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Line 6 Variax Workbench Software (Macintosh and Windows), Version 1.5

Create custom guitars with body type, tuning and pickups for tones that fit every type of playing style with this software. (44) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

With Variax Workbench, you can select from a complete list of guitar bodies, pickups and placement, tone and volume controls, and tweak until you've come up with a guitar that is truly unique. With Workbench, it's like having all the greatest pickups, controls, and bodies of the greatest guitar collection, all at your instant disposal.

This combination USB interface and software package for Variax Electric family guitars allows you to see and hear the physical changes to your custom guitar in real time. Ever wonder what a single-coil pickup would sound like on a hollowbody tuned a whole octave down? Probably not. That's because it wasn't a reality... until now.

Electric Features:

- Works with Variax 300, 500, 600 or 700
- Compatible with any Windows PCs or Mac OSX computers
- Allows you to completely customize any or all of the sounds on the Variax model knob and 5-way selector
- Create custom or alternate tunings for any electric guitar you construct
- Easily create, store, share and back-up thousands of guitar models using the librarian feature
- Workbench's detailed graphics allow you to see and hear the guitars you create in real time
- Includes custom RJ-45 cable, USB cable and hardware interface
- Interface is powered through USB connection and small enough to throw in your guitar's gig bag (if not your pocket)

With Variax Workbench, you can get inside your Variax Acoustic 700 and fully personalize it with live or studio ambient modes, alternate tunings, mic position, compressor, and trim controls. This combination USB interface and software package for Variax Acoustic allows you to see and hear the physical changes to your custom guitar in real time. Now you can tweak each string's tuning on your favorite model, build the ultimate 12-string acoustic guitar from any of the available models, or put variations of your favorite guitars in every slot on the model knob.

Acoustic Features:

- Works with Variax Acoustic 700
- Compatible with any Windows PCs or Mac OSX computers
- Allows you to completely customize any or all of the sounds on the Variax Acoustic model knob
- Create custom or alternate tunings for any guitar you construct
- Easily create, store, share and back-up thousands of acoustic guitar models using the librarian feature
- Workbench's detailed graphics allow you to see and hear the guitars you create in real time
- Includes custom RJ-45 cable, USB cable and hardware interface
- Interface is powered through USB connection and small enough to throw in your guitar's gig bag (if not your pocket)

Live & Studio Mode
If you're playing a room that's heavily tiled and boomy, switching to Live mode will give you dry sound that has the room-like reflections taken off the guitar model. However, if you're recording direct, Studio mode will give you all the air and lush body modeling that you'll need for a warm and realistic acoustic track.

Mic Position Slider
This slider gives you the ability to move the microphone model. When you decrease the slider's value it is as if you are moving the microphone closer to the guitar's sound hole. This emphasizes more of the guitar body model and the lower frequencies. When increasing the sliders value, you de-emphasize the guitar body model and hear more of an emphasis on the upper frequencies.

Comp Setting Slider
Variax Workbench makes getting great studio-quality compression easy. At 0%, you get a natural uncompressed sound for gentle, dynamic finger picking. As you move the slider towards 100%, the compressor delivers a punchy attack and smooth release for more aggressive strumming with a pick.

Trim Volume Slider
By default, the TRIM slider is set at unity gain (0dB). Trim allows you to attenuate or boost your guitar from -18dB up to +6dB.

All You Can Eat
One of the main reasons for bringing different guitars is not only the pickup and sound, but the tuning. Workbench allows you to not only make your own guitars, but you can select a custom tuning to go along with it. Now your T-model setting can be in Open G, your Spank model can be tuned a half step down, and your Lester model can go to Drop D.

You can make as many guitars as you want using Workbench's Librarian. Keep track of your custom guitars, store them on your computer's hard drive, email them to friends, or just make a CD-ROM backup so you can load your guitars into any Variax you use. Workbench allows you to fill each slot on the Variax Model knob and 5-way switch with your custom guitar collection.

Fits in Your Gig Bag
Using the special RJ-45 connector, you can go "inside" and create custom guitar models. Using the included custom digital Variax cable and converter box, you can now USB into any Windows or Mac OSX computer and edit the guitar entirely on screen. Now you can see exactly what you're playing.

