POD HD Preset Tool

The POD HD Preset Tool

The POD HD Preset Tool can convert preset, setlist and bundles between different POD HD models without modifying their settings. Optionally, It also can mass change some settings of all presets, setlists, bundles like setting all amps to preamps or changing the microphone




For the POD HD 500 / POD HD 500X / POD HD Desktop / POD HD Pro / POD HD ProX:

  • Convert presets, bundles and setlists to each other model. It literally "converts" them , i.e. does not modify any Amp/Cab/FX Setting.
  • Edit bundles, presets and setlists:
    • Independently change inputs, impedance, amps, cabs and mics without changing their parameters. For example, change your live setlist to a studio setlist by changing all pre amp models to full amp models with cab without losing your settings.
  • Translate POD HD 300 / POD HD 400 presets to POD HD 500 / POD HD 500X / POD HD Desktop / POD HD Pro / POD HD ProX presets. Click here for more information.

For the POD HD 300 / 400:

Program Usage:

  • On the Top, click on the Tab named after your desired deivce. So, if you own a POD HD Desktop, click on HD Desktop
  • Below, click on Browse and specify the directory that contains your (downloaded) Presets, Setlists or Bundles that you want to convert to your device or modify.
  • Now choose what you want to do with the files in the chosen directory. The settings are grouped in convert, translate or modify for a better overwiev. Apply everything you desire. For example, if you downloaded a POD HD 500 Preset and want to run in on your POD HD Desktop, checkmark the box Patch HD 500 Presets to Desktop (.h5e -> .hbe).
  • On the Bottom, Click Run.




  • Converter: Fixed DEP amp and cab settings for newer firmware versions (v2.26). After the latest firmware update, they might have been set to defaults after conversions (Thanks to Timothy for pointing this out!).


  • We now save checkbox / combobox states and the path of the selected directory.
  • I've also uploaded an uncompressed windows build, which is exactly the same as the smaller one, just not compressed with the binary packer upx. My virus scanner sometimes detects compressed .exe files as false positive viruses.


  • A current release with all features for OS X. Since it depends on the Qt toolkit, it's much larger than the previous builds.

    POD HD Qt Mac OS X


  • Support for POD HD ProX


  • Translate POD HD 300 / POD HD 400 presets to POD HD 500 / POD HD 500X / POD HD Desktop / POD HD Pro presets. Still beta. First Preview:
  • POD HD 300 to 500 Translator
    Left Side: Original Preset. Right Side: Translated Preset


  • Support for POD HD 500X.


  • Fixed input selection of POD HD Desktop and POD HD Pro (Thanks to Raf for pointing this out)
  • Fixed calculation of converted files
  • For the POD HD 500 / POD HD Desktop / POD HD Pro:
    • Correct input mapping if possible (i.e. device capability dependent). Default values for non-existent inputs (for example Variax on the HD Desktop) can be set for conversion in the 'Modify Files' View. If you checkmark "Change Inputs" without "Modify .xxx files" in the "Modify Files" View, entered values are used for non-existent inputs. For example Variax is mapped to guitar (choosable) on HD Desktop, guitar stays guitar. If you checkmark "Modifiy .xxx Files" all inputs will be overwritten with the selected value. (Thanks to Raf for suggesting this feature)


  • User-Customizable Mapping of Missing Effects.



  • Support for POD HD 500, POD HD Desktop & POD HD Pro Presets.
  • Full Support for POD HD 400 (Added Effects, that are exclusive for HD 400).
  • Support for POD HD 500, POD HD Desktop & POD HD Pro Presets.
  • Support for new Amp Models (Solo 100, Line 6 Doom, Line 6 Epic).


  • Full Support for POD HD Pro.
  • Support for POD HD 500.
  • You can know change all amp models to pre amp models and vice versa in Presets, Bundles and Setlists (HD 500/Pro/Desktop). As an example, if you use the pre models on a setlists for live acts with external cabs, you can change the amps for studio/home sessions without losing the amp settings.
  • Now it is possible to mass change all presets, bundles and setlists to specific amp/cab/mic combination without losing amp settings (HD 500/Pro/Desktop).
  • POD HD Translator (HD HD 300 / POD HD 400): Support for new Amp Models (Solo 100, Line 6 Doom, Line 6 Epic).
  • Changed GUI Design.



  • Beta: Support for POD HD Pro.
  • Beta: Added a HD 500 Tab. You can currently mass-change Amps, Cabs and Mics on Preset files. See Comments for 'why' and a use case.


Now with basic HD 400 support. Same features as HD 300, so no FX loop, same effects as HD 300.


