Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 11:26 AM (in response to Euripide)Re: Line 6 Guitarport Online & Gearbox support policies (not really customer oriented)
I was about to write a very similar entry when I saw yours. And I think the fact that nobody official cared to react on your opinion characterizes the state Line6 is in.
Many of their products - and I do own some - were designed to be around for the future. The digital approach seemed to promise some security of the investments in instruments and other gear. But each time the next generation came out, the old one was forgotten. Currently I have a brand new Tyler Variax 59 and an X3 pro that does not really know what to do with it.
With the current state of software development (drivers and PC editing software) for yesterday's flagship (X3 pro) and today's guitar (Tyler Variax) I feel like a complete idiot who wasted his money on one of those Chinese products. And I haven't even started to talk about my xt live and Variax 500...
Does that sound frustrated? Good, because I am.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2012 7:52 PM (in response to SchulzeJ)Re: Line 6 Guitarport Online & Gearbox support policies (not really customer oriented)
I agree with you both. I 've been a faithful Line 6 guy from the Vetta on. I have:
Vetta II (Vetta upgraded)
Pod XT Live
Bass Pod XT
2 Variax 500's
The point of showing all this is to show I've been supporting Line 6 a long time.
On one hand I have had very good luck with support. I know others haven't but when I've had mechanical/physical problems, they've been solve promptly and fairly (meaning money).
But this abandoning of products is really frustrating. Especially when things are promised or implied.
A couple of examples:
No more support for Vetta II despite some known issues that need fixing. Heck I'll even pay for it if it requires new hardware.
The Variax bass was going to have Workbench support. This was according to ads and the initial Operators Manual (I have one) This was a big reason in my decision to get one. This did not happen.
And now the hoops I have to jump through to get my JT Variax to work with my X3 Live through Gearbox. I'm having major problems getting it programed the way I want and although I'm not a software programmer, I don't think it would be that much trouble getting Gearbox to work with the JT Variax through the X3 Live at least as it does with the Variax 500. Just forget the alternate tunings knob and let me select and save JT models to the X3 Live from Gearbox. Would that really require alot of work to program?
By the way, I'm guessing once Guitarport is stopped in July I'll bet all Gearbox support will be dumped also. (did you know Guitarport was being dropped. I'm a subscriber and I didn't find out via any courtesy communication from Line 6. They haven't had any new songs in awhile but they still take my money)
So I think I'm done with Line 6. I am planning on getting the HD 500 (not for at least a year) to go with my JT Variax (which I love) but I'm tired of them completely dropping all support and activity on products that still need a little tweaking, Espeically when they are touted to work with an old product (like The JT with the X3). I definitely DON'T expect Line 6 to continually update prodcuts they've discontinued like the original Pod. I do hope, however, that they "finish what they've started" and make sure everything is working properly with itself everything else it can connect to before moving on. When the original Pod was dropped it completely worked as it was. It didn't need anymore fixing which the aforementioned products do. I use Gearbox ALOT to program my X3 Live and just figured they would get the JT Variax it to work with Gearbox as well. We're talking about two products communicating and doing the same thing the older models did. I hope I'm wrong and they are doing something but I doubt it. But if not, I'm almost done with Line 6. (Still need the HD 500 to go with my JT Variax)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2012 5:40 PM (in response to brue58ski)Re: Line 6 Guitarport Online & Gearbox support policies (not really customer oriented)
Thanks for your thoughts guys. With this conversation happening in the X3 support forums, it might not get noticed. The better place is our Contact Us page, where you can leave product feedback.