Great all round multifx with more features than I'll ever need
I've owned the Line6 Pod HD500X for a few months now and, after initially being a little overwhelmed by the full array of features on offer, I'm getting to grips with just how awesome this product it.
Initially I spent time going through all the presets in the HD500X, and there is a lot on offer. I'm running this into an Orange Mirco Terror through the line in jack so as to hear as clean a sound from the POD as I can, it seems to work well in this set up. Since then I've created a few patches of my own. I particuarly like the Tweed amp simulation which gives a very nice clean tone and can be shaped nicely with a few pedals. I've recently been runnning this without the amp and cab sims so I've quicker access to an array of effects pedals. Once you get used to the menus, tweaking settings as you go is very quick and easy.
The built in organ simulators are also a highlight. I never thought I'd have a use for this, but we've recently used this in our band to simulate the organ in House of the Rising Sun. Very handy and the sound is great.
My only gripe with this unit is portability. It's a little cumbersome and can be hard to carry around. Luckily the padded case with the bundle solves this issue and has plenty room for cables etc too.
I bought the HD500X to replace an old Digitech RP2000. I was looking for versatility and good amp tones and effects.
When I got it I was very excited, though it took me a very long time to get a usable tone. Overall, effects (chorus/tremolo/etc) are fine, but amp simulation, in my opinion, is very weak. This has greatly dissapointed me, and I was almost going to return it.
At one point I even thought it was due to malfunction it, so I asked on the Line6 forum. You can check the post out and some sound samples of 'my issues' here: [LINK]
I kept the HD500X though, since for live situations, and when going through an amp, it does reasonably well (after some tens of hours of tweaking). This is because some details are lost in the mix with other instruments/drums.
Now, my verdict about amp simulation: If you are picky with tone and you enjoy playing with the volume knob of your guitar to get different tones with a distorted amp, I would recommend to stay away from the HD500X. After trying something like Positive Grid Bias, which is really amazing in terms of dynamics, it is easy to notice the difference with the HD500X amps. However, if you play djent or some heavy music, you may be very happy with it.
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