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DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal

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An effects pedal that learns your songs and gives you a band to play with.

The TRIO listens to the way you play and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match your song. Just plug your guitar into TRIO, press the footswitch to teach TRIO your chords and rhythm, then press the footswitch again to start playing with your own personal band!

The TRIO provides seven music genres to choose from including: Blues, Pop, Alternative Rock, Rock, Country, R&B, and Jazz. Up to twelve song styles are available for each genre and you can select between 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures.

The TRIO can learn up to 3 different song parts which can then be recalled on-the-fly as the song plays back. An optional DigiTech FS3X Footswitch can be connected to the TRIO for easier, hands-free selection of song parts and styles.

The TRIO offers independent Genre, Style, Tempo, Bass and Drums controls; Guitar and Control Inputs; Amplifier, Mixer and Headphone Outputs; Built-in Guitar Effects (relative to music genre); a Soft Click Footswitch and includes a 9V DC adapter.

FEATURES
Seven Music Genres and Twelve Song Styles Per Genre to Choose From
The TRIO can learn up to three different song parts that can recalled on-the-fly
Adjustable Tempo & Alternate Half Time/Double Time Variants
Bass & Drum Level Controls
Hands-Free Control Using a DigiTech FS3X Footswitch (optional)
Amp & Mixer Outputs
Headphone Output w/Level Control
Power Supply Included

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DigiTechTRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.0

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (25)
  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Good selection of effects (15)
  • Versatile (15)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (18)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Practice (11)
  • Performances (8)
  • Jamming (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24), Yes (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Take some time with it.

I reviewed this pedal after my first frustrating evening with it through headphones. There were numerous distractions, so I wasn't focused enough on what I was doing and nothing came out very well....Read complete review

I reviewed this pedal after my first frustrating evening with it through headphones. There were numerous distractions, so I wasn't focused enough on what I was doing and nothing came out very well. After taking some time and plugging it in to my rig, I have changed my opinion greatly. This is a great little pedal for several things. Probably the best feature is the separate outs that go to your pedal board/amp and your PA. This lets you have all the benefits of your rig and doesn't color the drums or bass in any way. It works great! The drum tracks are stellar, especially for the price. I have paid 5 bills and up for drum machines that only deliver static beats. This matches your rhythm and it will add a natural fill if you let that end note hang a little. My main beef the night before was with the bass section. After messing with it a little I learned a few things. First, the less you play, the better. The more simple your rhythm the better. If what you play is too complex the bass player goes nuts. Once you get the drum and bass section you are looking for, then you can re-insert the complexity into your rhythm. I enjoyed a good solid 2 hours of jamming last night. It really shines in letting you practice your lead, and if you follow the less and simple trick, everything falls into place well. It is definitely not a pedal that you can just plug in and go, it takes some time to learn how to make it work with your style, just like any band member.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Trio's capabilities are overhyped

I have mixed feeling about the Digitech Trio. I bought into the hype and hung out on the wait list until mine arrived a week ago. I'm not unhappy with the pedal, but...Read complete review

