Line 6 hx stomp

Line 6 POD HD Series

The POD HD series has a few options: HD300, HD400, HD500 & HD500X. My review of the POD HD500X covers the newest pedal in the POD HD range in detail.

The POD HD series is a multi-effects pedal with ‘HD’ amps and effects. The HD series is an upgrade from the earlier POD X3 & XT that were so popular. Compared to many of the pedals below, the HD series offers superior amp models and effects.

Who the HD series suits:

If you’re looking for an all-in-one pedal (eg: effects, amp simulation, expression pedal, effect banks, etc.) to take to gigs or use at home for playing and recording, the HD series is an excellent line to research. You have a lot of control over your tones and presets – more control than many of the below options.

A lot of guitarists prefer using the HD series pedals for live use as you have a lot of flexibility in outputs (eg: direct to mixer, to amp, amp simulation, etc.). If you have a Variax guitar, the HD500X will suit you as you can control your guitar via the pedal and vice versa.

While the HD series may not be at the same level in terms of quality as the Helix range, it does come at a far lower cost. They’re older units so you’re able to buy new or second-hand models for significantly lower prices than a Helix.

If you don’t need the top-of-the-line features found in the Helix, the HD500X is the next best choice for a large pedalboard.

Who the HD series doesn’t suit:

If you want the best quality effects possible, one of the Helix pedals may suit you better. It comes at a higher cost, but you’ll get the best quality effects coming out of Line 6.

If you want something simpler to use or you don’t need the flexibility found in the HD500X or the Helix, you may find the AMPLiFi or Firehawk pedals suit your needs better. They’re simpler pedals with different needs in mind.

The HX Stomp and Effects pedals are also worth considering if you want high-quality effects, but you don’t need a large pedalboard. The HD500X is significantly older than the HX Stomp and uses older technology. You may find that one of the newer pedals covers the features you want.

Read my review on the HD500X for more information and to help you choose between different options in the HD series.

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Line 6 AMPLiFi FX100

The AMPLiFi FX100 came out shortly after Line 6 released their AMPLiFi amps. You can read my review of the AMPLiFi 75 here to find out about the amp. The FX100 basically takes the electronics out of the AMPLiFi amp and places it on to a pedalboard.

The whole idea behind the FX100 is that you can connect to either an amp or hi-fi system at home and use your smartphone to edit your presets. The focus is on making this pedal easy to use at home for the casual player.

As you can see from the photo above, there are minimal knobs, footswitches, and screens when compared to the HD series. That’s because you need to use your smartphone to set up your effects and presets.

The free iOS or Android app gives you complete flexibility over how you use your pedal. You can even stream your music from your phone/tablet to the pedal so you can jam along with any tracks you have in your music library.

Who the AMPLiFi FX100 suits:

If you want something simple to use at home at an affordable price, this is a great option. A casual player can jam along with tracks, easily download presets to match songs in their music library and edit effects quickly and easily without having to touch the pedal.

While it could be used for live purposes, it’s not the best option. You would be better off with a Helix or HD500X for live performances.

If you don’t have an amp or you already have a hi-fi system at home, this is a great way to play guitar without the need for an amp.

Who the AMPLiFi FX100 doesn’t suit:

If you don’t like the idea of using a smartphone or tablet to edit your presets, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a high-quality tone for live use, the Helix or HD series will be better as the FX100 uses older modelling technology.

If you like the idea of the FX100 but want more features and better quality, the Firehawk FX will be a better choice.

If you have a Variax guitar, the FX100 isn’t suitable for you.

Find out more about the AMPLiFi FX100 here including reviews and price.

Line 6 HX Stomp XL

New in 2021, the HX Stomp XL takes the compact HX Stomp (covered above) and adds in more footswitches and improved MIDI capability.

The HX Stomp XL gives you eight footswitches (the HX Stomp only has three footswitches), which opens up the ways you can use the pedal and jump around between effects or presets.

One nice advantage of the extra footswitches is the ability to use the inbuilt looper with features spread over six of the footswitches.

One change I like over the HX Stomp is that all of the I/O connections are now on the back of the pedal.

The original HX Stomp spread the connections around the pedal, which packed in amazing flexibility but made the pedal awkward to place on a pedalboard. Note that the HX Stomp and the HX Stomp XL both have the exact same number of connections – so you’re not missing out on anything with either pedal. The HX Stomp XL simply places everything on the back.

