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THE VETTAVILLE TWEAK TRICKS

Click to Stay Tuned... 30-09-07

 

The Vettaville Tweak Tricks

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TweakTricks - JBuster (Beta2) - Workaround to Java Runtime Troubles.. 30-09-07

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Please note this is not a Line 6 program, but 3rd party software. Installing and using the program is not supported by Line 6!

Thanks go out to ehackster for building this neat little program that currently solves different issues that users of Line 6 Edit and Line 6 Workbench are experiencing. These issues are related to the use of Java Runtime Environment on different Operating Systems. JBuster works around these issues and is therefore are TweakTrick. Thanks again for granting Vettaville.nl the use and distribution of the JBuster.

Notes from the developer: Since a lot of people seem to have issues using Edit and Variax Workbench with Java 1.6 installed on the machine, I took it upon myself to write a small application that fixes the issue by tricking the applications in running the 1.5 JRE.

It is not a script, and does not modify your registery in any shape or form, so applications using JRE1.6 will not see a thing. You can run Edit using the JRE 1.5 for example and launch another application at the same time and it will use the 1.6 JRE.

Here are the steps to take:


1. Please install the Line6 recommended 1.5 JRE from this location if you haven't already done so.

2. You do NOT need to un-install the 1.6 JRE because that will defeat the purpose of the application.

2.1. If you already removed 1.6 previously because it was stopping Line 6 Edit and/ or Workbench from working, you can now safely re-install it. Download it from here:

We strongly recommend on having the 1.6 JRE because of the new security/speed/UI improvements it brings to Java apps, some of the new Java applications will not run if 1.6 is not installed.

3. If you haven't already done so, please install Edit or the Variax Workbench now. Since you already installed Java in the steps above, you must run the installer and uncheck the JRE component. You can skip this step if Line 6 Edit and/or Workbench is already installed.

4. Download JBuster from here and Install the application using setup.exe, and follow the instructions.

5. Use your usual shortcuts to launch Edit and to launch the Variax workbench...click on the cute little devil when you see him (you will only see him once!)...Et voila


P.S: This version is still in beta and as such, I would really appreciate your feedback here.

*Note: When refering here to JRE 1.5 and JRE 1.6 when in fact they should be called "Java 5" and "Java 6"...I think though that "1.5" and "1.6" is less confusing.

New in Beta 2

  • JBuster now supports launching Edit/Workbench by double clicking on .l6t or .vwm files (Thanks Hey_Joe and Crusty)
  • JBuster installer now check for a valid 1.5 Java installation and allows you to download the proper JRE.
  • The icons are properly displayed (Thanks Hey_Joe and Crusty). JBuster uses a new "fusion" icon to show edit and workbench. If you want to change the icons associated with the files, then replace l6t.ico and vwm.ico in their respective folders.
  • Fixed an issue on some Vista Edition where the initial (shown only once) screen would be shown as a blank rectangle.

Source: ehackster / N.Daou

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Tweak Tricks - PODxt- Gearbox- series 2 Modulation FX at once... 12-02-07

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Here's a nice workaround that can help you achieve something that you might have missed otherwise. Normally you can assign one modulation effect with your PODxt- or Gearbox- series gear. However there's a way of using two modulation effects at once. Thanks go out to Crusty Old Rocker for sharing it through Vettaville.nl. Here's his complete story.

"I stumbled across a neat little work around. I needed a tremolo (tremolo effects are in the modulation effects category) combined with a chorus (which is also in the modulation effects category) so I can't have tremolo and chorus together. Right? Wrong!!!

I remembered that the Electro-Harmonix Memory Man is a combination of delay and chorus. So I set up the Opto-Trem and added the Analog w/Mod to it. Now I just needed to get rid of the delay. I turned the delay time to minimum and feedback to zero so all I'm left with is the chorus.Now, before you jump in to tell me that the chorus of the Analog w/Mod is only applied to the echo and not the direct sound, I'd like you to try this yourself.