I have mixed feeling about the Digitech Trio. I bought into the hype and hung out on the wait list until mine arrived a week ago. I'm not unhappy with the pedal, but I'm not ecstatic either. Here are my thoughts:
1. You have to keep it simple. Leave the embellishments until later. Chord sparingly. The Trio does best when it has a clear map to follow.
2. The variation knob on the right is key. The further clockwise you turn it the busier the Trio gets. By the 12 o clock position it may be too much already unless you're playing jazz or fusion chords. I found that levels of 2-3 worked best in creating a solid rhythm, and by this I mean both the drums and the bass. Having the drums get busier is not all that bad but the bass can get annoying the more complex Trio gets.
3. The bass lines are not that great. They sound canned and generic. I read the manual and found credits to PG Music at the back. PG Music is the creator of Band-In-A-Box software and the bass lines here are lifted straight out of Band-In-A-Box. I have used that software and I can recognize the patterns. Keeping the Trio generated backing simple is the best solution for this.
4. Use the dual outputs if possible. Plugging your effects after the guitar OUT and sending the MIXER output to a PA or different amplifier allows the Trio to sound best.
5. You can play around with the accompaniment after you have taught the Trio your changes and it is playing back. I mean, you can do this on the fly, and you should. Try different styles and adjust the variations to suit your taste. Trio will not drop the beat but keep on chugging along like a metronome. All that will change is the intensity and complexity of the arrangement.
6. Use the individual BASS and DRUMS volume controls to your advantage. They are the best feature of the Trio. Having taught the Trio your changes and adjusted the rhythm to your taste, you can then adjust the mix of bass and drums to your liking (if you are using the dedicated MIXER output). I sent the mixer output to Fender Princeton Reverb separate from my guitar amp and was able to get a really solid sounding rhythm going.
7. Remember that the Trio does not record your guitar. So after you have taught it your changes, if you stop playing, all you hear is the bass and drums. This is both good and bad. It allows you to fool around with your chording as you try different voicings to the rhythm, but if you start soloing, the rhythm guitar will no longer be there. I guess this makes sense from the Trio's point of view. After all, it's called the TRIO. There's no way around this unless you send both Trio outputs to a recorder, but that defeats the purpose of the Trio.
8. This brings me to the syncing problem. I connected a looper to the Guitar output of the Trio and after creating a rhythm I spent a long time trying to get a guitar loop to stay in sync with the drums and bass. It's impossible, although if you're careful and precise, you can keep it together for a little while. Eventually the loop will drift away from the rhythm and cause chaos. At that point, the only solution is to stop the looper and kick it in again on the turnaround of the Trio. Putting the looper in front of the Trio was worse. Drift was instantaneous. No midi sync for the Trio unfortunately, and to me this is the biggest down of this unit.
9. The 3 parts learnable by the Trio work nicely, and once again, if you keep the chords precise and simple, the transitions work well. Here too, I can hear the Band-In-A-Box transitions clearly. In the software there is both an A and a B style transition between sections and that sounds exactly like what you get with the Trio.
10. The Trio remembers the last rhythm it learned even after power-off, meaning that it remembers the chord changes. You can re-start and then re-adjust to find a fresh variation anytime. Clearing the memory is a simple as holding down the button for 2-3 seconds.

So there you have it. The Trio is a great practice tool. It will help you build a solo around a bunch of chords you have put together and it will let you try out different chord voicing for the changes you have taught the pedal. It will let you try out different rhythmic accompaniments to your chord changes within reason. The 3 part memory will let you build a song structure quickly from scratch and adjust the rhythm complexity for each. In other words, this is a great tool for songwriters and those looking to build solo parts over specific chord changes. To a certain point it is also an adequate jamming tool, though there are far better backing tracks out there with much better accompaniment.
In no way is the results from the Trio recordable or loopable, so if you were looking for music production capabilities from this pedal. Look again. I mean, you can record the output of the Trio into a multitrack or DAW but why would you? There is much better software out there and the bass lines of the Trio just aren't good enough to cut it.
I can see limited uses for this pedal, but it's not staying on my pedal board. It's more like a one trick pony that does what it does adequately. If you want to try out new ideas and experiment with how certain changes would sound with a rhythm section, this works. Anything else is wishful thinking.

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(38 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Trio's capabilities are overhyped

