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Hello I'm thinking about and buying a Variax Standard at my local music store but the seller tells me that the software is not include. Can you download the software (Workbench)? Does it work?

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Not sure if you bought the guitar yet or not, but a more proper answer as I understand is warranted.  I'm new to the Line 6 Variax (recently purchased a mint condition 700 that does not have the built in ALT TUNING knob).  And here is what I believe to be a more definitive answer for you or others out there contemplating the Variax purchase.  (Stores in my area did not have any to test. This is the main reason I did not go with the new style (ALT Tuning knob) for more than double the cost of a "tester") 

 

You can download the Workbench HD software for free. You may need to also download load the Line 6 Monkey.  When I downloaded WBHD it said it needed the Monkey. I already had it installed for a UX-2 from years ago.  Now more importantly, you will need a Line 6 device that is compatible with the VDI cable (UX2 is not) if you plan to digitally alter tuning/tone/guitar or what not via Workbench.  A simple USB cord that you might have used in the past for other equipment/recording/... will not plug into the guitar port and therefore will not work.  Someone posted their brand new Variax from ordered from Line 6 guitar did not come with the VDI but I've read where it came with one.  I can see both sides for and against including one but charging a $100.00 for an interface (if you don't have 500HD, Helix, or other compatible device) although cheaper than the fore mentioned, is walking the line.  Some may say you are getting the hardware free.  Well, nothing is free. Hope this helps and I wish you luck.

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Now more importantly, you will need a Line 6 device that is compatible with the VDI cable (UX2 is not) if you plan to digitally alter tuning/tone/guitar or what not via Workbench.  

 

Any new Variax comes with an interface to connect to Workbench.

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