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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Digitech Trio v1 revisited.

Mick Reid
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Oct 21st, 2018 01:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a chance to get a NIB Trio (not the Plus) for a very reasonable price.

Some of the video demos have me wondering about the quality of the bass & drum sounds, especially the bass.

Any owners/users have any opinions there?
Do they sound better IRL?

I did notice some of the bass sounds were better than others through the range of "Genres".
Also, I know it's recommended to upgrade the firmware for a better range of functions and bass performance.

Drum sounds overall I thought were pretty good. At least as good as my NUX Looper and my Zoom R8 recorder.

I poo-pooed the Plus when I tried it last year but that was more on the "learning" side than the the sound quality, and I don't think I gave it a fair shake either.
I'm re-thinking my position now.

Any advice?


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Oct 21st, 2018 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don’t think mine sounds great. It’s OK at best. It’s just a fun practice tool.

If you get one, do the firmware update. IIRC it allows for some slower, more simple bass lines. I didn’t even play mine until I did the firmware update.

Mick Reid
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Oct 21st, 2018 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the input Leftee. I’m only looking at it for practice tool like you.

The firmware update allows for “simple mode” (like the Plus) and is also supposed to keep the bass within the lower register.


Leftee
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Oct 21st, 2018 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah... that was it. It's been a while.

It is a fun thing.

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Oct 21st, 2018 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have one and like it for what it's designed to do: it's a great practice tool for timing, etc., as well as a "musical sketch pad" for working out chord progressions and arrangements. Pair it with a looper, and you can layer other instruments on it.

If you expect bass and drums that are recording-quality, you'll be disappointed. It's about the same as Band In A Box as far as sound quality goes, because it does sound mechanical.

It's good enough to make up demos to share with bandmates so they can work on their parts in arrangements, but it's not good enough for demos to sell a song to a record company.

Mick Reid
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Oct 21st, 2018 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

"If you expect bass and drums that are recording-quality, you'll be disappointed."

"It's good enough to make up demos to share with bandmates..."

Yeah, that's what I remember from trying the Plus last year.
I already have a good looper and the T+'s are nearly 3 times the price than I can get the standard Trio for here.
Thanks, I'm getting closer to convincing myself.

I won't be able to play with our human bass & drum players until December, so this might scratch an itch.


stinger22

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Oct 21st, 2018 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Had one and found that by the time I got a good backing track that fit what I wanted to do and then played it a couple of times and then could not save it it was a waste of time and energy.

Mick Reid
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Oct 21st, 2018 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmmmm... didn't know about the inability to save.

I thought that was part of the purpose of the USB port. So you export to a computer.

Bummer. That could be the deal breaker.


twangdoodles

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Oct 22nd, 2018 05:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Can't remember if you can use the usb port that way but you can always rig something up via the headphone jack or regular output. I've run mine into my looper with success.

Here's an old thread with my two cents:

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Mick Reid
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Oct 22nd, 2018 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks twang. I remember that thread now.
There are couple others too IIRC. Think I'll do a search.

I guess one way to save things would be to record it in real-time into my DR after, but that might just creating extra work in the long run.


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Oct 22nd, 2018 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

To me (IMO, etc.) this device is part gimmick, part tool. It tips more toward the gimmick side. I like mine, but I'm glad I got it cheap.

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Oct 23rd, 2018 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have the Trio + and you can definitely save "songs". Might be worth a look if you can find a used one....and I'm quite sure you can.

Mick Reid
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Oct 23rd, 2018 11:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks walshb.
The Trio Plus costs nearly 500 bucks here. Not worth it to me for what it does and what I would do with it.
I can get an original NIB Trio for 149.
If it had the ability to save, I'd probably go for it, but I'm totally off the idea now.


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Oct 24th, 2018 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think I gave $49 US for mine (new). I don’t think I would have been happy if I had paid more.

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