In Issue 22 of Guitar Interactive Magazine we once again have our usual high intake of in-depth guitar and gear reviews plus an exclusive live interview with Alter Bridge and Creed man, Mark Tremonti. We also meet David Bowie's 'The Spiders from Mars' guitarist Mick Ronson and world renowned bassist, Mo Foster. All of the above and whole lot more are available in Issue 22 of Gi.
Line 6 has updated its flagship floor-based POD HD 500 modeller, beefing up the
DSP power and adding more professional build quality to an already successful
unit. In an issue where we also feature a Variax 69 guitar and Line 6’s groundbreaking
StageSource PA, Tom Quayle gives his verdict on the FX section.
We reviewed the POD HD 500 in the early
days of GI and gave it glowing praise for its
quality modelling capabilities and onboard
effects. For 2013, Line 6 has updated its
flagship modeller with what it claims is the
most powerful DSP power in its class and
significant external upgrades to its switches
and LED design.
The HD500 was always a great unit but
it has to be said it never really felt truly
professional in its design and construction.
This is something Line 6 has addressed with
the X version, adding professional-grade
footswitches with bright LED-rings, allowing
the user to see clearly which switches are
on and clearly indicating features such as
tap tempo settings on stage. It’s a small
but very welcome addition that gives the
HD500X a much more solid look and feel
and will be very useful on stage or studio
gigs. The switches themselves feel much more
responsive and well made, reassuring the user
as to their longevity.
There is nothing new here in terms of amp
models or effects but, thanks to the new
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and more powerful dynamic DSP, users can
add more effects and amp/cab combinations
before the HD500X will run out of horsepower.
It was actually pretty easy to overload
the previous model’s DSP headroom with
a series of effects and a couple of amps and
users will welcome the added power available
here for creating complex routing and dual
amp setups. Dynamic DSP allows the user
to add any effect or amp model anywhere
within the signal path with no limitations as
to their placement offering multiple routing
options and dual signal paths to be created.
Thanks to the onboard mic preamp this
allows for two complex signal paths, one
processing the guitar and the other a vocal
mic or acoustic guitar for example without
any worries about running out of DSP
The onboard effects, numbering over 100,
are as good as ever with variety and quality
on display. Overdrives, delays, all manner of
modulations and more esoteric effects are on
offer and again, although there’s nothing new
here, having the higher DSP power allows