ANAHEIM, Calif.—At Winter NAMM 2016, DigiTech by HARMAN today introduced the DigiTech TRIO+ Band Creator Plus Looper Pedal. The TRIO+ represents a massive step forward in Band Creator Pedal evolution by providing the ability to add synced loops to the automatically generated drums and bass. Like the original TRIO, the TRIO+ listens to what is played and automatically generates bass and drum accompaniments that match the player’s rhythmic feel and chord progressions. Users simply plug a guitar into the TRIO+, select the preferred genre, press the footswitch to teach the TRIO+ the chords and rhythm, then press the footswitch again to start playing with a customized personal band.
“The TRIO+ is born entirely out of demands from the market after the TRIO was first introduced,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech. “We compiled a list of the top five most requested features and made them our priorities for the TRIO+, and I’m proud to say that we’ve incorporated all five into this irresistible new product. The new pedal includes a built-in synced looper, SD Memory Card expansion and we’ve added an FX loop that provides improved operation with existing pedals. Now, one musician can sound like a full band with one TRIO+ pedal. For solo artists, it adds a whole new dimension to their creativity and performance. This is a great tool for any musician who wants to write, practice or jam out with some excellent, always-ready accompaniment.”
The DigiTech TRIO+ provides 12 musical genres to choose from, including Rock, Pop, Country, Folk, Metal, Blues, R&B, Hip Hop, Latin, and Jazz. Up to 12 song styles are available for each genre, and the player can select between 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures. The TRIO+ can learn up to five different song parts—verse, chorus and bridge, for example—which can then be recalled on the fly as the song plays back. Each part has the capability to be programmed for higher intensity, perfect for adding song dynamics when going into choruses and bridges.
The TRIO+ offers total control over the virtual band’s performance. In addition to its Genre and Style selector knobs, the TRIO+’s Bass and Drums controls provide volume adjustment for both instruments, and the Tempo knob locks in the groove. A Simple Bass button has been added and, when selected, this will force the TRIO+ to play a simplified bass line.
The Loop control adjusts the level of your recorded loop and overdubs in the mix. An integrated Micro SD card slot allows for up to 12 songs with loops to be stored to an included 8GB Micro SD card that can be connected via the guitar amplifier input and removed, as needed.
The Alt Time button selects an alternate half-time or double-time setting for each song part. The TRIO+ even provides a selection of built-in effects for your guitar that vary according to the genre selected, letting users play in a power trio, jazz trio or other ensemble at the touch of a button.
The TRIO+ can be connected to a guitar amp or directly into a mixer for use with a PA system. A headphone jack with level control is also included. An optional DigiTech FS3X footswitch can be connected to the TRIO+ for hands-free selection of song parts and styles. The TRIO+ comes with a power supply and its rugged, stage-worthy metal enclosure ensures reliable operation gig after gig and is backed by a one-year warranty.
The DigiTech TRIO+ Band Creator Pedal will be available January 21, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of USD $299.99.
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 28,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.4 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.