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    POD HD 500X Driver Version fail installation

    Hurghanico, but if the POD can be used to rout audio to your DAW you should also be able to rout audio to the PC speakers. I would think calling up Recording Devices (right-click the speaker icon) and selecting the POD and then call up Payback Devices and select your normal speakers should work. Unfortunately I am not in a place to test this out right now. I know I was able to do this many years ago but abandoned it because latency was pretty bad, if I remember correctly.
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    POD HD 500 X doesn't apperas in monkey

    If you're computer doesn't recognize a Line6 extension, it sounds like the LIne6 driver is not properly installed.
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    Does your PC crash when Reaper is not running? Does Line 6 Monkey recognize the Pod?
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    Volume falls down when ''Sag'' is all the way up

    Yes, "Sag" in an amplifier occurs when the power supply/bias drops as the signal gets big. That is, the supply isn't stiff enough or powerful enough to support large signals. Thus, as you play harder, the input signal gets bigger, but available output power goes down, and volume will go down. When set just right, it makes the amp very "lively" allowing you to play the amp as much as playing the guitar. It's great when you hold a chord and the output "blooms" as the input signal drops, allowing the amp to supply more gain and the output signal actually gets louder dor a while. What you're experiencing is expected.
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    Pod HD500 wont turn on

    I have never found a schematic in all my years of looking.
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    Chain Effects and EQ

    How are you listening to the POD before opening the DAW? How are you listening to this after opening the DAW? Which DAW are you using?? What kind of audio interface are you using?
  7. A broken USB port is a common problem on these. All it takes is a slight mis-alignment when plugging/unplugging the cable and SNAP, there you go. If you're handy with a soldering iron you can replace it. Pretty much ANY substitute that fits will be better than the original. I wouldn't blame that on previous abuse. A suggestion, try downloading someone else's preset and try that. If you're a newbie it's very easy to miss something.
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    Input volume as controller

    Hurghanico is correct. The HD500 can't do this on its own.
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    HD500X Midi out to Guitar Pro midi in

    Actually, Jam Origins makes a GREAT software-based guitar audio - to - MIDI converter. It pretty much works out of the box, but there are tweak options that lets you fine-tune its performance. It's really quite an amazing piece of software. I wouldn't call audio - to -MIDI conversion an immature technology anymore. Their software works very, very well.
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    Pc and amp connection through pod hd500x

    Another way is to use the HD500 CD input. Plug your analog sound source in there and it'll come out along with your normal HD500 guitar sound. You'll need the proper cable to connect your PC sound card output into it.
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    Acoustic guitar HD500X

    An alternative to using the FX LOOP for 2 guitars into 2 amps is to configure the signal chain for 2 distinct signal paths. Input 1 goes to path A. Input 2 goes to path B. Put whatever FX blocks you want in either path. At the very end, pan path A fully L and path B fully right. Now you have each guitar on it's own output half of the stereo output. It's basically 2 mono signals. This is a much more straightforward way to do it IMHO. The main thing you lose is the tuner for Guitar 2. It's only available to Input 1.
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    audio problem with hd pod500x

    After you edited your tones with the PC, did you SAVE the patches back to the HD500 before you exited? Otherwise, the HD500 will just use whatever patch was there before.
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    Pod hd 500 with power amp

    Wait, are you running an HD500 w/amp modeling into another guitar amp? Yes, that will sound bad. You need to turn off the HD500 amp modeling. Check out page 2-8 of the Advanced Guide. You want to select the output mode to be Stack Front since you have a separate eternal cab.
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    POD Mic Recording + DI

