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Line 6 POD HD500 - Multi-Effects Pedalboard

B&H # LIPODHD500 Mfr # 99-060-1615
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 16 Amplifier and 16 Cabinet Models
  • 100+ Effects
  • 512 Presets
  • 12 Foot Switches
  • Effects Send and Return
  • Onboard Looper (48 Seconds)
  • Built-In Tuner
  • Expression Pedal
  • Software Editor/Librarian
  • All-Metal Construction

The POD HD500 from Line 6 is a multi-effect pedal that boast 16 state-of-the-art Line 6 HD amplifier models, more than 100 modern and vintage-styled M-class effects, and a comprehensive set of digital and analog I/O. The HD modeling captures the genuine playability that guitarists demand.

Based on new technology, the models use 10-times more amplifier information than before, including single-ended Class A tube stages, Class AB push/pull interactions, power supply behavior, and more. The result is unprecedented, warmth, feel, sustain and articulation.

Up to eight of the over 100 M-class effects can be used simultaneously. The unit offers flexibility to mix and match amplifiers and pedals in multiple preset rigs, recallable at the stomp of a switch. Additionally, the POD HD500 functions as a fully featured looping, pitch shifting and harmonizing machine. The unit also allows for "Dual Tone" operation, where the signal can be routed through two different chains of models.

The included editor/librarian software is easy to use, making it a snap to quickly dial in a desired tone. Comprehensive connectivity makes the pedalboard equally suitable for live and studio use. The POD HD500 can connect to just about anything - analog or digital, balanced or unbalanced, for amplification or recording.

Stereo send and return jacks are available for adding additional external effects. A microphone input with trim is included, as is MIDI I/O, a 1/4" auxiliary input, Variax digital in, and an RCA coaxial S/PDIF digital output.

Finally, the unit is built like a tank with bent sheet metal housing and heavy-duty metal footswitches and expression pedal. No injection-molded plastic boxes here - the POD HD500 is ready to lap up years of road and stage abuse.

HD amplifier models feel, behave, and interact with previously unachievable realism for an entirely new playing experience
16 HD amp models based on the most sought-after guitar tones - California cleans, classic crunch, vibey boutique warmth, modern high-gain, and more;
512 user-writable preset locations
100+ effects including delays, modulations, distortions, compressors, EQs, filters, and reverbs
19 delays (including cool tube and solid-state tape echoes)
23 modulations (including both blackface-style opto and brownface bias-modulating tremolo, phasers, choruses, and rotary speakers)
17 distortions (classic stompbox distortion, to vintage fuzz, to thick metal chunk)
12 compressors and EQs (including stomp comps and studio tube compression)
26 filters (including wahs and several exclusive custom filters)
12 reverbs (from surfy springs, to studio plates, to cutting-edge digital room sounds)
8 simultaneous FX with "Dual Tone" functionality
Tap tempo
48-second looper with dedicated footswitches for Play Once, Pre/Post, Rec/Overdub, and Play/Stop
Built-in tuner with signal mute
1/4" and XLR outputs (mono/stereo)
1/4" headphone output
Coaxial S/PDIF output (clean signal for recording to a DAW for later reamping or processing)
Stereo send and return loop connectors
XLR microphone input with trim
Variax digital in
Secondary expression pedal input
MIDI I/O
L6 LINK jack for seamless integration with Line 6 DT50 tube amplifiers
MP3/CD input
Free editor/librarian software
Bent sheet metal chassis, metal footswitches and expression pedal
Amplifier Models
  • Fender Twin Reverb
  • Hiwatt Custom 100 (DR103)
  • Supro S6616
  • Gibson EH-185
  • Fender Bassman
  • Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb
  • Divided by 13 JRT 9/15
  • Dr. Z Route 66
  • Vox AC-15
  • Vox AC-30 (Top Boost)
  • Marshall JTM-45 MkII
  • Park 75
  • Marshall JCM-800 (2204)
  • Bogner Uberschall
  • Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier
  • ENGL Fireball 100
Pedals Expression
Switches 12 x Foot Switches
Controls 12 x Rotary Knobs
1 x Expression Pedal
Connectors Inputs
1/4" TS phone Guitar
1/8" stereo mini CD/MP3
1 x XLR Microphone
1 x ¼" TS phone Auxiliary
2 x 1/4" TS phone Effects Return
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Expression Pedal (additional)
1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In
1 x Variax Digital In

Outputs
2 x 1/4" TS phone (unbalanced)
2 x XLR (balanced)
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Effects Send
1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out
1 x RCA coaxial S/PDIF
1 x XLR L6 LINK
1 x USB 2.0

Effects Stomps
4 Band Shift EQ
'63 Spring
Attack Synth
Bass Octaver
Blue Comp
Blue Comp Treb
Boost Comp
Buzz Saw
Classic Distortion
Color Drive
Dimension
Facial Fuzz
Frequency Shifter
Fuzz Pi
Graphic EQ
Growler
Heavy Distortion
Jet Fuzz
Jumbo Fuzz
Line 6 Distortion
Line 6 Drive
Mid Focus EQ
Octave Fuzz
Octisynth
Overdrive
Parametric EQ
Particle Verb
Pitch Glide
Q Filter
Red Comp
Ring Modulator
Rotary Drum
Rotary Drum and Horn
Screamer
Slow Filter
Smart Harmony
Spring
Studio EQ
Sub Octave Fuzz
Synth String
Synth-O-Matic
Tron Down
Tron Up
Tube Drive
Vetta Comp
Vetta Juice
V-Tron

