. The effects are wonderful but I prefer to have a switch to turn my devices off with a switch.

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5.0

Simply Awesome!

By Timothy

from Jeffersonville, Kentucky

I've played with more than a few multi-effect pedals and the POD HD 500X is be far the coolest thing yet. First are the inputs and outputs, I'd hazard to say there will ever be a situation that I could run into that I wouldn't be able to get my sound where I need it. But, the shining star, in my book, is the amp modeling. This thing has the deepest amp editing of any thing I have tried in a similar format, with control over things like the hum, sag and tube bias among others. And the modeling of the amps and speaker cabs is just incredible. Then there are the effects, which includes a wide variety covering several categories. Each has it's own unique character and are equally well done. With just the delays and reverbs available there are tons of succulent tones and textures. The mods, DS/OD, pitch and wahs are all very capable of incredible depth and variety, as would be expected from Line 6. But, I have to say that the filter section is, well, it's just crazy at the unique sounds that are on tap there. From what I have seen and heard, I must say that I am very happy with my purchase. And if you have consider getting one of these but aren't quite sure if you'll be happy with it, well I'd be very surprised if you weren't happy with. No matter what style of music you play on your electric guitar this thing has something to offer.

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3.0

Good,,,and,,,Bad

By Robert Raudenbush

from Joplin, MO

I have never wrote a product review but thought this time I would chime in. I'm going to say only a few things. The switches are top quality and awesome, Line 6 has fixed the mechanical issues that plagued their foot pedals on earlier models. The effects are awesome and very flexible as to how they can be order arranged within the processor. The I/O pad on the back is super extensive. Ergonomically it is pretty user friendly and cosmetically very attractive. Now for the bad. I don't want to be overly critical here as I don't like people who are that way. I didn't feel the boards were grounded well to the chassis inside the unit. It has a group lift on the top by the pedal but seemed to have very little affect on the noise. I made sure I was on the same circuit then a different circuit in the studio. Next I plugged it into a very high end line conditioner and the problem prevailed. When I spoke with a product specialist on the phone with Line 6 he didn't really seem to be interested in what I had to say. Also, they need to move the Power Supply to the middle of the power cord instead of at the end where the prongs come out. It takes up to much space there and if your like me and use a rack mount power conditioner/regulator, the Power Supply covers up other outlets inside your rack. One last thing, I thought the amp modeling samples were average at best.

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5.0

GREAT value! An update you want to get.

By Robert Ashcraft

from Knoxville, TN

I have been using L6 Pods since their first iterations around 1999. I used a Pod Pro and then the XT Floorboard. I have gigged these everywhere and consistently get comments on my how great my guitar tones are. There have been several new version since the XT but I personally didn't hear enough difference to upgrade until the HD500X came out. The sounds seemed MUCH better. I auditioned the unit several times at GC and finally made the purchase. This unit is just killer - I am very pleased! The default patches are pretty good, but I spent about 10 hrs over the weekend downloading and tweaking sounds from the L6 CustomTone library. And I am even more blown away with the tones. This was a GREAT value - L6 hit a home run on this one! (by the way, the guys at the Knoxville store have been great to work with.)

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HD500X Replaced my pedal board

By SCOTT BEATTIE

from Vernon, CT

I bought my POD HD500X (back in September 2013)because I play contemporary worship music at my church every Sunday and we need to keep the stage volume to a minimum (i.e. no mic'd amps). The HD500X serves this purpose perfectly. I simply plug the L/mono 1/4 output into a direct box and I'm all set. I typically setup presets for each song (about 5-6 for a set) and just click through them as needed. It's very easy to setup presets using the Edit software on my computer and I can dial in the effects I want for each song as well as the tempos for the delays. I love all the options the device has. Plenty of amps and effects to choose from and the sound quality is amazing. It does take some time to go through all the different effects and amps and get a feel for what will work for you. It also takes some time to tweak things to get the tones you want. At this point, I have it somewhat dialed in to what I like, but there is always room for improvement. I used to use my pedalboard and a Vox VT20+ amp so I could use the line out on it to go straight into the PA. It was more cumbersome to carry the pedalboard, plus the amp took up room and cluttered up the stage a bit. With the POD, I use a noise gate and have very little pickup noise to worry about now. With the pedalboard, I used to get a lot of hum because all the pedals and cables (plus single coil pickups). I still have the pedalboard, but I hardly use it now since I got the POD. I also love how portable the POD is. The unit itself is very heavy duty and all metal, so it's very durable, but it's not too big and heavy to carry to and from gigs. I ended up buying a Gator bag for small pedalboards that fits it perfectly. It's so much easier to carry the HD500X than my big and heavy pedalboard. If I have any complaints, I would say that the Looper and Tap Tempo/Tuner buttons could be a little further away from the expression pedal. It would make it easier to use them. Also, I would prefer if Line 6 reversed the setup of the foot switches so that the preset selection switches were on the top row and the assignable footswitches were on the bottom. It can be tricky to hold your foot over the top row to engage an overdrive, or some other effect, during a song and not accidentally hit another switch.