Who the HX Stomp XL might suit:

If you like everything built into the HX Stomp, but you feel the compact size is too limiting, then the HX Stomp XL will be perfect for you.

Guitarists who are using older multi-effects pedals such as the Line 6 M series (covered later) may decide that this is the right pedal to upgrade to.

Who the HX Stomp XL won’t suit:

The HX Stomp XL is a strange pedal. It extends the flexibility over the HX Stomp, but it doesn’t go as far as the full Helix pedalboards. Whether you’re happy with the range of features and control the HX Stomp XL gives you or not depends on how you plan on using your pedals.

Line 6 HX Stomp

The HX Stomp gives you access to the high-quality effects from the Helix range and provides it in a compact pedal. This tiny pedal packs in a lot of features such as amp models, impulse responses, MIDI control, and more.

HX Stomp is incredibly flexible. You can use it as a simple way to add effects to your rig or you can do anything all the way up to control your entire rig. While there’s still a big difference between using a full floorboard such as the Helix and using this tiny pedal, it gives you a surprising amount of flexibility.

Who the HX Stomp might suit:

What impresses me with the HX Stomp is how many features are crammed into such a small pedal. You could buy this pedal today to add a few effects to your rig. Then in two years’ time, if you want to experiment with impulse responses, your HX Stomp will be ready to go. If you decide to experiment with the 4 Cable Method, the HX Stomp can do it.

You can do many of the things a full floorboard can do but in a tiny unit. This makes it a great addition to any guitarist’s pedalboard. If you want to add something to your rig but don’t want to use up much pedalboard space, then the HX Stomp is worth considering.

Who the HX Stomp won’t suit:

While the HX Stomp is incredibly flexible, it does have limitations. With only three footswitches, it’s not going to give you the same level of control during live performances that you would get from any other full floorboard. 

Most of the full floorboards in this guide have 12 footswitches to allow you to switch between presets, turn individual effects on/off at any time, and more. If you’re a live performer, you may prefer a larger unit that gives you more on-the-fly control.

If you like everything about the HX Stomp except for the size, check out the newer HX Stomp XL below.


Given the quality and quantity of what’s on offer here, the asking price is very modest, and the HX Stomp should hold a lot appeal both for those who fully embrace digital amp modelling and those who prefer to use a conventional amp with a pedalboard. It also makes for a great ally in the studio, as it can turn its hand equally well to anything from ambient washes to full-on rock. I’m finding it genuinely difficult to imagine many effects situations the HX Stomp couldn’t cope with — but if you really do need to run more than six effects blocks without the amp modelling, Line 6 have another device, the HX Effects, that will do the job at the expense of a larger footprint (not to mention the Helix itself). In summary, then, given the price, the Helix-like capabilities, and stompbox convenience, there really is a lot to like in the HX Stomp.

Alternatives to Helix‑quality effects include those in the Fractal Axe FX range, the new Boss GT-1000, the HeadRush Gigboard, the Atomic Amplifire and Positive Grid’s BIAS range of modelling amps. Though Kemper’s profiling amp isn’t quite the same thing it could also be well worth a look.


  • Huge range of excellent amp, cab and effects models.
  • Compact format.
  • Free editing software.
  • Acts as a USB recording interface.


  • Pitch shifting isn’t the smoothest when playing chords.
  • High current draw could mean rethinking your pedalboard powering options.


Boasting Helix-quality processing but at a lower price and in a more compact form, you can’t combine as many blocks, but there’s still more than enough capability for any normal application.

1. Design and functionality: Line 6 Pod Go vs Line 6 HX Stomp

Design and functionality: Line 6 Pod Go

The Line 6 Pod Go is designed to be an all-in-one amp and effects unit. Basically, you can craft a huge number of presets (256, in fact), using different amp, cab, and effects modules.

More than this, the Pod Go is built to be your entire pedalboard as well. It offers 8 different footswitches for switching channels or engaging various effects, as well as a tactile expression pedal and several knobs and buttons for editing parameters.

It borrows much of the tones and tech from the Helix range, but sort of ‘dumbs it down’, to bring the experience to the budget-end of the market (the Helix floorboard is about 3x as expensive).

