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  1. 13 hours ago, psarkissian said:

    Variax VDI USB Interface Kit For Workbench

    Variax VDI USB Interface Kit
    Price: $99.99
    Accommodation Price: $49.00




    Don't know how long that will be or how many are left.

    crusin,... your econ skills are still good. Thought I remembered seeing this last week, and it's still there.



    Well perhaps it's me, but this link takes me to the exact same place as the first one. When I go to that page and put the item in my shopping cart, it's still $100... so how exactly does one manage to secure the "accommodation price" of $49? I can't find a "Click here to pay half" button anywhere....

  2. 2 hours ago, gbr13697 said:

    .  There does not appear to be any logic to it - around half the cables I tried worked, and the other half didn't.  Length did not appear to be critical - just luck. 


    I'm not surprised. We're not talking about old school analog signals that would gradually degrade along hundreds of feet of cable... we're taking about a bunch of 1's and 0's traveling 6,8, or 10 feet. They either get there, or they don't....

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  3. Actually there's a new shutdown procedure:


    1) Burn some sage.

    2) Chant supplications to the Gods.

    3) Flip the power switch.


    Or (assuming you're not crazy)  you can just turn it off...;)

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  4. 44 minutes ago, yoMuzicMan said:

    Other than physical differences between the Variax Standard, JTV, and Shuriken guitars, do they all share the exact same modeling technology? 


    I'd like to buy one and want to be sure I'm taking advantage of the latest and greatest Variax technology.  


    The one thing you might want to consider is that the "latest and greatest Variax technology" is now 11 years old. Technologically speaking, that's ancient... and updates ceased years ago at this point. It's a good bet that the next generation, whatever it is/will be, probably isn't too far off... exactly when is anybody's guess, of course. Just food for thought...

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  5. This is one of those useless debates that will never be resolved because various "experts" produce mutually exclusive "truths". Some will tell you that constantly leaving things on is the worst thing in the world for electronics because of the constant heat of being on all the time,  or you'll get the contrary warning that "on again/ off again" puts more stress on various components... frankly, I don't think anybody actually knows one way or the other.


    Either way, the closest thing there is to "truth" on the matter is that it is very likely that long before you ruin your gear in either of the aforementioned ways (if that's even possible), you're gonna get tired of it and buy something else anyway, so who cares? Think about all the gear you've moved on from over the years... I've forgotten half of it at this point, and I can recall exactly one catastrophic electrical failure...a Marshall head that (literally) smoked itself to death at sound check one time. There's real stuff to worry about out there...this doesn't even make the first cut.

  6. 5 hours ago, teletorben said:

    from https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/line-6-variax-standard


    "The models and tunings can be used in any permutation. The Standard setting leaves your guitar tuning alone — in other words, it follows the way you’ve physically tuned the strings — but the pre‑loaded Alt tunings assume you’re using standard guitar tuning. The Model position uses whatever tuning is stored in the selected preset. And if you don’t use standard tuning or want something that’s not on offer, you can construct your own set of Alt tunings, again using the Workbench software."


    I take that as a yes then. Anything else wouldn't make much sense either.


    I'd like to be able to blend pickup output from the 1/4" jack (to an amp) and modelled output from the VDI jack (to another amp or a PA) while I'm tuned to open D or G or whatever. So obviously both signals need to be in the same physical pitch.


    You can physically tune the guitar however you wish... the alt tuning algorithms will change the pitch relative to those it receives. In other words, if you physically tune the instrument 1/2 step down, and then select the 1/2 step alt tuning,  what'll come out of the speakers is the equivalent of physically tuning the guitar one whole step below standard tuning  (DGCFBbD). However, as the manual states, the algorithm is expecting the guitar be in standard tuning, so the farther away from that you start out,  the more you invite hickups, tracking issues, etc.


    As to the use of both outputs, the powers that be have repeatedly warned against using both the VDI and 1/4" outputs simultaneously. Apparently it risks some sort of circuitry "overload". Why this is the case has never really been adequately explained, but nevertheless the official edict is "Don't".

  7. On 7/31/2021 at 11:05 PM, locriansfire said:

    your a piece of lollipop for giving that as a reply..... Is there anything even there to help?


    My, my....a little testy today, are we? Well allow me to retort: You are an angry little person (not to mention tardy...but I digress), clearly lacking in reading comprehension and grammar skills. But fear not, I'll be glad to help, because I'm a giver. Let's review, shall we?


    Here's the question the OP actually asked: "Is anyone else experiencing this issue?"