Turn off any modulation effects and just turn on the delay and select Analog w/Mod. Wind the delay time right down to minimum (20ms), turn the feedback to zero and here's the important part, set the Mix to 50% less or more than 50% reduces the amount of chorus. Now adjust the Mod Speed and Depth of your chorus to suit your taste. By the way, this same trick can be applied to the Phase Echo to add a phaser effect to another modulation effect.

Now just add a modulation effect from the Modulation category and there you have it, a chorus or phaser that you can add to any other Modulation effect.

I don't know if others have discovered this workaround before me but I just thought that it is worth sharing." We've added the tremelo/chorus patch for your convinience.

Source: Trevor Arthurson a.k.a. Crusty Old Rocker

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Tweak Tips - Variax - Alt Tunings... 11-01-06

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With the development of Variax Workbench software, you can now tune your Variax electric to any alternate tuning you like. The Variax Acoustic 700 has this feature built into the guitar itself. With the physical Variax tuned to standard pitch, however, the Variax DSP must create the alternate tunings in real time, note by note as you play. This is no easy task, and as with any developing technology, there are limitations. To get the best musical experience from your alt-tuned Variax, please check out the following four Alternate Tuning Tips. They address the most frequently asked questions of Variax owners.

1.Guitar Volume Balance: If you hear the standard tuning of your physical Variax along with the alt-tuning, your ears may be fooled into thinking the alt-tuning is out of tune. This is especially true for Acoustic 700 owners, but the solution is easy. In a studio situation, turn up your headphones; in a live situation, turn up the volume of your alt-tuned guitar amp or stage monitor so that it drowns out the physical guitar sound. When you adjust your guitar volume balance so that all you hear is the alt-tuned guitar, your alt-tuning will sound the way you expect it to.

2.Odd-Sounding Notes: If you use pull-offs, especially on an open G string that's tuned down a full step or more, or if you use Capo mode and tune several frets up or down and play harmonics or hammer-ons, you may sometimes hear odd-sounding notes. The general cure for this is to adjust your playing technique so that you play very cleanly when doing pull-offs, play with a lighter touch on extremely alt-tuned notes and harmonics, fret your notes accurately, and avoid any problem zones that may produce odd sounds. It’s not difficult to get clean-sounding alt-tuning tracks. It just takes a little time to adapt to the particular alt-tuning you're using, then avoid any obvious problem spots you may encounter by adjusting your playing technique and choice of notes.

3.Ringing Overtones: When you play certain notes and you don’t mute your other strings, occasionally a note you're playing may cause a harmonic to resonate from a non-muted string. This can be a good thing, but sometimes it may result in an odd sound as in #2 above. The solution is to mute the strings you aren't using, especially when playing single notes. This way the DSP won't be 'confused' by unwanted notes resonating against the intended note.

4.Amp Sounds: For Variax Acoustic Models, use an Amp Bypass setting or go direct whenever possible. Acoustics, Resos, Sitar, etc. don't like preamp gain, so cleaner is better in order to bring out the full range of these Models. If you use a Vetta II or PODxt Live, it’s a good idea to set up an Amp Preset for each of your favorite alt-tuned Variax Models, and save the Variax Model with your Amp Preset.

Source: Line 6

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Vettaville Tweak Tricks - PODxt (Pro) - Guitarport & Workbench... 07-11-05

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Please Note: This is not an official Line 6 trick and not tested fully on different machines, tyoes of gear and/or MIDI interfaces. However it can help most of you. So no garantees, just a helpfull hint.

If you start two Line 6 USB based applications together your computer shows you a message that you should close the already running Line 6 application. So if you wanna use your PODxt hardware, the Guitarport application and Workbench (USB version) together, at the same time, you running into this problem.

To avoid this problem here's a Vettaville.nl Tweak Trick that enables you to use patches from the PODxt hardware and Guitarport software at the same time while adjusting your Variax guitar with Workbench.

This means that you're you can hear and tweak and hear your patches with the PODxt (Pro) hardware and alter and hear your Variax patches in Workbench at the same time. Meaning you'll hear the interaction of both products and the overall tone it provides. Here's how..

