Currently Being ModeratedOct 17, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to jamminforever)Re: New owner of POD HD-500 ....
Yes you can plug headphones in without using an amp, note that the tones won't sound the same as when plugged into an amp or through a PA.
The HD500 is a great board, spend some time getting the tones like you want them and you'll never look back!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 18, 2012 7:24 AM (in response to clbryant1981)Re: New owner of POD HD-500 ....
As for the 4 cable method, is there a rule of thumb about which effects should go before or after the pre-amp? Is there a chart? I do understand that this isn't a must stick to rule and can be broken, but I was looking for some general chart that lists what generally is done...
Currently Being ModeratedOct 18, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to jamminforever)Re: New owner of POD HD-500 ....
Have a look at the document here. It explains what 4CM is and where the effects go when you use 4CM --> http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-2523
If you are happy with this idea then the specific instructions for setting up 4CM on the HD500 are here --> http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-2522
There are other good resources on 4CM on this site if you need them, including this video --> http://line6.com/support/docs/DOC-2112
One point to remember with FX Order in general is that there is no one 'right' way to sequence them and taste is a big factor. The list below is one example of a classic approach though.
In front of the amp:
After the amp:
Usually in front of the amp:
- Pitch shifter
Usually after the amp:
Either side without preference:
- EQ (note: see Meambobbos High Gain guide for advice here)
Google can fill in more details on effects order if desired. example .... http://atoragon.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/perfect-guitar-effects-chain-order.html
Currently Being ModeratedOct 19, 2012 6:10 AM (in response to jimsreynolds)Re: New owner of POD HD-500 ....
Thanks to Jim and all the other people that have helped me here. Before, I was just a Marshall JCM-800 guy with a few stomp pedals in front of my amp, then when that got left in a storage unit via my idiot drummer and got flooded out, I ended up with a line 6 spider 120.
Last question, for those effects that are routed in front of my amp, I have an EFX switch on my mark V footswitch, will that turn it off, or will it have no effect?
Thanks again everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 18, 2012 8:10 AM (in response to jamminforever)Re: New owner of POD HD-500 ....
Jim Reynolds is the 4 cable guru on here. Check out some of his stuff. The rule of thumb with 4 cable, as well as any conventional pedal setup is that Wahs, Distortions, OD's, Comps, maybe flangers and phasers depending on the sound you're after, are going to sound best in front of the preamp. Delays, Chorus, Reverbs are going to sound best after the preamp. I would recommend 4 cable because it offers more flexibility. I'm using it for effects only right now too.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 18, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to jamminforever)Re: New owner of POD HD-500 ....
You deserve them man. I can't stress enough how easy all of your posts have made it to get "in the ballpark" with all this stuff. Like I said in another thread, just follow the instructions step by step. Its as easy as that.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 19, 2012 6:55 AM (in response to RICHJONES)Re: New owner of POD HD-500 ....
I also noticed the "Output Options" settings affects tone big time. If you choose "Combo Front" (which you may want with the rig you are describing), there are 3 settings with that, Low, Focus, and High. The default for Low & High is -47 and -50 of attenuation for both. These 2 settings "eat up" all the lows/highs heading for the amp. I am using my HD500 with no amp model, using the 1/4" unbalanced output into my AC-30 inputs. I ended up setting both those Low & High to "flat", leaving the Focus on the default 570Hz. I also like to compare the sound of the HD500 to my amp versus having it bypassed. When the Tuner is selected, you can either have the HD500 muted or bypassed (knob 2 when the tuner is on). You'll get a good sense of what the HD500 is really doing to your sound versus the sound of your guitar hooked to the amp with no HD500 effect.
I enjoy these forums and am learning a lot as I am a new owner of the HD500.