Pod HD500x Sound Like This?

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  1. Michael_V

    Michael_V Supporting Member

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    Years ago, I owned the Line6 JM4 looper. Pretty cool little pedal that had live drum tracks, some built in amp sims, looping, and limited but functional recording.

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    I owned it for about a week, and during that time I made a few quick recordings just to see how it worked. I found this one in an old email I sent as part of an audition:

    https://soundcloud.com/michael_v/em-g-c-d

    Pretty simple four chord vamp with a verse and chorus section. What strikes me is that I think I spent about 5 min dialing in the clean, dirt, and bass tones and another 20 min or so actually recording the parts. Maybe less, LOL. All of it was done in the JM4. But the tone isn't bad!

    So, I was wondering if the Pod HD500x would give me tones as good and as simply as this. I've owned a Pod HD Desktop for a while now and could never coax a decent sound of it so I'm not sure how much the architecture differs from this older looper. The JM4 may have more in common with the X3 and original bean, which weren't bad either.

    Anyway, what do you think?
     
  2. nicolasrivera

    nicolasrivera Silver Supporting Member

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    Some people love the new HD sounds, some people love the old X3 sounds.

    But they dont sound anything alike between the two generations.

    IMHO.
     
  3. leeislee

    leeislee Member

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    Maybe try and hunt down another JM4?
     
  4. Michael_V

    Michael_V Supporting Member

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    It was a cool toy but impossible to use as a modeler live. As a looper, sure. But I'm looking for an entire rig solution.
     
  5. Lain

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    Why don't you look at another company if you didn't like the HD bean?
    Digitech, Zoom, Boss, etc....
     
  6. Michael_V

    Michael_V Supporting Member

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    Is the HD500X the same architecture as the HD bean?
     
  7. Lain

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    I would guess so? Not sure though, never saw/heard a bean Pod HD.
     
  8. Cool Hand Luke

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    Yes, they are the same.
     
  9. Michael_V

    Michael_V Supporting Member

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    Drat! What's with the X designation then?
     
  10. Gtrman100

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    An upgrade that included upgraded DSP chip and better foot switches. Everything else is the same as the 500
     
  11. Mrmeatball

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    The key word was "simply", I could never simply dial good tones in on the 500 which is why I sold it and bought a zoom g5, I suspect whatever problems you are experiencing with the bean will carry over onto the hd500 should you get one, are you not interested in the forthcoming firehawk fx? If simplicity is your thing it looks dead easy to set up and program
     
  12. marshall2288

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    I've never had problems getting a good amp sound out of the HD500 and I've always dialed it up quickly. If you like the older versions of the amps then you can score XT live and X3 Live used for dirt cheap all day on eBay and CL.
     
  13. Tmidiman

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    Mr V , love that little tune! Don't discount it, as all it takes is a good groove and the right chords to make magic happen.

    Maybe Mr Igloo can offer some advice on what version of modelers were in that unit. I would say go with that since it works. Remember that Jimmy Page, EVH, Eric Johnson and other have used the echo plex just for its preamp. They didn't just think about what was the latest and greatest. It was about what works.
     
  14. Michael_V

    Michael_V Supporting Member

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    Awww, thanks man!
     

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