  1. Connect your PODxt (Pro) and switch it on.
  2. Start the Guitarport software and select the preset that you wanna use with Workbench.
  3. Start your Windows Taskmanager. You can find it by pressing your start button in windows, select run and fill in taskmgr in the opened screen and activate by hitting the return button. There's also a shorcut to get there; press CTRL - ALT and Delete buttons at the same time and only once in Windows XP. (If you press them twice your computer will shut down!) You'll see the Taskmanager pop up. Now select the processes TAB and select GuitarPort.exe. It'll highlight in a blue colour. Click on the button in the lower right corner of the taskmanager window to end the proces.
  4. Power and connect your Variax with the Workbench USB connector and connect your 1/4 out plug into your PODxt (Pro).
  5. Now start the Workbench software using the Workbench USB version on your computer.
  6. Voila, now you can hear your selected Guitarport preset and alter your Variax at the same time.
  7. To alter the sounds of your PODxt you need to physically turn the knobs and press the buttons on your PODxt (Pro). You can't use Line 6 Edit for it.


source: Vettaville.nL based on ANDY AUS DARMSTADT's solution

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Vettaville Tweak Tricks - Guitarport & Workbench... 07-11-05

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Please Note: This is not an official Line 6 trick and not tested fully on different machines, tyoes of gear and/or MIDI interfaces. However it can help most of you. So no garantees, just a helpfull hint.

If you start two Line 6 USB based applications together your computer shows you a message that you should close the already running Line 6 application. So if you wanna use Guitarport and Workbench together, at the same time, you're running into this problem.

To avoid this problem here's a Vettaville.nl Tweak Trick that enables you to use one, and only one patch from Guitarport at a time, while adjusting your Variax guitar in Workbench (USB version). This means that you can alter your guitarpatch with Workbench running and finetune it to the pre-defined tonepatch in Guitarport. Here's how..

  1. Start Guitarport and select the preset that you wanna use with Workbench.
  2. Start your Windows Taskmanager. You can find it by pressing your start button in windows, select run and fill in taskmgr in the opened screen and activate by hitting the return button. There's also a shorcut to get there; press CTRL - ALT and Delete buttons at the smae time and only once in Windows XP. (If you press them twice your computer will shut down!) You'll see the Taskmanager pop up. Now select the processes TAB and select GuitarPort.exe. It'll highlight in a blue colour. Click on the button in the lower right corner of the taskmanager window to end the proces.
  3. Power and connect your Variax with the Workbench USB connector and connect your 1/4 out plug into your Guitarport.
  4. Now start the Workbench software using the Workbench USB version on your computer.
  5. Voila, you can hear your last Guitarport preset and alter your Variax with the Workbench hard and software.

If you wanna change a preset in Guitarport you'll have to stop Workbench and go back to step one as mentioned above. It's just one way to have expanded tweakability.


source: ANDY AUS DARMSTADT / Vettaville.nl

Vettaville Tweak Tricks - Edit, PODxt & Workbench... 13-05-05

Please Note: This is not an official Line 6 trick and not tested fully on different machines, tyoes of gear and/or MIDI interfaces. However it can help most of you. So no garantees, just a helpfull hint.

Most of us want to use Line 6 Edit and Workbench together so we can tweak the right tone with these new programs. At first there's a message that you can't run them at the same time... Whell that's not exactly true...

When connecting Line 6 Edit and Workbench together you get an error message that you can't run them at the same time. Whell that's true to some extend if you have them both connected through USB because they both try to use the MIDI communications on the USB connection. But there are different ways around that. Here's how.
  • Solution 1 When you have an extra MIDI interface

1. Unplug the USB cable from your PODxt series (so Live, Pro and normal xt).

2. Connect your PODxt (Live or Pro) to your PC using a separate MIDI interface. (there are different brands and types around). Start Line 6 Edit, now with no USB connection you'll have to select "Add" from the bottom right corner on the device setup menu in L6 Edit. Now your PODxt (series) will be connected and you'll see it appear in the above screen. Wait until L6 Edit reads your unit's patches.

3. If you have a PODxt Live read here, if you have another PODxt series read from point 4. Now connect the USB cable to the XTL and start Workbench. Make sure you have your Variax and PODxt Live already set up in Workbench, start Workbench and see how the patches are loaded up. Workbench should now work.