Design and functionality: Line 6 HX Stomp

The Line 6 HX Stomp takes a similar approach in that it is also an all-in-one unit. But here’s where it differs:

While the HX Stomp retains all of the incredible routing and programming features that the big boy Helix does, it doesn’t keep the footprint.

That is, the HX Stomp is just three footswitches and a few knobs, and amounts to not much larger than a typical effects pedal.

As such, it has a tonne more functionality as far as editing and constructing patches goes, but is more limited in its physical attributes.

Design and functionality: Bottom Line

This one’s a tie. Do you intense editing and routing capabilities, or better live performance functionality? That’s essentially what this comes down to.

Design and functionality Winner: Tie

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3. Effects: Line 6 Pod Go vs Line 6 HX Stomp

Effects Types

Both pedals offer more than 200+ effects, including 150 from the Helix range, and 77 Legacy effects patches.

You’ll have access to effects patches such as:

  • Tremolo
  • Flanger
  • Reverb
  • Chorus
  • Delay
  • Filter/Wah
  • Harmonizer

Simultaneous Effects

With the Line6 HX Stomp, you can plugin and use up to 8 effects patches simultaneously.

The Pod Go allows for 10, but 6 of them are fixed effects, with only 4 slots able to be changed out for different effects types.

Effects: Bottom Line

The HX Stomp wins here, as although it offers fewer simultaneous effects, all 8 are fully customizable. This is a better value prop, considering most players won’t use signal chains with more than 8 effects in them anyway!

Effects Winner: Line 6 HX Stomp

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В использовании

С увеличением количества педалей HX Stomp XL, очевидно, вырос в ширину — так можно ли его по-прежнему назвать «удобным для доски»? Да, мы бы так сказали: он чуть более чем на 130 мм (пять дюймов) шире своего меньшего собрата, но все равно меньше, чем две педали серии Boss 500, установленные рядом. 

Более того, эта разница в ширине не совсем то, чем кажется, потому что меньший HX Stomp имел гнезда с обеих сторон, а также сзади, поэтому любые заглушки в эти боковые гнезда увеличивали площадь основания. В отличие от него, у XL все гнезда расположены на задней панели, а значит, эти боковые щечки могут легко упираться в другие аналогично оснащенные педали на вашей «доске». 

На заднюю панель переместилась и ручка Volume, которая теперь подпружинена. Это означает, что вы можете установить громкость и задвинуть ее обратно в корпус, чтобы она не была случайно выбита во время выступления. Конечно, теперь, вероятно, будет немного сложнее настроить выходную громкость, но характер педали в значительной степени означает, что этот регулятор все равно будет установлен и забыт.

У XL на два пресета больше, чем у младшей модели, но, кроме них, это все тот же набор. Однако изменилось то, что теперь вы получаете четыре моментальных снимка вместо трех в одном пресете — моментальный снимок — это пресет внутри пресета, который может иметь измененные параметры, другое количество активных блоков или комбинацию того и другого. Они становятся доступными в режиме Snapshot (вход в который осуществляется нажатием двух педальных переключателей со стрелками вверх/вниз), где они мгновенно доступны. 

На самом деле, переключение между различными режимами на XL очень простое. Два основных режима, которые мы, скорее всего, предпочтем для практического использования на сцене, это Preset и Stomp. В режиме Preset четыре пресета в банке сопоставлены с педалями A-D, и вы переключаете банки с помощью педалей вверх/вниз. 

Есть еще два режима. Один из них — режим Looper, в котором управление лупером распределяется между шестью футсвитчами — гибкость, которая ранее была доступна только при добавлении внешних футсвитчей.

Другой режим — Pedal Edit, который фактически предлагает регулировку параметров с помощью педальных переключателей. Это может быть полезно для быстрой настройки на сцене, но практическое редактирование на передней панели уже простое, чему способствует выбор блока с помощью щеточки на колпачке соответствующего педального переключателя. 

Однако он основан на довольно маленьком дисплее — вдали от сцены гораздо практичнее получить доступ к компьютерному программному обеспечению HX Edit через USB. Имеются широкие возможности для назначения параметров для внешнего управления, а гнездо для педали экспрессии/ножного переключателя имеет возможность подключения до двух устройств при использовании Y-кабеля.

