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Fx Loop On The Pod Hd 500


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I have plugged my hd 500 with the 4cm but I have somme difficulty to understand how the fx loop work. Where do I put the fx block in the chain and what do I put before and after this block? Also, on my amp, which is a Marshall mod four, where do I put the fx loop pot between wet and dry?


Thanks a lot for your help.

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Hi Jeff,
that belongs to the effect you put in the fx loop.

As a rule of thumb:
If you want to use your own - say wah pedal, pitch shifter, compressor or fuzz, you probably want to put it in the front of the POD's fx chain.

If you have fx like delay or reverb, I would put them on the end. With modulation fx like flanger, trem. phaser or vibrato it is a question of taste, but I would put them before fx like eq, delay and reverb..

Finally the good thing is you can do what you want. It is a matter of experimenting, trial, error and taste.

Good luck

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I think the OP is asking about how to use the HD500 FX loop (not the looper) with the "4 Cable Method", not to using effects in the HD500 FX loop. Is that correct? If so, see the following posts and references:


From MeAmbobo's guide for Pod HD:


---> http://foobazaar.com/podhd/toneGuide/setup#live4CM


YouTube video on HD500 & 4CM:


---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyfWRZkZ7aU



Line6 YouTube video on HD500 & 4CM:


---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmIbByDizyM


A couple posts from this site on 4CM:


---> http://line6.com/supportarchivenew/thread/69483


---> http://line6.com/supportarchivenew/thread/74159



   I hope some of this is useful. I have used 4CM before, but not with the HD500, so I can't tell you the finer points or where you want to position the FX loop in the chain. In a 4CM setup with a regular guitar amp, the effects loop on the amp sits between the guitar amp's pre-amp, and power amp. In general, I think you would want the Pod's FX loop in the middle of the chain, with effects you would normally use in front of the amp (Distortion, Compressors, Wa-Wa) before (in front of) the FX Loop, and ambient effects (Delay, Reverb) after it.


   Check out the links, maybe they will help clear up some of your questions.

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  • 2 years later...

I found putting the FX Loop at the very end and then going to the mixer and upping the volumes and bring both the A and B "Pans" to 0 (zero) made it much louder when going through the effects loop on a Yamaha GA100-112. I just bought a Peavey Bandit 112 today so my theory may go out the door when I try to do stereo though. I just want to say how pleased I am with the sound through these 80's dirt cheap amps. I have a Carvin V3 100 watt tube combo and while the Pod also sounds good through it I am 61 yrs old and picking up a 80 plus pound combo amp by only a top handle is just not doable. The Yamaha and Peavey are around 40 lbs each and I can manage them fine. They both go extremely loud with the HD500X and once I figure out how to hook them both up will my bandmate be surprised. So far I only played the amps at around 1/4 volume and too loud! Nice to know that the reserve is there.

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