Line 6 POD HD500
Line 6 POD HD500

All user reviews for the Line 6 POD HD500

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 24 reviews )
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  • 10/19/10Line 6 POD HD 500 Review

    Line 6 POD HD 500 Review - Pod HD: Is It For You?

    The new Pod has arrived, after three long years of waiting — ever since the launch of the Pod X3, which provided the same models as its big brother, the Pod XT, and thus disappointed most guitar players. This time, Line 6 engineers have been really busy developing new models to be hosted in three new pedalboards. We tested the flagship of the range: the Pod HD 500.

Users reviews

tarrtime's review"Flagship Amp Sim"

Line 6 POD HD500
The Pod HD 500 is the flagship effects pedal from Line 6. Getting started is as easy as plugging in a guitar and headphones to start picking away at a preset amp model. Tweaking the internal processing of the pedal has a learning curve if you haven't used a Line 6 pedal before. I suggest using the downloadable software application to really go deep in the editing, but some people will always prefer twisting knobs.


This pedal has many improvements over the previous generation of POD X3s. The hardware has been upgraded to metal rather than plastic. This gives the pedal more of a rugged feel compared to the old plastic pedal which seemed like it wasn't made to last for very many years.
The internal DSP chips are capable of significantly more processing, which means that the amp sim models sound more realistic. There is also more storage, so there is tons of room for user presets.


I use a Variax 700 guitar with the HD 500. This allows for even more control because I can assign a specific guitar effects model to a particular user preset. Then with only click of a button, the entire signal chain can be changed. I can change between a Gibson Les Paul through a Marshall JCM800 to a Fender Telecaster through a Fender Bassman, to a Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar all by stepping on a footswitch. This can make for a huge range of possible sounds with only two pieces of gear at a gig.


The Pod HD 500 is another step forward in amp simulation. There are a wide range of amps included from clean to overdrive to extreme distortion. To me, there are still a few amps 'missing' from the X3 that I hope Line 6 includes as a firmware update to the HD line (Matchless, Orange, Budda). All in all, this effects pedal is capable of some very realistic amp sounds. Unless you are willing to pay for an Axe-Fx, this pedal is the best bang-for-your-buck.

tjon901's review"Most user friendly POD HD unit"

Line 6 POD HD500
The HD500 is the top of the line unit in the POD HD series. You can tell since it has the most buttons and the biggest screen. The big screen adds tons of usability to this unit. The small screens on the other models make it hard for you to do complex editing on the unit. You must use the pc editor to do complex patches. With this unit you can edit as much as you want on the unit. The unit comes with the same amount of amp models that the other units have and they all sound the same. The other big difference between this model and the 300 and 400 is that you can have twice the effects on a single patch this is why there are 8 effects switches on the face of the unit instead of 4. In amp mode each of these switches acts like if it was a stomp box effects pedal. This unit just as more user interface features which make it worth the extra cost. Comparing this model to an X3 live what you are dealing with is quality vs quantity. The X3 units have over 80 amp models while this one only has 16 from the factory. The 16 in this amp are the most used models in any of the line 6 units and they are modeled in much more detail than before. An X3 unit can sound as good as this but it will take much more fine tweaking to get the sound perfect.


This unit is much more usable than the 300 and 400. This is all due to the larger screen the unit has. The unit has a large screen like on the older POD units so you can see all that is going on in your patches. Unlike the 300 and the 400 it is very easy to edit a patch in the unit itself. You do not need to use the computer based editor on this unit. The funtionality added by the large screen makes this version very easy to use. The 500 has the same buttons on the face of it as the 400 but with twice as many effects buttons. The 500 lets you run 8 effects on a patch instead of 4 so you need to have 8 switches on the face for when you are in amp mode. This unit has all the same outputs as the other ones so you can connect it to anything. It has a large expression pedal that can be programmed to use with many effects. The bar on this model is smaller to it may be possible to hit the amp eq knobs with your foot while switching on the FS3 or FS4 knob. On the 400 and 300 the bar goes all the way across the amp to prevent this.


