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  1. Since it looks like the XD-AD8 is not something easily found is it possible to use another antenna distribution system with the XD-V75, like the Shure UA844+SWB or something else like it? The reason I can't just order from anywhere is that this is going to be for a school system in New Jersey and we're required to order from vendors that have a state contract. As long as it works we're good.

  2. So, I've got a POD X3 Live that I haven't used for a while. I powered it up and was futzing around with it and noticed that tone 2 would display "BAD" as the name. I did a "factory reset" (which really seems to only dump preset changes) and that only helped in the sense that now it will display the same thing in that slot as what was displayed when the unit booted up. 

    I can see all the patches in Gearbox and they all seem correct, but they don't work correctly when not using Gearbox, as if they're blank. 

    Is my X3 toast or is there a fix I'm missing? 

  3. I've got the crackling issue on my box, too. It seems to have lessened when I changed some clock settings in my BIOS (run at max clock all the time instead of throttling, although that still seems to not actually be happening). No individual core seems to be maxing out. I toggled between Helix and Pod Farm 2 to make sure it wasn't a newly occurring hardware issue or something but PF2 is OK.


    Running in the latest Reaper.


    My rig is: 

    Desktop: [Processor: Intel Skylake i5 6600K (stock for now)][HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO]
    [PSU: EVGA SuperNova 750 B2][Case: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Silver]
    [Motherboard: AsRock Z170 Extreme4][RAM: 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666]
    [Video: eVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 01G-P3-1567-KR]
    [Hard Drives: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB]
    All that said, damn, these tones are nice.
  4. Why do you need an audio card? The X3 is a low-latency USB audio interface itself. I use my X3 Live for recording straight into my PC using Reaper and it gets set up as a Windows audio device for playback. I was goofing off one night while on a TeamSpeak server and instead of everybody hearing my voice through my mic they got the pleasure of me playing guitar through my X3 Live. I imagine that it would work with jam tracks just fine.

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  5. What do you mean?

    That I should or should not use the Studio Direct setting in the outputs menu?

    I think what he's asking is if you're set to Studio Direct or one of the other settings. The other settings cut midrange (making it sound thinner) to compensate for the midrange push of a guitar amp, so if you're using one of those settings for something other than a normal guitar amp the tones could be a bit thin.

  6. If there's one thing I've learned in 20 years of being a PC tech is that sometimes hareware manufacturers miss the mark just by a tiny bit on specifications. I've seen PCs where certain USB devices (keyboards, mice, scanners, even hubs) won't work at all on some USB ports but work perfectly on others because some USB ports are controlled by the main chipset (southbridge on chipsets that aren't all-in-one chip solutions, back in the day when memory controllers were on the northbridge) and the remainder were on a specific USB controller chip.


    It may be entirely true that this isn't a Line6 issue but an issue with your computer.


    What model is your computer? If you built it yourself (or had it built) what motherboard is in it?

  7. I'm just wondering as I've seen a few writeups on how to install them but nothing really explicitly extolling the virtues of the GHOST saddles over the stockers on the OG Variax guitars.


    Right now my 500 has the neck shimmed so the saddles are high, making the string have maximum contact over the piezo.


    What sort of sound improvements would I hear? Would tracking be any better (not that I have any issues outside of glitchiness when tuned one octave down on the high strings)? Anybody here actually done the swap?

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  8. There's a function of Workbench


    You've made me even more confused. If I'm not mistaken, the 600 model wasn't really designed for the Workbench software, right? I don't see anything in my instruction manual referring to Workbench.


    My best bet is to replace the piezo, right? If not, what do I need to get instead?

    Do you have a POD device (xt, X3, or HD) with the Variax in? If so, then just connect your 600 to it with a Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6 cable and the POD to your computer with a USB cable. The 600 and 300 have the same electronics and both work with Workbench.


    The option that TheRealZap (with his awesome K-9 avatar) is telling you to look for is a global option that affects individual string volume. For some reason (albeit rare) the previous owner may have zeroed out that string, so even replacing the piezo would yield you the same result.

  9. I mentioned earlier that I had installed Variax 300 electronics into a Warmoth body/neck. I really didn't like the look, feel, or playability of the original V300. Here are a couple of photos of the Warmoth -  not very good lighting but you'll get the idea. A big improvement (imho) in look, feel and playability.

    Weren't the 300s and 600s made in China or Indonesia while the 500s and 700s were made in Korea?

  10. not a huge fan of the red... never seen one with a maple fretboard though.

    Well, I already have two sunburst (Peavey Wolfgang Special and Tele) and two black guitars (both Strats) and nothing in an opaque red (I do have a transparent red Tele), so I went with that.


    Like I said above, it actually came with a Warmoth maple board neck but the previous owner decided to go with a flatter fretboard radius and the Wizard (Ibanez) back shape. What's on there in that picture is the new Warmoth neck I just received last Friday with the Wolfgang back shape, compound radius board, stainless frets, and satin nitro finish. :)

  11. probably not easily noticeable... but the 59 has the same headstock as the 500/700 stock neck anyway.

    which is mountains better than james tylers design he uses on his own instruments.

    You know, I didn't notice that until you just pointed it out. Nice!

    Maybe I'll get shot for this, but the old ones (pre JTV) just look weird to me.  To an audience, they are patently "modeled", since there are no visible pickups.  The JTV looks more like a guitar, which somewhat completes the illusion.  I never use the mag pups on my JTV-69, but to the uninitiated, it looks (and sounds) real, mostly.

    II have no problem with odd and weird... I have been known to play shred metal on a sonic blue Tele with a vintage-style single coil in the bridge. LOL

  12. Over time i got a certain comfort with the original (600) and it just feels like home....

    love the technology in the JTV, and the build and design is of higher quality....

    but i might prefer the feel of the 600 with original neck over the 59 myself...

    I'm going to try and pick up a 69 since it's a bit closer to the 600.

    The JTVs are definitely quality instruments but I just can't gel with their aesthetic. I look at my 500 and think that it's more organic looking.

  13. ..that prefers the older Variax guitars over the new Tylers as far as aesthetic goes? The LP-like one is nice but the others are... meh. Plus they're incredibly expensive compared to the older Variax series.


    I recently got a Variax 500 used. The previous owner put a maple board Warmoth Variax headstock neck on it, but he unfortunately also got it with the Wizard back shape and a fairly flat fretboard radius. I ended up ordering a new neck from Warmoth for it with their compoud radius, stainless 6105 frets, Wolfgang back shape, and a satin nitro finish. Just got to put it on yesterday and it's fantastic. Still tweaking the setup a bit but I love the thing.


    How do the rest of you feel about the original Variax series versus the Tylers?

  14. Yup...the old boards were Jive. As you know we got spammed to death. Now we're here on IP Boards where we have more options to fight spammers.

    Wait... The previous abomination was Jive? Wow...


    How do they stay in business with such a horribly shoddy product?


    So... As far as content goes, the old forum's just read-only and we'll have to repopulate this new one, eh?

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