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Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • 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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Line 6POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
 
4.3

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (4)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (23)
  • Versatile (23)
  • Excellent sound quality (21)
  • Responsive (16)
  • Compact (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Professional recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

HD500X Replaced my pedal board

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very sterile sounding

I'm an ammeter who's been playing 35 years. I bought this for home use. I wanted to upgrade my sound by running a high quality pedal board into studio monitors -- get something...Read complete review

I'm an ammeter who's been playing 35 years. I bought this for home use. I wanted to upgrade my sound by running a high quality pedal board into studio monitors -- get something really versatile.

After doing a lot of online research, I bought a POD HD500X, expecting to be amazed. Sadly, I wasn't.

I didn't find the sound of this pedal board to be very good... at least not for the tones I love: warm classic rock, 70's rock, 70's hard rock, classic heavy metal.

The POD HD's amp models sound dull and sterile. I didn't find the effects to be anything to write home about, either. (Note: I was mindful of using the correct power amp verses guitar amp output modes, and tried the unit out in both configurations.) On paper, and in theory, everything about this unit sounds great. I'm sure the guys at Line 6 put a lot of effort into developing it. But after a couple of weeks of unsuccessfully trying to dial in a good tone (I did use the computer based companion software), I threw in the towel and returned it.

(BTW, if you do get this board, I found an excellent website that meticulously describes how to get the best tones out of this unit: http[colon][slash][slash]foobazaar[dot]com[slash]podhd. But interestingly, if you listen to the audio samples posted on that site, they don't actually sound all that terrific.)

Eventually I ended up buying a Digitech RP1000 and discovered EXACTLY what it was I was looking for: inspiring tones that make it very hard for me to stop playing and get to bed when I should. I haven't come close to exploring all of the Digitech's possibilities, but it has a "brown sound" amp model, that when combined with my EP Booster on the front end, mimics Eddie Van Halen's early guitar tone to the tee. It's quite the rush!

To my ears, the difference between the POD HD and the Digitech RP1000 is like the difference between low and high definition audio. The specs say both are 24 bit, but the POD sounds like 16 to me. The Digitech sounds very analog, with rich harmonic content, whereas the POD sounds very, very digital.

This isn't what I read in other reviews, and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. So I thought I should weigh in with my experience. If you're in the market, I'd recommend you test drive, or listen to samples of both products before making a purchase.

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5.0

THIS THING IS THE REAL DEAL!

By Matthew Shapourian

from Glendale AZ

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    I have owned many pedals and this thing kills the Boss Gt 100 by far very easy to use can download already created patches or make your own right to the pedal very nice crisp sound and worth every dollar very well made I bought this 1 week ago and it hasnt let me down, syncs the sounds and has free sound editing software could cost as much as 500 just for the software but is free, I got a nice steve via sound patch and its exactly the same I'm playing on a schetor Diamond series, with a marshal half stack the new one and sounds so good. Very well made feels very professional. Don't buy the boss gts they sound like an fake compared to this thing the real deal.

     
    5.0

    Last effect/pedal board you'll ever need.

    By John

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    Unbelievable versatility! Between the 100+ effects, numerous amp and cabinet models, microphone choices and wet/dry effect capability, you can literally get any tone you're looking for. It is pretty intimidating at first, but it only takes a short time before you get the hang of creating custom patches to match your guitar and amplifier. The ability to have 8 separate footswitches that can be used for individual or stacking of effects is great. With an expression pedal that can be used as a volume or wah with the click of a switch and a built in tuner and looper, this is the last pedal board I can ever see having to purchase. Very well built with noiseless footswithes and just about any output jack you can dream of. Can't find any faults with this product other than not having an actual on/off switch. You have to just plug in the power cable to turn it on.

     
    5.0

    No Complaints

    By Hartley

    from Stamford, CT

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      I hesitated about getting this (I also have the Boss GT-100 and thought it might be overkill). I was wrong: this outdoes the Boss kit in any number of ways--from tone fidelity to range and quality of available sounds. It also integrates seamlessly with my JTV-69s. In other words, I couldn't be more pleased.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not designed for my intentions

      By Ricktalyf

      from Boston MA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Not Responsive

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      After much consideration I chose the Boss GT-100 over the HD500. The HD500 dominates the Boss counterpart in the direct in/recording... the I/O on the HD500 is far better than the GT-100. However, i rely on amplitube for preliminary recording and reamping for the real thing. I needed to find a floor unit that could run good sounding amp models out of a tube amplifier. I ran a GT-10 into the return section of my 6505+ for a couple of years. For those who don't know this literally bypasses the amplifiers preamp section and is now fully controlled by the GT-100. This is where the GT-100 shines, my live sound unparalleled, most guys with ENGL and mesa mark series amps are asking where I got my 6505+ modded. I don't bother with the four cable method, but regardless the GT is miles past the HD500 when you add a tube amp to the mix. I almost thought about getting one of the new HD PODS anyway, just to have for when i visit other studios and lay down tracks that I do not have the time to sit there fidgeting with my tone, because it really is that good for direct recording. But now that Fractal Audio has released the AX-8 I think I will do a little more saving.

