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POD HD Pro Metal Bass Tone?
by aaronbagby on 2012-08-23 12:51:47

Hey guys,

I'm having the hardest time getting a good tone for bass with my HD Pro. I'm looking for a tone similar to that of a SansAmp Bass Driver. The "clank" should be there, but I also need a good low end. I've tried the Flip Top model and some others (along with various drive effects), but just can't get something I like. For what it's worth, I'm using a Fender USA Jazz Bass Plus with Lace Sensors. If anyone can help with some pointers/presets to go off, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Re: POD HD Pro Metal Bass Tone?
by meambobbo on 2012-08-23 13:11:37

not sure how this will sound on your bass, but let me know if it sounds good.">">">">

Be sure to change Input 2 from Guitar or Same to Variax.  Was not hip to that tip when putting these patches together.

Re: POD HD Pro Metal Bass Tone?
by HDProJohn on 2012-08-23 21:56:52

From my experience, the HD Pro is pretty bad for that sound/style. Solutions I've found are to go spend the $200 on a SansAmp pedal, or if recording, look into a UAD Nigel card or spend $20 on ZombBass (if you're cool with programming MIDI for your bass). FWIW, the pedal is far superior to the plugin.

Re: POD HD Pro Metal Bass Tone?
by drid05 on 2012-08-24 07:49:04

For what its worth I use MeAmBoBo's Periphery clean patch with the chorus/verb effects turned off on my drop A tuned bass. Works pretty well actually. I record two tracks then fuzz up the second and mix em together. Ive had decent results.

Re: POD HD Pro Metal Bass Tone?
by meambobbo on 2012-08-24 09:58:22

lol awesome

patch is here:">">

Re: POD HD Pro Metal Bass Tone?
by HDProJohn on 2012-09-07 09:00:31

Just found out about this:

It's a freeware version which models the SansAmp pedal. I'm curious to compare it to the actual hardware.

The YouTube clip sounds promising:

Re: POD HD Pro Metal Bass Tone?
by benceede on 2013-01-19 09:27:59


I'm also suffering to get a better metal bass tone from the HD Pro.

The high end seems to be ok but I don't feel the lows, the rumble.

I used to have a X3 and I could get a great (if not the perfect) bass sound from that.

I hope that Line 6 will announce some new bass models for the HD series.

Here's my patch, hope it helps

Re: POD HD Pro Metal Bass Tone?
by tdollaway on 2013-01-19 10:24:10

For recording, I use the tube comp on the HD500 and sometimes a mild EQ. In my DAW, I'll run two tracks. One dry with some EQ and another with the TSE BOD plugin (freeware) to dirty it up a little. On the dirty track I'll EQ some of the low end out and use it for some extra presence and midrange dirt. I then create a buss track for both bass tracks and run a compressor to glue the two tracks together.  I'm still working on getting it just right, but it might be a good starting point for home recording purposes.

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