Line 6 POD HD

Line 6 POD HD

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POD HD, Portable Guitar Amp Simulator from Line 6 in the POD Bean series.

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Line 6 POD HD tech. sheet

  • Fabricant : Line 6
  • Modèle : POD HD
  • Série : POD Bean
  • Catégorie : Portable Guitar Amp Simulators
  • Fiche créée le : 04/04/2011

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Recensioni utenti Line 6 POD HD

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Recensione di nickname009 (content in English)

Line 6 POD HD
22 HD amp models
100+ M-class effect models
Up to 8 simultaneous effects
POD HD Edit software editor/librarian (free download)
Fully routable signal chain
Dual Tone functionality
Dedicated top-panel knobs for Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Tweak, Channel Volume and Master Volume
A, B, C and D channel buttons
Tap Temp button
Looper control buttons
512 preset locations
Built-in tuner
1/4-inch input
XLR input
Balanced 1/4-inch outputs
1/4-inch stereo headphone output
S/PDIF digital output
USB 2.0
FBV™ foot controller jack
Metal chassis

This is the newest latest and improved POD HD by Line 6. Apparently 'revolutionary' regarding the older PODs. As usual with the older PODs, there's always tons of features, very usable and very very versatile for both live use and recording. Of course though if you plan to use this desktop model live you'd need a seperate foot controller to get things working for you properly.


Being a previous POD user I know my way around these things. However if you're a first time user you should definitely have the manual with you while exploring. This newer POD is supposed to be a bit more user friendly than the older versions but I personally haven't really noticed such a big difference. It may be slightly easier but not heaps easier. It still takes some getting used to and tweaking your sounds will also take some getting used to and of course, TIME.


For me, and maybe most other POD users. The effects have always been quite decent, in terms of delay, chorus, flange and the weird synth stuff. They've always sounded ok but the new POD HD has definitely upped the tones quite a bit and added some more cool sounds to boot.

The biggest beef has always been the distortion sounds. The cleans were always usable but it was always the distortion sounds that weren't right to most players. Either the distortion was way too grain and sizzly for heavy metal and not good enough for bluesy overdrive or the other way around depending on each player.

I do have to say that the distortion sounds out of the box have improved. Though I wouldn't say they are MILES above. They are definitely better but i would say maybe by 15-30% better. They have definitely improved the picking dynamics however, which is great and makes the sound more amp-like. But it still needs tweaking and for those who hate tweaking, this might not be the best option for you.


Overall it is an improved POD definitely. Not by much though. Don't be persuaded by the "HD" title. You've got to try it out for yourself to see if this is something worth investing into. It's not expensive, but it will take TIME to play around with. And of course, TIME is the most important thing of course depending on each player. Some just want plug and play, some like to sit down and explore.

If you're willing to take the time, you'd be able to get some great sounds out of this box. If not, look elsewhere! Simple as that!
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Recensione di tjon901 (content in English)"Studio only"

Line 6 POD HD
The POD HD desktop unit is something Line 6 is not promoting much. They are trying to push their floor based units now so people use them more for live work and whatnot. This desktop unit is a lot like the old pod units. I had an old POD XT desktop unit and it was great. I used it for many years. The HD series from Line 6 is a new way of thinking about amp modeling. Instead of throwing in 100 different models they have only included 16 but these 16 models are modeled in extreme detail. This model is like a super small HD500 unit. It does not have any foot switches or anything this is just a desktop or studio unit. You will have a hard time using one of these live unless you have a large midi switching board.


The usability on a desktop unit is much different than that of a live unit. On these units pretty much every knob has 3 or 4 functions and you will have to get use to that. Without the big screen this unit would be pretty much useless. With the big screen you can really see what is going on in your patches and do a lot of fine tweaking. The big screen adds lots of usability. With the bean shape if you have a lot of cables hooked up to it you will have cables everywhere. It is not like the live units where all the cables will be facing one direction. You will have cables coming out of the front and back of the unit so this will make placing it in your rig difficult. The looper on this model is pretty awkward to use if you are use to foot switch loopers. Looping stuff by hand means you have to take your hand off the guitar to record and stop recording which will cause gaps in your looping.


The sound quality on this model is great like all the other POD HD models. Across the HD line all the amp models are the same the only difference in the units is packaging and features. The majority of the amp models in this unit are bluesy amps or cleaner amps. There are a few high gain models but this is not what this unit was made for. The X3 units have much more high gain amps built in and they sound really good ass well with some tweaking. Even with the large screen on this unit you may find yourself using the pc based patch editing program because with the lack of knobs and switches on this unit it is difficult to edit patches even with the large screen.


If you are just looking for a POD HD unit for studio work this is it even though the other units would work just as well. You are not saving much money by getting this unit so I would recommend you just get the 500 instead. You can tell the HD line was intended to be live board based. You can use the desktop unit but using the floor unit is so much easier and adds many more functions. If you are use to old POD units and love the bean shape I guess you will like this model better than the floor based ones. Otherwise I recommend getting the 500.

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