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Where is the Workbench software download?

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When i search for it, it just says there is nothing matching my selection. Did they discontinue the software?

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I can see it in the Downloads section of this website. There are two Workbench software products that you can select in the All Software (middle) field of the selection area. The original Workbench product is called Variax Workbench. The more recent product is called Workbench HD.

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However, for people with a classic Variax model (earlier), they had various tool like Line6 Monkey which try to download content which they have now hidden.

 

What's odd is that for Mac OS X  you can still download the old NON HD workbench.  For Windows, there are no variax downloads anymore.

 

Thanks the the vicissitudes of time, getting the non HD workbench running on any Mac OS X version is very very difficult.  First there's the version checker in their installer that tells you you need 10.5 or higher, even if you are on a verosion higher than 10.5.  Even a version that says in the download notes that it works with High Sierra, actually doesn't.  You can get around the install roadblock using a Mac OS app called Pacifist which will basically bypass these errors and let you install these versions. But they won't run after you install them because they depend on a very old Java version (1.4) and don't work on newer java jvms.  Even if they did, Mac OS is a land that time forgot with java desktop apps. Hours of messing around and I gave up.

 

Back to Windows 7 where the PODXt live app (gearbox) works fine, but the Variax Workbench shows up in the Line6 monkey app but won't download.

 

Nice job Line6.

 

WPostma

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If you search through the Workbench forum (non-HD), you'll find many tales of woe and misery about ravaged musicians trying to use legacy Workbench on their Mac or Windows computer. It seems we are all left to try to keep it working, with little to no support from Line 6. You thought your old Variax guitar was a guitar, but it's really an outdated, unsupported computer.

 

Come back in ten years and you could very well be hearing the same sad tales about James Tyler and Standard Variax owners.

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Line 6 supports it, you can still get it, it's the OS of the computer companies (Mac and Windows) that left it behind.

We still have it, the computer companies just don't want to deal with it. My personal audio apps are great (DAW's and

soft synths), it's the hardware and OS I have troubles with.

 

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2 hours ago, psarkissian said:

Line 6 supports it, you can still get it, it's the OS of the computer companies (Mac and Windows) that left it behind.

We still have it, the computer companies just don't want to deal with it. 

 

"The computer companies just don't want to deal with it"?

It is Line 6's choice to abandon the original Variax, not Windows and MAC. 

 

MAC and Windows do not write the software for line 6 products.... Line 6 does. If Line 6 wanted Workbench (pre HD) to work with the latest versions of the OS, they would update it. Line 6 chooses not to!

 

2 hours ago, psarkissian said:

Line 6 supports it, you can still get it,.....

 

How can you say Line 6 Supports it? If you contact line 6 about installing it on Windows 10 they tell you it is only supported up to Windows 8.1. If you try and install it on Windows 8.1 (or even Windows 7) you get a Java error... and it won't work at all unless you have Java installed on your system already. There is no additional support from Line 6 about getting it installed and working, even on a supported OS... users are on their own! 

 

The real kicker. Variax Workbench works on Windows 10.... I just used it again this week. Sadly, Line 6 won't even list it as supported by Windows 10 on their site, and Line 6 won't update the Java pointer in the installer so that forces people to install their own version of Java and ignore/bypass all the warnings. For most people this is just too much.... for me, it's just a pain in the butt.

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Then I stand corrected.

I have problems with Mac and PC, my apps though (DAW's and such) work great.

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