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#21 phoenixv

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 05:10 PM

Once again, thanks to everyone for all these greatly helpful and greatly appreciated replies. I am amazed at how good the HD 500 sounds now after the reset. I hope to get EFX loop fixed in my Mark I so I can run the HD 500 through the FX loop and see how the sound changes *not* going in through the front.

 

Tonight I'm going to try and do the pedal recalibration and try and get the on-board pedal to actuate. Then I'll work on the stereo set up and also plan to try and download the tones that GT Lazer linked me to, and try and figure out how to upload them into the HD 500; not sure how to do that.

 

I'm glad to be part of this forum; it's my first one, and I hope to be contributing soon, once I get to know the HD 500 better. 

 

Just for the record: I ran the HD 500 into the front of the Coyote HG using an ABY, and then ran my dynacomp, Fuzz Factory, Box of Rock, Freeze, Carbon Copy, Space, and Timefactor, and RC 20 into the Boogie, and started looping and layering, simul-playing, and it was awesome. The HD 500 really does sound good, especially for the kind of tones I like which is usually really heavy rock and roll.

 

Cheers and more soon.


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#22 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 05:57 PM

One thing - to make the onboard pedal to work you have to be on the correct EXP-1 or EXP-2 mode.  Look at the two lights and see that the proper one is selected.  You push the pedal all the way forward HARD to switch to the other mode.  I got fooled by that several times.  I set up  to use the volume pedal but the control was  set to the wrong EXP mode.  You can recalibrate the pedal but this may really be your problem.


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#23 phoenixv

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:51 PM

I calibrated the onboard exp pedal as per the link above and it works fine now. Downloaded a ton of custom tones--awesome. And played with the input settings--studio direct seems to sound best at the volume I'm playing at tonight. 

 

Hard to believe that in 48 hours I went from having an HD 500 sitting around collecting dust since last May to a unit that sounds amazing, will save me a lot of money on not buying some of the new pedals I was going to get (like a Digitech Whammy) *and* will probably cause me to retire my long chain of pedals. All in exchange for this one black box. So glad I didn't sell it. 


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#24 bjnette

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

While the custom tones are good and some great how they are set up can differ and play havoc with your levels from patch to patch.

 

If you really want to hear how good the amp modelling is just load a amp model and tweak ever so it to your liking to suit your guitar. Go deeper and get a feel for the response using bias etc. You got to hand it to Line 6 for a pretty darn good effort.

 

Different guitars, even pickup brands and types  can sound totally different and be a source of WTF when tayloring your own tones.
 

Glad you got it dusted off and are enjoying a great sounding value for money toolbox that is the HD500.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 02:04 AM

@phoenixv:
Glad 2 hear you finally found a good sounding solution.
Welcome onboard...
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#26 phoenixv

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:00 AM

Thanks John, thanks everyone. It's good to be onboard. My next step will be to start tuning the tone of the HD 500 for my Coyote and Boogie. Today I plan to get the EFX loop issue worked out on the Boogie so I can run into the EFX loop. Sounds like that will lead to better tone. 

 

One question, Glenn Delaune, on Youtube, sells presets he makes. Does anyone have any comment on these? I was thinking about purchasing a package because of the David Gilmour preset. Just wondering what the consensus is about the quality of the presets? 

 

And to find a particular artist tone on custom tone, Santana, Clapton, Hendrix, Gilmour, or the tone on a particular song, is there a good way to find those specific tones and high quality versions of them? 

 

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#27 TheRealZap

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:05 AM

custom tone is a mixed bag... best to consider it a nice starting point... every once in a while you get lucky though...

Glenn's patches are quality.

 

Thanks John, thanks everyone. It's good to be onboard. My next step will be to start tuning the tone of the HD 500 for my Coyote and Boogie. Today I plan to get the EFX loop issue worked out on the Boogie so I can run into the EFX loop. Sounds like that will lead to better tone. 

 

One question, Glenn Delaune, on Youtube, sells presets he makes. Does anyone have any comment on these? I was thinking about purchasing a package because of the David Gilmour preset. Just wondering what the consensus is about the quality of the presets? 

 

And to find a particular artist tone on custom tone, Santana, Clapton, Hendrix, Gilmour, or the tone on a particular song, is there a good way to find those specific tones and high quality versions of them? 

 

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#28 jandrio

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:23 AM

Try attached demo patches designed for "Studio Direct" and JTV 2.0.

Modify at taste.

Rgds/John

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#29 phoenixv

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:24 AM

custom tone is a mixed bag... best to consider it a nice starting point... every once in a while you get lucky though...

Glenn's patches are quality.

Good to know. Knowing that, I'm going to order the set with the Gilmour tones. It's ironic that I have, and use, a mountain of pedals, constantly trying to create tones, sounds, effects, sonic landscapes, that I love. And suddenly this one black box that I can just step on, does so much. I don't know if the tone is as good as my Coyote HG with pedals, I don't know if I'd use it with my band live, but man does it sound good to me in my house!


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:25 AM

Try attached demo patches designed for "Studio Direct" and JTV 2.0.

Modify at taste.

Rgds/John

Awesome! Thanks John!


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:32 AM

Quick question:

 

I was able to fix the FX return on my Mark 1 Reissue yesterday on the phone with the Mesa tech department. It turns out that my Boogie was labeled backwards at the factory back in 89, so the FX receive was actually the return and vice versa. Funny. Once we figured that out I was able to get all my time based pedals to work in the FX loop of the Mark I and so, very excited, I connected the HD 500 using the L/mono out into the Boogie return (in the end I tried it in both send and return). The result is the sound level is so low I can barely hear the sound unless I turn the Boogie (100 watts) up to 8 on the master. (normally 8 on the master would bring plaster down off the walls).

 

Does anyone have an idea why I'm getting such a low level of sound? I tried all the different output settings on the HD 500, I tired line and amp level, and in all cases, the volume is very low.

 

Any thoughts would be very welcome. I feel like I am so close to getting the HD working at last, but just when I get close, another glitch.

 

Thanks!


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#32 jeffsguitars

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 03:57 PM

I have the same problem EVERY time I play outside. The expression pedal function goes crazy. Can't re callibrate or fix while outside. Then I get home and everything works fine. I have both HD500 and HD300 and have to bring both to outdoor gigs as only one of them will usually work outside. REALLY frustrating!! I even bring a hi-end power conditioner designed for computer use and it doesn't help. Really Sucks!!!

 


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:00 PM

the expression pedal is optical... probably picking up sunlight... drape a bandana or cloth napkin over it and it might behave better.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 07:02 PM

Also, you have to step hard on the pedal to actuate it, you can't easily do it by hand.

 

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 07:28 PM

Just want to say thank you, this post helped me out with my POD HD500X, first I had it plugged directly into the guitar input on my Marshall MG 100DFX, the sound was great a low volume, if I turned up the volume it was so over driven I would get a deep low drone with and distortion effect I tried, after viewing the post's I plugged directly into the FX return on the back of the amp, and what a huge difference it made, I can crank the heck out of it and it just sound awesome now, I was starting to wonder if the POD HD500X was a good purchase, now I can say, I am very pleased with the sound and purchase, now it’s time to play and tweak my sounds, Great effects system. 

 

I did notice the discussion of a reset, where and how do you reset the unit. 


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