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Music Gear Review: DigiTech TRIO+ Band Creator Plus Looper Pedal

The TRIO+ Band Creator Pedal, like the original music gear, listens to what is played into its Input jack and automatically generates bass and drum accompaniments appropriate to the “played in” rhythmic feel and chord progression. The TRIO+ has a built-in synced looper, a removable SD Memory Card in an expansion card slot (for storing recorded loops, song info and users preferences) and an FX loop that works with any pedal.

Simply plug a guitar into the TRIO+ and select any of 12 genres including: Rock, Pop, Country, Folk, Metal, Blues, R&B, Hip Hop, Latin and Jazz. Then press the Band footswitch to “teach” the TRIO+ the chords and rhythm feel. TRIO+ is a fast learner and pressing the footswitch again you’ll hear and then can play along with a freshly minted bass guitar part and drum beat.

There are green LEDs surrounding the Style knob to indicate the useable styles to fit your particular playing and the genre—but that didn’t stop us from checking out contrasting Styles and getting some pretty quirky music going.

The TRIO+ can learn up to five different song parts—separate chord progressions and rhythms suitable for verses, choruses or bridges. After TRIO+ has learned your music, you can speed it up/down to twice or half as fast as the original learned tempo making the TRIO+ an obvious teaching tool.

Complete with world-ready power supply, the DigiTech TRIO+ Band Creator Plus Looper Pedal sells for $299.99 MSRP and makes an excellent tool for songwriting, practice or casual gigs.


BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contribut- ing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com