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  1. I have managed to get a really good sound with my JTV-89 and PODxt Live. It took hours and hours of research and testing to get that awful "Tin" or "Highly compressed" palm muting sound to go away. Once I got rid of that; I must say that I am HIGHLY pleased with this guitar! My only real complaint at this time is that as soon as I plug in the VDI cable, my sound goes right back to crap :( ...Is there any possible way to be able to match the resistance of the VDI to a real guitar cable? Is there any way that this could be implemented in the firmware or Workbench? I want so bad to be able to use this guitar live with my POD so that I can switch guitar models. At this time it is totally unusable that way. Any ideas?
  2. Hello Everyone, I would like some help with a connectivity problem I have with my JTV-69 and my POD HD500. Separately, both the JTV-69 talk with the Line 6 Monkey through their respective USB interfaces. The HD500 I just plug in, it gets recognized and updates to the latest versions of software/firmware. I do the same with my new JTV-69 and I follow the procedure of using the USB interface that came with the guitar. I put in the VDI end of the cable to the guitar, I put the connector end into the USB hub and run the hub line into the USB. I also put in the battery, plug in a 1/4" plug into the end to activate the battery and push on the selector knob and the light comes on. Line 6 Monkey recognizes the guitar and updates everything to the latest and greatest. The problem I have is that the HD500 VDI connection will not power the JTV-69. I positively click in both ends and I get zero power or connectivity. I also tried re-installing the battery, clicking in a 1/4" plug and turning the guitar on, but it still doesn't get recognized by the HD500. There is no signal going to the HD500 or visa versa. I've read about cable problems here, so I purchased another Line 6 VDI cable for the guitar and tried that. Same "no talkie". I also tried (2) known good ethernet cables and they didn't work either. For kicks I tested the L-Ion battery and my multimeter read over 8V. I then tested the VDI output from the HD500 and found 2 pins giving 3.15V each and 1 pin giving over 8V. I then clicked in the original VDI cable to the HD500 and tested the pin outs at the other end. I again found 2 pins with 3.15V and 1 pin with over 8V. I tried this on all of my cables and it appears they are all the same. So, have I confirmed the HD500 has a hot connection at the VDI output or should there be more pins hot? Does the problem lie with my new JTV-69 on the power circuit side since it will talk with the Line 6 Monkey and with the Variax Workbench when connected through the guitar USB interface when using the battery? Is there a procedure I missed to make the HD500 talk with the JTV-69? I did set the inputs for Channel one to Variax, then tried Variax+Guitar, and Variax+Guitar+Aux, etc., on all of the iterations and put channel 2 to "same". I tried Global and Preset (forcing the program) and got nothing. Basically, the JTV-69 will not power up or be recognized by the HD500. Here are some screen shots: On the last screen shot, I manually added the Variax and the icon showed up, but no connectivity occured. I do have the extended warranty on the JTV-69, so I could send it in for a check up...it's just a pain. Anyone have any similar experiences or any answers? Thanks for any help, Bill (carreracats)
  3. 15 ft Braided VDI cable for sale $35. It's very flexible unlike the plastic ones! tested with jvt-69 and a HD500. - Works great! I can also make custom lengths (up to 25') if you would like a longer cable! Contact me] These are the colors I have Added new Black\red, black\blue, black\green and a Orange\dark blue
  4. Thought I would share my cable that I built to replace the cheap one provided with my JVT 89 Guitar. I got the Neutrik connectors from Parts Express www.parts-express.com part # 092-181. The cool thing about these connectors is that they can be installed on existing RJ-45 cables. The actual cable came from Amazon.com listed under "Aurum Cables - Cat5e Network Ethernet Cable (75 Feet - Red Braided)". I shortened it to 25 ft by cutting it and adding an RJ-45 connector. Total cost was about $30.00. It is much better than the supplied cable and works great.