All the HD units in theory should sound the same but with the 500s better user interface it is much easier to dial in a great sound. You can do find tweaking on the unit and this makes it much easier for you to get the perfect sound quickly. With this unit you will not have to connect it to your computer to do any fine tweaking it can all be done on the amp itself. The majority of the amp models are based on classic blues amps. So if you are a blues or country player this amp has everything you want. If you are a high gain player it has some classic high gain amps like the JCM 800 and the Mesa Dual Rectifier but the number of high gain amps is a lot less than the number of cleaner blues amps. If you are looking for a large number of amps I suggest you try out the X3 pods instead since they come with like 80 amps on them and a lot more high gain amps.


If you are wanting to get a POD HD unit this is the best one. It has all the best features from the other units all in one. It has a large screen that enables editing on the unit without the use of a computer and it has the ability to switch easily between patches in a live setting. The amp models sound great and its a good rugged unit that can stand up to live situations. If you are looking for a POD HD I suggest you try and get this one first.

glassjaw7's review"A significant advance in realism and quality for Line 6 modeling"

Line 6 POD HD500
The Line 6 POD HD500 is the flagship model of the new HD series; the latest incarnation of the company's popular Pod modeling units.
The following specs for the HD500 are taken directly from the Line 6 website:

16 HD Amp Models
100+ Effect Models
Up to 8 Simultaneous Effects
512 Preset Locations
48-second Looper
1/4" Guitar Input
1/4" Aux Input
XLR Input + Microphone Preamp
Variax Digital Input (VDI)
MP3/CD Input
Unbalanced 1/4" Outputs
Balanced XLR Outputs
1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
S/PDIF Output
1/4" Stereo FX Send/Return
5-Pin MIDI Input + Output/Thru
Expression Pedal
Aux Expression Pedal Jack
Chromatic Tuner
Tap Tempo
Assignable MIDI Footswitch Controls
Software Editor/Librarian
Metal Chassis, Pedal and Footswitches

This unit is a floorboard with foot switches and knobs, as well as a rocker pedal that works as a combination volume/expression/wah pedal.

The HD500 is not a rack mount unit.


By flipping through the stock presets I was able to find some great usable tones, as well as some over the top noisy creations that were more fun and experimental than functional in a live setup.

Getting deep into the programming aspect of this device can be time consuming and a little frustrating if you don't like tweaking and just want immediate satisfaction. But compared to other multi effects units and modelers, this one is laid out very logically and has a streamlined design that is easy to get the hang of, even for a novice tweaker.
There are so many features, connections, and routing capabilities in this unit that only a good look through the downloadable manual will give you all the information you need about this product. A stripped down "quick-start" guide is shipped with the unit and only scratches the surface of what this thing can do.


NOTE: I tested the HD500 through several tube amps, into the front end of a Dual Rectifier, through just the power amp section of the Dual Rectifier, and into a P.A. system and monitors. I had the best results with the tube power amps, and that is what I'm basing my review on, as that is how I use the unit in a live environment.

I have owned or used almost every version of the Pod since they debuted, as well as many of their modeling amplifiers and effects.

I can say with confidence that the modeling has been improved greatly in the HD series. Finally, digital is starting to catch up with analog! The amp models really sound and feel similar to the real thing. Probably the biggest difference is the feel and subtle overtones and responses that can be coaxed from the unit.
For example, rolling back the guitar's volume cleaned up the plexi model until it had just the slightest bit of dirt, but the tone stayed chimey and didn't become "jittery" like the simulations from the previous pod models would. There was no jumpy digital artifact sound, just a convincing amp like sound.

The Marshall and Park (made by Marshall) amps are my favorite and are very true to the real amps modeled. The trademark Marshall high cut and wiry, complex distortion is there and it feels and sounds great to play! I was able to nail Slash's "Sweet Child" tone, or at least 95% there, Angus' back in black, and I got a great early Pearl Jam tone.

The "Treadplate" model, which is based on Mesa Boogie's Dual Rectifier, is very faithful to the real deal, and I can switch between the two to A/B them and tweak the Line 6 until they're almost identical. It feels big and crushing, just like the Boogie.