По умолчанию гнездо установлено для педали экспрессии Mission SP1-L6H Line 6 с ножным переключателем, который переключается между EXP 1 (Wah/Pitch Wham) и EXP 2 (Volume/Pan). Также есть возможность использования MIDI-управления, так как любой блок или параметр может быть назначен на входящее CC-сообщение.

2. Amp sounds: Line 6 Pod Go vs Line 6 HX Stomp

Amp sounds: Line 6 Pod Go

The Line 6 Pod Go has some pretty insane amp modeling capabilities.

You get more than 80 guitar and bass amp models (from the likes of Fender, Marshall, Vox, and Peavey), 39 cabinets, and 16 different mics to choose from.

It’s safe to say that these amps sound incredibly realistic, such that you can easily use the direct outputs of the Pod Go without a traditional amp and go nuts.

Amp sounds: Line 6 HX Stomp

The HX Stomp has all of the same stuff. All the same amp models, all of the same cab models, and all of the same mics and positions.

The only difference is that you’ve got a lot more room to edit the modules and routing, but as far as the sound goes, these two pedals are identical.

Amp sounds: Bottom Line

The tones available on each don’t differ, it’s simply a matter of functionality. So, another tie.

Amp sounds Winner: Tie

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5. Inputs and outputs: Line 6 Pod Go vs Line 6 HX Stomp

Inputs and outputs: Line 6 Pod Go

On the Line 6 Pod Go, you get one guitar input, and two outputs, allowing you to take advantage of its stereo effects by sending the output to two different amps.

You also get effects send and return jacks, a ¼” headphone output, and expression pedal input, and a USB port which allows for 4-in and 4-out.

Inputs and outputs: Line 6 HX Stomp

The I/O on the HX Stomp is similar but improves upon the Pod Go’s offering in a few ways.

Firstly, it has two guitar inputs, allowing you to connect a stereo source. That means you can use the HX Stomp for synths and keyboards, or in the effects loop of a stereo amp setup.

It has dedicated MIDI ports (In and Out/Thru) that allow you to connect and control MIDI devices, and a better I/O setup on the USB port (8 in, 6 out).

Inputs and outputs: Bottom Line

The Line 6 HX Stomp, with its stereo inputs and analog MIDI ports, wins this round.

Inputs and outputs Winner: Line 6 HX Stomp

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In use

With a greater number of footswitches, the HX Stomp XL has obviously grown in width – so can it still be described as ’board-friendly? Well, yes, we’d say so: it’s a little over 130mm (five inches) wider than its smaller sibling, but is still less than the size of two Boss 500 series pedals side by side. 

What’s more, that width difference isn’t quite what it seems, because the smaller HX Stomp had socketry on both sides as well as the rear, so any plugs into those side sockets would increase the footprint. By contrast, the XL puts all its sockets on the rear panel, meaning those side cheeks could easily butt up against other similarly equipped pedals on your ’board. 

Something else that’s migrated to the back panel is the Volume knob, and it’s now spring-loaded. This means you can set your volume and push it back into the chassis, so it can’t be accidentally knocked during a gig. Granted, it’s probably a little bit harder to tweak the output volume now, but the nature of the pedal pretty much means it would be a set-and-forget control anyway.

The XL has two more presets than the smaller unit, but, apart from those, it’s still the same set. What has changed, though, is that you now get four snapshots instead of three in a preset – a snapshot being a preset within a preset, which can have altered parameters, a different number of active blocks, or a combination of both. These come into play in Snapshot mode (entered by pressing the two up/down arrowed footswitches together) where they are instantly accessible. 

(Image credit: Future / Olly Curtis)

In fact, the switching between different modes is really uncomplicated on the XL. The two main modes we’d most likely gravitate to for practical stage use are Preset and Stomp. In Preset mode, the four presets in a bank are mapped to footswitches A to D and you change banks by using the up/down footswitches. 

When you’ve selected a preset, you can then simply hit the Mode footswitch to enter Stomp Mode where six blocks from the preset are assigned to the main array of six footswitches, all with colour-coded LED rings, mirrored in the ‘Play view’ display, which is divided into six coloured rectangles. 

There are two other modes of note. One is a Looper mode, which assigns looper controls across six footswitches – flexibility that was previously only instantly available if you added external footswitches.

The other mode is Pedal Edit, which effectively offers hands-free adjustment of parameters using the footswitches. That may be useful for a quick tweak on stage, but the hands-on front-panel editing is already straightforward, helped along by block selection through brushing the cap of the relevant footswitch. 