Mods
Analog Chorus
Analog Flanger
Barberpole Phaser
Bias Trem
Dual Phaser
Obi Wah
Opto Trem
Panned Phaser
Panner
Pattern Tremolo
Phaser
Pitch Vibrato
Script Phase
Seeker
Spin Cycle
Throbber
U-Vibe
Voice Box

Delays
Analog Echo
Analog with Mod
Auto Volume Echo
Digital Delay
Digital Delay with Mod
Dynamic Delay
Echo Platter
Echo Platter Studio
Lo Res Delay
Multi-head Delay
Ping Pong
Reverse Delay
Stereo Delay
Sweep Echo
Sweep Echo Studio
Tape Echo
Tape Echo Studio
Tube Echo
Tube Echo Studio

Reverbs
Cave
Chamber
Ducking
Echo
Hall
Octo
Plate
Room
Tile

Wahs
Chrome
Chrome Custom
Colorful
Conductor
Fassel
Throaty
Vetta Wah
Weeper

Display Backlit LCD
Power Supply External power supply (included)
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Line 6 POD HD500 - Multi-Effects Pedalboard
  • External Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Line 6POD HD500 - Multi-Effects Pedalboard
     
    4.7

    (based on 3 reviews)

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          4.0

          Great Sounds Available

          By teek

          from S.F. Bay Area

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Not Enough Good Presets

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 - Multi-Effects Pedalboard:

          This is an amazing piece of technology and after a month I'm still trying to program it for my particular purposes. While it's easy to get very useful tones for studio work relatively quickly (much like it's predecessors) I've been having some difficulty making it work for live situations. Even though this flagship model was specifically designed and engineered to address that very issue as was experienced in earlier POD incarnations the switch from analog signal paths to this all digital modeling method will take some time to work out to my satisfaction in a live performance setting. They did, however, improve the tactile response of guitar-to-final output which makes playing closer to the real thing than in previous PODs I've been able to DEMO. One thing that would have helped would be packing it with more useful factory presets as starting points. There's a lot of stuff there just to show off the processing capabilities but not necessarily useable in real world applications. To be fair to Line 6 though the website product info does mention the differences between the HD300, HD400 and HD500 and this model is definitely advertised as the most open ended of the 3 as far as what you can do with it... or should I say: what you HAVE to do with it - a real "tweaker's delight"! The only real knock I have on the product is the software (big surprise there) that is intended to keep the hardware and firmware updated to the most current available and the editor/librarian to be able to manage the presets. Neither will run on the Macintosh Power PC platform (Intel only) which really chaps me (unfortunately Line 6 is not the only audio software developer taking this tack) but the Windows version is buggy on Pentium class processors running XP so it would appear that Intel compatibles have rule of the roost in this area. Aside from that it's a real sound investment that will keep you busy for many, many hours of digital modeling bliss.

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          5.0

          Brilliant Box!

          By Audio2000

          from Seattle

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Amazing responsiveness
          • Amp sims industry best
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Huge amount of variations
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • No input level indicator
          • No Output level indicator
          • No recommended case

          Best Uses

          • Composing
          • Gigs
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Sparking Ideas

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 - Multi-Effects Pedalboard:

          I am a session guitarist, do Top 40, jazz, R&B, even Zydeco gigs - so I put this box to the test on a daily basis.I have replaced 2 amps, foot controllers and a rack of FX with this brilliant box... not to mention the fact that I no longer have to rely upon some vendor's backline or haul/ship expensive gear that tends to not like being handled like tourist luggage - or break my back moving gear.I did have to spend a bit of time tweaking settings and creating my own sounds to fit genre's and set lists, but with the included editing s/w not only could I do this easily (an intuitive interface that even a drummer could understand), it was inspirational. I could quickly discover variations of cabinets, heads, audition the order of FX, assign switches/pedals... and find variations that I would have never discovered in the real world - at least not without spending obscene amounts of money on more amps than would fit in my house (not to mention[*] off the neighbors). Bottom line, this box is a Home-Run for Line 6.The most amazing feature is that the models actually respond like a real amp with amazing tone!! I have certain mainstream amps that start with the letter "F" that are not as responsive as these models. I was blown away.If you are a one-trick player, perhaps not the box you need, however for the guitarist that wants a huge palette of versatility to address gigs, or to simply spark your creativity (I turned on my rig while exploring... all kinds of new ideas were laid down), this unit is a must have.

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          5.0

          VERY NICE UTILITY PEDAL BOARD

          By Tomoki

          from JAPAN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • It is a little heavy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Line 6 POD HD500 - Multi-Effects Pedalboard:

          I use it because of live and the recording.

          I am considerably satisfied with it.

          Modeling has evolved very much.

          It firmly reacted to the volume of the picking and the guitar, and the sound became three-dimensional, too and I was able to feel considerable real.

          The degree of freedom of the multi effector is very high, and the sound is also wonderful.

          It is detailed, and the sound is made, and how of the effect for the row is also freely revokable.

          They to be able to be the assign doing various parameters to each foot switch, and it finishes being in real time on-off.

          Because MIDI is also good to this at assign, it is excellent as the MIDI controller.

          It became operation with a smooth expression pedal.

          If the modeling of the cabinet is not examined closely especially firmly, it is annoyed by the distance of a peculiar sound to POD.

          The function and the tone quality only of this are packed, and, generally, I think it is wonderful because it is this size.

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