Digitech trio plus

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dancsgrv

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Joined: 07/13/14

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I bought this unit because I was a working keyboardist and singer for about 25 years until I gave up the late nights, but I missed playing with a band, and now I have one with this little box. I'm playing guitar now and the Trio is just an awesome practice tool. The Trio band never gets sick of playing the song while I practice! You just play chords and rhythm into it, and it comes up with a drum and bass line for you. Teaching it is kind of a learning curve, and some of my guitars work better than others, must be a difference in the sigmal. It will store five different parts for each song you program for intro, verse, chorus, etc. and you can sequence the parts in any order you want. You can store 12 songs on the mini SD card that comes with it and just change cards when you fill one up. You can download a manager ap to store your songs to computer, which you want to do often because it is kind of easy to erase your work by holding the wrong button down at the wrong time, that's one drawback that exists. Once the drum and bass is established you can change to 12 different music genres, blues, rock, fok, etc. and each genre has 12 differnt styles you can switch to. It's kind of like a sequencer, but MUCH easier and faster to program a song. I can usually do a whole song in less than an hour, some faster, some longer. It aslo has a looper with unlimited overdubs, so you can record rhythms, keyboard parts, backup vocals or whatever to back you up. I have to emphasie that everything is EASY and fast to do. The drum and bass samples aren't stellar, but sound decent. There's also a button to simplify the bass line. The active bass is very active and not appropriate for a lot of songs, but there are two more settings, one a bit less active, and one with simple root notes. There are also volume knobs for the bass, drums, and looper. Only one output for all, so you can't mix or EQ them from a console. Kind of too bad about that, it would be nice to have that ability. It also has a built in guitar effects loop so you can use your multi effects pedal while plugged into the Trio. There's also a tempo knob so you can slow down or speed up your track, loops and all. For me, Digitech just knocked it out of the park with this invention. They packed an awful lot of cool stuff into this $300.00 box and it is a LOT of fun to play with. As a fairly new guitar player, I wouldn't be playing nearly as much if I didn't have this thing to practice to. I feel it has improved my playing a lot! For those on a tighter budget, there is a $150.00 version, but it has only three song parts, less genres, and no looper.

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I bought this unit because I was a working keyboardist and singer for about 25 years until I gave up the late nights, but I missed playing with a band, and now I have one with this little box. I'm playing guitar now and the Trio is just an awesome practice tool. The Trio band never gets sick of playing the song while I practice! You just play chords and rhythm into it, and it comes up with a drum and bass line for you. Teaching it is kind of a learning curve, and some of my guitars work better than others, must be a difference in the sigmal. It will store five different parts for each song you program for intro, verse, chorus, etc. and you can sequence the parts in any order you want. You can store 12 songs on the mini SD card that comes with it and just change cards when you fill one up. You can download a manager ap to store your songs to computer, which you want to do often because it is kind of easy to erase your work by holding the wrong button down at the wrong time, that's one drawback that exists. Once the drum and bass is established you can change to 12 different music genres, blues, rock, fok, etc. and each genre has 12 differnt styles you can switch to. It's kind of like a sequencer, but MUCH easier and faster to program a song. I can usually do a whole song in less than an hour, some faster, some longer. It aslo has a looper with unlimited overdubs, so you can record rhythms, keyboard parts, backup vocals or whatever to back you up. I have to emphasie that everything is EASY and fast to do. The drum and bass samples aren't stellar, but sound decent. There's also a button to simplify the bass line. The active bass is very active and not appropriate for a lot of songs, but there are two more settings, one a bit less active, and one with simple root notes. There are also volume knobs for the bass, drums, and looper. Only one output for all, so you can't mix or EQ them from a console. Kind of too bad about that, it would be nice to have that ability. It also has a built in guitar effects loop so you can use your multi effects pedal while plugged into the Trio. There's also a tempo knob so you can slow down or speed up your track, loops and all. For me, Digitech just knocked it out of the park with this invention. They packed an awful lot of cool stuff into this $300.00 box and it is a LOT of fun to play with. As a fairly new guitar player, I wouldn't be playing nearly as much if I didn't have this thing to practice to. I feel it has improved my playing a lot! For those on a tighter budget, there is a $150.00 version, but it has only three song parts, less genres, and no looper.