By MoltenSynapse

from New York

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Pros

  • Adjustable In Real-time
  • easy to use
  • Independent Bassdrum Vol

Cons

  • Can Get Overly Busy
  • Mediocre Bass Lines

Best Uses

  • Practice
  • Songwriting

Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

I have mixed feeling about the Digitech Trio. I bought into the hype and hung out on the wait list until mine arrived a week ago. I'm not unhappy with the pedal, but I'm not ecstatic either. Here are my thoughts:
1. You have to keep it simple. Leave the embellishments until later. Chord sparingly. The Trio does best when it has a clear map to follow.
2. The variation knob on the right is key. The further clockwise you turn it the busier the Trio gets. By the 12 o clock position it may be too much already unless you're playing jazz or fusion chords. I found that levels of 2-3 worked best in creating a solid rhythm, and by this I mean both the drums and the bass. Having the drums get busier is not all that bad but the bass can get annoying the more complex Trio gets.
3. The bass lines are not that great. They sound canned and generic. I read the manual and found credits to PG Music at the back. PG Music is the creator of Band-In-A-Box software and the bass lines here are lifted straight out of Band-In-A-Box. I have used that software and I can recognize the patterns. Keeping the Trio generated backing simple is the best solution for this.
4. Use the dual outputs if possible. Plugging your effects after the guitar OUT and sending the MIXER output to a PA or different amplifier allows the Trio to sound best.
5. You can play around with the accompaniment after you have taught the Trio your changes and it is playing back. I mean, you can do this on the fly, and you should. Try different styles and adjust the variations to suit your taste. Trio will not drop the beat but keep on chugging along like a metronome. All that will change is the intensity and complexity of the arrangement.
6. Use the individual BASS and DRUMS volume controls to your advantage. They are the best feature of the Trio. Having taught the Trio your changes and adjusted the rhythm to your taste, you can then adjust the mix of bass and drums to your liking (if you are using the dedicated MIXER output). I sent the mixer output to Fender Princeton Reverb separate from my guitar amp and was able to get a really solid sounding rhythm going.
7. Remember that the Trio does not record your guitar. So after you have taught it your changes, if you stop playing, all you hear is the bass and drums. This is both good and bad. It allows you to fool around with your chording as you try different voicings to the rhythm, but if you start soloing, the rhythm guitar will no longer be there. I guess this makes sense from the Trio's point of view. After all, it's called the TRIO. There's no way around this unless you send both Trio outputs to a recorder, but that defeats the purpose of the Trio.
8. This brings me to the syncing problem. I connected a looper to the Guitar output of the Trio and after creating a rhythm I spent a long time trying to get a guitar loop to stay in sync with the drums and bass. It's impossible, although if you're careful and precise, you can keep it together for a little while. Eventually the loop will drift away from the rhythm and cause chaos. At that point, the only solution is to stop the looper and kick it in again on the turnaround of the Trio. Putting the looper in front of the Trio was worse. Drift was instantaneous. No midi sync for the Trio unfortunately, and to me this is the biggest down of this unit.
9. The 3 parts learnable by the Trio work nicely, and once again, if you keep the chords precise and simple, the transitions work well. Here too, I can hear the Band-In-A-Box transitions clearly. In the software there is both an A and a B style transition between sections and that sounds exactly like what you get with the Trio.
10. The Trio remembers the last rhythm it learned even after power-off, meaning that it remembers the chord changes. You can re-start and then re-adjust to find a fresh variation anytime. Clearing the memory is a simple as holding down the button for 2-3 seconds.

So there you have it. The Trio is a great practice tool. It will help you build a solo around a bunch of chords you have put together and it will let you try out different chord voicing for the changes you have taught the pedal. It will let you try out different rhythmic accompaniments to your chord changes within reason. The 3 part memory will let you build a song structure quickly from scratch and adjust the rhythm complexity for each. In other words, this is a great tool for songwriters and those looking to build solo parts over specific chord changes. To a certain point it is also an adequate jamming tool, though there are far better backing tracks out there with much better accompaniment.
In no way is the results from the Trio recordable or loopable, so if you were looking for music production capabilities from this pedal. Look again. I mean, you can record the output of the Trio into a multitrack or DAW but why would you? There is much better software out there and the bass lines of the Trio just aren't good enough to cut it.
I can see limited uses for this pedal, but it's not staying on my pedal board. It's more like a one trick pony that does what it does adequately. If you want to try out new ideas and experiment with how certain changes would sound with a rhythm section, this works. Anything else is wishful thinking.

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(26 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Take some time with it.