The Fender models are gorgeous and very convincing. Beautiful clean tones can be had and I bet if someone took a blind listening test, they'd have a tough time telling the Fender Deluxe Reverb apart from the simulation!

The Divided By Thirteen and Dr. Z models get an amazing semi-clean grit sound that's amazingly touch sensitive and fun to play!

The Engl Fireball 100 model is extremely tight and has your modern metal needs covered. I was really pleased with how well this model blended when setting up a two-amp patch/sound.
I actually am considering buying an Engl now after playing this simulation!

The Vox models sound like only a Vox can, enough said! Amazing for recording semi-dirty rhythms and for layering.

Using the Bogner Uberschall model, I was able to create a sound almost identical to Jerry Cantrell's huge sound on "A Looking In View" from Alice In Chains' latest release. Big and chunky like the rectifier model, but with a sweeter midrange and an even bigger sound.

The effects in the HD500 are ported directly from the M13 and M9 units. The M series was a very popular "pedalboard in a box" type of floorboard that gave you instant access to many of the most famous effects ever, and many of Line 6's own effects from their original four Stompbox Modeler units.

I haven't even used all of the effects yet, but I can say that all of them sound better than my old Pod Pro rack units. The effects were always a bit lacking in realism in the Pod units, but the HD effects are very nice. Some simulations of certain analog stomp box effects like the script phaser don't quite nail the real thing, but that is to be expected. The chorus sounds could also be a bit more deep and lush.
The verbs and delays are great, and there are many to choose from. All effects can be tweaked endlessly to perfectly suit your tone preference.


The warmth and realism in this unit is a huge advance for Line 6, and takes modeling one step closer to blurring the line between tube and digital simulation. I still prefer a tube amp, but considering the amount of connections, great effects, and ease of setup for live and studio use, this unit is a definite must-have if you're down with digital!

bolenti's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 POD HD500
I will not repeat what others have said. I especially wanted to comment on this product compared to the previous version, including the Pod X3 Live.

1) does not offer the ability to record the DI signal (dry).
2) do not charge your HP external simulations.
2) does not have two separate signal channels.
3) refuse to load some configurations due to lack of resources (HD500X partially fixed this).
4) there is only one metal handle, so not very convenient to lift it.
5) switch buttons are not strong enough (the HD500X fixed this)


For editing it is much easier to use the software interface on your computer.


One can find (almost) sound that is sought to be provided to put time and effort in programming. It should also be connected to a suitable amplification, ideally it should be the FRFR or possibly amp Line 6 DT match.

The weakness of this effect is its simulation of HP POD HD and unfortunately fails to load others from external support.


I use it for more than a year, I used to have a Pod X3 Live. In short it is a tool at a reasonable price and very convenient to I find the live. on the other hand studio, it is much easier to use plugins amp simulations or method of REAMP with a DI signal, because it allows more flexibility and generally provides more easily sounds you looking for.

oldtant's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Bad!"

Line 6 POD HD500
Some pretty convincing effects used in analog with a tube amp, the effects seem quite synthetic, use the pedal is very complex.


Extremely complex configuration, editing ditto sounds, this pedal is for musicos who have the time and inclination to spend hours and days to develop a sound!
Manual well.


Some effects out their game, compressor, reverb, especially modulation by against the distortion and other are too aggressive, it's just my opinion!


Used almost exclusively in the studio, where the sound is above the scene.
The price is too high for this Pod, which can not, for me, compete with a pedalboard to which I returned.
For that, I made a cross on the style pedal!

Bierrepc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Its good to know that being patient"

Line 6 POD HD500
Everything has already been said!
Pedal FULLY configurable.

With POD edit, you can control, effects, amps, as well as the surface of the bracket:
you can call a button to one or more effects, also the expression pedal that can be called on any button of any effect.
(I do not use it, but who wants to, it can really be awesome).
You can also have a pre-amp in the loop that will be piloted for the little it is noon.


I Pod for 1 year and a half - I did a lot of different configurations, and it is quite difficult to get something right now.

I used the headphones and a sound system, but it was not enough to edit something really correct.
Today, I turned to a pair of Adam A5x + 22VSL a presonus, which allows me to edit something more serious and I arrive at least grind the amp simulations.