With Variax Workbench, you can get inside your Variax Acoustic 700 and fully personalize it with live or studio ambient modes, alternate tunings, mic position, compressor, and trim controls. This combination USB interface and software package for Variax Acoustic allows you to see and hear the physical changes to your custom guitar in real time. Now you can tweak each string's tuning on your favorite model, build the ultimate 12-string acoustic guitar from any of the available models, or put variations of your favorite guitars in every slot on the model knob.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Line 6 products.
Works with Variax 300, 500, 600, 700 or Variax Acoustic 700

Compatible with any Windows PCs or Mac OSX computers

Allows you to completely customize any or all of the sounds on the Variax model knob and five-way selector

Create custom or alternate tunings for any electric guitar you construct

Easily create, store, share and back-up thousands of guitar models using the librarian feature

Workbench's detailed graphics allow you to see and hear the guitars you create in real time

Includes custom RJ-45 cable, USB cable and hardware interface

Interface is powered through USB connection and small enough to throw in your guitar's gig bag (if not your pocket)

Computer System Requirements:
You will need to have a Variax Electric 300, 500, 600 or 700 guitar and a Windows XP or Windows 2000-equipped PC with at least a Pentium III 500 MHz or better processor, one available USB port, and 256MB or more of RAM. Apple Macintosh users need to have OS X 10.3.8 or higher and a G4 or G5 running @ 400 MHz or faster. If you want to hear the changes you are making to your models in real-time you'll also need an amplifier available to plug the XPS (footswitch) output (1/4" audio cable) into for monitoring.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Version 1.5
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 3 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 818-575-3600
Customer Reviews
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"Hot Tool for a complete rig"
Sound: If you own a XTL you can download it for free to use with your variax. This is the coolest....tone you can dial up to your taste. Feature: I'm loving the alternate tunings....I play mostly acoustic stuff. Was playing with tuning the E and A strings an octave down and it's slick. Quality: Software...hmmm...well I guess the fit and finish are fine. You have to pay attention that you download all the drivers, latests software as they describe. Get a pad of paper and write it down. It all works, but setup is critical. Value: Well it cost me a Variax 500 and a Pod XT Live to get the workbench free. I figured having 28 guitars, all the effects, and the ability to do alternate tunings with a flip of a switch was worth $1000 or so. This is a great gigging rig. Tones of tone options. Manufacturer Support: I called them and they got me on track. The Wow Factor: You have to look at this as a "rig" and it's very slick. Overall: Really happy now that I can do the alternate tunings and other adjustments. The workbench makes this whole thing a really flexible solution. I worry it will lose it's mind on a gig...but so far so good. I've had my variax since spring of 2004 and the XT Live about 6 months.....now I can really see what it will do.
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Sound: Sound quality isn't particularly applicable to this product, but I must say that the Variax 700 comes awful darned close to recreating some of the truly great classic guitar sounds, and having 50 of them at your fingertips at all times is nothing short of addicting! Having the ability to tweak them through Workbench is an incremental benefit that allows you to replace the few sounds that you don't really care for with ones that you do. Feature: Pretty much off-the-shelf parts make up the hardware. The software UI within Workbench is adequate if not elegant. It gets the job done for me. Ease of Use: Not the most intuitive, but the Help screens give you the basics to do what you need to do. Once you're up and running it is very easy to modify, save and upload new sounds to the Variax. Quality: One word of caution -- the first time I plugged the RJ45 cable into the Variax it wouldn't come out again. Fortunately someone else out there had had the same problem and posted a solution -- open the Neutrix housing in which the RJ45 plug lives and snap off the plastic tab that is designed to hold the plug in place. It's not needed, since the Neutrix housing has a separate tab/release mechanism that secures it to the jack. And the little plastic tab apparently gets stuck inside and won't release its hold on the jack when you try to pull it out. Really annoying! (Not to mention an obvious Quality Control failure on Line 6's part.) Perform this little operation BEFORE PLUGGING IT IN THE FIRST TIME to avoid an hour or two of frustration. Value: Seems overpriced for what you get -- my guess is that you could put the hardware pieces together yourself at a fraction of the price. But since Line 6 has a monopoly on this technology you don't have much choice. Still, it's worth it if you need to tweak the sounds. Manufacturer Support: Line 6 support has proven to be very spotty -- I know because I own a lot of their products. Fortunately there is a fairly substantial user group out there who post solutions pretty actively, so you can usually find out what you need to know. The Wow Factor: Not sexy, but if you want to tweak the onboard sounds in your Variax, it is essential. Overall: Overall, it performs exactly as I had hoped it would.
Style of Music: Rock/Bluegrass/Songwriter
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