Trio+ use for live gigs... wish I could change pedal assignments!
I recently got my Trio+ with plans to try to use it live. But, I really don't want to go to all the trouble of recording a ton of song parts (that's a lot of work) and you then have to manage a bunch of SD cards also. I play wineries, breweries and bars for 3-4 hours at a time, and will run through 60 songs and am constantly adding new songs. I just want a little rhythm backing to liven up some of the songs. And need the flexibility to take requests as needed (as long as they're in my repertoire.. I'm over 100 songs now). So, I need a really smart drum machine, but also reliable one, and honestly the Trio+ seems to do it.
So far, the Trio+ seems to be the only one on the market that offers built-in looper, drums AND bass. I looked at the Boss RC-10R, and it looks cool, but it's not quite as "on -the-fly" as the Digitech. I did like that it has multiple parts for your selections, but no bass, and it doesn't "learn" what you're playing.
I've gone through most of my songs and practiced with the different genres and styles to figure out which I want for each song. I get VERY reproducible results if I preselect them each time. For some songs I have to also force ALT Time to either fast or slow. So, I find that as long as I preselect the genre and style, and provide the same input each time, I get the same output each time. In the end, it's just a computer. So, as long as I'm consistent with my input, it gets me the results I want each time.
I have all my setlists on my ipad, and I just added a little note to the top of each song saying something like "alt rock 2, no bass, alt time slow, normal intensity - teach full first verse". I set the dials and buttons, arm the band, start playing the guitar and after a line, or a verse, I have my band. I'm using table top mode and have the Trio+ mounted right in front of me to my mic stand and use the footswitch for start/stop and looping.
If there was a way to store and recall all my songs from the same SD card, I would probably do that. It would be super easy to have just recorded it and called it song #29 , on the ipad, and then select song 29. But, changing out cards all the time... ugh. Plus, I have heard there are issues with your songs getting overwritten. I wonder if you write protect the files if that might help. But, regardless, I don't want to change out SD cards.
The biggest downside is that I can't change footswitch assignments. I'd LOVE to be able to have the center switch select intensity level, rather than change parts, since, I'm not pre-recording ANY parts. During chorus, I would just change intensity (or I might even switch styles, if I could assign "next style" to the pedal). I sent an email to support asking if there was a way to do it, but it seems like Digitech hasn't really been keeping this product up to date. Maybe they're planning on releasing something new. The released the SDRUM, but frankly, I think that thing is not nearly as useful as the Trio+, and has less features.
The other downside is the endings. It would be great if it would let the drums and bass ring out, instead of just cutting out. But, it's livable so far, just not ideal. I modify the endings to accommodate.
So, my song structures I basically need about 30 seconds to read my notes and adjust the Trio+, I start playing with no band, and the band comes in after the first line (sometimes I play a full verse so the band comes in when I start to sing or sometimes I just play the root chord with the appropriate rhythm and use simple bass or no bass), I play the song, then either stop the band on the last chord as I let my chord ring out, I stop it and continue to play a line or a verse without the band. So, no big finished unfortunately. For some songs, i stop the entire band mid song, and then start it again as needed. A little tip, the band doesn't start again til you release the button, not when you press the button. So, I usually do a little 1 beat step on, 1 beat step off as I hit the next guitar chord. works okay. Kinda scared I might accidentally erase the band, but hasn't happened yet.
Anyways, if anybody knows how to hack this thing to change pedal assignments, let me know!