The manual ... I have open at one time or another, but ... once you're on the PC, you can configure everything just enough.


I play on a RAN 7 strings, I was a bit mixed on the sound, but I realized that it is because microphones too straight (EMG 81 and 85 require) - change to predict.
When you leave a guitar with more singing microphones, it will alone, really good pedal.
I also bought a VOX ToneLab ST - To have stood there a few days ago, I found much richer dynamics (? Presence lamp) on the other hand, although it is immediately a good sound ... I fucking shit myself!

Short! All amps are not magical with all guitars, but you can always find a good sound.
Fender are quite interresting for clean, the same way as the Hiwatt and Soldano.
The Crunches are not bad either.
The only "catch" remains for distortion - Notice to fans of Marshall JCM800 - take solo overdrive that provides more gain and a better control programming channel.

Not so satisfied.
I have a 4 and 1 June rope.
I am actually quite pleased with Ampeg, so that the drive not spin too: 15/20% after it goes into a really usable overdrive. They could not have put us SVT??

The Reverb and Delay are pretty good, some distos to troubleshoot and many other effects for guitar fans ways or pink floyd dream theater.


So yes, it certainly is not a FX axis, but it's good, it's 5x cheaper and is in almost all music stores.
For someone who wants to spend time to shape the sound is nikel, for others, you take a preamp or analog pedal simpler beast.

It is a tool that is made to be plugged into a PA or monitoring system, so do not plug it into a skyscraper amp for the preamp can there not be deactivated.

The versatility of effects, settings of all kinds, routings,
The effects are not bad
A satisfactory number of amp to find just about happiness.

Too many pedals kill the pedals,
Not enough amps and still some gaps in the simulation,
One loop effect, it would benefit so we can have a genuine Swiss Army knife.
Bass amps not at all convincing and too little: Ampeg and Fender Studio ...

The product is not perfect, but it is not the most ridiculous compete.
However, it should well take your time and have something to make it sound very neutral to configure everything well.
So I put him a score of 8 - I hope that the successor of HD and HD-X will give me full satisafaction.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" pod room"

Line 6 POD HD500
All known effects, editable via the pod or Mac Pc
All known connectors


Configuring pods in general
easy edition
but tiny screens (zoom g3 thank you for the screens even if there are only that good)


Sounds pretty clear /
Sounds means and not carrémment beautiful distos the headphone


too expensive for what that is!
+ Is better to have a real and less likely to have quality or sometimes both
Live it's pretty rough and ill-defined, the headphone is filthy, home studio, as pod room, why not but less than 150 Euros

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Convaicant but could do better ..."

