Deep Dive into the Effects of the POD HD Multi-Effects Processors: Stereo Delay

It’s been a little while since my last Tips & Tricks blog post, but it’s good to be back exploring some of the effects in POD HD multi-effects processors! We’re well on our way through all 19 delay models in these bad boys, but we still have a few more to go.

About the Stereo Delay Effect

This week I want to talk a little about the Stereo Delay model in POD HD multi-effects processors.

This is a Line 6 original delay effect, so there's really no traditional "history" to the effect. When I asked Angelo Mazzocco, Line 6’s Lead DSP and Embedded Systems Engineer about the Stereo Delay effect model, he said:

“The Stereo Delay model is just a straight digital delay on each side. The nice thing about it is you can have completely different signals feeding the left and right delays, and they stay separate.”

This could definitely come in handy if you’re the type of musician who likes to send a stereo signal into your effects chain.

The Stereo Delay effect is very clean and, in my opinion, sparkles just a bit. It’s also quite versatile, not only for its ability to accept two discreet input signals and keep them separate, but also because it sounds great with low gain as well as high gain tones.

Stereo Delay Parameters

The Stereo Delay in POD HD multi-effects processors has five main parameters:

Left Time – This parameter sets the speed of the delay on the left side of the stereo field.

Left Feedback – This parameter sets the amount of repeats on the left side of the stereo field.

Right Time – Same as Left Time, only this applies to the right side of the stereo field.

Right Feedback - Same as Left Feedback, only this applies to the right side of the stereo field.

Mix – The amount of delay signal to mix into your dry signal.

If you’ve been reading my blogs you know I always include some tones and sound clips, and this blog is no exception. You can download the following tones, as well as all of my tones, at Custom Tone. Enjoy!


There’s nothing fancy here. This tone is just a Blackface Dbl Norm amp model and a single Stereo Delay Effect. It sounds great if you have a guitar with humbuckers set to the neck pickups. If you’re a finger style guitarist, this tone can work particularly well for you. The Left Time parameter is set to about 255ms and I have Right Time set to dotted ¼ notes. The Left Feedback parameter is at 60% while Right Feedback is set to 65%. I have the delay Mix set to 60% as well.

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For some reason I always find myself coming back to the Gibtone 185 model in POD HD multi-effects processors. I absolutely LOVE the way this little amp breaks up when you crank the Drive parameter. It sounds wonderful through a guitar sporting humbuckers with the pickups in the bridge position. Similar to how I set the delay effect in the RawStereoDly tone, I have the Left Time parameter set to 295ms and the Right Time set to dotted 8th notes instead of ¼ notes. The Left Feedback parameter is set to 50% while the right side Feedback parameter is set to 60%. The Mix parameter is once again set to 60%.

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I don’t know what my infatuation with Reggae tones is, but every time I play with my POD HD500 I seem to try and dial in a better one. This particular tone is fairly straightforward, and showcases the Stereo Delay quite nicely. I’m once again using the Blackface Double Nrm amp model. The Left Time parameter on the Stereo Delay is set to 155ms and the right side Time is set to ¼ note triplet. The Left Feedback parameter is set to a lower 25% and the Right Feedback parameter is set slightly higher at 40%. I’ve got the Mix parameter set just above half way at 55%

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Ok. Here it is. That big 80’s rock sound we mention in the POD HD manuals. It’s really easy to dial in this type of tone using the Stereo Delay. You might want to tweak it to taste, but I think it’s pretty close. I’m using the classic Brit J-800 amp model here. The delay parameters are set a bit differently here. I’ve got the Left Time set to a very low 80ms. The Right Time is set much higher to 500ms. The Left Feedback parameter is set to a whopping 80% while the right side Feedback is much lower at 20%. The Mix parameter is set to an even 50%. This is a fun tone.

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Hopefully I’ve given you some insight into the Stereo Delay effect and just how versatile of a delay it can be.

It can be used to create all sorts of tones, for many different musical genres. Experiment with it using headphones or a stereo amplifier setup, and you'll easily create a tone that just might become one of your favorites!

Next time we’ll talk about the Sweep Echo delay effect. This unique delay sounds similar to the Tube Echo delay but adds a funky sweeping sound to the repeats.

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