On my birthday last month i finally turned 21 and got enough money to order a used POD HD400(Like brand new). I wanted it so badly because the quality of Guitar Rig(The VST) is terrible and frustrating.The damn thing took almost three weeks to come in. And when it finally came in, it was the one of the most disappointing things that I have ever experienced.
First off, it DOES sound better then Guitar Rig. I was happy with that for the first hour of tinkering with. But when i decided to actual plug it into my computer to mess with the tone more and get firmware updates, I discovered that I can't control exactly what I want. It is very limiting. Say if you wanted to use a tube screamer and a compressor in your rig, well...you can't. You have to choose one or the other. That is only in the first fx block. If you wanted an ambient type tone with tones of modulations, well...you can't. You can only use one modulation at a time. The last tone block is delays. Want more then one delay? You can't. There is a also a block only for ONE noise gate(Thank god)! If there wasn't, getting a somewhat decent tight tone would be impossible with this thing. There are other blocks for reverb and whammy, but i don't care about those.
The only upside I enjoyed about this pedal is the loop section is useful for trying out solos, playing with the preset ambient tones, and the presets that make your guitar sound like a dub-step wobble(It would be really fun to be able to use an expression pedal so you can control the speed of the metallicy harmonic characteristics of the modulating wobbles).
The cool ambient and dub-step type tones don't cut it for me, I instantly wanted to take this pedal back the same day I received it. But i decided to wait a few days for my friend's band practice and let them try it out. I knew the stock presets that came with it suck, but they just sound god awful through a PA. Also, on the subject of presets again, Say if you have decent metal tone with a screamer, amp/cab, noise gate. And you want to just change only the amp head. You can't. The whole preset changes. You can change the cab, but not the head, so then you have to redial in your tone. Thats not even the icing of the cake, you don't have to tell the preset to save after any changes and it will automatically save it for you! Even if you don't like what you did and wanted to go back to what you had in the first place. You either have to turn the pedal off or tell it to send the preset back, instead of clicking a different preset, and then click back to the one you were just on.
I've been told to just get the pod hd desktop, but after playing at my friends band practice, i might just say fuck line 6. I never enjoyed their products in the first place, and I thought this "new technology" they said the remade everything would be better. Sorry for the long rant,I just wanted to give you guys my experience I had with this pedal I had for a few days. I plan on selling it back, and just wait long enough to get an Axe-Fx.
That really sucks.