4. Now connect your Workbench package through USB and start it. Have your Variax powered by the XPS or XPS mini, connect your Variax to the input of your PODxt series and that's it.

5. Now you have both programs running at the same time and you're in tweak-heaven. The changes made in Workbench are directly altering your tone and your PODxt series can be altered aswell. All on the same computer system and all for free!


source: MATT FARROW / pharaoAmps / Vettaville

Vettaville Tweak Tricks - Edit, PODxt & Workbench... 13-05-05

Please Note: This is not an official Line 6 trick and not tested fully on different machines, tyoes of gear and/or MIDI interfaces. However it can help most of you. So no garantees, just a helpfull hint.

Most of us want to use Line 6 Edit and Workbench together so we can tweak the right tone with these new programs. At first there's a message that you can't run them at the same time... Whell that's not exactly true...

When connecting Line 6 Edit and Workbench together you get an error message that you can't run them at the same time. Whell that's true to some extend if you have them both connected through USB because they both try to use the MIDI communications on the USB connection. But there are different ways around that. Here's how.

  • Solution 2 When you are using only USB connections

1. Turn on your PODxt (series) and start Line 6 Edit, it will start as usual.

2. At the Tone Locker menu select configure. A new window will apear with MIDI devices, you'll see your PODxt connected through USB. Select the add button. Select for MIDI in en MIDI out PODxt (series). Click add. In the MIDI devices menu a new PODxt (series) icon is added with MIDI connections. It will be the bottom one in the window. Select it (it will turn into a dark grey area) and press ok. Now Line 6 Edit will re-configure itself and use the PODxt (series) MIDI connection through USB.

3. Now connect your Variax Workbench (package) through USB and start it. Have your Variax powered by the XPS (mini), connect your Variax to the input of your PODxt (series) and that's it.

4. Now you have both programs running at the same time and you're in tweak-heaven. The changes made in Workbench are directly altering your tone and your PODxt (series) can be altered aswell. All on the same computer system and all for free!


source: MATT FARROW / pharaoAmps / Vettaville

Vettaville Tweak Tricks - Edit, PODxt Live & Workbench...

Please Note: This is not an official Line 6 trick and not tested fully on different machines, tyoes of gear and/or MIDI interfaces. However it can help most of you. So no garantees, just a helpfull hint.

Most of us want to use Line 6 Edit and Workbench together so we can tweak the right tone with these new programs. At first there's a message that you can't run them at the same time... Whell that's not exactly true...

When connecting Line 6 Edit and Workbench together you get an error message that you can't run them at the same time. Whell that's true to some extend if you have them both connected through USB because they both try to use the MIDI communications on the USB connection. But there are different ways around that. Here's how.

  • Solution 3 When you are using only USB connections

1. Connect your Variax 500/700 to the PODxt Live using the VDI cable, and then connect the XTL's USB port to your computer.

2. Turn on your PODxt Live, and then start Line 6 Edit, it will start as usual.

3. Once EDIT starts, it will connect to the PODxt Live thru the USB connection. You will then need to change this connection. At the top of the Tone Locker menu select CONFIGURE. A devices window will appear showing your PODxt Live, you'll see your PODxt connected through USB.

4. Select the add button. This will allow you to add another device and asks you to select the MIDI In/Out ports the device is connected to. In the drop down menu, you will want to select the Line 6 PODxt Live device for both the MIDI In/Out. Then click add.

5. Now you will see two PODxt Live icons listed in the devices menu. The new PODxt Live icon (at the very bottom) is the one you just added with MIDI connections. You'll need to select this newly added device (it will turn into a dark grey area) then press ok. Now Line 6 Edit will re-configure itself to edit the PODxt Live via MIDI connection/communication through the USB port.

6. Now that you've reconfigured EDIT, when you start Workbench, it will be able to connect to your Variax using the USB port connection (that you just freed up) of your PODxt Live.

That's all there is to it. If you did everything correctly, you'll be able to use both EDIT and Workbench at the same time.

Thanks to Nathan Shane of Vettaville.com for re-writing the info.
source: MATT FARROW / pharaoAmps / Vettaville

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