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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 ...Read More

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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.

FEATURES
  • 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

The possibilities are endless when you order today!

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Line 6POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
 
4.3

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (23)
  • Versatile (23)
  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Compact (9)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (21)
  • Home studio (20)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Professional recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Step up from Pod XT but is it needed?

Old and New:
Sold my XT live a couple years ago. Used for recording Bass and Guitar and was happy for the most part with the sounds. Figured the HD 500 would be...Read complete review

Old and New:
Sold my XT live a couple years ago. Used for recording Bass and Guitar and was happy for the most part with the sounds. Figured the HD 500 would be better.

Front of Amp and 4 cable method:
When hooking up to front of amp and adjusting for my amps (Blackstar HT5 and HT 20 Studio) wanted to split the effects in my amps (compression/Overdrive in front, delays and reverb in the loop). Used the 4 cable method and adjusted the best I could.

Sounds just don't translate well regardless of the amps you use and it sounds synthetic (note: blackstar are probably the most neutral/sterile sounding clean amps out. They don't share a common treble, mid, bass and ISF).

Best Use:
That said this is a recording board and nothing else. Good range of amps and pedals that are tweakable to taste when running through head phones or a interface. Best suited for rock and heavy music as that hides the lost subtly of tube amps during clean breaks or held long sustained notes.

Needed?
With todays computer software, numerous plug in programs do the same thing at less cost. Those have better (larger and practical layout) dashboards and sound just as good or better.

Final:
I got on craigslist with a case for 180. Will use for my bass and some amp models for color so would I buy, yes but not at full price.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very sterile sounding

I'm an ammeter who's been playing 35 years. I bought this for home use. I wanted to upgrade my sound by running a high quality pedal board into studio monitors -- get something...Read complete review

I'm an ammeter who's been playing 35 years. I bought this for home use. I wanted to upgrade my sound by running a high quality pedal board into studio monitors -- get something really versatile.

After doing a lot of online research, I bought a POD HD500X, expecting to be amazed. Sadly, I wasn't.

I didn't find the sound of this pedal board to be very good... at least not for the tones I love: warm classic rock, 70's rock, 70's hard rock, classic heavy metal.

The POD HD's amp models sound dull and sterile. I didn't find the effects to be anything to write home about, either. (Note: I was mindful of using the correct power amp verses guitar amp output modes, and tried the unit out in both configurations.) On paper, and in theory, everything about this unit sounds great. I'm sure the guys at Line 6 put a lot of effort into developing it. But after a couple of weeks of unsuccessfully trying to dial in a good tone (I did use the computer based companion software), I threw in the towel and returned it.

(BTW, if you do get this board, I found an excellent website that meticulously describes how to get the best tones out of this unit: http[colon][slash][slash]foobazaar[dot]com[slash]podhd. But interestingly, if you listen to the audio samples posted on that site, they don't actually sound all that terrific.)

Eventually I ended up buying a Digitech RP1000 and discovered EXACTLY what it was I was looking for: inspiring tones that make it very hard for me to stop playing and get to bed when I should. I haven't come close to exploring all of the Digitech's possibilities, but it has a "brown sound" amp model, that when combined with my EP Booster on the front end, mimics Eddie Van Halen's early guitar tone to the tee. It's quite the rush!

To my ears, the difference between the POD HD and the Digitech RP1000 is like the difference between low and high definition audio. The specs say both are 24 bit, but the POD sounds like 16 to me. The Digitech sounds very analog, with rich harmonic content, whereas the POD sounds very, very digital.

This isn't what I read in other reviews, and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. So I thought I should weigh in with my experience. If you're in the market, I'd recommend you test drive, or listen to samples of both products before making a purchase.

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5.0

Excellent, still exploring features!!

By Blandis99

from Philadelphia

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    I play keys and guitar in a rock cover band, and being that I'm playing more guitar these days, I sold my pod X3live and Vetta II rig and bought the HD500X and a used DT25 from Guitar Center. With my Variax 300, I officially have the "Dream Rig". Each of these products are great on their own, but together there's tremendous flexibility and power. As a keyboard player who programs, I'm not intimidated by the learning curve of the HD500X, but I could see how some are. There's tons of forums and how-to videos to help you through it, not to mention patches - over 9,000 for the HD500/X on the Facebook group, 900 specifically for the X. Don't be put off by the factory sounds, and get over the "I play guitar and can't do computer stuff" attitude cop-out. You're on a computer reading this. Download the HD Edit software. It's a simple USB connection. Trying a new patch is literally a 3-click process. I unboxed, plugged in, checked the firmware, downloaded the software, registered the product, downloaded the Facebook patch bundle, browsed Line 6's Customtone patch library, and recreated my 4 go-to patches from my X3live, all in under 90 minutes. Programming/tweaking a patch via the HD Edit sw is way easier than trying to navigate thru the unit's screens. I don't think I ever touched a knob on my X3 for the 5 years I had it (other than master vol), and I doubt I'll touch these. I always edit with the sw, and then sync to the unit to store the preset. Hope this helps

