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    Hd500 Patches Import To Hd500x

    Hey guys, I thought I'd make this a separate post so that it's easier to find for anyone who might be having some issues. The patches for the HD500 do not import directly into the HD500X Edit software at this time. They use different file formats. There is a work-around that I posted earlier, and is being passed around now. All you have to do is change the extension on the patch files: For individual patches, change the extension from .h5e to .5xe For bundles, change the file extension from .h5b to .5xb For setlists, change the file extension from .h5s to .5xs I have found no inconsistencies among the patches from the HD500 Edit to the HD500X Edit using this method. I don't know if/when Line 6 will update the software to allow backwards compatibility, but in the mean time, you can use this method to get your 500 patches to your 500X. UPDATE: Someone else mentioned that you can drag-and-drop individual HD500 files into the tone slots in the 500X Edit software. I can confirm that this works. You will still need to change the file names for set-lists and bundles, though.
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    Hd500x Dsp Limit

    Ok guys, There is a discussion going on over at thegearpage.net about the new DSP on the HD500X. I don't have an HD500 available at the moment to test the difference, but I posted some of my results in testing the DSP limit on the new unit, and some users are reporting that it isn't much different than what was occuring on the older units. I've included a screen-shot, which shows the DSP limit being reached if I try to add more than what is already there. Maybe some of the other HD500X users could try to re-create the patch (Blackface 'Lux Nrm and Tweed B-man Brt), and see if they're hitting the DSP limit in the same spot. Some HD500 guys could try it too. I'm curious to see if this is a problem across the board with the 500Xs or if perhaps some bad units went out. If we're hitting the DSP in the same place as the older units, as is being reported, that is a problem. Thanks guys.
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    Can switches on HD500 be set as "radio buttons"

    Yes, I use it this way all the time. If you're concerned about LED being on for a specific effect, you may have to play around with the order. For example. I have used a couple of patches with two instances of a particular distortion pedal, one having a higher gain value. I like the light to come on when the higher gain pedal is in use. If I recall correctly, I had to put the higher gained one in front of the lower gain one. When you assign the pedals make sure that they are in the state that you want them. So if you have two delays, make sure one is off and the other is on (as opposed to both being on or off).
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    Minor detail question about footswitches on HD500X

    Oh good, I'm not the only one having this issue. I was thinking about sending mind in for repair, since it has caused me to miss changing patches. In the middle of playing, I don't necessarily have time to double check that a patch has changed. Depending on the patch, it can be obvious, or not. If it's software, great. I'll hang on. If it's hardware, Line6 really needs to figure this out, since one of their main selling points is how much better these switches are compared to the 500.
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    Sustained A Chord

    You could start the looper recording after the initial attack, and cut it off before the sound starts to die off. It might take a little practice, but that should allow the chord to sustain for as long as you want.
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    New Firmware Expectations

    And the limited Bea Arthur edition, the HD Maude?
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    New Firmware Expectations

    You're right. There is one there. I was thinking more in terms of something more powerful, which is what I've seen requested. Also remember that in combo/stack mode, it's not processing the cab sim, so it very well may be trading that DSP power.
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    New Firmware Expectations

    I expect perhaps some more amps, maybe the EQ settings tweaks that everyone has requested (get rid of the percentages), but not much else. I know that two of the most requested features are global EQ and user IRs. Here's why I don't think you'll see either of those in this generation of PODs: 1. Global EQ. The fact is that an EQ of any sort will require DSP. Ultimately it doesn't matter if you have it set to a single effects slot, or have it in a global setting; it will still require that DSP. There problem here is that it could totally mess up patches that have already been created. You wouldn't even be able to load any patches that were already close to the DSP limit. And with it now in a global setting, it's taking away that DSP power all the time. This is less than ideal...even if the feature would make things so much easier. What could be a good middle ground is a feature that allows us to copy settings from an effect (e.g. studio EQ) and then paste them onto that effect in another patch. 2. User IRs. These too would likely require extra DSP. It would be my guess that the IRs for the PODs are somewhat small. Assuming this (although I absolutely could be wrong), then user IRs would not only require significantly more space, but possibly also significantly more DSP. I suppose the DSP wouldn't be as big an issue in this case, since you would have the choice of adding the IRs like any other effect (as opposed to it being on all the time). The problem is that there's probably little incentive for Line6 to add this feature. Not only would they have to rewrite the software to handle this, but they'd have to design some kind of computer program for you to transfer your IRs. They could add it to the HD Edit software, but it would still require a fair bit of re-programming that likely wouldn't lead to any significant increase in sales. Those who dislike the POD are unlikely to be pursuaded by this one feature, and those who like the POD are likely to buy it with or without this feature. And the truth is that the majority of users probably don't even know what an IR is, or even where to get them. That's just my 2 cents. I'll be pleasantly surprised if I'm wrong. I would definitely love to see user IRs.
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    Hd500 Edit Issues

    Did you do the global reset on the POD after flashing the memory? I believe one of the symptoms of issues related to that is the POD reacting very slowly over USB.
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    Any Worship Guitar Players Using Hd 500?

    Much of modern worship music is very similar in sound. It's very U2 inspired. There are sadly few stand-out guitarists with their own tone in this genre, Lincoln Brewster being an example of the exception.
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    Hd500x Presets

    They are the same presets. I don't know that I would call them a weakness. A company like Line 6 can't possible make presets that would work for every guitar/venue. Any device you get is going to have a couple decent presets and a bunch of stuff you'd never use. The power of the device comes in making your own.
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    Hd500 Vs. Hd500x - Cpu Difference, Feature Request, Etc.

