Line 6 POD HD500 Review
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60 of 64 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
19 of 21 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
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Sounds good and has the potential to get even better,
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This review is from: Line 6 POD HD 500 (Electronics)I've had my POD HD500 for less than a week, so I'm still forming an opinion of the unit. First, the good news: HD modeling sounds good, much better than previous iterations of Line 6 technology. The output is more responsive to your playing and the amps themselves sound great. The effects are also good (same as the M13), and there's a good variety of them, enough for classic guitar pedalboard emulation as well as more exotic effects.
Using two amp simulations side by side is also very effective--it's great to have a cleaner amp on one side and a dirtier amp panned hard to the other. Gives a great stereo image if you're playing in stereo. You lose the ability to add more FX models when you use two amps, as there's a limited amount of DSP power onboard and running two amp models uses a good deal of it. However, I've found there's still enough for basic things like a delay and reverb (although not some of the more complex reverb models) along with an overdrive pedal or two--so... Read more
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