Line 6 Variax Workbench 1.5 is the latest version of the first interactive, virtual custom shop exclusively for Variax Electric guitars - and now adds Variax Acoustic 700 editing features!
Variax Workbench 1.5 provides Variax Electric and Acoustic owners with an interactive guitar custom shop with a complete set of tools to easily create, store, and share completely customized guitars.
Variax HD - The Ultimate Guitar Collection and Anything You Can Imagine
With all-new Variax HD technology, James Tyler Variax provides instant access to a huge collection of HD guitars with unprecedented depth, character and detail—making it the ultimate recording guitar.
Variax HD Upgrade
This free upgrade delivers a world-class collection of HD guitars rebuilt from the ground up using Line 6’s next-generation HD modeling technology, resulting in unprecedented sonic character and a more natural playing experience. From rare vintage electrics to classic acoustics and exotics, each HD instrument delivers superior articulation and exceptional feel—perfect for capturing inspired performances.
All-New Workbench HD Software
The all-new Workbench HD software makes it possible to build one-of-a-kind custom guitars by combining the HD body styles, HD pickups and components in unique ways. Featuring an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, Workbench HD provides full control over scores of important instrument characteristics such as string pitch, string volume, pickup position and much more. Workbench HD also lets you select any Variax pickup model and use it with the natural tone and response of your physical James Tyler Variax guitar—or blend the Variax HD signal with the magnetic pickup sound to create hybrid instruments.
The Ultimate Recording Guitar
Recording guitarists have always had to contend with the challenges of selecting the right guitar for the right tones, tuning/retuning issues, pickup noise in the studio, mics and mic preamps for acoustic guitars, and more. James Tyler Variax eliminates these problems—so you can concentrate on nailing your performance.
- Free Variax HD upgrade features an extensive collection of HD guitars, so you can record with a palette of the world’s greatest instrument sounds.
- With a world-class collection of HD acoustic guitars and exotic instruments, you can record acoustic tracks with pristine sound quality—without ever having to set up a microphone or a mic preamp.
- With virtually limitless alternate tunings, you can easily switch between tunings while tracking.
- The HD guitar tones in James Tyler Variax are completely free of pickup noise, so you can capture pristine takes without hum.
- With James Tyler Variax, there’s no need to interrupt the creative flow by finding, tuning and acclimating to the feel of a new instrument. You can easily switch between HD guitars and tunings just by turning the model knob—enabling you to stay in the moment.
The Variax HD upgrade and Workbench HD software are compatible with all James Tyler Variax guitars. Download the updates from Line6.com/software/.
For Variax Electric 300, 500, 600, and 700 instruments, Variax Workbench 1.5 provides access to a comprehensive collection of pickups, controls, bodies, and alternate tunings allowing guitarists to create an instrument that is truly unique and meets musicians’ creative needs. With Variax Acoustic 700 compatibility, acoustic players can tailor their sound with alternate tunings, mic position, compressor, trim controls, and live or studio mode ambient settings. Variax Workbench 1.5 enables guitarists to fill each slot on the Variax Model knob with a custom guitar of their own creation. Plus, the built-in librarian allows users to effortlessly store, share and backup thousands of guitar models.
Variax Workbench 1.5 is a combination USB interface and software package that allows guitarists to see and hear the physical changes to their Variax guitar in real time. It is compatible with both Windows PC and Mac OSX computers. A software only version is also available as a free download for Vetta II and POD xt Live owners.
No More Choking on Sawdust!
With Variax Workbench, you can select from a complete list of guitar bodies, pickups and placement, tone and volume controls, and tweak until you've come up with a guitar that is truly unique. With Workbench, it's like having all the greatest pickups, controls, and bodies of the greatest guitar collection, all at your instant disposal.
This combination USB interface and software package for Variax Electric family guitars allows you to see and hear the physical changes to your custom guitar in real time. Ever wonder what a single-coil pickup would sound like on a hollowbody tuned a whole octave down? Probably not. That's because it wasn't a reality... until now.
With Variax Workbench, you can now get inside your Variax Acoustic 700 and fully personalize it with live or studio ambient modes, alternate tunings, mic position, compressor, and trim controls. This combination USB interface and software package for Variax Acoustic allows you to see and hear the physical changes to your custom guitar in real time. Now you can tweak each string’s tuning on your favorite model, build the ultimate 12-string acoustic guitar from any of the available models, or put variations of your favorite guitars in every slot on the model knob!
LIVE & STUDIO Mode
If you’re playing a room that’s heavily tiled and boomy, switching to LIVE mode will give you dry sound that has the room-like reflections taken off the guitar model. However, if you’re recording direct, STUDIO mode will give you all the air and lush body modeling that you’ll need for a warm and realistic acoustic track.
MIC Position Slider
This slider gives you the ability to move the microphone model. When you decrease the slider's value it is as if you are moving the microphone closer to the guitar's sound hole. This emphasizes more of the guitar body model and the lower frequencies. When increasing the sliders value, you de-emphasize the guitar body model and hear more of an emphasis on the upper frequencies.
COMP Setting Slider
Variax Workbench makes getting great studio-quality compression easy. At 0%, you get a natural uncompressed sound for gentle, dynamic finger picking. As you move the slider towards 100%, the compressor delivers a punchy attack and smooth release for more aggressive strumming with a pick.
TRIM Volume Slider
By default, the TRIM slider is set at unity gain (0dB). TRIM allows you to attenuate or boost your guitar from -18dB up to +6dB.
Variax Workbench allows you to make as many custom guitars as you can dream up. With Workbench's Librarian, you can keep track of your custom guitars, store them on your computer's hard drive, email them to friends, or just make a CD-ROM backup so you can load your guitars into any Variax Acoustic you use! Workbench allows you to fill each slot on the Variax Model knob with your custom guitar collection.
Using the special RJ-45 connector, you can go inside
and create custom acoustic guitar models. Using the included custom digital Variax cable and converter box, you can now USB into any Windows or Mac OSX computer and edit the guitar entirely on screen. Now you can SEE and hear in real time exactly what you're building!
If you’ve got a Vetta II or POD XT Live, you’re just a download away from creating your custom acoustic guitar. Get your free Variax Workbench 1.5 software now at www.line6.com/software.