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Variax Workbench page 5 - Frequently Asked Questions

The Variax Workbench package is available. This page provides you with helpfull info and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. (F.A.Q.). Later on more Vettaville Tweak Tricks will be added here..

When you have a question use the FAQTRAQ system at the Line 6 website

Workbench Whammy Trick Tones...

In April 2005 posted a video with a Whammy like effect using the tone selector switch on the Variax. The demo was performed by Ron Huisen; Product Specialist for Line 6.

There have been several requests to explain how to do this. Here are the patches (tones) for Variax Workbench that you should place in order and upload to your Variax accordingly. Then you're ready to do the trick.

Please note that these are only tones for your Variax and no 'amp' tones. This is something you can choose yourself. The tones will work if you have the Variax Workbench program. Just click the links to view the video and download the tones. Have fun and Stay Tuned....

Once loaded use the selector switch and your and tap / play...


source: / Ron Huisen / Line 6

How to use Workbench, PODxt & Edit together...

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...

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

source: MATT FARROW / pharaoAmps / Nathan Shane / Vettaville

Banknaming Feature in Workbench 1.1

Variax Workbench 1.1 is available for download. Follow the link below to get it. Once again, this is for the combination of V300 and VUI only. No support for PODxt Live or Vetta II yet.

3.05 is specific to Variax 500 & 700. It (like 3.07 on the 300) it syncs up the Models with specific changes in Workbench 1.10 (no audio deltas per se, other than the more subtle detune on the 12-string Models).

It provides support for a new-to-1.10 feature called Bank Naming. This means that you can create your own name for a given Bank on the Selector (e.g.: if you've filled the Special Bank with Alternate Tunings, you could rename the Bank "Alternate Tunings" in the Device Browser [right-hand list in Tone Locker window], export the current contents of the Device Browser as .html under the File menu, then print it out from your web browser or Word and take it to the gig or rehearsal).

You can shrink the .html table for printing so you can tape it on the back of your Variax - it helps to remember when you've experimented with Workbench and uploaded your models to your Variax.

source: LINE 6

Can I adjust individual string volumes in a model?

Yes and no (don't you love it when we're specific?) When you open the Edit screen, under the "Edit" menu, you'll see a choice for "Variax 500/700" at the bottom of the menu. Drag your mouse over it and you'll be offered a sub-menu choice "String Volume Setup". This brings up a group of 6 sliders (hah! One for each string. Imagine that!). You can use this to set the balance between strings. Remember, though, that these are global settings, not per patch, so that changing the balance will affect all of your different models (hence the "yes and no" answer above).

Don't go overboard with these controls, and don't just jam them all the way up in an attempt to make it "go to 11", if they're not already near there (each guitar is individually adjusted at the factory for the output of the built-in pickups, so some may be higher than others). That's a good way to get everything clipping.

As a side note, it's normal for many guitars to have volumes that differ from string to string. One example of this would be guitars with combination of a fairly small fretboard radius and pickups with non-staggered polepieces. It can also happen with guitars that have peaks in body resonance at or near the fundamental or one of the lower harmonics of a specific note.

How Drag and Drop works in Workbench...

Drag and drop may be a little bit different than what you're used to, as Java (the programming language in which Workbench is written) uses its own protocols for this. We'll try and spell out the differences here.

1. when in the Device Browser window of the Tone Locker, dragging one model to a different location will swap the two (ex. dragging Spank 1 over Spank 3 will swap their positions on the 5-way switch. Dragging Lester 2 over Special 4 will swap their positions on the Select knob and on the 5 way switch).

2. If you don't drop a model directly on top of another model in the Device Browser, but between two models instead, it will insert itself between the two, and slide everything else down one. when this happens all of the 'slid' models will show as editied (have the yellow exclamation mark next to them). If you really want this arrangement, be sure to performa a Sync and choose the "Write Selected Models..." option or your changes can get lost in the shuffle (sorry, couldn't resist the pun). Note: this only works in a bank. You can't insert a model from a different bank, although you can use the swap feature to move a model from one bank to another.

