Line 6 POD HD500 Review
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Actually 4.5 stars, but I rounded up... GREAT SOUNDS! THE FIZZ IS GONE!,
This review is from: Line 6 POD HD 500 (Electronics)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... Read more
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Big improvement over previous Pods,
This review is from: Line 6 POD HD 500 (Electronics)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... Read more
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
LINE 6 POD HD500 effect/amp modeler,
This review is from: Line 6 POD HD 500 (Electronics)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... Read more
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