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  • 16 HD Amp Models, Up to 8 Simultaneous Effects, 512 Preset Locations.
  • Balanced XLR Outputs, MP3/CD Input, Variax Digital Input (VDI).
  • Metal Chassis, Pedal and Footswitches, Software Editor/Librarian.
  • Assignable MIDI Footswitch Controls, Tap Tempo, Chromatic Tuner.
  • Aux Expression Pedal Jack, 5-Pin MIDI Input + Output/Thru.
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Item Weight 16 pounds
Product Dimensions 6.2 x 28 x 13 inches
Shipping Weight 16.5 pounds
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Item model number POD HD 500
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4.1 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #58,559 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#123 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories > Pedalboards
Date first available at Amazon.com October 8, 2010

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By P. Hamm VINE VOICE on October 10, 2010
Before we get started, I am more "pro" than amateur. I work at a church as a pastor of Worship Arts and use this in my work. But I hesitate to say I'm only "pro", because "amateur" means you do something purely for the love of it... and I feel that way about music... So...

First... the models I've tested are far and away more realistic to my ears than other modelers I've used, which includes Logic Studio's amps (these sound almost as good btw), POD X3Live and XTPro (the HD models are noticeably better... and the fizz is GONE GONE GONE), the original POD and 2.0 (which sounded the same to me and made me happy at the time), and the ToneLab SE (which I missed for a while, but not anymore).

I made a few patches for one of my guitars based on having a Bassman 4x10 alongside the Dr. Z, and it is the coolest sound I've ever made with this guitar... easily. Better sounding, to my ears, than the real amps I've been using (maybe because I put them off stage and don't run them very loud). I ADORE the sound of this unit.

Oh, and as always... forget about all the pre-sets. They're probably all as useless as you imagine they might be.

Now the bad news. And it's significant... for some...

First off, editing is clunky like it was on the XT and X3Live. Just forget about trying to use the display. Connect to a computer... Seriously. When you start from an init patch, you only get lucky, it seems, to manage to coax it into "two amp" config...

Next, The functionality of this unit is exaggerated by it's specs. You will almost certainly NOT be able to do 8 FX at once the way you're thinking. Why? Let's say you use an XT or a X3. think about what you're used to.

You start with 8 FX

Subtract effect banks for...
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My advice to anyone trying this unit out in a store. Disable all the effects and just play with the amp sims alone.

It's not that the effects are bad in this unit, they're very good quality wise, though perhaps not as in depth as you'd get on a Boss unit. But all the presets have been made for the synth at heart guitarists, and they mask the real star of this unit, it's amp sims.

The amp sims themselves are all decent speaking as more of an amp purist who normally hates sims. The thing it bear in mind with all amp sims is that firstly they're their own thing, use them as a new stomp box or effect and enjoy them as that rather than expecting them to replace real high end tube guitar amps. And secondly they're simulations for how one amp sounds when cued up a certain way in a recording studio with a specific engineer, desk etc. This means they may not be your sound, I think they're a cool sound and versatile enough, but you may feel differently. They're obviously not going to be quite as versatile as their real world counterparts as a result of this, it's like electronic drums, sometimes you just want something that sounds badly tracked, or just tracked a different way. This sounds like an amp tracked very nicely in a modern way, whether that's a sound you'll want to hear in a couple of years, who knows, right now it's good and state of the art.

The sims in the Pod HD really are pretty impressive as far as amp sims go though, especially the Marshall. It's great to dial back the volume on the guitar and get it into that crunchy territory rather than the usual fuzz like digital distortion/clean mix.
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This unit is just way better than most review it.

Thinking this is a plug in and play and select a "sounds-like" preset is something only a rank beginner would attempt. Apart from all generic factory sample presets being terrible ON ANYTHING! There is no way to make a preset to sound great on everyone's rig as all guitar and amp chemistry is infinitely different. Judging this unit by selecting a canned preset or one someone has offered on the download site is a waste of time. Anyone judging this unit by merely playing one the factory samples is extremely lacking in common sense and the basic issue that everyone's guitar, amp and touch are going to be extremely varied.

You simply have to learn to use this unit, how it works, what it does and there are various tricks one learns in constructing preset tones.
There is perhaps a 2 month learning curve on this unit and you need to read everything manual wise you can find. Some experienced players have created tone guides for the user to understand the unit's capability and format.
There is a forum on the LINE 6 website of users and user uploaded presets, again, they are starting points, adjust them and alter them to suit your needs.

Software updates are being supplied by LINE 6 on their website for all product owners and a software "MONKEY" that checks your unit for any new available updates and downloads them for you. Easy to use, plug in the supplied USB cable, it checks for updates as well as pulling in your units presets, or send them back into the unit after adjusting. Storing presets on your PC affords infinite library of settings despite the HD500 has hundreds of slots and BEST OF ALL>>you can over write and erase every factory sample!
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