First version of my HD 500 to HD 300 (same applies for HD 400) Preset 'Translator'.

Initially, I thought that couldn't be that hard and decided to take up that challenge, but soon i noticed that almost every byte needed to be modified and adjusted with proper pattern. Even things like the potis are differently stored, the amps and cabs have different orders, thus are different saved and so on, ..

Since the HD 300 has less effects and lacks of the dual amp capacity, if you translate a preset you might get more output. For instance you load a dual amp preset, you get one preset with the first amp row and all effects, one preset with the second amp and all effects.
The same applies to the effects. If the initially preset had 3 distortions that must all be mapped into the first Fx Row of the HD 300, you get 3 presets with each.

I mean, it's quite obvious that the output might not sound as the original (if it's loaded with many effects), but this way should deliver the closed sound and from that on, you can fine tune.

To use, simply download the .jar file, switch to the tab "HD 300 & 400", select a directory with .h5e files (hd 500 presets), and hit 'Run'. You'll find loadable Preset files (.h3e) or (.h4e) in that directory.

For a better understanding, i've made a sample mosaic of screenshots (.jpg, ~690kb).
POD HD 300 Translator
The first and second images show the preset in the HD 500 Edit Software, the Effects and Amps. Then follows an Explorer Window, where you see the original preset and translated presets listed.
After that you see all the translated files opened in the HD 300 Edit Software (.h3e).
As you can recognize, there's a dual amp configuration with two distortion effects and one reverb and delay. Since you can only load one dist at one time, you get 2 presets for the first amp, and the same for the second amp, thus 4 possible configurations and translated presets.

This is a list of missing effects on the hd300 and how they are currently replaced. I'm not sure if i've always taken the best fitting choice, hence i'm open for any suggestions. In a later release, you'll find an option for set it on your own.

While messing around with the various versions of the HD Edit Software, i've noticed that some settings don't get stored/loaded during the Offline Mode. So, if you wonder why all the amp parameter are screwed in the translated Presets, that probably won't effect you and is not a bug of my software itself. If anyone cares and wants to know more, there is a thread ongoing in the line6 forum, here you go..


Now with edit function. Currently you can choose the Inputs and Input Impedance to be set. That means, you can also mass change these values in any preset you are already using.

POD HD Convert Edit Function


Now as native Windows application. But it has one major drawback. I never thought a statically linked Qt application would add such a huge amount to its filesize (~11mb)!


Now as native Mac OS X application.

POD HD Convert Cocoa


Now with rename option.


Now with GUI:

convert.jar Main Window


  • Make sure you have a java runtime (JRE) installed. Not needed for native versions!
  • Open the .jar file by double clicking on it.
  • Select the folder of your preset files by clicking on the Browse-Button.
  • If you have selected patch .hbe files, the application will change the bytes in files in the selected folder with the extension .hbe to make them load with the POD HD and POD HD Edit software (i.e. change the inputs).
    Same goes for the .h5e checkbox.
  • Check the rename .h5e to .hbe if needed.

To load files with the POD HD Edit software, they have to have the .hbe extension. Make sure you select rename .h5e to .hbe if you downloaded your preset directly from the line6 customtone website.

The Story:

Since the new firmware update v2.02 for the pod hd series, which added new amp models, you cannot interchange presets between the hd desktop (aka bean)/500/Pro models anymore. Thats a big downsite. There are 2838 tones for the 500 model on the line6 customtone website, but just 130 tones for the desktop version as of today.

Now, when you start up your pod hd edit software v2.00 and open a preset you get a notification:

POD HD Edit: Invalid data found in one or more patches. These patches have been reset and named "New Tone (Reset)".

POD HD Edit Sofware - Invaild Data

Now, I've written a small program that changes some bytes in the presets, bundles or setlists to make them load with the POD HD Desktop model.


xpanmanx (not verified)
Mon, 08/07/2013 - 10:04

Greetings, thank you for this, it is a LIFESAVER application.

I've found something interesting. It seems that your converter is causing HD Pro Edit to display zeroed amp parameters, but the values are set correctly even though you can't see them.

I downloaded http://line6.com/customtone/tone/208866, sent it through the HD500 -> HD Pro converter, opened the tone in HD Edit 2.21.0, and found that even though the tone sounded great, the amp parameters (master, sag, hum, bias, bias x) were all zeroed.

I used my mouse to pull one of the amp masters from zero to 100%, then back to zero. As I did this, the tone became louder and more saturated until I hit 100%, and then less intense as I dialed it back to zero -- and when I hit zero the tone sounded completely wrong. Through trial and error I was able to determine that the author of the tone had the master set to ~50% when he saved and uploaded the tone.

