HD500X as Preamp... without amp emulation? in POD HD Posted December 16, 2020 31 minutes ago, pianoguyy said: First, I will say to you the same thing I have said to numerous people - Buying this device with no intentions of using the amp modeling is like buying a Ferrari for the purpose of driving from the garage to the end of the driveway to pick up your mail. No, the knobs don't work that way. If you say so... but it's an excellent pedalboard with a built-in expression pedal. I don't need an amp emulator but it's worth the $ for the effects, recording interface, looper and the compact package. Several years into owning it and I'm still learning new things I can do with it beyond the driveway.