    We ran some tests last month, and figured out that it's about 20% more DSP. Enough for one more heavy effect, or a few more less intensive effects. Remember that you're still limited to 8 spots, so that little extra can make quite a bit of difference depending on what you're trying to do.
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    Pitch Question

    I agree. The key is the mix control. I think I have mine set around 40% on each. Throw on some nice reverb/delay combos and you have something workable. It would be nice to have POG emulation, but I'm not sure I believe we'll see that anytime soon. I would be quite surprised.
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    Any Worship Guitar Players Using Hd 500?

    I have the 500X now, and the extra DSP is welcome for pad effects. I have 6 main patches - one that's clean to grit, one that's grit to crunch, one that's crunch to distortion, one that's distortion to full overdrive, and two that are pad type patches. I generally use these as the basis for any song patch that I'm going to be making for a particular week. Since I have single coils all my patches start with a noise gate. And I generally try to end all of my patches with a studio EQ since I don't always know what the patches will sound like in whatever system I'll be plugged in to, and may need to adjust them. Every patch also has at least one delay set to FS2, a boost or distortion pedal set to FS1, some kind of modulation effect (usually chorus) set to FS3, and occasionally a wah set to FS4. I have a second pedal that I will occasionally use for volume, but it's fairly rare. I will always use a tiny bit of reverb on each patch, but when you're playing in a large space, I will cut it down to about half of what I think I need, and it's generally pretty close. I try to listen to each song while I'm editing to match my tone to the track since that makes everyone pretty happy. So far the Soldano and Plexi patches seem to cover most of modern worship sounds for me. Since I don't always know what I'll be playing, I try to set up my patches in a way that will cover both the lead territory as well as the rhythm. That sometimes requires some major creativity and multiple things set for each foot-switch. I'm pretty big on trying to keep one patch per song.
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    Pitch Question

    The pitch effects on the HD500 are not polyphonic, meaning that they aren't really designed to handle chords. They're designed to pitch shift single notes.
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    Patch Changing With The Hd500x

    He probably means carry over of delays/reverb/etc. No, that wasn't changed from the 500.
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    Hd500/x Led Control

    Hey all, I'm dealing with a bit of frustration. I tend to use FS1 as my distortion/lead boost switch. I often use this to switch between two distortion pedals with different drive settings, and it works great. Whichever pedal I add last control to last seems to control the LED on/off. That means I can easily tell which pedal setting is on just by looking at the LED. Now I've started creating some cleaner patches, and to keep the volume level closer I like to use a clean boost when the distortion is off, but I'm frustrated to find that the vetta juice seems to override the distortion pedal for the LED regardless of what order I put the controls in. I'm guessing that there's nothing I can do here. I want the vetta on when the LED is off and the distortion on when the LED is on so that it's consistent with all my other patches. Do boost pedals always override distortion pedals?
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    Seeking Real World Advice On Which Floor Pod Model To Purchase...

    The HD500X will absolutely do what it is that you want. The only place where you start to run into some DSP issue is when you're trying to do a dual amp set-up with more than a few heavy effects (spring reverb and pitch effects being the heaviest). For a church set-up, I have not found a better unit than the POD HD stuff. Some guys are still using the X3, but I honestly think you'd be happier with the HD stuff. If you're looking for the best to meet your needs, then the 500X is it. As far as acoutic goes, you'll be able to run some nice effects (e.g. tube compression, light delay, EQ) without an amp sim on. For bass, you are a bit limited (being that there aren't multiple bass amps like the previous PODs), but there is at least 1 amp in there for you to use, and you can definitely do a direct signal kind of set-up with it. Because so many worship players use the HD500, you will have access to many tones in the customtone gallery, as well as any other worship players out there (on forums, people you know, etc) who would be willing to share their patches. You'll have go through the procedure I posted about in another thread, but it's no big deal to import 500 patches. Don't let all of the debate surrounding the new unit scare you off. It's a solid unit, and will do what you want.
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    Successor Of Pod Hd

    I would say it's likely going to be 2015 at the earliest. Even though the new HD500X is more of a product refresh than an upgrade, it seems unlikely that they would introduce something entirely different within a year.
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    Hd500 Patches Import To Hd500x

    No. The Pod XT is based on an entirely different algorithm than the HD stuff. Not only are they not compatible signal chain wise, but the amp models sound entirely different on the HD series. You will have to recreate everything from scratch, I'm afraid.
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    Hd500 Patches Import To Hd500x

    It does have more processor power, but not significantly more. I'd say it's a step to the side and slightly to the front. You can get a couple more effects in before hitting that limit. That's why I said to test it in the store. If you're someone who wants to get crazy with effects, the 500X will probably disappoint you in that regard, but if you were always wishing you could get 1 or 2 more essential effects in, then this will solve that for you.
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    Wtf Is That Dsp Thing Everyone's Talking About?

    Changing presets will result in a temporary audio gap. Switching amps within a patch will result in a slight pop/click sound if there is signal coming through. Neither scenario will give you a seamless switch.
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    Difference Between Hd500 And Hd500x

    I just tried it, and there is a little pop/click when switching amps while signal is passing through. So keep that in mind.
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    Wtf Is That Dsp Thing Everyone's Talking About?

    If you have two amps in a chain, you can set up a footswitch to switch between them if that's what you mean. Otherwise, you can use footswitches 5-8 to select patches A through D in each patch bank (there are 16 banks of 4 patches for for each set-list)
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    Wtf Is That Dsp Thing Everyone's Talking About?

    I can give you an example. I use one of the darker amps for distortion tone, and then one of the cleaner, brighter amps on top just a little for some added clarity that a presense not knob can't give you.