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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 22 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Good selection of effects (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
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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

 

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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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HD500X Replaced my pedal board

By SCOTT BEATTIE

from Vernon, CT

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

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.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All that and a bag of chips!

By Donald Avera

from Houston, Tx

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

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The HD500X is AMAZING!

By Leonard Davis

from South Florida

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

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.

(4 of 4 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.

    (4 of 4 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!!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    500x absolutely Rocks !

    By JOHN SNYDER

    from okc okla.

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

    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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT value! An update you want to get.

    By Robert Ashcraft

    from Knoxville, TN

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

    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.)

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good,,,and,,,Bad

    By Robert Raudenbush

    from Joplin, MO

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

    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.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Harsh, SS, XT-like timbre

    By Armi

    from Nashville TN

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

    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

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