Currently Being ModeratedJun 14, 2012 11:40 PM (in response to Masterstroggo)Re: Pod 500 HD - Suggestions to Line 6; some thoughts after using it since release
Best place to register suggestions for updates is the feedback link here. Line 6 monitor this channel --> http://line6.com/company/contact/productfeedback/
Output settings: the Pod is used by people with sophisticated and unsophisticated gear. The output settings reflect this and cater for many scenarios. Most users work out the one (or two) modes that work for them/their rig and stick with them. Frequency and focus are key when you use amp modelling and plug into the front of a combo. Yes, you can use EQ but that is a waste of DSP and effect blocks and may not be necessary if you get a good global output setup.
Transparency: The TC system does not have amp modelling so life is simpler for them. If you want effects only then set your POD for Studio direct, and turn the amp model off.
- If the POD goes in front of your amp then turn the POD Master to ~100%, the 1/4" output to 'Amp' and you should be good to go
- If it goes in the loop, set the amp loop to -10dBV and the 1/4" Output to 'Amp' and you should be good to go
If it clips or your amp loop is line-level only then there are ways to fix that .... come back.
Tone quality: 4CM can sound just great and I use it constantly but you do need to get the POD and levels setup correctly and that can be a challenge. Once you have it - its great. Checkout the link here if you have not already --> http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-2522
There is no such thing as 'Cable Length Simulation'. If you are talking about 'Cab Simulation' then this refers to the Speaker Cabinet Simulation and is relevant to amp modelling. Do I have it right?
Overdrives: There are some good tones in there. By default most have too much gain and output level for my tastes. Try turning them down and setting EQ controls to the middle initially. Try the classic distortion or overdrive for a more neutral sounding overdrive or a Buzz saw on lower gain to push a crunchy amp into a tighter distortion.
If you want a clean/solo boost, use a Studio EQ at the end of your effect chain and change the gain parameter only - boost by 3-8dB. This works very well for solos provided you have headroom on your amp.
On effect simplicity: sometimes Line 6 model an effect with less controls to maintain authenticity and it people complain because they cannot push it where they want (many effects don't have a level control and actually need one !). Line 6 cannot win !
Rule #1: Download the advanced manual from this site and keep it handy!!! Also, grab the advanced manual for the M13 processor cause that gives you what all the effect parameters do. Meambobbo has also has an awesome POD resource that is beloved by forum users. Grab that from here -->http://line6.com/support/thread/71651
In general: the HD500/Pro is very flexible by design and that means that it is more complex. I agree this is intimidating for many new users but that is why people buy the top end processors .... to get that level of control. The HD300 and 400 give a simpler approach and work well for many people.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2012 2:24 PM (in response to jimsreynolds)Re: Pod 500 HD - Suggestions to Line 6; some thoughts after using it since release
Thanks for the extensive reply! a lot of good tips in there!
I will definitely check out the links!
I think I was meaning the input impedance simulation when I said cable simulation, doesn't it simulate different cable lenghts?
In terms of the simplicity, I think the POD 300/400 are more alike what I'm asking for, however, I always end up buying the high end stuff cause I don't want to compromise in terms of quality and functionality. I used to be a tech nerd, but I have become less fond of knobs with time, now I mostly want a really transparent sound from the effects section to make justice to the sounds of my guitars and amps. I love how you can program the expression pedal to affect multiple parameters simultaneously, that's the kind of programmability I like (and use this function live also)! But I don't want to have to fiddle with settings not vital to the sound I'm trying to create, such as output settings since I don't have a clue on what the difference is between them, or input impedance simulation for that part either (now I know where to read up on that though=).
Overall I'm a satisfied POD user and want to help in making the POD a better product, even for people like me that want's all the functions, but also want simplicity at the same time, and that's why I'm writing here!
Thanks again for the reply, I will actually print your post and test out the suggestions!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2012 4:32 AM (in response to Masterstroggo)Re: Pod 500 HD - Suggestions to Line 6; some thoughts after using it since release
Sorry man, I don't think you'll get much creditabilty here, first, member since 2007 but only 1 post? And in that one post your basically thrashing the HD500 compared to other units. The tags on your post will make so that a new buyer would generaly use those terms to search for a "review" and they would see yours saying how much better the BOSS and TC Electorincs units are compared to the POD.... Also, I don't care what guitar,amp,pedal, or unit you buy, you will HAVE to tweak to you, which there's plently of info on here for tips and tricks to help get you started..... Sorry, I call BS on your entire post!!!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2012 10:30 AM (in response to holeshot1982)Re: Pod 500 HD - Suggestions to Line 6; some thoughts after using it since release
i actually agree with most of his post, other than the tone stealing for 4CM which I've never experienced.
I agree there should be two output modes, or ditch them altogether. If the user wants the effect of switching output modes, let it be a global patch update or something like that, which can be further tweaked. Or just include a global EQ - that's what all 4 "live" modes amount to.
Some of the tweaking is not user friendly. I wouldn't mind default and advanced options pages.
The flangers on the HD SUCK. I don't know how one manages to screw up such relatively simple effects. I disagree about the smart harmony - I think it does a good job.
Overall, I think the Pod is the best at what it does, but I do hope Line 6 listens to the feedback and adjusts this and future products to their customers' desires.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2012 1:46 PM (in response to meambobbo)Re: Pod 500 HD - Suggestions to Line 6; some thoughts after using it since release
I have had some problems with loosing prescense when running the 4CM. Currently I'm using the POD in the effect loop only to avoid all that wiring that could steal tone. I have always liked to be able to tweak a lot of settings to experiment, but with time I have become a bit weary of having to tweak 200 knobs to get that sound. I have also had the benefit of having friends with different multieffect pedals and have been able to compare them all in depth. Overall the POD compares well, but leaves a bit to wish in terms of simplicity and effect quality (the flanger for instance). Some effects are great, such as the delay's which I like.
There is still something about the POD that makes me like it, and that's why I'm writing in this forum, just share my thoughts!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2012 1:35 PM (in response to holeshot1982)Re: Pod 500 HD - Suggestions to Line 6; some thoughts after using it since release
Holeshot1982, I do believe most products out there have room for improvement, and so does the HD 500. I'm nevertheless a satisfied POD user, and the reason
why I'm writing here is that I want the POD to become even better product, I want to contribute to the community surrounding Line 6 with my thoughts since I want to help them improve their products for the next generation of multieffect pedals. I know that there are a lot of conflicting views regarding how the POD should be like, but this is my view. I don't need credibility to express my oppinion.