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Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-Effects Processor  

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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
 
4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

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73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (14)
  • Good selection of effects (13)
  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (13)
    • Home studio (11)
    • Amateur recording (9)
    • Professional recording (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great tone within

    I come to use the HD500x after owning an AxeFX Ultra for three years. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but I don't think the Axe unit sounds much better in a live situation...Read complete review

    I come to use the HD500x after owning an AxeFX Ultra for three years. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but I don't think the Axe unit sounds much better in a live situation and the pod is definitely more user friendly. I use mine through a full range powered monitor or a Marshall jubilee 50w half stack. The patches are drastically different for each application. People that say it sounds bad have probably not spent enough time tweaking the sounds. This unit with a JT Variax is all the rig any weekend warrior will need. Most people will never play through a PA good enough to appreciate any sound quality differences between this and the high end processors.

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    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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    3.0

    pod hd500x will not work with yosemite

    By pand

    from Nowata, Ok

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    Pros

    • Versatile

    Cons

    • And Line6 Knows It Too
    • Difficult To Use
    • Osx Yosemite
    • Will Not Work With

    Best Uses

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

      the program monkey will not work with Osx Yosemite and tech support knows it. It will work so far with windows environment. I put mine in the closet after working with Tech Support and posting in the community for a number of months with no solution

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      5.0

      Excellent amp and speaker modeling

      By Marshall guy

      from Undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Amp Simulations
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Speaker Simulations
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Live PA
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I have been playing guitar for 29 years and I use good sounding gear, including hand-wired all-tube amps and pro effects pedals.

        I bought the HD500X for direct to mixer/PA use. I am very happy with the amp and speaker modeling. The amp models such as Marshall copies sound great. I own two vintage Marshalls and a Block Head 18w amp and I can honestly say that this unit can copy their tones very closely. The Fender amp models also sound realistic.

        The variety of sounds you can get is very impressive. I was looking for classic and hard rock amp tones (AC/DC, The Black Crowes, Free, etc.) and this can do those and much more.

        The routing flexibility is great. You can place effects and amps in any order and even place them in two parallel paths and blend their volume and pan however you want.

        Bottom line: If you're looking for realistic amp modeling for direct recording or PA, this unit is excellent!

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        5.0

        Love this thing

        By Monty Queue

        from Anchorage, AK

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • I Love The Options This T
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

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

          I love the options this thing gives me

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great tone

          By Kiloz

          from Plymouth MN

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Steep Learning Curve

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Great tone, clean tones are superb. Takes time to find some distortion that sounds good. I play a Ibanez Premium and a JTV 59. Hooking up JTV and HD 500X is amazing what you can do. I highly recommend Glenn Delaune's tones, download them and save the trouble of writing them. Best part many options to create your own tone, yet so many options can be daunting. This is not a plug and play unit, you will need to dedicate time to getting the most out of it.
          Another bonus is not carrying an amp around... just direct to the board, and your set.
          Musician's Friend has been excellent to deal with. I thought I had a problem with the HD 500X, it was on the weekend, and the next day they were already prepared to send a replacement! They outshine any customer service I have ever experienced. I will not hesitate to purchase from them, they are more personable than guitar shops where you can go in and talk to someone. 5 stars for Musician's Friend.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The best on a Budget

          By ded2me

          from Reno, NV

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          Pros

          • Computer Editing Software
          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Price
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Not An Axe Fx

          Best Uses

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

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

          If you are on a semi-budget and are looking for something to give you what you need for guitar effects then this is IT. Easy to use and very versatile. The computer editing software is superb. You could spend months or years tinkering with the different variables. If you are an amateur recording artist at home THIS IS THE UNIT. It sounds amazing. Some of the weird FX are unnecessary in my view, but I suppose if you came up with some off the wall music then some of it could be useful. The Preset effects are pretty bland. The magic comes from creating your own tones/effects. This unit is an ALL in one unit. I sold all of my other gear because this unit had everything I needed in one nice sleek looking floor unit. I was going to buy this one or the Boss GT-100. I chose the line 6 because I have been using line 6 gear for a long time. I am used to their tones. However the GT-100 is a very competitive pedal. It is all in taste. The only thing I know of that is better than this pedal is the AxeFx II. But I don't have 2,000$ to spend. This is the next best thing.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hats Off Line 6

          By Brandon Howell

          from Paden City WV

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I will be honest I was not a fan of Line 6 and was leary about using line 6 products until my bassist said dude just try it out! He swears by line 6 so I said what do I have to lose?. So i did my research but what turned me on to this was when I saw Blue Oyster Cult and was chatting with guitarist Richie Castellano after the show. I asked him nice tone you got those Mesa Boogie's dialed in perfect. He looked at me and said no man thats from the line 6 pod on the floor. I said Richie there aint no way that tone was coming from that pod now comeon. Until he showed me I was floored! So I consulted Richie before buying this and man after I bought it 3 days later I used it for a Session! WOW!!! was all I could say and so did the engineer didnt even use an amp! Best of the Best Hands DOWN!! Get one today!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            For the price, Wonderful!!

            By Robbyg

            from SE North Carolina

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Interface
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Great Character
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              hAD IT 2-3 WEEKS NOW, getting used to interface. Unit is quite, when using with amp for rehearsal, I line out stereo to Peavey 50/50 tube post amp into Egnator 2x12 tourmaster. On stage, it's XLR's out stereo to main board, aviom as monitors. Sound quality is much better than X3Live, and interface is user friendly after a "long 1st night" learning curve. For the price, there's nothing better.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              See for Yourself

              By lostNtone

              from Louisville, Ky.

              About Me Professional Musician

              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:

                After using single pedals and several multi effects pedals over the years I have to say this is a great pedal. For me, almost all of the presets need tweaking but I have never owned any pedal that didn't. If you can't create a tone you like then keep experimenting. I like to tell people to use tiny adjustments when creating sounds. Great tones can be passed over by a fraction of a tweak on any effects pedal. It took me a few days just to get the feel of this pedal.The display does take time to get use to. I recommend using the computer editing program to set up all of your sounds. It is very easy to use and much nicer to look at. Set your presets to the footswitch you want and your ready to go.
                If you're tired of the same old brands that haven't changed much, then give this pedal a try.
                Everyone has different taste. As for myself I will say this pedal is definitely worth checking out.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good for those who are patient

                By gigman

                from Cleveland OH

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Performances

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

                  The sound quality and effects of this box is what drew me to it. After much research I decided to purchase becuase of the budget I am on and the need for versatility with the cover band I am in.

                  The default patches do show some of the possibilites this thing can do but overall are rather unispiring and I almost returned mine at first.

                  After spending a weekend learning the interface, it payed off and now I am very happy. I will say need to have a good ear and some basic understanding of effects in order to make some killer setups on your own. I think my backround in mixing and recording def helped me. For someone who has never owned a DAW or is new to guitar it is probably not the best first pedal choice.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great little unit

                  By Enigmatic

                  from Baltimore, MD

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use Gui Editor
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Great Pedal Board
                  • Great tones
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                  • Amp Models Not Accurate
                  • Awful Preset Tones
                  • Lcd Screen Not Intuitive
                  • Not Enough Flexibility

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Pretty Much Everything
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  Great little unit. Much better tone quality than my POD XT Pro. The Amps modelers dont really sound like the real Amps, but i was able to get some great tones after tweaking. I would have given it a 5 Star if it were able to load custom IRs and flexibility similar to that of the Axe Fx units. Hopefully someday Line 6 will listen.
                  That being said, it's still a very powerful unit and easy use.

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