POD HD500

I started using the POD HD500 on 1/11/13 for gigs. My main band, Sterns County 17, is switching to using IEMs versus traditional monitor wedges. I wanted to make it simple for quality monitoring and a clean stage. The POD HD500 seemed like a logical choice.

I am using the Rock On Audio Tasty Blender as my IEM limiter/amp. It is wonderfully clean. I prefer a wired system over wireless IEM units. I am using Alclair dual-xB ears at this time.

My POD HD500 patches:

 Modern Country 1-16-13.h5s

UPDATED Plexi patches!

 Modern Country Jan 2014.h5s

 

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Here is what the POD HD500 sounds like from a FOH direct recording:

Here is what the POD HD500 sounds like in my ears:

At home!
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Here it is in a live context!

 

 

  14 comments for “POD HD500

  1. Wes LeRoy
    08/02/2013 at 6:13 PM

    Fantastic stuff. Really liked how you broke down the FOH mix, as well as your IEM mix. Great stuff!
    Wes

  2. drew
    01/24/2014 at 1:53 PM

    Hi Roy – new HD500 user here, so thanks for your patches and nice playing!!! I tried downloading your new Plexi patches (Jan 2014), but link isn’t working…

    • 01/24/2014 at 4:57 PM

      Yikes! I’ll get the file up tomorrow morning by 11AM CST.

    • 01/25/2014 at 5:39 PM

      It is up now! Sorry about the bad link.

  3. 02/02/2014 at 9:49 AM

    Nice stuff Roy! Killer tones, Killer pickin! very impressive, I’m a potential rookie in the HD500 world as I don’t currently own one but am strongly considering it as an upgrade from my aged and road worn Vox Tonelab…ancient technology I know! Like the HD500 it has an FX loop built in so you can patch in stomps as needed, do you do anything like this and if so have you been happy with the sound of any stomps through it, Reason I ask, is my tonelab I’ve determined is really with age starting to suck the life out of some stomps. Second Question while I have you reading, do you perform the HD500 through a amp/cab or line into the audio mix? Thanks for the help and info!

    • 02/02/2014 at 1:46 PM

      I have not had the need to use external stomps. I’ve been pretty happy with the sounds inside the unit. I send straight to front of house from the XLR outputs of the POD HD500. I use IEMs, so I have no monitoring on stage. Our band likes a quiet stage to give the FOH person an easier time in building a mix.

  4. makkk
    04/24/2014 at 1:14 AM

    I use the pod and Variax since 2008 and when I upgraded to 500x pod and Tyler Variax … I was worried that the sound was really good. the pod xt live and pod hd500x are very different. I decided to look for patches of other people who used the most time and had good sound. Then find your patches and listen to your audios and I impressed. Loved it. You get good sounds and plays very well. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Paul
    06/05/2014 at 12:28 PM

    Hi Roy,

    Killer stuff! Would you mind going through your signal chain and explaining what everything on your board does? Thanks!!

    -Paul

  6. Wayne
    01/25/2015 at 1:58 PM

    Hi Roy,
    That set up was so what I wanted that I placed an order for the Tasty Blender and I can’t wait for it to turn up! A question for you. What do you do when you have to use a back line amp with this set up as I will have to do? In Australia we always have to supply our own PA as rarely of venues have them anymore. One of The bands I work in only has a single aux send used for vox so I need my own sound but I want to go IEM. Hence love any suggestions of how you would set up for this. Thanks

    • 02/17/2015 at 5:39 PM

      What do you do when you have to use a back line amp with this set up as I will have to do?
      I you can choose your backbone, go with something simple like a solid state Tech 21 Power Engine 60. It’s a nice small-med room amp if there will be no guitar going through FOH.
      One of The bands I work in only has a single aux send used for vox so I need my own sound but I want to go IEM. Hence love any suggestions of how you would set up for this.
      The tasty blender (with the use of a small mixer before) allows for me to mix a stereo signal from the POD HD500 with a single aux line coming in for everything else minus my guitar in that mix.

      • Wayne
        07/21/2015 at 5:24 AM

        Hi Roy, Sorry I hadn’t responded! Thanks for the info and advice – much appreciated The Atomics are hens teeth in Aus so I will have to hunt an alternative.

  7. Jeff
    07/22/2015 at 1:53 PM

    Roy, nice set of patches. I notice that both inputs on the patches are Guitar; as per several threads it’s advised that the second input be set to Variax to clean up the sound. Do you advise that on these patches? They seem cleaner; I’m not sure if the overdriven sound from having both inputs set to Guitar is part of the sound you were targeting. Thanks for sharing your work with us!

    • 08/08/2015 at 4:37 PM

      Good question! I don’t own a POD HD at this time, but I remember reading somewhere that setting both inputs to guitar create a more subtle, pronounced guitar sound. Thanks for reading!

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