    And the reply he received directed him to the appropriate forum where he could read all about the numerous others who were experiencing the very same problem. Question asked, question answered. I'm terribly sorry that this somehow offended your delicate sensibilities.... actually, I take that back. I'm really not all that sorry, and I'm afraid that I'm just no good at faking sincerity. Have a terrible day. Too-da-loo!



  8. 23 minutes ago, themetallikid said:

    Yeah these are all the responses I'd thought I'd get.  Funny ones included....


    This would be more for solo acoustic type shows that I do, which is where I figured the lack of PA volume and too much guitar volume would cause the issues.  I dont use IEM's so I'd really have to crank my monitor levels.  I do have a sound hole cover, which could help, however I dont feel it'd be enough.


    Yeah, for that kind of relatively low volume coffee-house gig, it would be a dissonance nightmare... even if the guy at the back table couldn't hear your guitar acoustically over the PA, you sure as $hit will... it'd be basically impossible not to.



  9. 15 hours ago, ichasedx said:

    Does the string gage and type still have an effect on the tone when using the modeling?



    As with pretty much everything around here, half will swear on a stack of Bibles that there's a night and day difference between Brand "X" or gauge "Y" strings, and the other 50% couldn't hear a difference with a gun to their heads... just use what you like.

  10. 7 hours ago, DunedinDragon said:

    I've used it quite successfully with my acoustic in a live setting with the following setup.  I have a sound hole cover on the acoustic, the Helix goes directly to the mixing board at the same signal level as would any electric guitar patch, I have my own dedicated floor monitor which is a QSC K10.2.  It's not at ear splitting volume, but it's at the same level as all my other patches and more than enough to overcome the minor amount of sound from the acoustic with a sound hole cover.


    Live with a full band,  PA blaring and drummer pounding away, OK... but sitting in a room, listening through monitors or headphones it'll be a $hit- show.

  11. 7 hours ago, soundog said:

    That's absurd.


    #1) Why does a user have to re-flash their guitar firmware just to get a copy of the factory presets or bundles?


    #2) Why did Line 6 stop providing it to its customers?


    #3) Monkey hasn't worked on the Mac since 2019 (Catalina)!


    Further evidence that Variax support slowly withers away.




    I don't recall ever being able to download the factory default models outside of re- flashing the firmware...I could be wrong, but I really don't think it was ever an option.


    Either way, Variax has been effectively mothballed since way before 2019... the last update that actually contained anything "new" was 2014.

  12. 1 hour ago, waymda said:

    ...and it doesn't take a lot of volume to get over the unamplified electric plink.


    No, it doesn't... but go ahead and try it with a Martin. Without ear- splitting volume, it will fail. Spectacularly. Hell, I can still hear my Variax with headphones on unless I'm cracked up to a nearly uncomfortable level. 


    Robbing liquor stores is a bad idea... there's really no need to confirm it with a test run. ;)

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  13. 25 minutes ago, themetallikid said:

    But I'm going to anyway.  My head screams this is a horrible idea.....but (gets ready to duck) anyone use this feature acoustically?  


    I'd have to imagine this not going well trying to sing as your hearing two different tones more than likely ??


    Do not pass go, do not collect $200, and place this notion directly in the crapper where it belongs...


    Pitch shifting just barely works playing a solid body, unless you're turned up loud enough to avoid hearing the guitar itself acoustically... with an actual acoustic guitar, you can forget it. You'll hear both the guitar and the shifted signal, as will everybody else in the room. 

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  14. "The first rule of Mac hardware and/or OS upgrades, if you rely on them for music production is: DON'T, UNTIL THE DUST SETTLES. The second rule of Mac hardware and/or OS upgrades, if you rely on them for music production is: DON'T, UNTIL THE DUST SETTLES..."


    -Tyler Durden



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  15. 13 hours ago, ichasedx said:


    Just a quick question, I live in Conesus about 20 minutes south of Rochester, I would love to come out and see you play, and hear what the Variax sounds like live. It sure looks like you have a great setup! 



    Lol...3 Rochester ties in the same thread. I spent 5 years (yes, 5...;) ) at the U of R. So who's been to the HOG lately? I miss that place... that, and the garbage plates from Little Venice. Ahh, memories, lol

  16. 18 minutes ago, psarkissian said:

    So, who else her has played a JTV US version?


    Only played one, and admittedly I only fiddled with it for an hour or so...but 30+ years and countless guitars in, that's long enough to figure out what I'm holding. It was a nice guitar... just not $4K nice, imho. If I were to drop that kind of money on a guitar again, there are others I'd spend it on first. But that's just me...

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