Variax MIDI breakout cable

Got a Line 6 Variax you want to hook up to use the Workbench software, but don’t own a POD device you can use as an interface to a PC?

Nope? Well it’s my blog. And I’ll probably forget how I did this if I don’t post it here.

With a network cable, a couple of 5-pin DIN sockets, and just the right amount of electrical tape, I achieved the classy result you see below:

Variax Midi Cable

Variax Midi Cable

I borrowed this hard-to-find diagram from the internet and added pin numbers for MIDI sockets. I used sockets so I could connect it to one of those USB-MIDI cables on the run. You could just as easily use plugs. Just pay attention to the orientation of pins 4 and 5. I accidentally had them reversed at first and the result was not immediately spectacular. (Ignore the AES and 7V stuff.)

Variax Midi Wiring

Variax Midi Wiring

Voila! Line 6 Monkey and Variax Workbench now happily recognise my Variax 600 via MIDI cables.

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