#1
Sup guys!

Just wondering if anyone has any experience using the Pod HD500X? Is it easy to use in a gigging situation? Or is it just super complicated to set up effects?

Thanks!
#2
It's not super complicated. But there's a learning curve and setting up patches can be a pain. Trial and error. Creating a patch using headphones and using the patch in a live situation probably won't sound good.

It can be good for gigging. You can send the audio directly into a PA/monitors.

It also doesn't hurt to buy a used HD500 (non X model). Slightly weaker CPU but you'll save a lot of money and won't feel as burned if it doesn't work for you. You can get most, if not all, of your money back by reselling it.
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#3
I have an HD500. It's basically the same thing as the X but with less processing power. I got some really nice tones out of it running 4 cable method. Now I use it for strictly effects and as a backup to my whole rig in a live situation. It's not that hard to wrap your head around once you read the owners manual a bit an play around with it enough.
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#4
I have a friend who has a Pod HD500, we use it for recording and it can be amazing. But I agree there is a very high learning curve for new users. (Particularly if you're not very knowledgeable towards effects (Compressors,, EQ's)) But it is highly worth it as an end result.
#6
1. If you buy one, log onto Meambobbo's site and READ his tone guide, particularly if you're going to be working with high gain stuff. It'll save you a lot of time and give you great results.

2. If you buy one, understand that the best results will be obtained by running it into a powered wide-range speaker rather than a guitar amp.