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  1. Hey all. Been using HD500X for years as my only sound source. Plugged into a PA with other instruments in the mix it has worked fantastic, or for recording with lots of stuff in the mix. I just purchased a very nice tube amp. I want to use my HD as a multi FX device through the amp in the loop, but I'm also aware that some FX sound better in the front of the amp (e.g., wah) and others sound better in the loop (e.g., delay). If I run the maximum 8 FX on my POD into the loop, how do I account for the signal of some FX being "weird?" Is there a certain way to set up the signal chain internally in the POD? Thanks for any help.

  2. 7 hours ago, spaceatl said:

    HD doesn't directly support the dual output mode you would need to run direct and a guitar amp monitor at the same time. Yes, it is a bit misleading that there are XLR outs. However, all of the outputs will track to whatever output mode you have selected...If you use a guitar amp with the HD tweaked for direct to PA (Studio Direct), the amp will sound dark....If you tweak the tone to the amp using one of the AMP modes, then you PA feed will make your ears bleed. 


    Your simplest option is to use an FRFR monitor with HD. Then you are flat like the PA and your tone will be consistent....If you really must use a conventional amp for a monitor with the HD, you really have to setup a dual tone for that purpose and that tends to run the unit out of DSP. It's a headache to make the HD do that and always a compromise.


    While it may not have enough FX for your needs, the POD GO supports a true dual output mode. I still have my HD, but have mostly moved to the GO now.

    OH... I had no idea there was an internal setting for output mode! That's probably why this sounds like crap. I located the settings for this by watching a short vid on the subject. I'll report back on how well this works.


  3. Has anybody here upgraded from the HD500X to a Helix Floor? If you have, why did you make the switch? Was it a true upgrade? What is better about it? 

    I'm thinking about making a switch. Thanks.

  4. 3 hours ago, pianoguyy said:

    Without getting too involved with the various options of the device - I can tell you one thing right off the bat.... 



    You will never like the sound going direct  when you design your patches with a guitar amp. 


    I don't design my patches that go direct with a guitar amp. Sorry that I didn't make that clear. I have, in an effort to try and make the direct sound less raspy, tried to get a good sound from it while listening through my studio reference headphones. As I said, doing this there is a brittleness to the tone that I've been unable to get rid of. 

    On the other hand, I have built patches for the purpose of going through a guitar cab. Those sound REALLY bad when listening through the device's headphone jack.

  5. I've been kind of "putting up" with an issue with my HD500, but now I'd like a solution. I often play live with my POD direct in through one of the SLR outputs. When I'm in a situation that calls for this it sounds awful. I will take time at home setting up a patch using my 2-12 Celestion speaker cab, and the tone is nice. It has a nice naturally compressed sound, and a little of the mid-highs rolled off. Sounds warm and creamy. As soon as I plug it in direct all that warmth - that sounds analog - goes away and the device sounds harsh, nasty, and digital in a BAD way. There's this high-mid RASP that's introduced to the sound that is completely unacceptable. In the POD I've tried different speaker cab types, mics, and mic placements, and nothing works. It's REALLY awful when I'm using in-ears through a personal mixing monitor system. My "tone" completely kills any creative, inventive vibe because I'm HATING my tone. Is there any solution to this?

    EDIT: One other question - Is it possible to run more than 8 effects in the chain in the HD500X? Say I have a couple of effects not controller assigned, e.g., EQ and noise gate. Those take up two in the signal chain, but they aren't assigned. Is it possible to run those two FX, plus 8 others that are assigned? If it is possible I haven't found a way to do it. Thanks!

  6. Here's the issue. I can "record" a part, but after that two problems arise that aren't covered in the manual, or any YouTube vids I've found. If I turn off the record/overdub and play along with what I already recorded, the looper records what I'm playing anyway. Also, after I record a part and want to use a different patch, if I leave the looper with the part I've already recorded, and select a different patch, the looped part also changes to that patch. I'm stuck. Thanks for any help.

  7. Power amps, by design, are not supposed to color the sound at all. That only happens when you turn them up too far and they start to clip. That's another reason why power amps have so much wattage; they build in headroom so they don't clip. I don't know if I've said this yet, but the 44 Magnum "stomp box" amp, along with the master volume of the HD 500X, gives me PLENTY of volume. I can make it painfully loud if I want to running through a 2 12 cab.

  8. Hey. I have HD500X and am presently using an Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum digital "stomp box" power amp, which has been great for doing mono live stuff with my HD. However, I'd like to start running stereo as I have 2 two-twelve speaker cabs. The 44 Magnum is amplification ONLY; does not color the sound, and is PLENTY loud for any work I do. What other options do I have for running stereo w/o breaking the bank?

  9. toonsms - You are exactly right. I'm still getting used to using this device and I forgot about being able to scroll along using the arrows on the far right. Duh. Yes, that works.


    Cobdog - I actually came up with a very passable "Spirit of Radio" sound using 2 footswitches as you describe. FS 5 is the intro sound; turn it off and I have the verse sound. FS 6 is the solo section. I actually posted this to the Custom Tone side of things. I also posted a patch for La Villa Strangiato that is REALLY close to the studio version, at least to my ears. In that one I use 4 FS's: Distortion, Analog Chorus, Hall 'verb, and "slap back" echo. In addition to the amp model I chose I'm running a small about of chamber 'verb, and volume pedal.

  10. I used to be able to change patches on my Digitech rp500 with no lag or sound loss. I use the hd500x in fs 1-8 mode but the sound loss switching from one patch to another was my first noticeable negative.

    I like running it in 1-8 mode because of the additional patches. What I don't like is that you have to go into the menu screen to switch to a different preset. That screen is so small and difficult to read, not to mention you have to bend down to change it. I might have to bring a laptop with me to gigs and be running HD Edit the whole time so I can more easily switch to a different preset.  

  11. Thank you both for your input. After quite a bit of tweaking I have found a satisfactory sound for "The Spirit of Radio". Rush is almost nowhere to be seen over in the Custom Tone part of the community. I will be adding to that for any who wish to achieve very close Rush tone. The tone for the aforementioned song that I have come up with is more like the "Exit Stage Left" tone than the studio "Permanent Waves" tone. Peace out! More to come...

  12. Hi. I'm trying my best to get out of my 500X what I want to get out of it. I have been working with it to get the tone and FX for one song, namely Rush's "The Spirit of Radio". In this song there are a lot of FX switching, and amp tone going on, I thought the best way to create what I was looking for was to assign the sound I wanted for each section of the song to separate banks. E.g., for the intro there is one sound, right? To get into the body of the song is another, a slightly different amp tone, different FX, etc. So, I programed 16A for the intro sound I want, and then I programmed 16B for the verse sound I wanted. I discovered this does not work because the sound cuts out momentarily when I switch from A to B.  :(  So, I tried doing all of everything I needed in one bank. Well, that's too complicated. Multiple things must happen at one footstomp. Is there a way to get my device to not cut out momentarily when switch from A to B to C to...?

  13. It seems like every time I USB my HD500X to my computer a different "problem" comes up.  The reasons I plug into my computer is to use HD Edit, and to play along with songs I'm learning that are played off of MP3 on my computer, or YouTube links.  Now there is a lag between the time I play my guitar and the time the sound comes out of my computer's speakers or headphones of about 1/2 a second.  I can't figure out what is going on!  Help?  Thanks.



  14. All great comments.  I actually have had the HD longer, and have spent longer total than an hour.  And as far as asking for videos, I've ALWAYS learned better by watching and listening to someone doing it, then doing it myself.  I'm what is known as a aural/kinesthetic learner.  Great reading here.

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