3. Dragging multiple selections from the Device Browser to a collection or bundle in the File Browser will behave differently depending on how the models were selected. A "shift-click" selection process will drop the models in the order in which they are in Memory. "Ctrl-click" (or "Command-click" on the Mac) to make a multiple discontinuous selection will drop them in the order in which they were selected. For example, if you Ctrl (or Command)-clicked on Spank 1, Spank 3, Lester 4, Reso 3, and then came back and selected Lester 2, they would copy to the collection or bundle in that exact order and not the order in which they appear in the Device Browser.
4. Dropping a model from a bank onto that bank name will place that model at the last (5) switch position and move everything above it up one.

The difference between a bundle and a collection ...

A bundle is always a dump of the complete user memory contents of a Variax. This includes which memory (or switch if you want to think of it in more traditional guitar terms) position is used for each model. It will always have exactly 12 banks of 5 models each for a total of 60 models. If you wanted to quickly clone your Variax into a friends, you'd use the Get Bundle button on your guitar, then hook up your friend' guitar and use the Send Bundle button to create a duplicate of your guitar.

A collection is just exactly that - a collection of models all stored together. It could be a single model (although that would be a little silly), two models, or thousands of models. Inside a collection, tones can be arranged in folders, so you could put all of your models that use alternate tunings in one folder, or all the different variations on the T-Model body that you created into a single folder. A collection can have as many different folders as you'd like (although you can't nest folders or put a folder inside another folder in a collection). This is a great way to categorize a lot of models if you were, for instance, going to email them to a friend halfway around the world.

Variax Workbench Terms explained...

To help you through the jungle of Variax and Workbench (actually, it's more like a slightly overgrown backyard than a jungle), we provide the following short glossary.

Bundle - a saved dump of the entire memory contents of a Variax. This includes all models as well as the bank and switch combination at which they're stored.

Collection - a saved group of models. Collections can be of any size and contain internal folders for organization. Models stored in Collections do not include switch/bank information.

Edit Buffer - The area in the Variax memory where a model is loaded when you select it from the guitar or double click on it in either one of the browsers. When you're editing a model in Workbench, you're working on a copy of what's stored in the guitar. This means that if you decide that you don't like what you've done, you can back out gracefully without having overwritten what's stored in the guitar. It also means that if you like what you've done, you need to remember to save it.

Edit Window - where the magic happens. In this window, you select body, pickup, tone/volume control, and tuning to build an individual Variax model. The Edit window has three tabs (Body, Pickup, Controls), a tuning section at the bottom, and a graphic representation of the guitar where you can do things like grab one of the pickups, slide it around, or rotate it.

File Browser - the left panel of the Tone Locker window. This displays all the models, collections, and bundles that you have stored in your Workbench directory (or whatever directory you've navigated to).

Device Browser - the right panel of the Tone Locker window. This displays the current memory contents of your Variax, including any models you may have edited and not yet saved (See the entry for "Sync")

Model - a particular combination of body, pickups, tone controls, and (possibly) tuning.

Swap Buffer - this loads the model in the guitar that you started from when editing. It's there so you can A/B between what you started with and what you've got. A good way to tell if you're on the right track, or if you need to start over. By the way, when you save a model, it's the currently displayed model is saved, so make sure you're looking at the right one before you hit that Save button.

Sync - this button allows you to make sure that what the Device Browser shows and what's in the memory of your Variax are the same. It also gives you the option to go back to your saved user models..

Tone Locker - this window contains both browsers (File and Device) and is where you go to to file management, model organization, and shuffle models around in memory.

Personalize your Workbenched Variax chart... 27-05-05

The new workbench and it's abillity to create your own personalized guitarmodels is out. A great new program that brings you your own customshop with just some clicks, drag and drop on your desktop. When you have created your own models and have stored them in your Variax guitar it could help to have an overview of what you've created. Here are two solutions to create your own personalized 'workbenched' Variax chart.

Jay Pierstorff created a .pdf file to give you the oppertunity to write down your settings for that reference. Andy Z from the Institute of Noise forum announced it on his forum. At the links beneath you can download two documents. Nr. 1 is Jay's .pdf file that you can fill out with your pen.

Nr. 2 is inspired by his work, it's a 'blank' template word document that you can fill with words or pictures and save it for future reference or adjustments. The pictures aren't included but you can find them here (copy them from the Vettaville website if you like). Personalize your file with some adjustments..


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