Line 6 Releases Variax HD and Workbench HD for James Tyler Variax

Published 11 years ago on August 16, 2013

By Jonathan Graham

Line 6 has released the Variax® HD upgrade including Workbench HD software. This free upgrade enhances the ultimate recording guitar with an entire collection of pristine HD instruments—plus the ability to customize instruments and capture unique tones.


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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 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.


“Recording guitarists need to have a wide range of tones at their disposal,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Product Management, Line 6. “We took the world’s most revered guitars and applied our years of expertise to meticulously rebuild each and every model in HD. We’ve captured virtually every nuance of these priceless, historic instruments to deliver unmatched tone, sonic detail and versatility. In short, Variax HD is to guitar recording what POD HD is to amp recording.”


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 guitarists select any Variax pickup model and use it with the natural tone and response of a 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 miking acoustics, tuning/retuning issues, pickup noise in the studio, and more. James Tyler Variax guitars eliminate these problems so musicians can concentrate on performing. 

  • Easily record acoustic guitar sounds. James Tyler Variax guitars feature 10 HD acoustic guitars and exotic instruments, enabling guitarists to directly record the world’s finest acoustics with pristine sound quality.
  • Quickly switch between tunings. With 11 instant tunings and Virtual Capo, guitarists can easily switch between tunings while tracking.
  • Stay in the creative flow. With a James Tyler Variax guitar, there’s no need to interrupt the creative flow by finding, tuning and acclimating to the feel of a new instrument. Guitarists can easily switch between HD guitars and tunings just by turning a knob—enabling them to stay in the moment. 
  • Eliminate pickup noise. The HD guitar tones in the James Tyler Variax guitar are completely free of pickup noise, so guitarists can capture pristine takes without hum.


Available immediately, Variax HD and Workbench HD are compatible with all James Tyler Variax guitars. To download the upgrades, run the Line 6 Intelligent Updater software.


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