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Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor  

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POD HD300 represents a giant leap forward for amp modeling. It is the only multi-effect pedal to boast 16 state-of-the-art Line 6 HD amp models, 80+ ...Read More

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A multi-effects pedal with 16 high-def amp models, 80+ effects, and plenty of I/O.

POD HD300 represents a giant leap forward for amp modeling. It is the only multi-effect pedal to boast 16 state-of-the-art Line 6 HD amp models, 80+ modern and vintage-styled M-class effects, and a comprehensive digital and analog I/O.

HD amp modeling: sound and feel like never before
HD amp models defy the accepted standard. They feel, behave, and interact with previously unachievable realism.

Creating these new HD amp models was no small feat. Line 6 mixed 15 years of amp modeling experience with 3 years of new research and development to build an entirely new amp modeling technology from the ground up. During that time, they hunted down 16 incredible amplifiers and—with the help of some of LA's top tube amp experts—restored each one back to peak condition. The new modeling technology uses 10 times more amplifier information than before, including single-ended class A tube stages, class AB push/pull interactions, power supply behavior, and more. The result is exceptional warmth, feel, sustain, and articulation for you to fall in love with.

Tube amp fanatics have long enthused that their favorite stacks and combos aren't merely "amps," but instruments themselves, with playability equal to that of the guitar plugged into them. New HD modeling takes the POD HD experience to that same exalted level, capturing the genuine playability that great guitarists demand.

Your amp collection—now in HD!
On the POD HD300 menu is a collection of freshly modeled amps, many of which are brand new to POD, and all of which are essential for performing guitarists who require a wide variety of tones in one streamlined, multi-FX-sized package.

POD HD300 includes 16 HD amp models based on:

•Fender Twin Reverb

•Hiwatt Custom 100 (DR103)

•Supro S6616

•Gibson EH-185

•Fender Bassman

•Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb

•Divided by 13 JRT 9/15

•Dr. Z Route 66

•Vox AC-15

•Vox AC-30 (Top Boost)

•Marshall JTM-45 MkII

•Park 75

•Marshall JCM-800 (2204)

•Bogner Uberschall

•Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier

•ENGL Fireball 100


80+ M-class FX
Made famous by Line 6 M13 and M9 Stompbox Modelers, M-class FX are the new stage-standards. POD HD300 features a whopping 80+ M-class effects to craft your sound. With this wide tonal palette to play with, you can sound like anyone under the sun, or no one but you. Use up to 4 FX at once.

•30+ distortions (from classic stompbox distortion to thick metal chunk), EQs (from stomp comps and studio tube compression) and pitch FX

•30+ analog and digital delays (including cool tube and solid state tape echoes), echoes, wahs, and reverbs (from surfy springs, to studio plates, to cutting-edge digital rooms)

•20+ swirly phasers, filters (including several exclusive custom filters) and other mods (including blackface-style opto and brownface bias-modulating tremolos, choruses, and rotary speakers)


In addition to these classic sounds, POD HD300 functions as a fully featured looping, pitch shifting, and harmonizing machine. Ready to start creating? This rig could keep you going for a lifetime.

Unprecedented flexibility—stunning simplicity
Beyond the mere depth of the amp and FX models, POD HD300 offers flexibility to mix and match amps and pedals in multiple pre-set rigs, attainable at the stomp of a switch.

And where other manufacturers seem to require a degree in nuclear physics to access this kind of deep programmability, Line 6 has made it easy. Smart FX make it a snap to quickly dial in your tone, and the free, easy to use editor/librarian software supports your deepest, darkest tonal explorations. POD HD300 was designed by guitarists for guitarists.

Comprehensive connectivity for live and studio use
Put simply, POD HD300 connects to just about anything and everything—analog or digital, balanced or unbalanced, for amplification or recording.

A snapshot of the back panel shows 1/4" and XLR outputs (mono/stereo), USB, MP3/CD input, L6 LINK jack for seamless integration with Line 6 DT50 tube amplifiers, and more.

Built like a tank
POD HD300's cutting-edge technology is kept safe within a "bulletproof" bent sheet metal housing with heavy-duty metal footswitches and expression pedal. No injection-molded plastic boxes here—POD HD300 is ready to lap up years of road and stage abuse and keep you playing.

Version 1.3 Firmware update now available!
Power-boost your POD® HD multi-effect with an additional six HD amp models and five amp parameters – all for free in firmware update v1.3.

To get v1.3 just connect your POD HD via USB to your computer, run Line 6 Monkey™ Intelligent Updater and follow the instructions.

