Is that a Workbench thing? Read the WORKBENCH HD MANUAL then get Variax Workbench Patches here at the largest repository of. Here is the user's guide found in the Help section of the Variax Workbench software. Please click on each image to view the instructions. To use the Variax Workbench software, you need a Variax Electric , , or series guitar and a suitable Mac or PC. A version is also available for. HOW TO GENERATE SCRIPT IN MYSQL WORKBENCH
Messages 1, John Mark Painter said:. I went through and did a Global level adjust for the strings in Workbench. That's a needed first step. Sliding the pickups down and changing the Tone values fixed up the Tele. Anyone dial that in?
I have a lot of experience playing real ones. Frank Ritchotte Gold Supporting Member. Messages 6, Paging chuskey. Messages 15, Makes sense. Last edited: Feb 25, My main goal was the even out the string volumes, in particular the very weak high E string.
Dunno, it might just be a quirk of my particular 69S. Tarkus Member. Messages I would say the same thing about string levels. I wish they could quality control that stuff a little better but my JTV needed some big adjustments to get all the piezos a similar level.
I actually put them on a meter in Logic. Not sure if that's really similar to "real" guitars but it did make it sound somewhat better. I would also say that initially my high E was noticeably way too low. As you can only mix down from the factory settings now I think all my modeled sounds are a little lower output than they should be overall. I've considered changing out the saddles as the aftermarket ones are usually higher output, but I did that a long time ago with my origional VX and the thing never really worked that well afterwards so I'm afraid to mess with it.
My main goal was to even out the string volumes, in particular the very weak high E string. Before you do anything else be sure to clean those bridge saddle contacts with something like DeOxit. I had my E string get low output and the no output and little Deoxit fixed it right up. It should probably be a regular maintenance thing for Variax guitars.
By contact do you mean where the ribbon cable from the bridge plugs into the circuit board? The piezos themselves fit into little pockets in the bridge saddles. This is where they actually are grounded at.
The metal surrounding the piezo makes contact with the metal in the pockets. When this gets dirty, which it will, the signal will diminish. A quick spritz of DeOxit will take care of that. I tried to post a pic but couldn't figure out how to do it. When you next change the strings. Spritz a bit of DeOxit in the pocket the piezo sits in. I had this happen 2 times to me - the loss of a string in modelling. The first was may Variax , circa In very hot humid weather, I would lose the B string signal.
That's when I was taking a spare regular guitar backup, luckily. Then in , I got a JTV Ordered it in Oct , got it in May Anyway, that hot humid summer, I began to lose the low E string signal. Fought it for a while didn't know about DeOxit, or what was causing the problem.
I would take it home in my air conditioning, and it'd be fine I also noticed the chrome plating on the low E side of the bridge was corroding, and coming off - saw copper under where I rest my hand on the bridge. He said they had a QC issue with one of their parts suppliers in South Korea, and had remedied it. Never had that problem since. Noticed different casting marks on the new bridge compare to the old one.
Still have the old one if I ever need to scavenge parts from it in the event of a peizo failure, but like I said it's been fine since late - coming up on 9 years I've never had the issue with that one either. I play a lot of outside festivals and events in the hot humid Iowa summers, so always keep my eyes on them.
Knock wood, they've been good I play the 69S the most, and have the 59 as my backup, so I don't lose any functionality in the event of a broken string - which hasn't happened either again - knock wood. The one thing I'd suggest to L6 concerning their Variax design would be to not depend on the peizo casing as the ground connection. Their pcb under the bridge that they solder the peizo's into the signal cabel has 2 solder pads hot and ground for the leads, but the peizo's the use only the hot and then use the socket contact for a common ground.
If they spec'd their peizo's with a hot and ground lead, they would not have the potential for this problem. Dirt, sweat, and corrosion never sleep I've been watching your discussion on dialing in your Variax Standard. I'll add with my experiences in tweaking my 2 JTV's - a 59, and a 69S I noticed the two guitars' mag PU's were quite a bit hotter than the models. I also noticed that the 69S was experiencing the same SC hum as my Strat, so within 6 months of getting it I replaced the pups with a DiMarzio Area noiseless set - love 'em.
The first thing I did was adjust up the models' volumes to try to match the general volume of the mags in WBHD with the patch volume and pickup volumes. It was "OK", but not great. Also some of the 12 string models sounded a bit warbly, as some of the drop tunings did too.
