Line 6 POD HD500X First Play

HD500X

POD HD (same as HD500)

That’s right faithful readers and Line 6 fans, I have a lovely new POD HD500X that Line 6 have kindly loaned me to do some product reviews…

It only landed on my doorstep yesterday, and the first thing I wanted to try was to compare the more powerful POD HD500X to a POD HD500 or POD HD Bean (both the HD bean and HD500 have the same processing power and I have the HD bean to hand so that’s what I’ll use).

Above is a preset I created on the POD HD500X (above top picture).  Then the lower of the 2 above pictures is as far as I got on the POD HD Bean.  The next effect I tried to add on the HD bean was the 63 Spring Reverb, and I got the DSP over limit warning.  Now I do appreciate that this isn’t a full test, it’s just me creating a preset in the order that I usually do it, and that’s as far as I got.  For reference: I usually add amps, then delay(s) and then reverb.  Perhaps adding the FX in another order would mean I can add more less DSP intensive FX to the POD HD bean preset before the DSP limit is reached (as the 63 Spring Reverb is well known to use a large amount of DSP processing resources), but that’s a test for another day.

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Line 6 DSP Guru Kris Daniel – POD HD 1.3 In Depth Feature Explanation

So… You’ve got a POD HD, and you’ve got firmware 1.3… But you’re not totally sure what the Deep Edit Parameters (aka DEPs) can do to improve your tone your tone, and you’re interested in the L6 Elektrik amp model and you’d like to know more about it.

Well Line 6 has seen the question mark above your head, and replaced it with a light bulb that’s about to turn on, in a moment of realisation of the power your POD HD contains within  it……  “Bing” (That was the light bulb turning on by the way)…

So get yourself over to check out the Line 6 Blog and be prepared to be in awe of Line 6 and of Kris Daniel, a Senior DSP Software Engineer and Uber Guru @ Line 6.

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