    Mute the computer monitors and see if the feedback goes away.
  15. In the process of trying to figure out what a 4 Band Shift EQ is, I put my HD500 on the test bench and measured the frequency response of ALL the EQs in the HD500. I thought you'd find it useful so I'm sharing the results here. For example, what does a 100% shift mean? What does 0% Q mean? And just where is Freq = 38% in the Parametric EQ? Did you know when you set 2.2kHz of the Graphic EQ to -12dB you'll get a +12dB boost (!) at 1kHz before it dips down at 2.2kHz? No wonder it didn't work very well to eliminate a pesky feedback problem, but caused another one instead. Using these can give you insight into which EQ you really want to use. I've attached the most pertinent pictures here (zipped together to make it easy). The only potential problem is the 4 Band Shift Hi Freq which has mismatched L/R channels (~3dB at 1kHz)! Every other EQ and every other setting has perfect L/R balance (less than .1dB mismatch) but this one does not. I've contacted Line 6 support before submitting this here but they see nothing out of the ordinary (i.e., it sounds fine, which may be true, but there's still a mismatch, big enough to be called a bug in my opinion). I've labeled those two graphs channel 1 & 2 because that's what my test equipment calls them. Unfortunately I didn't have the forsight to find out which was left and which was right before I tore down the setup. But the fact of a mismatch remains. Some things you need to know to properly interpret these: An Audio Precision APx525 was used to generate the sound source and measure frequency response. Output = S/PDIF Input 1 = Mic. Input 2 = same. Mic level on back adjusted to give -20dBFS output with the Graphic EQ Unless otherwise indicated, the gain of all the other EQs were set to nominally give -20dBFS. The gains were recorded so you can see which EQs have built-in gain or loss compared to the Graphic EQ. There were no other FX or amps in the signal chain. Sample rate = 44.1kHz (factory default) I have more complete files that contain the actual data (not just pictures) as well as more settings than shown in these few pictures attached here. Until I can find a better place to put it, you can download the entire 160M set of Excel files from: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/56306778/HD500%20Measurements.zip. I am open to ideas of where to put this on a more permanent basis. Enjoy! I hope you find these as useful as I have. ---------------------------- I took the HD500 back into the lab and verified that it's the Left Channel that has the odd frequency response in the Hi Freq portion of the 4 Band Shift EQ. I re-uploaded the Excel files to indicate this and re-uploaded the new 4 Band Shift EQ figures here. ---------------------------- I measured the frequency response of the Q Filter (per meambobbo's post) and attached it here. I also updated the giant zip of Excel files. I think this could emulate a pretty Morley wah if you make toe = hi Freq/hi Q/hi Gain and heel = low Freq/low Q/ low Gain. Also, mix attempts to add the filtered signal to the straight signal, which it does. But the filtered signal has some processing delay so the mix includes some notches in the 4k-8kHz region you may not be expecting. You can see this in the attached graphs. For the signal levels I was using (-20dBFS thru the Graphic Equalizer) you can also see some gain compression with the Q filter. So if you want it clean, stick to the lower Gain levels. ----------------------------- Added a PDF file that lists the frequencies (in Hz) represented by the Parametric Frequency (in %). Updated links to ALL my measurement files: Amp Frequency Response Pre and Full (Excel) Cab DEP Parameters (Excel) Cabs with 121 Ribbon (Excel) Gains (Excel) Mic Frequency Response (Excel) Amp Tone Controls (pdf) Amp-Pre Frequency Response (pdf) Cab Frequency Response (pdf) FX Gain (pdf) Model Pak Frequency Response (pdf) Global EQ (zip) Huge 185M EQ frequency response file (zip) This last one was the original subject matter of this thread.
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    POD Mic Recording + DI

    You'll want to set Input 1 to guitar and rout it only to signal path A. Set Input 2 to mic and rout it only to signal path B. Then use the mixer to send signal path A 100% left and signal path B to 100% right. Do not use any FX after the mixer cuz some of those will muck with the stereo separation. You now should have a single stereo output to your PC containing the guitar on 1 side and the mic on the other.
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    HD500X 1/4inch Line/Amp Output

    Go here to see all my measurements and click on the link that says "Gains". From there you'll see that Line provides 6dB more signal than Amp. That's all it does. Depending on what you're plugging into, you may need to set the switch one way or the other - or maybe not at all. If the sound guy needs more signal, switch to Line. If the amp seems way too over-driven, switch to Amp.
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    Trying to run an electric cello through 500x, bad tone?

    It sounds like the iLoud monitors from IK Multimedia may be perfect for you at home. They are basically really, really good computer monitors with very flat response. One thing my do with my acoustic instruments is play them really loudly thru the HD500 - loud enough that I get feedback. I hold the instrument up close to the speakers and thump the instrument. A dominant frequency should be heard. If not, turn it up more. I then use the Studio EQ FX (it has the best dynamic range, low distortion, transparent sound) to notch out that frequency. Then I turn it up again to get the next feedback frequency, instantiate another Studio EQ, and notch out that frequency. I do this 3 - 4 times. Nothing else is in the signal path. Just a bunch of Studio EQs. This way you get a nice balanced tone with no honking frequencies. But you'll need some nice balanced, flat monitors (like the iLouds, but there are others) for this to work well. You don;t want speaker resonances to muck with your cello resonances. The suggestion to set Input 2 to Variax is excellent. Also, you may need to adjust the input impedance. Depending on the transducer being used, you may need to max it out. An impedance too low will give you a nasally sound.
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    HD 500 won't let me use just effects

    So, you're saying you can create and patch with an amp model and get sound. Them when you delete the amp model you get no sound?
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    How long does (did) the HD500(X) last?

    I've had the HD500 for about 10 yrs and had to replace the USB port. Everything else is fine.
  21. And notice that using Codamedia's technique you don't need the AB switch anymore.
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    HD Vintage Pack Specification ?

    Kroa, you're a EE? You'd enjoy this thread:
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    Best gig bag for an HD500X?

    Yes, I remember the first few times it was quite a sung fit. It's much easier now, 4 yrs later.
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    Frequency Response Graphs For Hd500 Eqs

    I just updated the OP with new links to ALL my measurements, not just the EQ FX. Enjoy!
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    sudden howling sound

    I suppose that's possible. Howling is usually a feedback problem, so I'd ficus on that (although it is a simple experiment to switch those GND switches. Another idea, use headphones instead of the Yamaha speakers. Does it howl with that? It maybe feeding back from external speakers to microphonic pickups on your guitar.