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5.0

500x absolutely Rocks !

By JOHN SNYDER

from okc okla.

I've used the pod farm software for 5 yrs. and I was hoping that the 500x would be at least as good ....and it is way more then I could have hoped for. It has way more sounds and options then you will need ...the sounds are great , it rocks , it has bright clean and hard hitting drive. definately a must for the guartist who has trouble with the millions of pedals out there , this is all you'll need!

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5.0

Completely amazing. Highly recommend.

By Dillon McGill

from Santa Barbara, CA

This pedal has AMAZING tone. I'm running it through a Hot Rod Deville 212 and the tones I can get through it are remarkable. can literally get any tone, any amp sound, any guitarist's song or rig specific tone I want. Very useful features, connectivity, etc... My only complaint is that I wish there was a drum machine built in, or some way to load and save jam-tracks to the pedal itself.

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5.0

The HD500X is AMAZING!

By Leonard Davis

from South Florida

The pedal is amazing... It has the best vintage guitar amps, hundreds of effects from Flanders to Chorus to Distortions, and so on. It doesn't have just one of each effect but multiples of the same effect, so that you can easily tailor your sound. The amount of effects and the ability to tweet them was one reason that I chose this effect pedal. One of the best features of this pedal is the free IOS or Windows software. The software has a lot of functionality and allows you to tweek the effects, modify the chain of effects and amps that make your sound plus it gives you the ability to record your self on a computer. No other pedal board that I looked at has as good of software available. With the software you don't need to constantly bend over, turn knobs, or navigate through the tiny screen and menus (basically it eliminates all of the pains).... And best of all the software is a free download. The pedal also has more looper memory than the others out there with 48 seconds. It also allows you to loop over your loop overs. So you can play multiple layers of loops. That is a nice feature as well. The last thing that I really like is the amount of memory or "storage banks" available. The other boards out there max out at 400 and this pedal hold 512. I haven't even come close to maxing out, but it just means that I will have plenty of space before I do. To sum it all up.... The amount of sounds, the excellent quality of the sounds, the features, the software available, and the ruggedness of the pedal make this pedal the best in its class (in my opinion). I am extremely happy with it so far. I give this pedal a perfect 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.

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5.0

All that and a bag of chips!

By Donald Avera

from Houston, Tx

I walked into the local GC hoping to get either the Pod HD Desktop or the HD400. Well, all they had in stock was the newest 500X. It was 100 dollars more than I was hoping to spend and I was in a hurry to do some recording for a friend's project. In the past I recorded with a microphone jammed in the face of a low wattage amplifier but, that is STILL too lound in consideration for the people I now live with. Two years ago, I had an HD300 and sold it. I simply wasn't that impressed. Too difficult to navigate, not enough effect options, and no USB port for editing (only MIDI in and out ports...who still uses those?)....didn't sound all that great either (to my ears at least). Ok, so here I am shelling out a hundred more for something that I admittedly had reservations over, just to be able to do a little headache free recording. Any regrets? ABSOLUTELY NOT! some great sounding presets, USB connectivity, and INSANELY realistic souning guitar tones. I've finished several tracks and overdubs for 3 songs already, and gearing up for more. I'm pretty finicky about my guitar sound, and this makes my life dead simple. For the effects pedal junkies of the world out there....THIS UNIT TAKES THE CAKE! The M-class effects are out of this world, and you can do some crazy combinations and routings with them. I almost need a "for dummies" kind of instruction book just to understand how some of the heavily effected presets get configured to make my own. I'll settle for tweaking what's already there in the meantime. Worth every penny. Built like a tank. One final note: USE THE SOFTWARE for editing! You can scroll around the 4inch screen supplied but, why do that to yourself? It'll only make you crazy and hateful.

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