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post Jan 31 2014, 10:51 PM
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Advance Pod HD500 settings

Anyone using the Pod HD500, specially if in combo with the DT50 amp and/or Variax?

I believe my current global settings might be messed up, after updating to the dream rig and flash updating everything, I played around with the settings and while it sounds good I'm getting a lot of background hum/fuzz out of most of the tones (which have been previously setup for a different guitar).

I've found this when purchasing the Variax guitar recently and attempted it at one stage:

However, pretty confused about it all and I'm lost at what these should be set as... now I believe it's a mess.

If anyone is able to look over my settings or tell me their best settings, that would be much appreciated. Or maybe it's just a bad flash update or something I need to fix?

My Line 6 Dream Rig setup

Line 6 DT50 Amp

< ~5 meters Midi 'RockCable by Warwick' cable (2nd hand, I don't know if this might be causing noise issues) >

Pod HD500 Effects

< Either short 1 meter RJ-45 Variax cable or 3 meter 'Planet Waves' Custom Series 1/4" cable - these don't seem to create any noise but wish the Variax cable that came with the guitar was longer and less flimsy >

Line 6 Variax JTV-89F Guitar


ESP M-II (with EMG-JH Active pickups)

Pod HD500 Switches

Guitar In = Normal
XLR = Ground
1/4" Out = Line
FX Return (at back) = Line

Pod HD500 Global Settings (press and hold VIEW)


Flash FW = V2.20
USB FW = V0.00 (is this okay?)

FS Mode = ABCD
AMP Display = Momentary On
Looper FS Display = All Views
Trails = On


LCD Contrast = 30
Tap Tempo LED = On
AC Freq = 60Hz


Input 1 Source = Guitar (I think this is wrong, but use both a guitar or variax guitar?)
Input 2 Source = Variax
Guitar In-Z = 1M
Inputs Setup = Preset


Mode = Studio/Direct


S/PDIF Output = Match Outputs
Sample Rate = 44.1KHz
S/P Level = 0db


Midi Channel = 1
Midi Out/Thru = Out
Tempo Stack = Preset
Tempo = 130.0BPM


Variax Control = Preset


Variax Tuning = N/A


Amp 1 = Left/Right
Amp 2 = Left/Right
Amp 3 = Left
Amp 4 = Right


Amp 1 = Amp A (Ch 1)
Amp 2 = Amp B (Ch 2)
Amp 3 = Midi (Ch 3)
Amp 4 = Midi (Ch 3)

Guitar connected or not doesn't affect the noise, but as soon as the amp is turned on (from standby) there's quite a bit of background hissing, which might vary a bit from tone to tone. For some tones it gets quite loud. I use the master volume control pulled out (so it halves the amp wattage and uses half digital / half tube - meant to allow for better tones at lower volumes). Noise gates don't affect the background hiss too much either?

EDIT: I have a feeling it's something to do with that crappy MIDI cable I'm using from AMP to Pod... as soon as I unplug that cable, hissing drop almost to nothing. Then I've just been messing with the settings due to that. If I directly run the standard 1/4" Planet Wave cable from AMP to Guitar, I don't have any hissing issues out of the AMP at all.

This post has been edited by Azzaboi: Jan 31 2014, 11:19 PM
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post Feb 1 2014, 01:58 AM
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What da deuce!

I just went to the Rock Shop and purchased a 1 meter Hosa AES/EBU cable to replace my 5 meters Midi 'RockCable by Warwick' cable in the L6 Link. Well umm everything kinda changed.

My preset banks have a few different names:

Best of HD
FX Heavy
Songs / Style
Bass / Aco / Voc (this is new)
L6Link <-> DT (this is also new but contains most of my fav tones which use to be listed in User 2)
User 1
User 2
User 3
(User 4 has been removed but was empty anyways)

Some of the tones sound a lot better, but there's still that background buzz on a few. Seems to of improved it, but not 100% yet.

I've noticed on the site:

"L6 LINK works with a standard XLR cable. Because the quality and manufacturing processes of XLR cables vary widely, we can’t guarantee the performance of any particular XLR cable. However, if you are looking for a cable to use with L6 LINK, we recommend the Classic Series Microphone Cable (25 ft.) from Planet Waves, which was among the best we tested."

I was originally going to get a short version of that XLR cable from Planet Waves, but was recommended AES/EBU cable instead for higher quality digital signal range. Does anyone know much about this and if it's worth swapping or not? Sounds better than what I was using, but will it kill the buzz if I get XLR instead or is it just the settings now?
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