"From the tuner, we go into the input of a Line 6 Pod HD-500. That's right, a POD! I used to be a tube amp purist. So why did I start using a Pod? As I said before, the unpredictable nature of backline tube amps, made it nearly impossible to get a consistent sound. Also, since we started using in-ear monitors, we've been able to keep the stage volume way down. This made it easier to make this transition. It took me a long period of tweaking, but I finally got the Pod sounding just right. The HD models in there are very nice. The effects are also cool, but they too require a whole lot of tweaking."more
Listed on the official 311 website, http://www.311.com/band/equipment Also, for Line 6, he says : "I love my POD HD 500 a lot! It has a great version of pretty much every effect out there. The layout is really smart. I can assign the control pedal any parameter. I usually set it to delay feedback amount for our onstage dub trip outs! The versatility and tones are fantastic!"more
Great piece of equipment...very versatile. I play for a very large Church with a $2 Million sound system and go straight through the board and it has astonishgly good tone. I also run it through a DT50 which works excellent as well but I must mention that the high gain amps sound very fizzy and I don't use them...I patches I use are the Twin, Park 75, Divide by 13, Gibtone 85 and the Plexi. Effects sound as they should through the DT50 but in the Headphones they sound good but not great.
It complete my dream rig! Simple to use... Almost every effect I need... alimentation and sound memory for my JTV guitars. I can change my guitar, my effects and my amp in one clic!
This is not even Line 6's latest model and it sounds great. I use it on studio direct mode most of the time, direct to my studio monitors or with a FRFR cabinet. I would say that if you spend enough time crafting your presets and learning about this unit, you will get impressive sounds that are hard to distinguish from their real non-digital counterparts. The only limitation may be the amount of FX you can put in the chain, up to 8 FX if I'm not mistaken. You have to choose wisely. I am well aware that there are better and more sophisticated modeling units than this one, like the Axe-FX or the Kemper amp but those are much more expensive. The Pod HD500 packs a punch for a lot less money.
This processor has everything you need. I've even used it's second channel to do processed vocals in addition to main one. A big gallery of models, some of them in different modification. Sounds great. You can also tweak presents via your computer but for me manual set up is much more comfortable. Foot controller is assignable to any parameter you want in any amount. Built like a tank.
This thing sounds great. Amps are great. Effects are great. I use it with the free Edit Software on my Mac and it saves tons of time with moving and tweaking patches. The BAD-it has their defective switches. The break early and often. Line 6 ("Yamaha, I'm looking at you!!!) really needs to fix the major engineering mistake. Other than that, it's a Studio MUST HAVE.
I think Line6 PODHD500 is a very good effect processor and amp modelling/simulation for electric guitar. Almost all professional effect processors/amp simulation can do the work to get for instance harmonizers, delay, reverb, pitch shifters, distortion, amp models, chorus, phasers and so on, just as PODHD500 can. And i think PODHD500 has very fine HD modelling.