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  1. panaman

    Wah activation on HD 500x

    what if you have an exp2 external pedal additionally, how would that work?
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    Weird exp pedal problem

    you have to send your changes to the pod before moving pedal and knobs, i send and save each time. else changes in edit will be undone, theyre only temporary. its more like a bug than a feature. pod and edit are not in sync.
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    POD HD500x connected with a Soundbar

    im not going to argue for the soundbar, certainly not for tweaking, but if it sounds good with music from the tv, the pod should sound ok, same goes for a surround system. got to be careful with the dynamics though if the speakers are small/cheap. if they sell you a system with 7x100 watts output but the label on the back says power consumption is only 100 watts total, its either magic or a ripoff. A stereo or surround setup with good big speakers will sound good. if it has tone controls it can be set to flat, if that is the requirement. i have friends who spent over 2 grand for a hifi and it doesnt even have tone controls because they like their sound flat. too bad they cant dial out the bass when late night listening... have you tried to set the pod output to studio mode, might help with the bassy sound.
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    Pod Hd500x - Midi Madness... A Question.

    i really wish someone could write a step by step midi setup tut for the dummyest, not leaving out any of the most basic and obvious, still havent figured that out like send the pedal midi to pc/daw, map or modulate it, then return it to pod to control a parameter, or can this be done? the one vid on youtube dealing with midi on the pod is in portugese and about as helpful as the cc table in the manual i can figure out things on the daw side, the pod remains a mystery
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    HD500X to 5.1 system

    almost forgot the most important effect for surround: dimension...
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    HD500X to 5.1 system

    what do you hear on your favorite records, mono? the guitar is typically a mono instrument, so how do they make those surround mixes ... it is all in the effects in a chain the (pseudo) surround information is generated from phase variations in the stereo image (simplified). plenty of time related effects in the pod with surround potential: phasers, chorus, flanger, vibe, reverb, delay. just make sure you dont put any mono effects towards the end of your chain reducing the signal to mono the 5.1 is ok, i prefer a 4.0 setup for a better stereo effect besides the pseudo surround of my hifi amp which is always on i`ve used plugins like spatializers and stereo expanders with great results. often, the wideness setting will control depth from the rear speakers, just great. then the fx loop send can be taken from a dual path patch giving a 4 ch (2 different stereo channels) most modern pc mainboards have on board surround with 6 or 8 analog out jacks, only problem is to feed the pod into the pc with a decent interface, not using the pod as default soundcard some plugins split the signal into frequency bands processing each separately with individual settings the one weakness is that listening position drastically changes the surround experience
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    Flat waveform

    since the op says he gets what he wants in tuner mode, it must be something in the chain.like feedback from a delay or reverb, if he can use an extra monitoring input on the pc for this purpose, the spdif in the "dry inputs" global setting or the loop output early in the chain should do it hopefully
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    Pure Newbie Questions WRT signal routing/other

    while in a live situation mono may be the way to go, in the bedroom you dont have 1000 watts. thats where that stereo will produce sound and fill the room, this will easily show using headphones, 1st one can on one ear only, then both for stereo with some of the factory presets . will help with the decision to get that 2nd speaker. a surrounf processor can open yet another dimension, at the cost of an extra 2 or 5 speakers the pod is a stereo device - with some limitations
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    Les Paul Tones

    i had the exact same issue: after 2 years with a standard strat (mexico model) i opted for a LP traditional. instant agony. i use customtone tones mostly. tweaking to my taste. and was generally happy with the strat - pod combination. the LP sounded dull and ducked- took me a week (yeah i know) to find out i had a compressor plugin on the pc to protect my home stereo speakers. disabled/adjusted that and humbucker heaven. turning the pups down some (3mm) did also help. the humbuckers appear about twice as loud, still with no or minimal drive/gain tweaking, i can get a decent tone on pretty much all patches with both guitars. no hiss of fizz or clipping. while i strongly feel the right setting is guitar-same i leave it to the author of a tone and set the global to preset (per patch), best of both worlds. there is nothing wrong with a lp traditional / pod hd500 setup. the strat really came to new life with .9 ernie ball cobalt strings lately, got to put them on the lp next for sure.
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    Pod HD 500/500X/helix & co tips to protect your screen

    for the 500hd im thinking a sturdy magnifying glass with the edges of its metal frame filed down so its a little sloped.
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    HD500X DSP limits vs BIAS FX and iPad

    it is not unlimited. common strategies in these kind of devices are to reduce sample rate and bit depth, or the quality of the algorhythms. the ultimate limit is physics: time- a cpu or dsp can only do so many computations per second before it has to drop data or start lagging, introducing latency. from what i read the ios audio system has issues to begin with.
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    A/B/Y switch solution

    the pod is already flexible enough as it is when it comes to routing. if you swap 2 guitars frequently, you run into 2 issues though: the tuner and input z settings apply to guitar in only. a simple a-b switch could connect either guitar to guitar in. all issues resolved and everything fine until your buddy comes over and wants to play along and you want to keep your paths separated. so i got a cheap aby switch for just under 30€ with 2 switches and 4 jacks: 2 ins (or outs) and 2 parallel (1"tuner" and 1 out (or in)). it is all mechanical and the battery only required for the led indicators, not needed. i wanted to be able to switch either guitar to either output, or to both to connect to the pod guitar in and aux in . luckily (and as expected) the 2 foot switches are both the same 2 x 2 way variety with one half not being used. not so luckily the switches and jacks are soldered to the little board inside and unused pins are soldered to ground pads. it is relatively easy though to separate. one or 2 of the switches` pins are a little tricky to insulate, you want to leave some/much of the soldering pad alone to retain stability. one connection from in-out jack to a switch may already be where you need it and doesnt need to be cut. while youre at it you may want to check the soldering and fit of the components. one of my switches was a mm off and prone to come loose soon enough. what can you expect from a 5 year old chinese kid working 24/7... some simple switching logic applied: reroute each in-out to one end of each switch. reroute each middle pin of the switches to one of the previously parallel, now separated jacks. keep the wires short. shielding is not necessary if in a metal case. the gaps you cut out do not have to be huge. the whole thing took 10 minutes (+some thinking) and can be undone easily (you wont have or want to).. cutting use a carpet knife. be careful with your fingers: cuts and strings dont mix
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    DSP limit reached........