(Image credit: Future / Olly Curtis)

It is, though, based on the fairly small display – away from the stage it’s much more practical to access the computer-based HX Edit software via USB. There’s plenty of scope for assigning parameters for external control and the expression pedal/footswitch jack has options for connecting up to two devices if you use a Y-cable.

By default, the socket is set for a Mission SP1-L6H Line 6 Expression Pedal with a toe switch that toggles between EXP 1 (Wah/Pitch Wham) and EXP 2 (Volume/Pan). There’s also the possibility of using MIDI control, as any block or parameter can be assigned to an incoming CC message.

(Image credit: Future / Olly Curtis)


While the operating system is well thought out and easy enough to navigate, you really do need at the very least to read the quick‑start manual or watch the online tutorials, as some functions require you to press two things at once. The HX Edit software has a clear advantage over front-panel editing, the screen real-estate making it very easy to either copy and modify the factory presets or build your own from scratch. The software is so intuitive that instructions are virtually unnecessary.

Sonically, the HX Stomp is up there with the best of the current crop of amp and effects emulations, and the ability to import your own IRs is a great bonus — especially as you can now buy classic cabinet IRs from the likes of Celestion. You can choose from two settings that use either the first 1024 or 2048 samples of an IR. Having said how good the effects sound, though, I should mention that the pitch-shifting doesn’t work particularly well for chords (it sounds smooth for single melody lines).

If you’re already sold on amp modelling, then all you’ll need is a feed to the PA or a flat-response powered speaker (two for stereo, obviously!) and you could have your live rig sorted. The majority of the effects and amp models are excellent, but even if you’ve not yet been won over by amp modelling, the HX Stomp could still potentially replace your entire effects pedalboard and feed your usual amp — or, alternatively, it could take on the role of supplying delay-based, modulation and dynamics effects while your favourite analogue pedals handle overdrive duties.

Line 6 POD GO

The POD GO was released in 2020 (with a wireless version in 2021) and was designed to be an all-in-one pedalboard for guitarists who don’t want something that integrates with an existing rig. For example, if you only have a guitar and an amp right now, the POD GO might suit you.

This is different than the HX Stomp or HX Effects, as they were designed to integrate with existing rigs. So you can use those units to connect with your other pedals and use them in combination with other gear.

The inclusion of an expression pedal and having eight footswitches is a step-up from the HX Stomp or HX Effects in terms of having everything all in one unit. While the HX Effects has more features, the POD GO suits somebody wanting a simple unit that does everything.

The large color display takes a different approach compared to the HX Effects (which has a display above each footswitch). Once you get used to Line 6’s color-coding, you’ll find it ridiculously easy to use.

Taking a look at the back of the POD GO, you can see that you have all the essential options you would expect from a pedalboard today such as using the 4 Cable Method, USB recording, playing with headphones, etc.

Some people may have trouble choosing between the POD GO vs HX Stomp or HX Effects, but if you think about what features you want in your pedal, it should be an easy choice. There is a lot of overlap of features between the pedals, so you’re unlikely to feel like you’re missing out with any choice.

With the release of the HX Stomp XL, you now have a harder decision over which pedal may suit you best. The POD GO and the HX Stomp XL are similar enough that you might want to spend some time thinking about what features are most important to you.

Wireless model: as of early 2021, Line 6 has released a wireless version of the POD GO. The only difference with the wireless version is that it has an inbuilt wireless receiver and you get a Relay G10TII transmitter with the pedal.

The transmitter charges directly in the POD GO, so you don’t need to buy a separate charging unit. You can learn more about Line 6’s wireless systems in my review of the older Relay G10 here.

Keep in mind that you can still choose to plug a guitar cable into the wireless POD GO – so you aren’t forced to always use the wireless transmitter.

Who the POD GO might suit:

The POD GO suits guitarists wanting an all-in-one pedalboard, but don’t have the budget or want something as big as the Helix or Helix LT.

The POD GO gives you all the essential features you may want in a fairly compact unit. If you want one device to handle all of your effects and amp tones, this is a good option to consider.

If you like the idea of having a wireless rig, you might want to buy the POD GO Wireless.