By Ravage-2B44T

from Houston

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Pros

  • fun
  • Great for jamming
  • Practicing

Cons

  • Can be frustrating
  • Takes time to master

Best Uses

  • Improving Your Style
  • Jamming
  • Matching Rhythm And Lead

Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

I reviewed this pedal after my first frustrating evening with it through headphones. There were numerous distractions, so I wasn't focused enough on what I was doing and nothing came out very well. After taking some time and plugging it in to my rig, I have changed my opinion greatly. This is a great little pedal for several things. Probably the best feature is the separate outs that go to your pedal board/amp and your PA. This lets you have all the benefits of your rig and doesn't color the drums or bass in any way. It works great! The drum tracks are stellar, especially for the price. I have paid 5 bills and up for drum machines that only deliver static beats. This matches your rhythm and it will add a natural fill if you let that end note hang a little. My main beef the night before was with the bass section. After messing with it a little I learned a few things. First, the less you play, the better. The more simple your rhythm the better. If what you play is too complex the bass player goes nuts. Once you get the drum and bass section you are looking for, then you can re-insert the complexity into your rhythm. I enjoyed a good solid 2 hours of jamming last night. It really shines in letting you practice your lead, and if you follow the less and simple trick, everything falls into place well. It is definitely not a pedal that you can just plug in and go, it takes some time to learn how to make it work with your style, just like any band member.

(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

REVIEW IN PROGRESS!

By Anthem

from Omaha, NE

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Pros

  • Great sound
  • Innovative unit

Cons

  • Bugs to be worked out
  • Cannot use for recording
  • Cannot use live
  • Lack of Control
  • Limited functionality

Best Uses

  • Only use is for practice

Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

Bought primarily for recording. Not for that at all, nor for live performance, so if either are your intention, forget it! Very innovative and pretty cool unit. Seldom does it translate parts like what you had in mind. Does it's own thing and very hard to try to get it to do what you want it to. Has a mind of it's own. You've got to work with it for a long time and sometimes just play the bass line only to get it to more closely do what you want it to do versus playing chords. Is not intuitive or quick enough to pick up on complex chord patterns, so you really have to play VERY basic chords and progressions in order for it to work. Also, you have to play changing time signatures and song changes in separate sections. (The unit can only hold three different sections at once without writing over them - say a verse, chorus and bridge) THIS UNIT IS MAINLY FOR PRACTICING A CHORD PROGRESSION WITH BACKING BASS AND DRUMS OR PRACTICING A LEAD FOR THREE OR FOUR CHORD STRUMMING SONGS! JUST BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE GETTING. NOT FOR RECORDING OR LIVE PERFORMANCE. You cannot keep the drum count to get you into the song attached to your take either! You have to reset it each time for a drum count in. That is a pain. THERE WERE NO INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED WITH IT! I don't know if that was typical or just missed in a hurry to get these things out! Online instructions available which are semi-helpful.A pretty cool unit, however, I believe there will be many needed enhancements to come which will make it a more practical functioning unit. I will update this review if I find out more. Would wait to recommend it after it has been improved. Good luck!

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good for practicing, definitely has its limits

By Someguy

from Cleveland

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Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

I've had this for a few weeks now and think I've spent enough time with it to give it a fair review. First, why it only has three stars.

Overall, I'm disappointed with this pedal after checking out a ton of videos of it being demonstrated. It rarely plays a drum and bass part that lines up well with the feel of my simple chord progressions. I purposefully have tried very simple and varying progressions to give it a few opportunities to match up. Almost always I have to do some tweaking for a bit before I find something that I like. What it offers up technically works, but is not at all what I hear in my head style/energy/and tempo wise. This includes the most basic of blues progressions, doing nothing but strumming the chords on the beat.

The main issue though is if you play anything that is in 6/8 or a triple meter, it really has a hard time with it. I kinda expected that from the specs, but it does have 3/4 programming in it and some styles that are supposedly more swung, so I thought it would at least be able to get by. I've pretty much had to just not even try doing anything that isn't a straight 4/4 beat.

As you would imagine, this is not for performing with. You'd have to really practice your progression with it to find the right learning setting and play it just right to make sure it doesn't suddenly offer up a totally different drum and bass part for you. Mainly though, as I mentioned above, it just rarely doesn't need some tweaking after the fact. I purchased this expecting to not be useful for performing, but just wanted to confirm that for people.

