MESSE: Build Your Own Guitar in Software

US Line 6 release new customising software for their Variax modelling guitar      04/04/04

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Ever wondered what a single-coil pickup would sound like on a hollow-body tuned a whole octave down? Now you can find out as Line 6 have launched Variax Workbench, the first interactive custom shop for Variax 500 and 700 guitars. This unique product provides computer equipped guitarists with their own interactive guitar custom shop with all the tools needed to easily create completely customized guitars then store them and share them with other Variax users. Variax Workbench provides the best pickups, controls, and bodies of the greatest guitar collection for guitarists to seek their ideal tone. Guitarists can select from a complete collection of guitar bodies, pickups, tone and volume controls, then tweak the placement and settings of each until they've come up with a guitar that is truly unique and meets their creative needs. Unlimited custom guitar models are now available to the Variax user who can fill each slot on the Variax Model knob and five-way switch with a unique guitar collection. In addition to the customization of bodies, pickups and sound, guitarists will also be able to select custom tuning. For instance, the T-model setting can be in Open G, the Spank model can be tuned a half-step down, and the Lester model can go to Drop D. Guitarists will be able to create, store, share and back-up thousands of guitar models using Workbench's Librarian. It keeps track of their custom guitars, stores them on the computer's hard drive, makes them e-mailable to others, or can be used to create a CD-ROM backup to load the customized guitars into any Variax. Variax Workbench is a combination USB interface and software package that allows guitarists to see and hear the physical changes to their custom guitar in real time. It is compatible with any Windows PC or Mac OSX computer. More from
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