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Hi dancesgrv,

Thanks for the review, I didn't even know this was a thing. The fact that it comes up with drums and bass for the user is pretty darn cool.

For those who are wondering, here's the link to Digtech: http://digitech.com/en-US/products/trio

Again, thanks for the review, dancesgrv!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

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Hi dancesgrv,

Thanks for the review, I didn't even know this was a thing. The fact that it comes up with drums and bass for the user is pretty darn cool.

For those who are wondering, here's the link to Digtech: http://digitech.com/en-US/products/trio

Again, thanks for the review, dancesgrv!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

andrew.colomb

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Joined: 10/06/15

Posts: 27

Its a nice bit of kit! Great practise tool.

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Its a nice bit of kit! Great practise tool.

mikejcurtis

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Joined: 02/23/04

Posts: 5

I have been loving this pedal! So many ways to use it. But one thing I am not getting to work and REALLY wish I could is the functionality described on page 26 of the manual. What I read it as saying is if I have my 5 song parts all perfect, and I know my song very well, I can them into the proper sequenceand then layer a loop over the entire sequence. When I try that, it records only the first song part. Continues to play the entire sequence, but the record light goes out at the end of the first song part.

Am I reading the manual wrong? This functionality would add a tremendous capibility to the pedal.

#4

I have been loving this pedal! So many ways to use it. But one thing I am not getting to work and REALLY wish I could is the functionality described on page 26 of the manual. What I read it as saying is if I have my 5 song parts all perfect, and I know my song very well, I can them into the proper sequenceand then layer a loop over the entire sequence. When I try that, it records only the first song part. Continues to play the entire sequence, but the record light goes out at the end of the first song part.

Am I reading the manual wrong? This functionality would add a tremendous capibility to the pedal.

louielouie62

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Joined: 09/13/11

Posts: 1

I too have this unit but I was very disappointed in the fact that it is geared more to the "steel string side" than to the nylon string side. I play mostly Latin and Spanish music (ballads, bolero, vals, Gypsy Kings, etc). A lot of that type music is really a few basic chords, an intro, coda, outro, and finish. But I have to turn the volume on my Yamaha classical with electronics all the way up just to get a few chords picked up by the unit.

Ergo, for my purposes, it has become another gadget gatherung dust in my useless gadget cabinet.I went all out and bought the unit along with the foot switch and the whole nine yards!

#5

I too have this unit but I was very disappointed in the fact that it is geared more to the "steel string side" than to the nylon string side. I play mostly Latin and Spanish music (ballads, bolero, vals, Gypsy Kings, etc). A lot of that type music is really a few basic chords, an intro, coda, outro, and finish. But I have to turn the volume on my Yamaha classical with electronics all the way up just to get a few chords picked up by the unit.

Ergo, for my purposes, it has become another gadget gatherung dust in my useless gadget cabinet.I went all out and bought the unit along with the foot switch and the whole nine yards!

kunkletown99

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Joined: 10/12/18

Posts: 2

I've had the trio for close to a year and love it! It's done wonders for improving my soloing skills...it makes a huge difference to have a backing track to practice soloing over. Plus it has also improved my timing when playing with a band. I highly recommend it as a learning and practicing tool.

Here is a youtube link to one of my latest jam sessions with my trio-created backing tracks...

https://youtu.be/thowMj4NpyQ

And if you want to give the backing track I used in the video a whirl yourself you can do it here...

https://youtu.be/39QRQnSJkNw

I've posted more tracks on my channel too...

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDU0KabyuvuwJPLgzBO-aLg/videos

Rock on guitar friends!

#6

I've had the trio for close to a year and love it! It's done wonders for improving my soloing skills...it makes a huge difference to have a backing track to practice soloing over. Plus it has also improved my timing when playing with a band. I highly recommend it as a learning and practicing tool.

Here is a youtube link to one of my latest jam sessions with my trio-created backing tracks...

https://youtu.be/thowMj4NpyQ

And if you want to give the backing track I used in the video a whirl yourself you can do it here...

https://youtu.be/39QRQnSJkNw

I've posted more tracks on my channel too...

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDU0KabyuvuwJPLgzBO-aLg/videos

Rock on guitar friends!