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My MacBook Pro doesn't have a CAT5 port...how can I get the downloads?

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#1 zztimn8r


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 01:04 PM

I just picked up a new, though several years old, James Tyler Variax from a dealer when I was on vacation.  In getting it home, and just now getting the time to play with it, download the WorkbenchHD, and have some fun.  But I ran into a problem.  The cable to connect the guitar to my MacBook Pro won't work.  The older versions of the MacBook had a CAT5 port on them, but the new one doesn't!  Any help on how I can accomplish this?  Please let me know ASAP and I would appreciate it if you would also copy it to my email at ztimn8r@gmail.com so that I'm sure to get it.  Thanks so much for your help!


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#2 TheRealZap


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 01:21 PM

you cant plug the guitar into a cat5 port anyway... it needs a specific interface or a pod.

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#3 jakeman19


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 01:44 PM

You require a Variax USB interface to connect to the MacBook Pro. It's a specific piece you need from Line 6.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 02:06 PM

Or another Line-6 device with the Variax VDI port 


POD HD500, HD500X, POD HD Pro or FireHawk

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 02:11 PM

You have to get one of the USB interfaces which will connect the JTV to the Macbook via USB - it looks like you have to get one with the Workshop Software:




But if I were you, I would put that money towards a POD HD500, HD500X, POD HD Pro or FireHawk.


Perhaps you could find a used one on eBay, but I just did a quick search and came up empty handed.


Good luck.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 04:50 PM

You may want to contact that dealer and find out why you didn't receive the interface device with the guitar.  All JTV Variax instruments ship with the adapter and a programming cable (Ethercon on one end and RJ45 on the other).

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