       
      5.0

      Numerous set ups and tones

      By Jay

      from Washington state

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        Received this item a few days ago. I already have way too much gear but oh wells. I have to say that digital modeling has come a long way . Usually I prefer to use analog gear only. I must say that messing around with sounds, set ups ect. Is quite abit of fun. Started running the hd500x through my fly rig 5 and it sounds great. The fly rig adds a little more bass to mix. I own a dt 50 and soon will plug the hd into it and see what happens. As of right now just playing hd through solid state power amps. The ability to play virtually any set up is something that I really like. Happy so far!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Piece of Gear

        By Matt

        from Minnesota

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          I've been using the HD stuff for about 4-5 years now. I had an unfortunate incident involving some liquid spilling onto my original HD500, so I ended up replacing it with this. The warranty does cover spills so I made sure to get that this time, just in case. For the price you can't go wrong. You'll have to put in some time with it, but once you figure out all the features and things you can tweak you can set up some killer sounds in no time. I really dig the HD amp models, especially the Engl for my hi-gain stuff. That model is excellent, all the sounds are much better than the XT and X3 I graduated from. Nothing else at this price point even comes close. Believe me I've tried them too. I recommend a good set of monitors to go with it, sounds great through my JBL LSR 305's.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great for recording

          By Scott

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          Great pedal board for home recording in bad conditions. I'm only giving it a 4 out of 5 because at it's price point it should come with a carry bag and does not.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Advantages is more on physical attractiveness

          By Riverpeya

          from Chicago

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Compact Design
          • Good sound quality
          • Looks classy

          Cons

          • Difficult to use. Not for beginners.
          • Does not have on and off switch
          • Expensive
          • Hard to tweak on stage
          • Some model amps does not sound close to original

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Small to medium size gigs

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          Small to medium size gig. Attractive but hard to use unit. Not for beginners.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LIne 6 stepping up their game!

          By Sullycaster

          from Washington, Mo

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

            I have been using Line 6 products for 12 years+. I'm always amazed how every next generation product is more advanced and higher quality sounds. The HD 500x is amazing! I like how you can design your signal chain however you like. In their past floor models you were very limited with the variety of effects you can use; I always wished I could have a chorus and a phaser or flanger or two different kinds of delays. This model let's you do all of that and more. I especially love the looper. It's easy to use and sounds great. If I would say anything slightly negative is when I'm using the tap tempo button, my big feet end up hitting the volume pedal. I just need to change how I'm stepping on the button. Other than that, I love this unit.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Next Step Up In Live Modeling

            By DunedinDragon

            from Dunedin, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Has No Power Switch
            • Very Complex For A Beginn

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

            I'm in a band that performs weekly with a very wide range of styles. For that reason I started several years ago using modeling amps as the best way to address the range of sounds I needed for the various styles in the simplest manner possible. Although modeling has progressed significantly in the past few years there is a price you pay for the convenience of having modeling incorporated into an amp.

            First, the level of modeling of your signal chain is limited in most amp modelers. Secondly, modeling generally incorporates modeling of various mic'd cabinets. But you don't really get the true benefit of the modeling when you play it through a regular guitar cabinet because that guitar cabinet is not likely to be a Full Range Flat Response (FRFR) speaker and therefore will color the sound of your preset.

            The answer to these limitations is a dedicated modeler such as the HD500X. When paired up with a true FRFR powered speaker you get a true feeling for the power of what current modeling is capable of.

            It's hard to describe the amazing and enlightening difference you hear with this type of setup. The difference in clarity and articulation is so extreme it may put you off if you are used to the sound that comes from a traditional guitar cabinet. And because of that you will probably need to watch some of the videos available on Line 6's web site to get a feel for how to tweak certain deep parameters to get the system to respond the way you want it to. But the result is you can be assured that what you hear when developing your preset will be almost exactly what the audience will hear when the output is sent direct into a PA. And because the sound is not limited by deficiencies in the cabinet it will clearly stand out in the mix with the other instruments.

            The only real factor to consider here is your personal knowledge and abilities. If you are a technophobe you will be sorely dissapointed. It's not as simple as a basic amp and physical pedals. You have to simulate all of that in the design of your signal chain. However, once you get the hang of it you can construct some amazing variations including dual signal paths for multiple amps or effects. There are a wide array of effects available to you that can be combined in any way you choose. Additionally, Line 6 offers some add-on packs to increase your choices of different types of amps.

            I'm not sure I'd recommend this to a true beginner just starting out playing electric guitar as it could be overwhelming and frustrating. But for those that have experience in modeling either in the studio or with a modeling amp, this is truly the next level up from what you've been experiencing. And boy, is it a LOT of fun!!

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