Still, it does some cool things and can be fun once you get used to it if you are ok with its shortcomings. I love that I can plug in my guitar with headphones, use the built in effects, and (eventually) just jam out and practice my runs, soloing, licks, timing, etc. The drums and bass sound very MIDI, but do a good job and have some nice fills and such that keep it interesting. There are a lot of different styles and variations within them; they take a while to get used to and find out which really are what you are looking for, but the basics are there to get you by.

So, even though most of this was spent on its shortcomings, I don't dislike the pedal and have found it to be very useful for practicing and improving my playing. But, that's a steep price tag to play for such a tool given how rarely it lines up the way I want it to. I would buy it again at a much cheaper price, but not at what they currently sell for.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not a gig tool....

By MileHI Magic

from Denver

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Hard to replicate effects

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Song writing

Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

Does everything as described in the description, however as a gig tool you must replicate the "learning" pattern to how you play on a consistent basis. If you differ from your play and do any type of improvising or strum pattern alternation you will sound like a first year player. Neat fun tool for messing around in the studio or writing, however unless you are a GREAT player, would not suggest for live performances.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Underwhelming

By dalrymple

from California

Pros

  • None I Could List

Cons

  • Inconsistent
  • lacks memory
  • marginal sound quality
  • Takes Too Long For Live U
  • Useless Bass Lines

Best Uses

  • Practice

Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

Could not reproduce consistent results with the same input. Useless, busy bass lines. Random drum results made it a waste of time, lack of memory made it tedious and useless for live performance, not studio quality sound either. Then it went defective after about 2 hours. A relief. 3 of us agreed it wasnt fit for any use we could imagine. Back it went.

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(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Way too overhyped!!!

By Dalongcorleone

from Chicago

Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

1. Do not expect this thing to cover you up with a simple 12 bar blues, it cannot do it. The drum is OK and can play 12 bars with no problem, but with the bass you will need to spend some real hard time to be able to hear the chord change from the bassline, the notes are way too colorful and are everywhere, it's annoying and complex that it fights with your tasty riffs all the time, it doesn't take its time to rest at all, it's just like the bass is soloing by itself and not caring at all for what you are playing, the only way to solve this problem is to wait for the software upgrade to come, which i don't think will happen anytime soon.

2. When connected to your amp, you keep hearing the sustain from your guitar getting cut, so that the drum and bass can squeeze in, the only option to fix this is to connect this pedal with a mixer or a second amp/speaker, you won't get such issues with BOSS DR-880.

3. The sound quality of the drum and bass is nowhere near a BOSS DR-880 when compared, it's way too thin and digital, it sounds as cheap as you can imagine.

4. No online software upgrade is available yet, so the USB port is just a look.

5. This thing is not worth its price, not a tiny bit.

I won't considering buying nothing from Digitech again, simply because this is the worst pedal/unit I've ever purchased, thanks to NAMM, good advertising I gotta say.

If you're still curious about this thing, go really try one out, see if it is what you expected. Also if you're a pop or r&b or jazz player, this thing might be OK with you. But this is just a big NO for blues.

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(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Deflated hopes