  5. I just bought a JTV-89 to use with my Pod HD500 - I updated all the software on the Pod and Guitar and It is a great rig. I use the VDI cable because I want the guitar setting to be controlled by the Pod HD500. I send a MIDI Program change from my sequencer and it sets up not only the Pod HD500 but the guitar also. I just hate the cord. I know I can use a guitar wireless rig thru the 1/4" analog output and get the sounds from the guitar but I do not get the control of the settings like you do with the VDI cable. It is soooo easy to save a new Pod HD500 Program with all the Variax settings and when you start your new song on the sequencer, you don't have to touch any controls on the guitar. Any plans on wireless VDI???? Also, a while back I wrote to see if you could use the MIDI CC 7 (volume control) on the Pod HD500 and that was not implemented yet. Does anybody know if that has now been implemented? I would like to control the master volume of the Pod HD500 from the sequencer sending MIDI control signals. Thanks, Joebar23
  6. Deutsch Français Please go through the following list before updating your James Tyler Variax guitar to flash memory v1.81 and newer from an earlier version of the flash memory to ensure the update completes successfully: Ensure that the interface you are using to update the JTV guitar with (Workbench Interface, PODxt Live/Pro, POD X3 Live/Pro, POD HD500/HD Pro, Vetta II) is NOTconnected to the computer through a USB hub. Make sure to connect the interface into a USB port directly into the computer, especially into the back of a desktop. If problems persist, make sure to test all of the USB ports on the computer. Avoid plugging into USB ports found on keyboards, monitors, or laptop docks. [*]When using the Workbench Interface to update or edit the JTV guitar, ensure that a charged battery is in the guitar and a 1/4" TS mono cable is inserted into the guitar's output jack to power on the guitar. [*]Ensure that the Volume knob on the guitar is NOT set to the '0' position as it will put the guitar into Power Save Mode. Make sure that the Volume knob is set higher than 0 when updating or editing the JTV guitar. [*]Please use the VDI Cable that comes with the JTV guitar when updating the flash memory. Avoid using VDI or CAT5 cables longer than 10 ft. in length when updating the James Tyler Variax. [*]During the update, select 'NO' when asked if you would like to keep the presets on the guitar. Use the Workbench software to back up your guitar presets before updating if you would like to keep them. [*]Close out any other applications running on your computer before updating the JTV guitar. Please use the following link for the flash memory update instructions: Variax Reflash and Software Update Instructions Checkliste für James Tyler Variax Updates: Stellen Sie sicher, dass die Schnittstelle, welche Sie zum aktualisieren Ihrer JTV benutzen (Workbench Interface, PODxt Live/Pro, POD X3 Live/Pro, POD HD500/HD Pro, Vetta II) nicht per USB Hub an Ihren Computer angeschlossen ist. Stecken Sie die Schnittstelle hinten direkt in einen der USB Ports Ihres Computers. Wenn weiterhin Probleme bestehen sollten Sie alle USB Ports ausprobieren. Achtung, vermeiden Sie es, die Schnittstelle in einen USB Port einer Tastatur, eines Monitors oder eines Laptop-Docks zu stecken. [*]Wenn Sie das Workbench Interface benutzen, um Ihre JTV zu bearbeiten oder aktualisieren, stellen Sie sicher, dass die Batterie vollgeladen und ein 6.35mm TS Mono Kabel im Gitarren Ausgangs-Jack eingesteckt ist, um die Gitarre anzuschalten. [*]Der "Volume" Knopf darf nicht auf der "0" Position sein, da die Gitarre ansonsten in den Energiesparmodus geht. Der "Volume" Knopf muss also auf einer anderen Position sein als "0" um die Aktualisierung durchzuführen. [*]Bitte benutzen Sie das VDI Kabel, welches bei der Gitarre mitgeliefert wurde wenn Sie Flash Memory aktualisieren möchten. Benutzen Sie möglichste keine CAT 5 oder VDI Kabel, die länger als 3 Meter sind wenn Sie die James Tyler Variax aktualisieren. [*]Während der Aktualisierung klicken Sie "NO" wenn Sie gefragt werden ob Sie die Presets behalten ("keep presets o nthe guitar") möchten. Sie sollten die Presets, die Sie behalten wollen vor dem Update per Workbench Software sichern. [*]Schließen Sie alle unnötigen Programme bevor Sie die JTV Gitarre aktualisieren. Bitte folgen Sie diesem Link, um Anweisungen zur Aktualisierung des Flash Memory zu erhalten: Variax Reflash and Software Update Instructions Liste de contrôle des mises à jour James Tyler Variax: Assurez-vous que l'interface pour connecter la guitare JTV à l'ordinateur (Workbench Interface, PODxt Live/Pro, POD X3 Live/Pro, POD HD500/HD Pro, Vetta II) n'est pas connectée à l'ordinateur via un hub USB. Connectez l'interface directement sur un port USB en arrière de l'ordinateur. Si vous avez des problèmes, essayez tous les ports USB de l'ordinateur. Évitez de brancher sur les ports USB sur les claviers, moniteurs ou stations d'accueil pour ordinateur portable. [*]Si vous utilisez l'interface Workbench pour mettre à jour la guitare, assurez-vous qu'une batterie chargée est dans la guitare et un câble TS mono 6.35m m est branché dans le jack de sortie de la guitare pour l'a llumer. [*]Le bouton "Volume" ne doit pas être sur la position "0" parce que ca met la guitare dans le mode économie d'énergie. Mettez-le sur une autre position que "0". [*]Veuillez utiliser le câble VDI fourni avec la guitare JTV si vous mettez le Flash Memory (firmware de la guitare) à jour. Évitez d'utiliser des câbles CAT5/VDI plus long que 3 mètres pour la mise à jour. [*]Pendant la mise à jour, cliquez sur "NO" pour la question "keep presets on the guitar". Utilisez le logiciel Workbench pour sauvegarder vos presets avant que vous mettez la firmware à jour si vous les voulez garder. [*]Fermez tous les autres programmes inutiles avant que vous mettez la JTV à jour. Utilisez le lien suivant pour les instructions de la mise à jour Flash Memory: Variax Reflash and Software Update Instructions