I loaded a brand new tone and brought in the Treadplate, which was one of the models used in the downloaded tone. The master was set to 50%. I pulled in the JCM 800 and it was the same.

Were you aware of this before now? Is there a workaround?


Mon, 08/07/2013 - 22:10

Thanks for your comment and your help!

Maybe its the same thing i've stumpled over. I've made a post in the POD HD forums , and some time later also opened a bug report and i recorded this youtube video describing the bug as well.
So, it only happens if you use the HD Edit Software in offline mode, meaning without a proper connected device for the right software. So, that makes the offline mode completely useless, because it does not restore the settings correctly. The support guy i've had talked to confirmed that the software needs a bidirectional connection to a device to read all settings, even if you only load a preset from the disk.

I think its the same thing since the program i wrote actually does not touch any amp settings for the converter mode, just if you translate an HD 500/Pro/Desktop to the HD 300/400, then it modifies almost everything.

So, did you connect your device in advance?!

Sun, 14/07/2013 - 17:03

Nope, sorry, not yet implemented. Since you are the second person who suggests this feature, i'll definitely add this. I'm short of time currently, so maybe next month at the earliest. :(
Actually, all the stuff is already in the program, someone just has to implement the reverse functions (HD 500 -> HD 300)..

chris (not verified)
Tue, 08/10/2013 - 23:52

You are obviously a talented programmer. Do you think you could create an android app of the hd500 edit? I have been trying but I cant even figure out what programming language it is in.

Tue, 15/10/2013 - 19:42

It might be possible. From what i know, Markus Grabner reverse engineered the POD Xt and also has support for the POD HD Line. I mean, he has written an application that directly speaks with the device on Linux. That means he had to figure out what gets transfered over the USB cable.

This is the project page:

I only have knowledge about the presets. Someone still has to write an app for android. The "knowledge" might be there already, but that would still be lots of work "porting" this to android. I honestly don't even know if its really possible, since i don't know much about android, except that its java, but i don't know about usb apis/access and so on. The more "internal" stuff.

Max (not verified)
Fri, 11/10/2013 - 00:33

I'm sorry for the possible stupid question i'm about to ask, but:

I own an HD POD 500x and was trying to make sense of what's up here and the comments as well, but I'm still very lost.
I want to downlaod patches from cutomtone that arent compatible to a 500x.

Am I able to do this with your software?
a line 6 helper referred me to this page from the line 6 community page.


Hope you have time for a reply, thanks a lot.

Thu, 17/10/2013 - 22:06

That should work, yes. I've added a short Usage passage at the beginning of the text. I hope, that works as help for newcommers.. I never thought of that, but it's really hard to think at everything, like all the pitfalls that might come across, if you wrote the program yourself. Everything it always clear than :)

Let me know if you still didn't figure it out on your own and where exactly your problem is.

Brian (not verified)
Mon, 14/10/2013 - 19:39

Hi...I have a Pod HD Desktop (Bean) and I've used your conversion utility to convert various 300/400/500 and Pod Pro patches to use on my HD Desktop. However it seems it doesn't work for 500x....are you aware of this or is it something I'm doing wrong? I haven't had any issues with any other types, only the 500x patches.

Tue, 15/10/2013 - 19:31

No, i was not aware of it :).
Maybe i didn't do enough testing, so i'll look into this within the next days. Just discovered that there is a new POD HD Pro X, then i can fix the 500 X and add support for the Pro X.

Thanks for your comment!

Thu, 17/10/2013 - 22:00

Okay, i'm not sure if it's fixed now. I misspelled in the rename function the extensions for the HD 500 X with the one for the HD 500. :( So now, you can successfully convert HD 500 X Presets to HD Desktop Bean Presets.

Download and try it again please, if you meant something different, please let me know :)

Brian (not verified)
Sun, 20/10/2013 - 16:47

No I still can't get it to convert the 500x tones....I even tried converting to just 500 rather than desktop and nothing

Brian (not verified)
Sat, 26/10/2013 - 20:01

Got it figured it out. When I was downloading from custom tone site, it was downloading with wrong extension. I tried re-downloading and this time manually instead the proper extension (.5xe) before saving the file. Once I did this and ran your program, conversion worked! Thanks!

Craig (not verified)
Wed, 23/10/2013 - 11:22

I'm running your programme and looking to batch convert a setlist of full amp patches to preamp patches for the DT25.

When I click on browse and open the directory containing setlist (and other patch) files, none are shown. Its says "No items match your search". I therefore can't perform the operation.

What am I doing wrong?


