All presets (including the factory presets) are pre-assigned to footswitches because of the way the device operates. The device holds 512 presets, organized into 8 'setlists' each containing 64 presets. Within each setlist, the 64 presets are orgainzed into 16 banks (numbered 1 to 16) of 4 presets (labeled A through D). Within each bank, you select one of the 4 presets by hitting one of the A, B, C, or D footswitches. So, for instance, preset 7C refers to the preset that is stored in the 3rd (C) position of the 7th bank in the current setlist. To change banks within the setlist you use the Up/Down footswitches to select a different bank, and then one of the A to D footswitches to select a preset within that new bank. For instance. to move from preset 7C to 5B you would hit the Bank Down switch twice, then the B switch.
To change Setlists, you use the Setlist button.
So each preset is assigned to a particular combination of the Setlist and Bank settings, followed by footswitch A to D.
To start, I would suggest auditioning the factory presets to find one that you think is close to what you want for clean, distortion, etc. presets. Then COPY that preset from the factory setlist into one of the User setlists, and begin to tweak it to your taste. You can COPY presets either directly on the HD500 device, or by the click/drag method in HD500 Edit (easier).
You would organize your presets into Banks for convenient access using the footswitches A through D.
Also, you can use Customtone - a libray of user-provided presets that can be downloaded from the website (see Customtone link at the top of this page). Once downloaded to your computer, you use HD500 Edit to audition and tweak them, and to SEND them to the HD500 device.
Hope this helps.
Thank-you for your insight Silverhead. Yes, this really helps me to begin to understand how the unit is organized.
Would setting a bank for each type of song seem logical? i.e. (clean w/fx, classic rock, hard rock, blues, maybe a mild overdrive rhythm on A with varying types of distortion on BCD for some songs)
Another clarification on your response Silverhead, You can COPY presets either directly on the HD500 device, or by the click/drag method in HD500 Edit (easier)
Does that involve linking the unit to my mac with the usb? Will the HD500 edit screen come up automatically or will I have to download or install software to enable my mac to work in that mode?
I'll answer your two questions, posed in separate posts, here:
1) Yes, organizing your banks according to song types is one way to do it. There's no right or wrong way; you'll discover what suits you best as you gain experience. Whatever works best for you is the right way for you. Note also that you can turn FX on/off dynamically within a preset by using footswitches, so you don't necessarily need a separate preset for enabling FX within a song. In other words, one preset can be used for a song even if you need a lead solo boost, or fuzz pedal, while playing a solo during the song. You would turn these FX on/off as desired at any given moment, without changing presets.
2) Yes you need to download and install the HD500 Edit program. Use Line 6 Monkey to help you do that. When you get your device the first thing you should do is download and install Line 6 Monkey and use it to update your device driver and firmware, and to install HD500 Edit.
I have the 5-8 buttons as individual patches, and 1-4 buttons set to turn effects on/off of your selected patch.
*edit* I set my 5-8 Button Patches:
5-Clean (switchable has chorus, delay, reverb)
6-Slightly O/D (switchable has chorus, delay, reverb, and extra distortion for leads)
7-Heavier Distortion (switchable has chorus, delay, reverb, and extra distortion for leads)
8-Usually Some Type of Special Dotted 8th patch here.
Hi Bushman, yeah, I wondered about the 5-8 buttons. A couple of questions if you don't mind:
1. Do you leave the 5-8 patches up there all the time and just access as needed?
2. When you say switchable what does that involve to change the patch in midsong for example?
Thanks for helping a noob
On the left of the board are two, bank up & bank down, switches.
Every time I bank up or down, a new set of 4 patches can be chosen. These are available on buttons 5-8. Each bank=4 presets (or patches, same thing)
For each patch I have selected, buttons 1-4 are available to turn effects on or off within each patch. This won't switch patches, just turn things off and on.
Also each button can be assigned to turn off more than one thing at a time. The buttons are very flexible to assign.
I just received my new HD500 last Thursday (3/28), upgraded from an XTLive, WOW what a difference right out of the box. The tone is so much more warm running through the exact same amp I was running the XTLive through. I love it so far. Biggest physical change I've had to get used to is the fact that the pedal isn't always the main volume control, but that is easily fixed just by adding it to the signal path.
I like the fact that most of the patches starting at 13A thru 16D are single path amps, a good place to start customizing your own patches.
I started by finding a great basic BF Amp patch and a Dr Z and started building my go-to patches.
I took the Basic BF Patch and saved it in bank#7 for safekeeping, and put a copy on my thumbdrive too.
Then in HD Edit went and opened the patch in Bank #1A. Then press and hold the Ctrl button and drag the #1A BF patch to the #1B, 1C, &1D spots. This creates your first Bank of presets.
#1A I set as a clean amp with some chorus. #1B same patch with Tube Driver O/D Enabled and Chorus disabled also I stack another Tube Driver in the chain for lead tones and high gain use. #1C Same Patch with a custom delay setting. #1D same patch with Dotted 8th Delay.
For a very quick fix, go to Customtone to download some patches, it's hit and miss depending on how you rig your POD but there should be some good workable ones there to get you on stage.
Also check out:
and when you get time read the guide below and start creating your own from scratch.