Firmware update v1.3 includes six HD amp models based on* channels from three classic American combos (the “Vibrato” channel of a Fender® Deluxe Reverb®, the “Vibrato” channel of a Fender® Twin Reverb® and the “Bright” channel of a Fender® Bassman®), two British half stacks (the “Normal” channel of a Park 75 and the “Normal” channel of a Marshall® JTM-45 MkII) and a high-gain Line 6 original.

Five additional, fully adjustable amp parameters don each new HD amp model (and will be added to the HD amp models you already have). Further customize essential aspects of tube amp feel and behavior with Sag, Hum, Bias, Bias Excursion and Master Volume.

Meet the new HD amp models:

Blackface ‘Lux VIB
The “Vibrato” channel rounds out the HD model based on* the classic combo that’s considered by many to be the ultimate studio amp: Fender® Deluxe Reverb®.

Blackface Double VIB
Fender® Twin Reverb® is an all-time classic of biting twang and shimmering clean tones. This model is based on* a Fender® Twin Reverb® “Vibrato” channel, which is a separate preamp circuit with clipping characteristics that are different than the “Normal” channel due to an additional 12AX7 tube stage.

Tweed B-Man BRT
Based on* a Fender® Bassman®, the amp that started it all – instant rock and roll tone. This model is based on the amp’s “Bright” channel, which provides a different voicing from the “Normal” channel by utilizing the second half of the first preamp tube. (The “Normal” channel uses the first half only). High frequencies are increased due to the addition of a bright cap across the volume knob.

Brit J-45 NRM
This model is based on* a Marshall® JTM-45 MkII, which marked the beginning of the distinctively bright and crunchy sound that Marshall amps are known for. The “Normal” channel is adept at big, bold clean tones.

Brit P-75 NRM
Based on* the “Normal” channel of a Park 75, a Jim Marshall-designed amp that enjoys cult status for its powerful Plexi-style tones. The “Normal” channel delivers a slightly darker tone than the “Bright” channel, a model of which already appears in POD HD.

Line 6 Elektrik
A face-melting, soul-weeping Line 6 original with high-gain capacity, interactive presence and mid-range controls. Careful, this might hurt a little…

*All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6’s sound model development. Fender, Bassman, Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Hiwatt is a registered trademark of Fernandes Company Ltd. Supro is a registered trademark of Zinky Electronics, LLC. Gibson is a registered trademark of Gibson Guitar Corp. Dr. Z is a registered trademark of Dr. Z Amps, Inc. Vox is a registered trademark of Vox R&D Limited. Marshall is a registered trademark of Marshall Amplification Plc. Bogner is a registered trademark of Bogner Amplification. Mesa/Boogie and Rectifier are registered trademarks of Mesa/Boogie Ltd. Engl is a registered trademark of Ausflug, Beate and Engl, Edmund.

FEATURES
  • HD amp models are the new standard in amp modeling. They feel, behave, and interact with previously unachievable realism for an entirely new playing experience
  • 16 HD amp models based on the most sought-after guitar tones: California cleans, classic crunch, vibey boutique warmth, modern high-gain, and more; 128 user presets; 256 factory presets
  • 80+ effects including delays, modulations, distortions, compressors, EQs, filters, and reverbs; 4 simultaneous FX; Tap tempo
  • 24-second looper with dedicated footswitches for Play Once, Pre/Post, Rec/Overdub, and Play/Stop
  • Built-in tuner with signal mute
  • 1/4" and XLR outputs (mono/stereo); MIDI via USB; L6 LINK jack for seamless integration with Line 6 DT50 tube amplifiers; MP3/CD input; and more
  • Free editor/librarian software

Pick up your sonic game by ordering the POD HD 300 today!

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METAL PLAYERS DREAMS FINALLY ANSWERED!

Like some of you out there I have always had high hopes for modeling technology and have always been alittle disappointed. Not anymore. My problem was I was looking for that "modern...Read complete review

Like some of you out there I have always had high hopes for modeling technology and have always been alittle disappointed. Not anymore. My problem was I was looking for that "modern metal" tone and was always bogged down by processors catering to everyone from classic metal to country and all styles inbetween. While still offering plenty for all, the HD line seems to be Line 6's way of catering to their iggest supporters: modern metal guitarists. On previous Line 6 products I was happy but felt like i had to settle for close to what my Rectifier and Engl stacks got me. They always lacked that depth and punch and sheer growl that i love from my amps. The new HD series has captured my amps flawlessly! I can't say enough about the true accuracy and detail they reproduce as well as the feel. So if you are like me and wanted that tone of "Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, In Flames, etc" with the versatility of many other colors in the tonal spectrum, don't bother with anything else. Buy an HD as soon as possible. Its the best investment you will ever make!

