Line 6 POD HD500X
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A limitless multi-effects processor to unleash all of your creativity with 100+ effects and more amp/cab models than you'll know what to do with.
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.
- 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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Based on 17 Reviews and 98 Ratings
Pretty useful and decent when in need of multiple FX on a small budget.
The POD HD500X is a vital part of my live rig at the moment as I'm currently jobless and can't afford all the pedals that I'm sure a lot of us want. Honestly, it can definitely do it's job and then some when it comes to it's FX you run in the loop such as reverb, delays and modulation but I've never been a huge fan of the OD's, gates or compressors on the unit. Don't get me wrong, they're not horrible, but I would certainly pick an OD808 over any of the OD's on here.
As far as the amp modelling goes, I'm really not a big fan of it at all. Although I currently run the POD in the 4 Cable Method with my Marshall JVM 410 or the 6505+ I occasionally use live, I have spent a lot of time meddling with the amp modelling and emulation. I find it isn't too bad if you're running it with a power amp and then into a cab, as sometimes I do that at rehearsal and don't mind the results, but I cannot find myself liking it when it is run direct to the desk. I have done this plenty of times before, when I first bought the POD, and once when I had a last minute failure with my Marshall before a gig. I find the tones to be quite stale and bland, and that's regardless of my patches or somebody elses.
But all in all, I think if you're a gigging guitarist looking to introduce some effects into your tone but you're on a budget; This is certainly the way to go. Fabulous unit for the price point and is built to last. Would also recommend for any bedroom guitarist looking to play around, learn how to use and learn what they like in terms of FX before spending big bucks on the boutique pedals!
Cool Design, Crappy Build Quality
While I think for the money of (similar to my hummingbird) around 200 dollars used was worth it by far, but the build quality is relatively shotty in certain areas. The foot pedal is held onto the hinges with some sort of cheap plastic, so the thing just kinda snapped off. I have gobs of superglue holding it together now. This works, but not perfect and is only a fix for someone not wanting to spend lots of money on new gear haha!
Use with a good power amp and cab and it's amazing.
If you know how to dial a tone, this can do ANYTHING. Not quite up to the level of a helix, axe fx or kemper, but in a band mix they're nearly indistinguishable (again, if you're good with dialling tones). I use it with a power amp and a 2x12 cab loaded with V30's and it ROARS. It was between this and an Axe-FX ultra and this was on equal footing with it. I picked this because of the floor pedal form factor. Setting up my rig takes exactly one minute. It's built like a tank and I can see myself having it for many years to come.
As someone on a budget, and having no effects to play with I was looking at the best tools for every job. But as a progressive player it looked like i was going to need the whole strymon catalog. Incomes the POD HD500x. After listening to Twelve Foot Ninja and seeing just wat they could do with te line 6 technology i felt it was worth a try, and at the price of 4-5 branded effects pedals, Could it go wrong? The effects are amazing and the amps aint bad for playing round with. Definitly the option for those who want to play round on a budget.
Amazing for my church gigs
When I compare this to how much I've spent on my traditional pedalboard I've been assembling for the last decade...this thing blows my mind. Not top of the line but no complaints here, I've been using Line 6 since 2005.