By Ravage-2B44T

from Houston

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Pros

  • Drum Adds Fills
  • Drum Sounds Great
  • Spot On Drum

Cons

  • Bass Is Useless

Best Uses

  • Recording Drum That Fits

Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

The unit was somewhat of a letdown. I wanted it for two things. I wanted a drum section that follows my rhythm so I can stop forgetting the cool stuff I come up with that doesn't match anything in my drum machine. I was also excited to have the same thing from the bass section. I have been toying with the idea of buying a cheap bass to fill in tracks in my recordings and was hoping this was the solution. It wasn't. The bass section is mentally challenged. There are too many notes at the tempo you want to play, and those notes don't work with what you are playing. The only thing the bass accomplishes well is throwing you off your groove. I'm not even sure the notes are in key, they don't sound like it. The drums deliver as promised, but the bass, at least for me, is useless. I'm back to tappin pads on my DR 880 for bass parts. It might have been more useful had digitech included a straightforward bass accompaniment rather than whatever they put in there. I'm trying to play rock and the bass player is over there playing avant guard jazz on the high frets. Kudos to DT for making the band experience feel real though. When you buy the band in a box you get a respectably decent drummer named Steve, but to get that you have to agree to let his special brother Pooky play the bass. Turn the bass down or out of the mix, let Pooky dance in the background and you have a well priced drum machine that does what other drum machines can't. Still worth what I paid, barely.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

would buy again

By jammin jerry

from Bear De.

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • good price for what you get
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Storing songs .There is some question about the TRIO being a storage device... well it's not ! It will only store and repeat one "song" at a time. What I do is hook my electric or acoustic electric guitar to the input of the Trio and hook the amp out of the Trio to the input of my JAM-MAN looper then play and create three parts into the Trio and " record" the entire song into the JAM-MaN for recall when ever I want. A lot of users of the JAM-MAN series loopers are not aware that you can " RECORD" a bunch of songs ( use Max storage sd card) and then recall any "song/loop'' you want when you want. I use this setup live, recalling loops and playing and singing over the selected song VERY COOL! A lot of people wonder what's up ? Well it's not magic but close!!!

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not so simple

      By The Motorman

      from Hudson FL.

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      Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      First, this thing is easy to use. However, If you play a basic simple 12 bar blues, don't expect a simple basic blues bass line. What you do get is a complicated pattern of way too many notes which almost never start on the root note. The variations only get worse. The same thing with the rock and country. If the bass player in my band played like this thing I'd fire him. There's no way to use this on a live gig as there's no memory.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This pedal does exactly what I wanted it to do.

      By Darican

      from Seattle Wa

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      Pros

      • Great for practicing
      • Helps on song writing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practice
        • Song writing

        Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I wanted to be able to jam with a "band" but either didn't have one or couldn't get them together or didn't have that much time. This pedal is great. I have a song idea. I "teach" it to the Trio. Then, I can see how it sounds at different tempos or styles. The song will not be finished, but you definitely get a sense for where the song can go to from there.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Interesting piece of technology

        By 1iJack

        from Venice, FL

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        Pros

        • Good sound

        Cons

        • More Documentation Needed

        Best Uses

        • Solo gigs

        Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I pre-ordered this unit and got one of the first shipment and I am just starting to use it with scant documentation, so there is some trial and error involved. For some tunes it works beautifully giving you a great sounding drumbeat and bass guitar to play along with. Without hearing it, it would be hard to imagine how much it adds to your sound. Imagine having a drummer and bass player along but not having to split the evening's take!

        Unfortunately, for some tunes it just doesn't work at all. I suspect most of the reason is that I don't yet know how to give it the info it needs to calculate the best accompaniment. When I have figured out how to make this work for a bigger range of songs, I think it will be an incredibly handy item for me as a solo act. I'll bet that when it has been out for a while there will be a "For Best Results" document on Digitech's site and it will make a big difference (right now the videos are more salesy than instructional.) That is all that stands in the way of a 5-star rating, because when it works, sounds great.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for jamming

        By Redhouselefty

        from VA

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        Pros

        • Easy Great To Jam With

        Cons

        • Needs more memory

        Best Uses

          Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This unit does exactly what it says. Just play clean chords, save the fancy stuff for jamming. It works with electric acoustic guitars as well. No problems as to date. I even plugged a portable speaker in the head phone jack and had a portable rig to use. Sounds best through a PA and an amp.

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          (5 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Preety Cool Pedal.

          By CTROCK

          from Houston Texas

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          Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is a pretty cool pedal! but I do not like the bass line is too many note! sometime when I play a rhythm guitar part the drum or bass line don't even match with my playing at all! This pedal is good to play with the drum beat and fill. the drum beat in the pedal are easy the beat is more like rock beat! if u play real metal, speed metal or fast rhythm the drum beat in this pedal cannot follow u at all. no double bass drum in this pedal! over all is a OK pedal.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          VERY -- VERY COOL PEDAL!!!