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Over hyped product

I owned the M9 and Line6 is correct in saying that this uses the same models. I watched the Line6 promo video about how the device feels more "organic". Yes...Read complete review

I owned the M9 and Line6 is correct in saying that this uses the same models. I watched the Line6 promo video about how the device feels more "organic". Yes you do get (most of) the M9/M13 effects but with a Lot of limitations. Unclear to me was that the only model letting you get the M series flexibility (order of effects etc) is the HD500. If an effect is sitting in the same group as another effect, you cant combine them like in the M9. A glaring exmple: yes you can add reverb to your overall preset, but a Fender Reverb pan is not a choice. Pan Reverb is located on FX1, you cannot combine this reverb with anything else on FX1 (like a compressor). I guess thats how they can sell more of the HD500s. User interface is weaker than the M series; i cannot imagine tweeking in a live setting. The amp models were nothing special, and they suck tone as compared to the effects.On the plus side, you can save each preset, for example, one per song, so more useful than M series. Nice in/out features and im sure the software allows for endless tweeks.

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1.0

Ok until you try to upgrade the flash

By 42Guitars

from Bethel, Ct

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        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        I've had the POD 300 for some time now. It's worked fine for most of the time. Until I tried to upgrade the flash according to Line 6's instructions. It has not worked correctly again ever since. I've tried multiple times to restore it to previous versions and the newest version. Still locks up periodically. Never did that before. Line 6 tech support tells me to try reflashing with a different computer. What? Don't buy this.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Sound Tank with a Geeky Edge!

        By Sabhead67

        from Massachusetts

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No onoff switch
        • Not An Hd500

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        After using Korg effects units for years I felt it was time for an upgrade. The POD HD300 may be the low man on the totem pole where Line 6 processing units are concerned but it's not for lack of quality or sound. This thing rocks! L6 has definitely reached their pinnacle in amp modeling and sound enhancement for guitar players.

        One of my favorite aspects of the HD300 is that you can manually adjust amp settings, i.e.; EQ, Volume, on the fly without having to break into edit mode. This becomes extremely useful when you are playing a live gig and need a little more highend, lowend...etc. An easy turn of a dial and you are in business without having to commit to anything permently. So after the show all your original settings are preserved as if nothing changed.

        Another great feature is the online updating. Using a direct USB connection to your PC or MAC you can upgrade your firmware, install new effects or download new patches as they become available. Brilliant! You can also work on all your patch edits in a live setting using your computer via free software. Just run a pair of headphones out of your HD300 that is connected by USB to your PC or MAC. Run the edit software and instantly hear your edits without ever having to download them. What's more is you can save your edits in file form to your computer.

        Other cool tidbits;
        The volume pedal doubles as a Wah/Modulation controller with the click of a button similar to the classic Crybaby on/off switch. Just step down on the pedal to engage whatever effect you have assigned to it and press it again to disengage.
        Another great feature when jamming or performing live. A "Tap" button controls all the timing to Delay, Chorus and Phaser type effects on the fly. Just use your foot and tap the button to the timing of the song and all the coinciding effects will respond accordingly.

        Incredible tones, endless patches, solid and rugged, the HD300 is built to last. I do wish they would start installing On/Off switches for these floor units, but hey whatever. Powerstrips do the trick. :)

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        5.0

        line 6 HD300

        By Donald Mason

        from West Coast

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        I like being able to tweek the sounds into the monitor.

        Multiple flavors of Subtle gain. This replaces my pedal board. Warm gain, Compression, Reverb, Dynamic Delay, a bunch of kid stuff effects.
        This is what I have been looking for.
        Now I can gig with my: Fender Twin Reverb, Fender Bassman, Fender Super Reverb(non Master) at any volume with what ever expresiveness I need.
        Too Cool
        Models. Tweekable models.
        Effects. Tweekable effects.
        Compression: I need it.
        Noise Gate: I use it.
        Reverb: its got it.
        this thing brings my Silverface 135 watt Twin alive in the way a pedal costing twice as much never could.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good but not re-inventing the wheel.

