There are very few solutions out there for guitarist/songwriters to develop musical ideas and turn them into full blown arrangements without the need of a computer or laptop recording setup. The Digitech TRIO came out this year at NAMM, a revolutionary device that actually “learns” any progression that you ask it to “hear”. This takes those progressions and creates a bass and drum track to the set progression it has just learned in any of the available styles of music the TRIO has in its bank. This creates a band to play the arrangement that the unit has learned.
The TRIO is not a looper pedal, nor is it and FX pedal. It encompasses those ideas, just not exactly. The “band creator” plays its arrangements in free form as a real musician may play a song they are hearing for the 1st time. Every time the TRIO plays the tracks, they sound humanly realistic with dynamics and progressive transitions when set up appropriately. The unit can learn up to 3 different progressions and can be setup for transition at a push of the pedal.
So a rhythm section that gets it right first time, is always in time and always hits the right notes? Well, forget about it! Once you have played your part you can decide on the nature of the backing track. You can select one of seven music genres (Blues, Pop, Alternative, Country, R&B and Jazz), and choose one of 12 song styles that are available for each genre with options for 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures. You can also speed it up or slow it down and set the relative levels of bass and drums against your guitar.
For practice, it may suit you to have one chord sequence to loop indefinitely, but if you want to build a song section by section, the TRIO has the capacity to learn three different song parts that can be recalled on the fly, although this involves button presses unless you add an FS3X triple footswitch (sold right here at Ant Hill Music).
The Unit in Use
The TRIO can be used with your guitar amp, connected to a mixer, or both. There’s also a headphone output.
Each genre features an optional built-in guitar tone with a touch of ambience, some overdrive/distortion, and speaker emulation for the outputs. You’ll also find a rhythm or lead option, which work just fine in context.
For tempo syncing, you have to hit the footswitch on the beat at the start and end of your playing. Playing a standard 12-bar in G, we’re inspired how it connects and seamlessly plays to so many genres and styles.
There are options for everybody with rhythms featuring straight eighths or 16ths or some swing, and smooth musical basslines that can be sparse or busy. More complex chord sequences works equally well if you stick to major/minor and 7th chords, play simple progressions clearly and in time, the TRIO will always time out a complementary backing track.
DigiTech’s expertise in looping and pitch detection tech has made strides with the TRIO, creating an invaluable practice and songwriting tool to suit players from beginners to pros. And at the price under $200 we offer at Ant Hill Music, there is no way anyone should pass up this unique songwriting tool. If that doesn’t sell it, maybe this great video that put together By Jason Zerbin will:
That’s all the time we have folks today. Be sure to check out our other Line 6 products that we are stocking. Should you have any questions, please let us know and we will be very happy to help. As always, play well… and play on!