DigiTech Debuts TRIO Band Creator: A Band Inside a Stompbox
January 20, 2015
ANAHEIM, California – At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s DigiTech is introducing the TRIO Band Creator Pedal, providing the ability to create a band that plays along with the user. The TRIO Band Creator Pedal listens to what is played and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match chord progressions and rhythmic feel. Users simply need to plug a guitar into TRIO, press the footswitch to teach TRIO the chords and rhythm, then press the footswitch again to start playing with a customized personal band.
“TRIO is like no pedal ever created – it’s an entirely new type of musical accompaniment device,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech. “With TRIO, one musician can now sound like a full band. It’s an incredibly creative and useful performance tool for solo artists, or just a great way to have fun while practicing and jamming.”
The DigiTech TRIO provides seven musical genres to choose from including Rock, Pop, Country, Alternative Rock, Blues, R&B 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. TRIO can learn up to three different song parts – for example, verse, chorus and bridge – which can then be recalled on the fly as the song plays back.
TRIO offers total control over the virtual band’s performance. In addition to its Genre and Style selector knobs, TRIO’s Bass and Drums controls provide volume adjustment for both instruments and the Tempo knob locks in the groove.
The Alt Time button selects an alternate half time or double time setting for each song part. 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.
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.
The DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Pedal will be available in March 2015 at a suggested retail price of $224.95.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.