Band Creator + Looper

(Reviewed by John Verity)

The TRIO+ is a simple-to-use guitar pedal that listens to the way you play and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match your song. Just plug your guitar into the TRIO+, press the Band foot-switch to teach the TRIO+ your chords and rhythm, then press the Band foot-switch again to start playing with your own personal band!

Bass and drum levels can be adjusted for the perfect mix using the TRIO+'s Bass and Drums knobs. The TRIO+ also features a Simple Bass button which lets you select between 3 bass line modes for busy or simple bass lines.

Pushing the Band Creator™ paradigm further, the TRIO+ also allows you to loop and custom sequence your looped guitar parts to create full songs on the fly. Press the TRIO+'s Looper foot-switch to record a loop along with an unlimited number of overdubs. The Loop level can be individually controlled using the TRIO+'s Loop knob. Loops can be recorded by themselves, operating just like a traditional looper, or along with the band. You can also apply built-in effects to your guitar signal by enabling the TRIO+'s Guitar FX button, or connect your favourite effects to the TRIO+'s FX Send and FX Return jacks.

The TRIO+ provides 12 music genres to choose from including: Blues, R&B, Rock, Alternative Rock, Metal, Pop, Electronic Pop, Hip-Hop, Country, Folk, Latin, and Jazz. 12 song styles are available for each genre and can be selected using the TRIO+'s Style encoder, including selection between 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures.

The TRIO+ can learn up to 5 different song parts, perfect for creating an intro, verse, chorus, bridge and outro. Song parts can be recalled on-the-fly as the song plays back or is pre-programmed as a sequence for automated playback.

An optional DigiTech FS3X Foot-switch can be connected to the TRIO+'s Control In jack for additional hands-free control with 3 modes of operation to select from.

Up to 12 songs along with loops can be stored to the TRIO+'s Micro SD Card which is included in the current street price – typically £249.00 at the time of writing.

(The Trio+ will not work without a Micro SD Card)

Songs and loops can be stored and managed on a computer, using the free Librarian Manager software, available for download from www.digitech.com

The TRIO+ offers independent Tempo, Genre, Style, Loop Level, Bass Level, Drums Level, Headphone Output Level controls; Guitar, FX Return and Control Inputs; Amplifier, Mixer, FX Send and Headphone Outputs; Built-in Guitar Effects (relative to music genre); a Soft Click Foot-switch and includes a 9V DC adapter.

In use, the Trio+ did everything ‘on the tin’ simply and efficiently.

The sounds produced were convincing – this reviewer auditioned the unit through a guitar amp, studio speakers, PA speakers and headphones and in each situation the results were excellent.

Learners at all levels studying music performance and music technology units will find that Trio+ can enable, and motivate them when composing, rehearsing and presenting their material, and should prove to be an invaluable tool to those wishing to present their solo performance skills without the need for an accompanist.

The range of genres and styles provided in presets directly relate to current units at levels 2 and 3 (vocational qualifications) and could give learners easy access to these required styles in practice/development situations.

High quality sockets, switches and potentiometers housed in a sturdy case should ensure long life in the classroom/rehearsal space/performance area.

The facility to save work onto Micro SD Cards will mean that a small number of Trio+ units can serve larger groups of learners, with each learner retaining his/her own card.

Many learners are certain to want to use a Trio+ outside school/college when performing for friends or in more professional situations – it really is that good… Demo

 Recommended for Students at levels 2 and 3.

Features

  • 12 music genres to choose from
  • 12 styles selectable per genre
  • Can learn up to 5 different parts per song
  • Programmable song part intensities for creating song dynamics
  • Programmable song part sequencer
  • 3 bass line modes
  • Built-in Looper with unlimited overdubs
  • Adjustable tempo with Audiolastic time stretching & quick selection of alternate time interpretation
  • Independently adjustable level controls for bass, drums, & loops
  • Built-In guitar effects designed for each genre
  • Amp & mixer outputs
  • FX Loop for connecting external effect pedals
  • 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini headphone output with headphone level control
  • Up to 12 songs with loops can be stored to a Micro SD Card (included)
  • Additional hands-free control available using an optional DigiTech FS3X foot-switch
  • Dual soft touch vacuum switches
  • Rugged design

 

Included Power Adapter and Micro SD Card