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#1 phil_m

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:31 AM

It's happening! It's really happening! :D

 

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With all-new Variax HD technology, James Tyler Variax provides instant access to a huge collection of HD guitars with unprecedented depth, character and detail—making it the ultimate recording guitar.

Variax HD Upgrade
This free upgrade delivers a world-class collection of HD guitars rebuilt from the ground up using Line 6’s next-generation HD modeling technology, resulting in unprecedented sonic character and a more natural playing experience. From rare vintage electrics to classic acoustics and exotics, each HD instrument delivers superior articulation and exceptional feel—perfect for capturing inspired performances.

All-New Workbench HD Software
The all-new Workbench HD software makes it possible to build one-of-a-kind custom guitars by combining the HD body styles, HD pickups and components in unique ways. Featuring an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, Workbench HD provides full control over scores of important instrument characteristics such as string pitch, string volume, pickup position and much more. Workbench HD also lets you select any Variax pickup model and use it with the natural tone and response of your physical James Tyler Variax guitar—or blend the Variax HD signal with the magnetic pickup sound to create hybrid instruments.

The Ultimate Recording Guitar
Recording guitarists have always had to contend with the challenges of selecting the right guitar for the right tones, tuning/retuning issues, pickup noise in the studio, mics and mic preamps for acoustic guitars, and more. James Tyler Variax eliminates these problems—so you can concentrate on nailing your performance.

  • Free Variax HD upgrade features an extensive collection of HD guitars, so you can record with a palette of the world’s greatest instrument sounds.
  • With a world-class collection of HD acoustic guitars and exotic instruments, you can record acoustic tracks with pristine sound quality—without ever having to set up a microphone or a mic preamp.
  • With virtually limitless alternate tunings, you can easily switch between tunings while tracking.
  • The HD guitar tones in James Tyler Variax are completely free of pickup noise, so you can capture pristine takes without hum.
  • With James Tyler Variax, there’s no need to interrupt the creative flow by finding, tuning and acclimating to the feel of a new instrument. You can easily switch between HD guitars and tunings just by turning the model knob—enabling you to stay in the moment.

The Variax HD upgrade and Workbench HD software are compatible with all James Tyler Variax guitars. Download the updates from Line6.com.

 


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#2 Crusty_Old_Rocker

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:46 AM

I suspect everyone else except us two are updating their JTVs. :)

Have a look at the time on my post in the "Hurry Up" thread. :D

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:01 AM

prepare... to have your minds blown!

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:12 AM

Cough cough...might have to leave work early, I think I'm coming down with something.
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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:26 AM

Hmm, this is great news. Problem is, the usb-connection-box that came with my variax does not seem to work right. The PC finds it but Workbench HD cannot find the variax. :(


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:27 AM

Updating as we speak!


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:29 AM

i'd double check connections and usb ports...

the new version of workbench is way improved... although i wish the pods worked now... but that's coming.....

 

Hmm, this is great news. Problem is, the usb-connection-box that came with my variax does not seem to work right. The PC finds it but Workbench HD cannot find the variax. :(


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:31 AM

Thanks for the quick answer. The green light (usb-side) is constantly on but there is a red light blinking on the vdi-side.

Monkey found the USB deviced and even let me update the Firmware (though the version was the same). Maybe the VDI cable is the problem but I just tested it with my hd 500.

 

i'd double check connections and usb ports...

the new version of workbench is way improved... although i wish the pods worked now... but that's coming.....


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:31 AM

Sweet - to my ears, the 12 strings sound WAY better.  Thanks Line6!

 

BTW, everyone may know this already, but it was news to me.  You need to plug a 1/4 inch cable into your Variax when using the Variax USB interface via VDI - which Variax Workbench HD requires.  Without the 1/4 plugged in, the variax won't power on.  First time I needed to do this as I usually access the Variax through the HD500(x now) USB.  


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#10 johnnyayyy

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:31 AM

I like the old modeling better. :angry:

 

 

HA! They are doing some electrical work here at the moment and I am afraid to do the update until they are finished, don't want to lose power in the middle of it and brick my JTV.

 

Looking forward to reviews here!

 

Hmmmm, just noticed "Workbench HD does not support computer connections via POD HD devices."

 

Looks like I will finally have to open up the accessories that came with the guitar and charge the battery... boo...


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:33 AM

the variax cable included in mine never worked right at all... so i just used an ethernet cable to do the update... 

(and the 1/4" plugged in is a good tip too... volume dialed up... basically guitar needs to be turned on)

 

Thanks for the quick answer. The green light (usb-side) is constantly on but there is a red light blinking on the vdi-side.

Monkey found the USB deviced and even let me update the Firmware (though the version was the same). Maybe the VDI cable is the problem but I just tested it with my hd 500.


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:34 AM

aaaah THX that solved my problem!! I think that Information should be found in Workbench HD

 

Sweet - to my ears, the 12 strings sound WAY better.  Thanks Line6!

 

BTW, everyone may know this already, but it was news to me.  You need to plug a 1/4 inch cable into your Variax when using the Variax USB interface via VDI - which Variax Workbench HD requires.  Without the 1/4 plugged in, the variax won't power on.  First time I needed to do this as I usually access the Variax through the HD500(x now) USB.  


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:36 AM

just because i had to ask... and it doesn't state as much in the notes....

 

ALL JTV's can now get those 89 mag models... only the 89's have them setup.... the 59/69 users need to build them in the new workbench :)


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:39 AM

The new Workbench interface certainly LOOKS nicer!

 

I notice you can control the percentage of mags to blend with the modeled sound - is this new?


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:40 AM

I notice you can control the percentage of mags to blend with the modeled sound - is this new?

 

Yep!


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:45 AM

Exotic instruments or just updated banjo's, sitars etc?


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:46 AM

some of the guitars modeled have changed... (notably the telecaster) but I don't believe that any new instruments were added.


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:47 AM

So, to get this straight... We can't use the POD500 to update the JTV or does this only pertain to the Workbench application?

 

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I like the old modeling better. :angry:

 

 

HA! They are doing some electrical work here at the moment and I am afraid to do the update until they are finished, don't want to lose power in the middle of it and brick my JTV.

 

Looking forward to reviews here!

 

Hmmmm, just noticed "Workbench HD does not support computer connections via POD HD devices."

 

Looks like I will finally have to open up the accessories that came with the guitar and charge the battery... boo...


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#19 TheRealZap

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:48 AM

you can use the 500, 500x, or pro (or pretty much any variax enabled pod) to update... only workbench has the issue.

 

So, to get this straight... We can't use the POD500 to update the JTV or does this only pertain to the Workbench application?

 

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#20 phil_m

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:49 AM

Exotic instruments or just updated banjo's, sitars etc?

 

Same instruments (except for the Tele) - just modeled in a more awesome and HD way... B)

 

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