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VDI questions
by clay-man on 2013-03-01 22:05:19

I had VDI and workbench cable that came with my 600 off of ebay. I know that it can be used to communicate with devices, but I don't get some stuff about it.

I've seen videos where someone only uses a VDI cable. Can the VDI cable be used as an output too?

Does the workbench interface recieve audio or is it just to communicate with workbench?

I don't know if the VDI output is for the JTVs or if it applies to the old Variaxes too.

Re: VDI questions
by amx05462 on 2013-03-02 05:18:57

if  you have the  one  that came  with workbench its  for   communicating  with your  computer   to  use  workbench to either  make ajustments  to your  guitar program  or to  download  updates  for your  version of the  variax. if  you  have  the  other  vdi cable  both ends  will be the  same.  that one  is  for  use  with one  of the   controllers   line 6  makes.   they are both communication  cable  but each  has  its  own function.

Re: VDI questions
by clay-man on 2013-03-02 13:42:20

I have both. Can the VDI for POD stuff be used for an output, and does it supply power to the variax without the need of a XPS unit? I have an XPS, I'm just wondering if I can take that out of the mix if I had a POD.

Re: VDI questions
by TheRealZap on 2013-03-02 15:51:11

yes... you wont need/want the xps if you get a VDI enabled pod.

Re: VDI questions
by clay-man on 2013-03-02 19:16:07

Very neat.

If I get a POD in the future, then I guess I can use that and a VDI instead of the XPS and a 1/4 TRS.

Could I use a POD as a workbench interface too?

Re: VDI questions
by TheRealZap on 2013-03-02 20:57:54

yeah... if you have the pod the workbench interface and XPS become useless...

Re: VDI questions
by clay-man on 2013-03-02 21:20:27

Nice. Mostly I was looking for the best deal on Ebay when purchasing my guitar, and buying a Variax, POD, and VDI cable seperate would have passed 500 dollars, but I found a 600 model deal for around 450.

I might look into getting a POD HD 500 someday for that stuff, but for now that's just my next dream step. A little off topic, but do you know the noise floor for the POD HD 500 as an audio interface?

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