Line 6 POD HD500
On paper delivery of this pedal is a dream. Indeed, it would be capable of simulating the following specification:
* 22 amps: Bogner Uberschall, Divided by 13 JRT 9/15 Dr. Z Route 66, ENGL Fireball 100 Fender Bassman ("Normal" channel), Fender Bassman ("Bright" channel), Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb ("Normal "channel), Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb (" Vibrato "channel), Fender Twin Reverb (" Normal "channel with" Bright "switch off), Fender Twin Reverb (" Vibrato "channel with" Bright "switch on), Gibson EH- 185, Hiwatt Custom 100 (DR103) Marshall JCM-800 (2204), Marshall JTM-45 MkII ("Bright" channel), Marshall JTM-45 MkII ("Normal" channel), Mesa / Boogie Dual Rectifier, Park 75 ( "Bright" channel), Park 75 ("Normal" channel), Supro S6616, Vox AC-15, Vox AC-30 (Top Boost)
* CABINET x 16 Bogner 4x12 Celestion HP = 2 x 2 x Vintage & G12T75 30, Divided by 13 1x12 Celestion G12H Heritage = HP, HP = 2x12 Dr. Z Celestion G12H Heritage & Vintage 30, ENGL 4x12 Celestion Vintage HP = 30, HP = 2x12 Fender Jensen, Jensen HP = 4x10 Fender, Fender 1x12 Oxford 12K5 = HP-6, HP = 1x12 Gibson Gibson Field Coil, 4x12 Hiwatt Fane HP = 12 287, HP = 4x12 Marshall CelestionG12M Greenback, HP = 4x12 Marshall Celestion Rola G12H30W Blackback, HP = 4x12 Marshall Celestion G12T75, 4x12 Mesa / Boogie, HP = Celestion Vintage 30, Vox HP = 1x12 Celestion Alnico Blue Vox 2x12 = HP Celestion Alnico Silver Bell, HP = Supro 6x9Supro
* MIC x 8: Coles 4038 Ribbon, Condenser Neumann U 67, Neumann U 87 Condenser, Royer 121 Ribbon, Sennheiser MD 409 Dynamic, Sennheiser MD 421 Dynamic Shure SM57 Dynamic On Axis Shure SM57 Dynamic, Off Axis
* DYNAMIC x 8 Boss CS1 Compression Sustainer with the Treble switch off, Boss CS1 Compression Sustainer with the Treble switch on Line 6 Noise Gate Line 6 Vetta (sensitivity), Line 6 Vetta (amount), MXR Dyna Compressor, MXR Micro Amp, Teletronix LA-2A Compressor Optical
* DISTORTION x 15: Arbiter Fuzz Face, Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, Chandler Tube Driver, Colorsound Overdriver, DOD Overdrive / Preamp 250, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff PI, Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer, Line 6 Drive, Line 6 Distortion , Maestro Fuzz Tone, PAiA Roctave Divider, ProCo Rat, Roland Jet Phaser/AP-7, Tycobrahe Octavia, Vox Tone Bender
* MODULATION x 22 A / DA Flanger, Boss VB-2, Boss CE-1 Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier, Vibratone Fender, Ibanez Flying Pan, Leslie 145, Lightfoot Labs GoatKeeper, Line 6 Panner, Tremolo Line 6, Line 6 Phaser Line 6 Flanger MXR, Line 6 A / DA Flanger, Shifter Line 6, Line 6 Ring Modulator, Mu-Tron Bi-Phase, '70s MXR Phase 90, MXR Phase 90, MXR Flanger, Roland Dimension D, Songbird/DyTronicsTri- Stereo Chorus, Uni-Vibe
Updates the pedal and the publisher are easily the "LINE 6 MONKEY" and all these sounds are programmable and configurable via the pedal directly with the publisher or PC / MAC "HD500 EDIT".
The specifications of this version are the following pedals: 8 simultaneous effects in series and / or parallel in 2 loops, 1 amp or 2 amps in parallel, Dual Tone Amp, 512 presets, 1 loop recording 48s, 1 Chromatic Tuner , 1 Tap Tempo
For the part of the connection: Guitar Input Jack 6,35 mm, 6,35 mm Aux Jack, XLR mic input (with level control), Balanced XLR outputs (L + R), Output Jacks general asymmetric (6.35 mm G+ D) Effects loop in stereo 6.35mm Jack, Headphone Jack stereo 6.35 mm, CD/MP3 input, USB, USB MIDI, MIDI I / O, digital input VARIAX out, S / PDIF socket for pedal, L6 LINK


The configuration is ... how to say ... A "gas factory" ... yes ... This reflects the major problem of this kind of product any brand. Wanting to do everything, it comes to something necessarily complex to master the key with a certain learning time. In short, if you like simple things go your way or go to your doctor to prescribe you anti-depressants!
Fortunately it is possible to go through the PC editor "POD HD500 Edit" making things "intuitive and easier" without necessarily having to read the manual which is also well done. But hey, if you want to make a new "PRESET" PC-I wish you a lot of courage ... and rehearsal or concert unless you have a PC next to you, if you want a little play anyway you touch the pedal potentiometers to refine over the place and other musicians settings distortion volume and tone ... better to create a new "SOUND" quietly at home ... Finally there who have tried and have had problems ;)