    i like the ms in front of the pod but had been getting frustrated with the noise floor and one annoying frequency around 1khz, when usb powered, even from a usb power only jack and from various pc/laptop usbs. since batteries are no option for me, i was about ready to toss it. even with a noise gate with thresh on >80, l could still hear it in the signal. then i went through my box of old adapters and found a usb phone charger. ms is dead quiet. all noise gates removed from my patches glad i hadnt asked for a global noise gate
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    Stereo Output Split

    you can have 2 independent stereo outs: put the fx loop just in front of the mixer in either path. mute that path`s volume in the mixer. this is 1 stereo channel on the fx loop send. pan the other path to center in the mixer. this is the 2nd stereo out from 1/4, line out and xlr out. fx loop return is not being used, but could be fed anything, like the return from a daw, if using the pod`s spdif dry out
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    HD500 or HD500X?

    with the exception of the reverbs and pitch/harmony, its not the effects that eat up dsp, but the full amps. with a dual amp and a couple of reverbs youre almost there. so better go for the x. if you ever get a variax (and you never know until you get one) the 500x is not fully suited, better go for the x pro or the 500 dsp hungry effects can always be outsourced to exernal pedals.
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    wah volume

    check your input settings guitar - same or other. using a mono effect before the split can make the difference of feeding a signal to path b or not
  17. until i see or hear it in the helix, i dont believe L6 can or wants to make things easier for the customer, even after all the complaints over the years. i got all 3 packs and i like them. just not for the jumps in volume. at least for the model packs i would have expected a better job with the details like convenience.
  18. with the lack of a power switch my hd 500 has been running straight for 3 years and a little over a month now, except for the occasional restart after flashing, 1139 days and counting. i see a world record in the making. are there any contenders?
  19. i need to add i fully expect my pod to last for many years to come. like most of my other gear which i tend to keep on also. i`m not a problem customer. the pod is a computer, but not a windows pc. i havent noticed it slowing down or crashing after changing patches multiple times. there are no tsr programs or badly programmed apps for it (except edit, which is run on the pc), the pod does not have to be restarted ever except after flashing
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    HD Vintage Pack

    you should know the fawn is redivulously low volume and practically inaudible and useless without a screamer or other booster in front. like they knew what they were doing so well they didnt even have to listen to the result. these volume issues need serious fixing, its not like it was a free update, the packs cost serious money, not funny money,
  21. glad to see some humour still lingering on the forums, even though it appears to be a serious issue for the conservationist faction. powering up the pod is the new smoking. i like to smoke. what you save in electricity in a year i smoke away everyday. and thats just the cigatettes. these health and environmental apostels should be declared a dangerous cult and made illegal. and i quote: $15 or $1500...whatever the cost is but seriously, i would have expected this to be a more common practice, power cycling isnt so great for electrical devices. - inrush current: ever noticed how sparks fly and the little crunch sound when plugging the adaptor into mains (220v here)? its clearly not designed for that kind of stress. on the pod side, when all the caps are discharged (empty) the onboard voltage regulators are challenged. i do in home repair service for tvs on a daily and professional basis. why is it 90% of all failures happen when powering up and usually involve the cheapest power strips with worst switching characteristics. you get to save tens of bucks but end up paying hundreds for the repair. if you really have to, spend a little more on the strip, and dont falter throwing that switch decidedly to avoid sparking. both switching on or off. - thermal: chips used to come with pins on the sides. when thermally expanding they were flexible enough to buffer some of the strain, but would work their way out of the soldering joints eventually and just sit on top without making contact. easily fixed by resoldering. these days with the packages getting ever smaller, there is not enough room for a pinout on the sides, and ever higher frequencies cause issues with parallel pins and length of routing, the surface mounted packages now have their contacts on the bottom and are basically a grid of little soldering pearls. since taking the lead out of the tin solder it is not as soft and flexible as it used to be and breaks a lot sooner. now whats gonna happen if the chip has a different thermal expansion coefficient to that of the board. which it inevitably does. with minute temp deviation in production (who wants that monday morning 1st production board) you could see major variations in lifetime expectancy and resoldering is tricky even with expensive special hotair equipment. - electrical while voltages are building up and stabilizing, components can enter into undefined states, latch up, do weird things. this is countered by power on reset circuits. all depends on how much attention was paid in the designing process, and if the pod was made to be switched off at all. on the down side, caps will dry out from heat over time.they can also start leaking, where the electrolyte can cause shorts and being acidic can eat away on copper. caps are not what they used to be. still, especially with older gear, once up and running it will probably run a lot longer if kept turned on. it coulf be argued putting it on an empty patch would cause the dsp to run cooler than on a dual path with all slots occupied.
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    Pod Hd Pro Edit

    that is the problem with edit, it is destructive without giving a chance to undo or compare.
  23. i take this as a no contest entry.
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    Pod Hd Pro Edit

    sizeable edit window colour scheme undo and compare how hard can it be?
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    Using Digitech Trio pedal with Pod 500x

    it could be used in the loop independently if the mixer is at the end of the chain and the loop in its own path, no mono effects before the split. .
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