Who the POD GO won’t suit:

The POD GO was designed to be an all-in-one unit, so if you want something that integrates with other pedals, this may not be for you. Something like the HX Effects or HX Stomp may suit you better if you already have a number of pedals you use.

Also, if you have a higher budget and want the best possible modeling technology and effects, I highly recommend something from the Helix or HX options. The POD GO was created to be a lower-priced option, so it doesn’t use the high-end technology found on the HX pedals.

4. DSP capabilities: Line 6 Pod Go vs Line 6 HX Stomp

DSP capabilities: Line 6 Pod Go

The Line 6 Pod Go uses a 400MHz SHARC DSP processor for processing your digital tones.

We won’t go into too much detail on the tech specs here. All you need to know is that faster = better.

DSP capabilities: Line 6 HX Stomp

The HX Stomp, being a slightly more upmarket unit, employs a 450MHz SHARC DSP Processor.

That’s just over 11% faster than the processor used in the Pod Go.

DSP capabilities: Bottom Line

In short, the HX Stomp has the better DSP processor, ensuring fewer calculation mistakes and affording you a few more routing and editing capabilities.

DSP capabilities Winner: Line 6 HX Stomp

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Of course, all of the pedal’s facilities would mean very little if the sounds weren’t up to scratch, but there’s no danger there, as these pedigree sounds are already in use by many guitarists for live work and recording. 

With up to eight blocks (DSP permitting) in a serial signal chain with parallel routing possibilities, and in excess of 300 models to fill them, including more than 80 amps, the unit is capable of a sonic flexibility to suit a wide range of music styles, whether you’re looking for a fully processed composite amp/cab/effects chain or want to set up presets as pedalboards that access a bunch of individual effects. 

The 25 banks of factory-written presets reflect that flexibility, ranging from some simple straight-up ready-to-record amp/cab sounds, through ambitiously complex sonic constructs. Plenty to explore and maybe use as springboards for creating your own sounds if you don’t want to build presets from scratch.

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8. Price & Value For Money: Line 6 Pod Go vs Line 6 HX Stomp

Price & Value For Money: Line 6 Pod Go

You’ll pay around $500 for the Line 6 Pod Go, which is just insanely affordable considering the quality of the unit.

You get pretty much all of the same amp tones and effects units as the Helix boards (bar a few modules, and some obvious functionality differences), for less than ⅓ of the price.

Value for money has never been more true than with the Pod Go.

Price & Value For Money: Line 6 HX Stomp

The HX Stomp is slightly more expensive, coming in at $600.

It misses out on quite a few features that will cost you extra to implement as well, such as the number of footswitches and the expression pedal.

Price & Value For Money: Bottom Line

The HX Stomp is a more capable pedal as far as software functionality goes, but where value for money is concerned, the Pod Go does a better job, as it doesn’t require additional controllers to really take advantage of its live performance capabilities.

Price & Value For Money Winner: Line 6 Pod Go

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Это умный ход со стороны Line 6 — предложить две альтернативы для тех, кто хочет добавить звуки Helix в свой существующий педалборд. А может быть, они хотят использовать его в качестве центрального элемента новой системы или даже в качестве единственного источника эффектов — для этого особенно подходит XL с шестью переключаемыми эффектами, доступными мгновенно. 

Оба устройства также имеют возможность «fly rig» для легкой переноски и прямого подключения к громкоговорителю, что позволяет использовать симуляцию усилителя и кабины. Более того, оба устройства хорошо подходят для домашней записи и тихой практики благодаря очень гибким возможностям USB-аудио, а также специальному выходу для наушников.

Ценник XL может быть примерно на $149/£200 больше, чем у его меньшего собрата — но за повышенную гибкость на сцене, которую предлагают эти дополнительные педальные переключатели, мы считаем, что это очень хорошо потраченные деньги, особенно если у вас есть место для их размещения. 

6. Versatility: Line 6 Pod Go vs Line 6 HX Stomp

Versatility: Line 6 Pod Go

Let’s start by saying that the Pod Go is incredibly versatile.

You can create up to 256 presets, each with up to 10 different modules (though 6 of them are fixed in type), and you can even connect your other pedals via the effects loop.

The expression pedal is pretty awesome too, which can control virtually and parameter for some seriously wild effects.

Versatility: Line 6 HX Stomp

The HX Stomp is, though, a more versatile unit.