Thu, 24/10/2013 - 18:31

Just choose the directory that contains the setlists and press okay, regardless of what is written in the Chooser-Dialog. It's okay if nothing is shown there, because i didn't set any file filters. The path of the directory should be listed in the box next to the Choose-Button, then simply hit run it should work. Otherwise please tell me a bit more about the setlists you try to convert from what device to which device?

Poddie (not verified)
Sun, 22/12/2013 - 02:36

I love you, thank you so much for sharing this simply but great program, you have made my christmas! There should be a link to your page at customtone and you should get benefit from this, even money isn't everything in this world! But thx again that there are people like you sharing and caring and not thinking about money!!!
I quess that one guy couldn't rename .l6t to right extension so he instantly started complaining but don't care about his negative approach, he was wrong! Merry Christmas to you and very good New Year!!!

Michele (not verified)
Sat, 08/02/2014 - 15:53

Hi zab,
I've just downloaded your app but I've got a problem.
When I run the app I get more than one "out" and all different!

e.g. from tone.h5e I get:

Why? Thanks!

ps I'm running windows 8.1

Michele (not verified)
Mon, 10/02/2014 - 00:34

Ok, I got it!
thanks anyway :)

NeoCZ (not verified)
Sun, 16/02/2014 - 17:21

Hi Jzab,

do you plan to release new version with HD PRO X support? Or any new version at all? It's great piece of software and it would be a shame to stop developing it...

Sat, 22/02/2014 - 22:12

Sorry it took so long and thanks for remembering me!

Support for POD HD ProX is on its way.

NeoCZ (not verified)
Sun, 23/02/2014 - 12:54

It's good to see this software is still alive!

txflood (not verified)
Thu, 04/09/2014 - 21:51

Hey I was using the program to convert HD500 patch to HD400. Everything came out as expected except for some of the amp parameters such as Sag and Bias (these seemed to stay at the default values in the generated HD400 patch). Is support for these parameters in the conversion possible? Thanks

Nathan Sieg (not verified)
Mon, 29/09/2014 - 16:24

when I convert hd5 to hd4 it show about 6 or so files from the conversion of one...why is it doing that?

Matt (not verified)
Mon, 12/01/2015 - 10:39

You sir have saved hours and hours of programming for our studio/bands as we use the PODs everywhere. An enormously BIG THANK YOU for your magic!

David Kirkwood (not verified)
Wed, 11/02/2015 - 03:41

Works as advertised, 11.02.2015. Thank you for this!

anonymous (not verified)
Wed, 06/05/2015 - 10:06

... for your excellent work and sharing it for free! The application works very well in the latest version of OS X and I'm able to convert POD HD files back and forth without a problem. You're definitely racking up guitar karma points. Keep up the good work.

Thu, 07/05/2015 - 08:15

Thanks for your comment!
I wasn't really sure if it would actually run under the current OS X version since it was the first time I've compiled software without using Xcode.

Glad to hear it works,..

adrian dix (not verified)
Fri, 22/05/2015 - 11:58

Hi Zab
Do you have an idiots guide for the HD converter ?
I've downloaded the application file but don't know what to do now.
I'm running Windows XP
Hope you can help


Markus (not verified)
Thu, 15/10/2015 - 12:02

Bin gerade auf diese Software gekommen. Ich sage nur genial, genial, genial!

Tausend Dank und einen schönen Gruß aus Haar!

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 16:59

ciao, think i'm a stupid and i shame...but unfortunately i cannot even install your software. get a mesage like "it's not a valid 32 win app..."
i'm running xp sp3, 32 bit...any clue? i've tried compressed and uncompressed files. ciao p.s. solve this and you win a free weekend in jesolo, where i live

Ralle Rebell (not verified)
Mon, 27/08/2018 - 21:53

Dear Zap,
I do everything but it doesn't work. The Browser of this good converter doesn't found my presets. I use windows10 64 bit version.
I wish to convert HD 500 to hd pro presets. Do you know my mistakes. Sorry my english ins't the best :-)

Mon, 27/08/2018 - 21:56

Yes. It's a bit awkwardly programmed. You've to chose to directory that contains the presets. You'll not see the files in the browser because it isn't setup for selecting files but folders.

Zanzibar (not verified)
Thu, 25/04/2019 - 17:51

Im so i hoping i can get this working. Found the best tones for hd500 but have hd300.

I did the conversion, now i cant figure out how i can load all the multiple h3e files at the same time.

I could not figure out how to do this part I saw in the notes y------------------------------
" For instance you load a dual amp preset, you get one preset with the first amp row and all effects, one preset with the second amp and all effects. The same applies to the effects. If the initially preset had 3 distortions that must all be mapped into the first Fx Row of the HD 300, you get 3 presets with each."