After 2 years of use, I can say that for the part because there are too many things, which sometimes have minor differences and finally we hesitate about choosing a type of distortion, chorus, whawha of flanger ... Otherwise for the simulation, I think this pedal defends well and can be placed where you want the effect as you want in series parallel. It is a kind of laboratory trials must admit more solutions inaudible qu'exploitables ... better not to think outside the box!
Otherwise side amp simulation, a Marshall actually does not sound like a Fender or Mesa Boogie as a! To say they sound like the originals and well I'd simply being "nice" that the pedal does what he can.
In the end, of course, that this machine can not do, 500 € not expect a miracle not more! But you will find still sounds very good and very well. And the best way to have a clear idea on the part of the simulation models of this device is to listen directly:

In summary:
* For clean sounds, sounds damned good here and the settings can be sure to get a clear and according to eventually cruncher with emphasis on strings and / or using a dual microphone ... POD reacts to attack like a real amp.
* For crunch tones, we find the color and to a certain extent how to play on a tube amp with bass and lower midrange quite round ... No, this is not true, to be convinced it's best to play a riff to AC / DC :)
* For overdriven sounds, although well below a real tube amp worthy of the name, there is dynamics, sustain, a bit of warmth and harmonics. Short enough to cover all styles ...
For me, the main problem with this amp simulation is that whatever the amp used crunch or saturation grain is always the same! How to model for me to review ...


In conclusion, for € 500 this pedal is convincing but do not expect an efficient modeling amps ... I expect Line6 finally passes the convolution in the same price range: is it going to be the next (r) evolution??? I hope so ...
+ Crank sober and solid
+ Good sound in the sounds clear and Crunches
Saturation + for all styles of music
- Modeling amp unrealistic
- No ON / OFF switch
- Too effect and some similar
- Switching expression pedal hard

greg0477's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Terrible!"

Line 6 POD HD500
Config and editing sounds very simple via the HD edict
very easy to use it is a treat, not against by the software,
I prefer not to think about it.
and everything is programmed need to touch the volume settings from the pod

I love the fact that it is under the feet have the opportunity to direct four pedals (comp, overdrive, modulation fx, delay ...) + the volume and wha!
And still below 4 switches to wander through the presets!
Indeed, there is nothing better!

Nothing to say about the effects everything is well thought of is upscale and beautiful reverbs and delay are
The loop 45 seconds is very nice just need to understand the functioning and it rolls after you can without

I use a lot of sounds and effects, I like when the sound is clean and not too busy and the result is stunning!
on the other hand do not use the factory presets but must spend time on the machine and presets from vacuum is the best means
So you'll understand a little time provide early
this machine mla demand management!
but what a joy to be able to operate directly on any preset compression, delay, a TS9 to boost a JCM 800 or a soldano for solo ...
can load 8 effect blocks EFIN and feels free to do whatever you want in these three overdrive 8 blocks, no limits!

In terms of style I play pure blues to albert king through the gary moore from hendrix, sometimes metal and also jazz!
A very good versatility


sounds are very clean and clear, the guitar fit perfectly into the mix and the bass is always delicious.
This is done to plug into a PA or speaker monitoring.
behind the connector is really complete

-In the studio I use on monitor speakers M-Audio BX8 D2 and it suits me perfectly.
The USB is used for recording because it also acts as a sound card
(In cubase sx3 for me and it was perfect)
In-concert live on the sound, and it is a treat
(Especially if it is a high quality sound)


I tried most simus market boss GT100 in eleven rack!
and it is this one that I prefer for realism and clarity to line 6 really an incredible effort from the beginning of the simulation
on the other hand I've ever tried fractals.


So you understand I'm satisfied, it is a surprising machine then
spend some time on it and lots of doors will open!

Nico76210's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Do not miss it!"

Line 6 POD HD500
Y has it all!! Hd and sounds are terrible, incredible stereo ... The connection is complete for stage, studio, home ... We do what we want with it!


Be more than on fiddling xt live, the more difficult is the initial calibration, must show the hd that all buttons are ok ... After this step ... Let's go! We go in line 6 with simplicity and usability!


Perfect again, the individual may find his account. It may suffice to play on stage with a sound without an amp believe me!


Since 1 month, I have bought without trying because I have confidence in line 6! Again c is complete, you can do anything ... Check out the videos on the net ... Just to tell you the first time I ais wanted to test the stereo with jbl 2.1 Pc but ... J have sub grill! (: (My jbl ...)