     
    5.0

    No Complaints

    By Hartley

    from Stamford, CT

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      I hesitated about getting this (I also have the Boss GT-100 and thought it might be overkill). I was wrong: this outdoes the Boss kit in any number of ways--from tone fidelity to range and quality of available sounds. It also integrates seamlessly with my JTV-69s. In other words, I couldn't be more pleased.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not designed for my intentions

      By Ricktalyf

      from Boston MA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Not Responsive

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      After much consideration I chose the Boss GT-100 over the HD500. The HD500 dominates the Boss counterpart in the direct in/recording... the I/O on the HD500 is far better than the GT-100. However, i rely on amplitube for preliminary recording and reamping for the real thing. I needed to find a floor unit that could run good sounding amp models out of a tube amplifier. I ran a GT-10 into the return section of my 6505+ for a couple of years. For those who don't know this literally bypasses the amplifiers preamp section and is now fully controlled by the GT-100. This is where the GT-100 shines, my live sound unparalleled, most guys with ENGL and mesa mark series amps are asking where I got my 6505+ modded. I don't bother with the four cable method, but regardless the GT is miles past the HD500 when you add a tube amp to the mix. I almost thought about getting one of the new HD PODS anyway, just to have for when i visit other studios and lay down tracks that I do not have the time to sit there fidgeting with my tone, because it really is that good for direct recording. But now that Fractal Audio has released the AX-8 I think I will do a little more saving.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Step up from Pod XT but is it needed?

      By 503roofdesigner

      from medina, Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Programming
      • Sound out of amp

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      Old and New:
      Sold my XT live a couple years ago. Used for recording Bass and Guitar and was happy for the most part with the sounds. Figured the HD 500 would be better.

      Front of Amp and 4 cable method:
      When hooking up to front of amp and adjusting for my amps (Blackstar HT5 and HT 20 Studio) wanted to split the effects in my amps (compression/Overdrive in front, delays and reverb in the loop). Used the 4 cable method and adjusted the best I could.

      Sounds just don't translate well regardless of the amps you use and it sounds synthetic (note: blackstar are probably the most neutral/sterile sounding clean amps out. They don't share a common treble, mid, bass and ISF).

      Best Use:
      That said this is a recording board and nothing else. Good range of amps and pedals that are tweakable to taste when running through head phones or a interface. Best suited for rock and heavy music as that hides the lost subtly of tube amps during clean breaks or held long sustained notes.

      Needed?
      With todays computer software, numerous plug in programs do the same thing at less cost. Those have better (larger and practical layout) dashboards and sound just as good or better.

      Final:
      I got on craigslist with a case for 180. Will use for my bass and some amp models for color so would I buy, yes but not at full price.

       
      5.0

      Numerous set ups and tones

      By Jay

      from Washington state

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        Received this item a few days ago. I already have way too much gear but oh wells. I have to say that digital modeling has come a long way . Usually I prefer to use analog gear only. I must say that messing around with sounds, set ups ect. Is quite abit of fun. Started running the hd500x through my fly rig 5 and it sounds great. The fly rig adds a little more bass to mix. I own a dt 50 and soon will plug the hd into it and see what happens. As of right now just playing hd through solid state power amps. The ability to play virtually any set up is something that I really like. Happy so far!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for recording

        By Scott

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        Great pedal board for home recording in bad conditions. I'm only giving it a 4 out of 5 because at it's price point it should come with a carry bag and does not.

         
        4.0

        Some good sounds with some effort.

        By Dave

        from Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        There is some good sounds and effect to be had in this box if you put in lots of time to research and tweak your presets. I have lots of amps and lots of pedals, and while it doesn't sound d as good as the real thing it is usable. 95 percent of the audience could care less what I'm playing throungh. I have to Cary a guitar case and a small effects pedal - that's it! Yay for my old back! Plenty of output options to get these modeled sounds to the ears.

         
        5.0

        Can't beat it for the money

        By Jeff

        from Asheville nc

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          Very intuitive editing system which produces studio quality sounds and effects. The big display and lit buttons coupled with the expression pedal make it perfect for live performances

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This product does exactly what it says it does.

          By JP Lambert

          from GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Mobile
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Reduced my master volume

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          This is a fantastic peice of equipment. The variety of effects and customization makes this super versatile. My only problem is I don't have very power speakers for when I play live, and this as expected took some of the overall master volume. (Don't worry it's not too much.) Overall this is a fantastic peice of equipment, and worth every penny.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This product does exactly what it says it does.

          By JP Lambert

          from GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Mobile
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Reduced my master volume

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          This is a fantastic peice of equipment. The variety of effects and customization makes this super versatile. My only problem is I don't have very power speakers for when I play live, and this as expected took some of the overall master volume. (Don't worry it's not too much.) Overall this is a fantastic peice of equipment, and worth every penny.

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