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DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal   

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

Your own band inside a guitar pedal! Order now!

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DigiTechTrio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (19)
  • Excellent sound quality (13)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Practice (9)
  • Performances (4)
  • Jamming (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24), Yes (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (3)

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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4.0

Great sounds

By Lou

from Tonawanda. N.Y.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Great sound

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    i would buy agian

    By B K

    from APPLE VALLEY CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

        no longer am i by myself when i pratice

         
        4.0

        Buy this product but know it's limits and strengths

        By slim

        from Fresno, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good for Jamming

        Cons

        • Hard to play a certain song

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Hard to get to play a certain song but for practicing and jamming it is pretty good. Would most likely get again. Keeps me from having to fire up Mac next to were I practice. Does OK with what I bought it for as from reading reviews I knew about it's strong and weak points. It actually does sound great.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not a gig tool....

        By MileHI Magic

        from Denver

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

         
        4.0

        would recommend

        By dave

        from Mackinac Island MI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • pretty amazing basslines, realistic percussion

        Cons

        • some limitations using onboard effects

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

        always like digitech, easy to interface

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The fun never end with digitech!

        By RUBANS ANDPLASTIC?

        from aTLATA gA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I ordered the Trio because my Drummer and rythm play moved. this sounds better has more versatily than they had It's a blast . I had so much fun with it that i exchanged it for The TRio with the Looper to play rythm myself and

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fun Pedal for a Solo Musician

          By GnrlPatton

          from Bartlesville, OK

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

          • Problems with Tempo

          Best Uses

          • Practice

          Comments about DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Fun pedal. The drum and bass tracks sound good coming through my Fender Passport PA, I'm not sure how it sounds going through an amp. I would recommend for someone who plays guitar alone. I also purchased this to replace a broken TC Electronic Ditto Looper, and I'm happy with that decision.

          Be Aware - Potential Tempo Issues and how to fix:

          The pedal is easy to use once you understand how to properly teach it. In order for your tempo to be correct you need to have a very basic strum when you teach it chords. This was very frustrating for me at first, but once I figured that out the pedal was great.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good sound

          By None

          from Al

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Good accompaniment to hone your licks..

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Highly Recommend!

              By Robert

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Quite a fascinating tool...great for rehearsals, great for performing, works well with my Vox Synth., all around, glad to have this tool. Worked years with Band in a Box on stage, and this is a great alternative to be more expressive in my music. Highly recommend.

               
              4.0

              I would recommend this

              By Philip

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about DigiTech Trio Band Creator Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Not as good as the new Beatbuddy but it's nice. Has good options to choose from to find the proper beat for you. Changing the genre doesn't really change much about the beats.

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