  7. Q: What is the XPS Unit? A: The XPS unit is the power supply that powers the Variax instrument via 1/4" TRS cable. The Line 6 XPS box must be powered by a Line 6 PX-2 power supply for correct operation. There are three variations of the XPS: XPS-AB: This units acts as both a Variax power supply and has an A/B footswitch to send the guitar output to either a 1/4" or XLR output. Use a standard XLR (microphone) cable to connect the XPS-AB’s XLR output to feed any balanced input. Use a TRS (Tip-Ring-Sleeve/Stereo) cable to connect your Variax to the INPUT jack of the XPS-AB, a standard mono instrument cable to connect the 1/4" output of the XPS to any standard amp rig. XPS-Mini: This unit ships with the Variax 300 series, and has an 1/4" input and output. XPS-DI: This unit shipped with the Variax Bass Instruments and had an line/mic level switch, as well as an XLR ground lift option. The XPS-DI uses a standard XLR (microphone) cable to connect the XPS-DI output to feed any balanced input. Use a TRS (Tip-Ring-Sleeve/Stereo) cable to connect your Variax to the INPUT jack of the XPS-DI, and a standard mono instrument cable to connect the 1/4" output of the XPS-DI to any standard amp rig. Note: This unit is no longer available as the Variax bass has been discontinued. Usage F.A.Q.s Q: Can I use the XPS-AB as a replacement for my XPS-DI? A: Yes, the XPS-AB is the direct replacement for the XPS-DI. Q: Can I use the XPS-mini if I do not have access to the XPS-AB box? A: Yes, the XPS-Mini can be used in place of the XPS-AB box. Be aware that the XPS-mini is the only supported power supply for the Variax 300 series instrument, due to a slight increase in the power requirements for the 300 series. Q: Will the XPS-DI recharge batteries in Variax Instruments? A: No. Q: What type of cable do I need to use to connect the XPS unit to my Variax Instrument? A: You will need to use the supplied 1/4" TRS cable (or equivalent) to connect your XPS box to your Variax instrument to deliver power. Any mono 1/4" cable will work if you are using the internal batteries for power, but the power will be drawn from the batteries rather than from the cable. Q: Can I use the XLR and 1/4" outputs simultaneously? A: No the XLR and 1/4" outputs can only be used separately. Q: Does the Footswitch provide phantom power to another device? A: No, the A/B footswitch for your Variax will not provide phantom power. Q: Can I plug my regular electric instrument into the XPS box? A: Yes, if using a standard mono guitar cable, you can plug your regular electric instrument into the XPS box without damaging your guitar. We do not advise the use of a TRS cable with anything but a Variax because of the power it carries back to the guitar from the XPS box. Also, we do not recommend using an XPS box with active guitars. The combination of voltage potentially feeding back into the guitar, and how the guitar is wired, which can vary, can potentially damage the guitar and/or the XPS box. Q: What is the length of the Variax digital cable? A: The Variax digital cable is 25 feet long. Troubleshooting F.A.Q.s Q: There is no audio signal and I am only seeing a "red" power light on the XPS A/B (DI) when connected to the Variax guitar using a TRS cable? A: If the XPS-AB/DI has the proper power connected (and is connected to the Variax) and is showing a "red" power light, this means that the XPS is not recognizing the Variax and not sending power. If a different TRS 1/4" cable does not resolve the problem, try a different XPS box to see if there is a problem with the XPS box. If a different 1/4" cable and XPS box does not solve the problem, the Variax may have an internal failure that will need to be resolved by an authorized service center. Q: I am getting a "popping" sound when changing between the XLR and 1/4" outputs when connecting to a PA system? A: This situation can happen when the mixer has phantom power applied to the channel that the XPS input. One solution is to turn off the phantom power on that channel, another solution is to put another DI between the XPS and sound board. Some end users with switch to using the different (compatible) Line 6 device. Q: My XPS Box is damaged/lost. How can I get a replacement? A: The XPS box can be special ordered from your favorite Line 6 dealer: Line 6 Dealer Locator
  8. 1. Plug the Variax into the PODxt Live Variax input 2. Press the OUTPUT MODE b\utton and scroll the SELECT knob until you see MIDI/VARIAX. Use the fourth soft black button under VARIAX to activate input 3. Press the EDIT button. Scroll the SELECT knob clockwise to the very last page. 4. Change Variax models by highlighting MODEL with a soft button under the main LCD screen and use the tweak knob to the right of the screen. 5. Parameters are saved per patch and settings are reinforced when the patch is loaded. NOTE about Alternate Tunings: Alternate tunings are part of your Variax customization in Workbench and called up within a PODxt Live patch with the customized guitar model. To select or customize tuning in Workbench: 1. Click PRESET (1) at the bottom left hand corner of the editor screen. 2. Select 'Alternate Tuning' preset, load, and close. 3. Click SEND (2) and apply setting to one of your custom guitars. In the illustration I used Custom Lester Model 2*1 4. Go back to the Workbench Main Page and SYNC your Variax with the changed setting’ 5. You can now exit Workbench. On the PODxt Live: Select the model you wish to load & save patch to desired location.
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