"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
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip has used a Line 6 POD HD 500 since 2013. Luke used it live sometimes until 2 of the footswitches broke on it in 2015. Line 6 did fix the footswitches on these units quickly releasing the Line 6 POD HD 500 X. It is believed there is not a lot of difference other then they put way better footswitches on the 500X as the HD 500 footswitches end up like Luke’s. “I still use the Line 6 POD HD 500 at home in the studio for certain amp models or certain sounds it does surprisingly better then the pedal I use live for those sounds. On “The Black and White Album” (2017) a lot of the guitar tracks were played through the LINE 6 POD HD 500. I went with amp modeling in it rather then using mics on the VOX AC 15 or Marshall cabs. It was just easier to record at night with it. I really don’t mind having a better tone live then on the album as long as I like the tones on the album. Most guitarists struggle to sound as good as there album live and it’s always the opposite with PMT. I always have guitar sounds better then the album live. I just don’t think the digital amp modeling can hang with a VOX AC 15 tube amp in my personal opinion. They are pretty close with a lot of the high gain stuff the Diesel amps and such. I don’t even think the Kemper, Fractal, or Line 6 Helix stuff is better then my VOX AC 15 or a proper Mesa Boogie amp live. The digital and Midi technology gets better but in the 2017-2020 era I don’t feel it’s quite there yet 100 percent across the board. I liken replacing a VOX AC 15 with a line 6 Helix live like I liken replacing a pianist with a Roland GR-55 synth guitar. You can do it but I don’t reccomend it. It’s not for me for live performance, it might be fine for some.”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.
The POD has undeniably some of the nicest digital effects out there. Some of the reverbs, especially, add heaps of value to the pedal, like the octoverb and particle verb, which can create lush or chaotic sonic spaces. The overdrives leave a bit to be desired, but are very usable still. I use the pedal for MIDI program changes for the Bias Head.
I use it to get roughly the sound I want. All of its pedals are pretty generic, almost too many options, but at the same time too few. By that, I mean there's a lot of pedals most of which lack character. That being said, you can get a lot of sounds out of this thing. It's more about the interaction between the pedals that makes it unique. Good presets. If anyone finds some killer custom tones, let me know haha
I primarily play bass and with this pedalboard i've managed to acquire many different sounds. it is very versatile but mostly due to its amp simulators rather than the pedals it has. one thing that i would complain about is the lack of good overdrive/distortion because they all sound super digital and an organic sound has been almost impossible to achieve.
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.
Basically the same sound anywhere. This saves when unforeseen events occur and guarantees the same level of performance independent of the equipment available in place. Several possibilities with native features and even more with the extra packs.