          By Jeffrey

          from undisclosed

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great pedal for jamming at home! I use mine before my RC-3 Looper and use an LS-2 before the Trio and the RC-3 to switch between channels. Teach the Trio, loop the different parts, turn off the Trio, then jam. Use the looper to over dub. One channel for the Trio bass/drums & maybe some added rythm guitar of your own to one amplifier, and then lead to another amplifier. Sounds great that way! Plenty of ways to route this thing. I'll definitely get the Trio+ someday -- maybe Santa will deliver for Christmas! Also, get the footswitch, it comes in handy. Hope this review helps someone!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good practice buddy

            By Talman

            from Reading, PA

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            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • fun
            • Variety of connection options
            • Wide variety of sounds

            Cons

            • Doesn't work for all styles
            • Some sounds are wonky

            Best Uses

            • Practice
            • Song writing

            Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            There are a ton of reviews and demos for this product online so I won't go into all the features. The best use really is solo practice and maybe early demo recording when you're just working things out on your own. What's great about it is that there is no programming. You don't have to worry about setting the tempo, it just picks it up from your playing, so it's very convenient and spontaneous. I'm tech savvy and I've programmed beats, but when i practice, I don't want to mess with that stuff. I want to plug in and play. This unit It makes practice and solo jamming more fun and creative. There is a level of randomness in the algorithm, so it does add in fills and variations. I've found myself getting into a groove by virtue of 'having a drummer' rather than just riffing on my own. The built in effects/amp sims(?) sound decent enough and work well with headphones or into a 4 tracker. The amp/mixer outputs work great with an amp like the Blackstar HT5 that has an MP3/AUX in, so you can cleanly hear the drums and bass, but use real amp tone.

            You COULD use this for performance, but the sounds are a bit karaoke sounding. The interface may also limit its usefulness in a live situation unless you are creative or are doing some kind of solo live jam.

            I play with a band and we're working on an original set in the vein of Clutch or Helmet, and the Trio isn't helpful for that. It plays pretty straight, and doesn't get really heavy. But it generates a variety of good beats to jam with, practice your timing, and maybe inspire some riffs to take to rehearsal. Overall, it's a lot of fun for enhancing your practicing.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it

            By Rabbit

            from Texas

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Ametuer Recording
              • Jamming
              • Practice

              Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Great tool for any player without access to a drummer, or if you don't want a drum machine you have to adjust to. I usually just turn the bass off and just let the drums work. It will play along with pretty much anything. I even have songs I created myself years ago, and it works great with those too. I get lost for hours just jamming new riffs over different settings and tempos. I have fun playing guitar while using this pedal, and isn't that the point?

              Also, definitely recommend getting the footswitch to go with it. It really makes it easy to work with if you have a lot of pedals hooked up at once.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hail Digitech

              By Matty Bee

              from Big Island, Hawaii

              Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Digitech never disappoints. This pedal is unlimited fun, The drums are legit sounding and even provide the occasional simple fill. Nothing too crazy, nice and simple. You can virtually get any drum beat you need with enough patience. The bass is good for the most part, sometimes it gets kind of annoying because it play more notes than it needs to when you want it to just focus on the root notes mostly but all in all the bass sounds good and can be tamed. For the price and what It is you can't go wrong. I haven't has mine too long and I already have had some sick jams with this thing. Once you get it dialed in to what you want, It's on! .

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              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Trio band creator

              By shadowman

              from Kalamazoo

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              Pros

              • It
              • Pretty Cool I Will Enjoy

              Cons

              • And A Memory Card
              • I Will Purchase Another
              • One When You Add Midi

              Best Uses

              • Practicing Leads And
              • Rythem

              Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Great practice tool. Would be even better if it had midi and an SD card

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great

              By doof

              from braidwood il

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              Comments about DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Hope in the future they will put a memory I this the trio is just an amazing addiyion to the arsenal. So simple to operate

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