These forums are read only, please use our new forums here.

Main :: POD HD

Support forums for all POD HD products

External foot switching?
by Richardpreece on 2012-12-03 05:19:47


Does anyone know if its possible to use a footswitch on the Pod HD 500 to control an external device such as selecting between my Seymour Duncans` 2 amp channels?

I have seem the 4 lead method when using an amp but that still does`nt change between the 2 channels.

Or am i missing something?

Richard, Wales .

Re: External foot switching?
by mlong on 2012-12-03 05:42:58

I think you would have to use MIDI out of the HD500 to trigger a MIDI relay switch. Something like this would work.

Re: External foot switching?
by jimsreynolds on 2012-12-03 07:16:12

mlong is correct.  There is no built in switching system within the HD series but there is Midi.  A device such as the one suggested would allow you to switch channels.  Some amps such as the JVM have MIDI built in for switching but I do not know whether that is a feature of the SD Amps.  

The four cable method does not help with switching of channels on the amp.  However, you can use it to switch between the current channel on your amp and a modelled amplifier on the HD.

Re: External foot switching?
by jimsreynolds on 2012-12-03 07:33:43

Actually the device suggested by MLong is pretty basic and you might need to get your hands dirtier than you want to getting it working.  Other products exist such as the Amp Gizmp (">"> this is quite dear.  People have suggested other Midi -->  Amp switcher devices on the forum so have a search.

Re: External foot switching?
by Richardpreece on 2012-12-03 07:43:49

Hi mlong

Thanks for that idea.

I will look into it .

I was hoping to that the Pod would have a midi relay abillity so i could cut down on outboard gear but at least i won`t need to hop about trying to switch patches and amp channels .

ta Richard

Re: External foot switching?
by mlong on 2012-12-04 10:39:47

The MIDI Solutions Realy will take a little setup but it's not hard. The program that you use is a free download and you can look at it before buying the box. It's half the price, but it depends on your needs.

Re: External foot switching?
by TheRealZap on 2012-12-04 11:00:01

it'd be mountains easier just to run a seperate footswitch to your amp

<--- captain obvious.

moral of the story, just because you can do something... doesn't make it worth it.

i'm sure you simply have different needs than i do, and it's all good... just best not to overlook the simple solutions

Re: External foot switching?
by jimsreynolds on 2012-12-05 03:32:02

(Cough! ....  Boss GT Range .... Snuffle ....)

Anything that prevents footswitch-dancing mid-song is worth its weight but it is the usual swings and roundabouts.   The HD series loses a comparitive point on this one but scores higher in other areas.

The information above may not be current, and you should direct questions to the current forum or review the manual.