I had read that that issue could be addressed by dropping the pickups down, so their magnetic fields don't interact and dampen the strings' motion as much - found that out with my Strat - I had my pickups to high and that created really bad harmonics on the strings - youch The right hand side of the screen will give you more of the tonal variance that may help you. It is a noticeable timbral shift. Trim and Compression will affect the instrument output volume and mic will help tweak the instrument tone.
For some of you — the real reason to use workbench will be the parameter at the bottom of the screen. What is represented here is a virtual capo. Enabling the capo allows you to pitch shift any string up or down and octave. If you want to change a preset tuning this is the easiest place to do it. Another caveat here is that while the body is still a solid body guitar — unless you are wearing good noise canceling headphones — you will probably hear the standard tuned guitar and the pitch shifted guitar at the same time.
Related to the pitch shifting is the mix and detune functions. You not only mix the strings i. That could be HUGE in getting alt tunings more in tune to your liking. There are some really good work bench posts on the Vettaville site here and a specific tutorial on Harmomic Open Tuning here. Another nice feature is that you can adjust individual string volumes! This is a really great feature if you need to quiet certain strings or make other strings pop in volume. Simply drag the sliders to the level you want and click ok.
Line 6 offers this observation as well from the above mentioned link. 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. Generally, I find that different guitars sound better for different things.
For example I like fingerpicking on the parlor — but like the J for flatpicking. This brings up another tweaking issue as well as I really dislike the banjo sound with a flatpick, but can use it fingerstyle. Beyond the question of — does the 12 string sound just like a 12 string the answer here is no , is the question of would I want to use it in a band with other instruments? And the answer there is I think it gets by.
Compared to bringing another guitar and trying to keep all 12 strings in tune — it makes me happy. It has the vibe of a 12 string and would probably sit well in band mix. No problem. Want to switch from a Martin to a banjo to a 12 string for each section of a song.
For the most part this is really a live vs. But I think that this would even be usable in some recording contexts. For my purposes — living in a noisy apartment building where having a quiet space to mic an acoustic and get through a take without extraneous noise — this things is a godsend.
Would I use this over a vintage Martin in a pro studio? Would I use this to track a take at home while sonic chaos is going on all around me? One things that will be problematic for some people is the issue of string muting.
Definitely not Friday Night in San Francisco. It does handle regular flatpicking fairly well though — here is a post involving acoustic sweep picking that was recorded with the Variax. The electic variax has undergone a transformation in the forthcoming Tyler Variax with substantially more processing power, hopefully the acoustic will get a revision as well. This is a well constructed guitar with a tremendous amount of tonal flexibility. Parlor, , D, and J models sound really good.
I like the inclusion of the oddball instruments like the Shamisen and mandocello, also like the gypsy jazz guitar and the nylon but suspect that they probably sound better on the nylon string Variax Workbench is a truly revolutionary idea and the alternate tuning features are cool.
Also, a plastic nut and pins on a high end instrument sounds like a little thing — but a guitar is a bunch of little things all put together. String muting may be an issue for some people. Sitar sound has a high pitch overtone that makes it unusable for me. On the electric variax you can virtually move between various pickups body and placement options. Just as the Pod X3 has 2 rigs at once, having 2 guitars at once would be cool…. It would be nice if you could control some other modeled aspects in Workbench — i.
Note: Line 6 has currently ceased production on this guitar although you can still find the used on Craigslist or Ebay. First impressions I opened the box and the first thing I saw was a gig bag. A brief side story: When I got the guitar — one string was much quieter than the other strings.
Before I explain the models, I need to explain some of the instrument controls: The knob on the upper bout selects models — if you push it — it changes color and you can get preset tunings for each model. Next to the knob are 3 sliders: The top slider controls EQ — but does it in a very interesting way — the concept here is that the slider has two mic placements and by moving the slider you pan between the two sounds.
Parlor mic far left 55 Parlor mic far right 55 Parlor mic middle 55 Next some flatpicking. Parlor far left Parlor far right Parlor mic middle The middle slider controls volume. Likes: This is a well constructed guitar with a tremendous amount of tonal flexibility.
Would like Wish List : On the electric variax you can virtually move between various pickups body and placement options. Just as the Pod X3 has 2 rigs at once, having 2 guitars at once would be cool… Multiple body sizes. More models. Follow Following.
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