        By Jon-hH6.E

        from NY,NY

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        I'm still messing around with this unit but so far I'm not seeing any dramatic improvements over my X3 bean. I got this one chiefly because the foot-pedal format is more convenient for switching between patches and because the X3 has way more than I need in terms of options. I don't use Line6 stuff live...only for practice and home recording (although his HD does offer that option should I need a back up in a live situation). A couple years worth of tweaking has gotten me some decent tones with my X3 and I was able to get similar ones fairly quickly with the HD300. However, I honestly don't see a big difference in the tonal quality. The high gain sounds especially sound pretty much the same. And I've never really been a bit fan of most of their lead tone models. My favorite model from the X3 (Soldano SLO) isn't available on the HD series which is a bummer. Also there are no post amp EQ or compression options which is something the X3 has over the HD. Basically if you're looking to upgrade from the X3 Live, you may want to compare first. The HD300 is a cool little toy if you don't expect too much from it. It's a lot more stripped down in terms of your options. I don't regret buying it but I'm gonna hold on to my X3 just in case. I'd say the hype about the HD's sound quality is somewhat exaggerated.

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for what I needed

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        I am the music leader for the kids at my church. I played in rock bands (keeping it general) for about eight years. I play a Gibson Les Paul Classic through a Marshall JCM900 50 Watt head and a Mesa Boogie Rectifier 4x12 slant cab. Needless to say, I was getting great tone!The problem, too much volume for the room. I put away the half-stack and bought a Epiphone Valve Junior. Great tone, but again...too much volume.I found the Line 6 POD HD300 online. It seemed like a great alternative to having a traditional amp mic'd up.I run the Line 6 through the house system and it sounds amazing! I'm able to edit the presets on my computer via USB connection and save them to the POD. Now, I don't have any volume control issues because there's no amp speakers, just the monitors and mains. The tone is there at any volume since it's just a direct XLR connection.I highly recommend this amp modeler. Great sound. Looping. Rugged. Built in tuner. Volume and wah. The list goes on and on.

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        5.0

        Pedals for your buck!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        Ease of use and many options make this a great pedal for anyone! My favorite feature is you can save your setting on your computer this comes in handy if you play with different bands and want to save different settings for each band and with it linked up to the line6 editor you can get the latest sounds downloaded right into the machine more great sounds and tweeks pretty cool!

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        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not Impressed

        By Unnamed User-QthKd

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        If line 6 spent their money on technology instead of marketing, they'd have killer products. Their idea of "organic" and "touch sensitive" is to induce a muddy "sag" in the lower notes. Makes for an ill-defined tone. The amp models aren't bad, but just a lot of hype for what you actually get. The amp tones are no different than the other POD series then the low end has a plastic feeling sag. Don't get me wrong, its a good effects pedal, but its nowhere near sounding like a tube amp. The best digital modeling so far is the Marshall JMD series of amps in my opinion.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tweak the knobs or GTFO

        By MyBestGirl

        from Dirty south

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        I got the HD300 because I just didn't need what the others were offering. Yes, the present aren't great. But, as others have said, you wouldn't turn an amp on and never turn the knobs. This thing can get AMAZING sounds. Take your time, dial things in and you will not be let down.

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        METAL PLAYERS DREAMS FINALLY ANSWERED!

        By Brian Elmo

        from Pahrump, NV

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        Like some of you out there I have always had high hopes for modeling technology and have always been alittle disappointed. Not anymore. My problem was I was looking for that "modern metal" tone and was always bogged down by processors catering to everyone from classic metal to country and all styles inbetween. While still offering plenty for all, the HD line seems to be Line 6's way of catering to their iggest supporters: modern metal guitarists. On previous Line 6 products I was happy but felt like i had to settle for close to what my Rectifier and Engl stacks got me. They always lacked that depth and punch and sheer growl that i love from my amps. The new HD series has captured my amps flawlessly! I can't say enough about the true accuracy and detail they reproduce as well as the feel. So if you are like me and wanted that tone of "Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, In Flames, etc" with the versatility of many other colors in the tonal spectrum, don't bother with anything else. Buy an HD as soon as possible. Its the best investment you will ever make!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        HD 300

        By MrN

        from Brick, NJ

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD300 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        I have experience with other Line 6 products, including the X3 Live, which was my live rig for over a year. Line 6 has done it again in my opinion. Yes lots of folks will dismiss this right out of the box. No, the presets aren't great--but then again, I can't imagine not tweaking presets for your own needs. I am already finding lots of versatility, and it's actually easier to program than the X3. Bottom line, lots of great sounds to be had if you're patient. As others have pointed out, it's not an OD box--you have to FIND your tones.

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