Though it has half of the presets available and 8 modules total, you can put whatever you want in any of those modules, and you can combine amp and cab into one module to free up an additional one (you can’t do that on the Pod Go).

It doesn’t have a built-in expression pedal, but it does have an input for one, and the thing it has over the Pod Go is that one of the modules isn’t automatically taken up with the expression pedal. It’s not like you’re going to use that on every patch, are you…

The HX Stomp also has some more complex routing involved, allowing you to do things like parallel processing.

Versatility: Bottom Line

If pure versatility and flexibility is what you desire, then it’s the HX Stomp with which you must go.

Versatility Winner: Line 6 HX Stomp

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Line 6 Pedals Summary

There is no one best pedal and the right pedal for you depends on what features you want to have.

If you’re a casual player and want a simple pedal to use at home, then the AMPLiFi FX100 is a good choice. If you like the idea of using your smartphone/tablet to edit your presets but want more features and better quality than the AMPLiFi FX100, then the Firehawk FX is suitable.

If you want to supplement your existing rig with various stompbox effects, look into the HX Effects or HX Stomp (or the older M series).

If you want more control over your tone and you play live as well as at home, the Helix or HD series will likely meet your needs.

Finally, if you want the best available and don’t care about cost, one of the Helix models will give you the best results.

This guide only compared Line 6’s multi-effects pedals against each other and you should also look at what other brands offer. Some people love Line 6’s gear and others don’t so instead of letting other people’s personal opinions sway you, think about what you want and what features appeal to you.

The good news is that when you buy a new pedal today, the chances are you will end up with a fantastic sounding piece of gear. Technology and competition have dramatically improved the quality of pedals so the problems people had 5 or 10 years ago are almost non-existent today.

Check out my reviews for specific pedals and check out reviews on Amazon to get a better idea of how guitarists are using pedals today.

If you want to learn more about the guitar effects built into these pedals, check out the Guitar Effects Course available here.

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Comparing Line 6’s Multi-Effects Pedals

This guide compares Line 6’s multi-effects pedals so you can figure out what type of pedal suits your needs as a guitarist


Main Differences: Line 6 Pod Go and Line 6 HX Stomp

The main differences between Line 6 Pod Go and Line 6 HX Stomp are:

  • The Pod Go has 8 footswitches and an expression pedal. The HX Stomp has only 3 switches.
  • The Stomp is a much more compact unit.
  • The Stomp has a faster DSP chip.
  • The Go is better built for live performances.
  • The Stomp has stereo inputs, the Go only has one mono input. The Stomp also has MIDI I/O.
  • The Stomp has superior editing and routing functionality.

So when it comes down to Line 6 Pod Go vs Line 6 HX Stomp, which one should you choose? Here’s a quick overview:

Go for Line 6 Pod Go if you’re looking for an affordable all-in-one solution with some of the best amp sounds on the market, an impressive bank of presets, and the ability to manipulate effects parameters on the fly during a live performance.

Go for Line 6 HX Stomp if you want to access those same amp sounds, but are more interested in creating complex routing and rig setups than you are in being able to access all parameters in the live context. Also, get it if you want to integrate the Stomp into your MIDI setup.

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Технические характеристики

  • происхождение: Китай
  • ТИП: Педаль мультиэффектов с усилителем/кабинетом и эффектами
  • ОСОБЕННОСТИ: Возможность выбора буферизованного или истинного байпаса, 128 пресетов 
  • (32 банка по 4), 8 входов/6 выходов аудио интерфейса, лупер, тюнер, MIDI, регулярные обновления прошивки
  • МОДЕЛИ: Более 300 эффектов и моделей из Helix, M-серии и старых продуктов Line 6 
  • УПРАВЛЕНИЕ: Громкость, 5x мягких регуляторов, 4x кнопки, 8x футсвитчей 
  • ПОДКЛЮЧЕНИЯ: Стандартные входы (L/Mono, R), стандартные выходы (L/Mono, R), Stereo Send, Return/Aux In (L/Mono и R), педаль Exp, MIDI In, MIDI Out/Thru, стандартный стерео выход на наушники, USB.
  • ПИТАНИЕ: Поставляемый адаптер 9VDC DC-3G 3000 мА 
  • РАЗМЕРЫ: 316 (ш) x 120 (г) x 68 мм (в)
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