DigiTech Trio+ review

With this band in a box, who needs a bassist and a drummer anyway?

DigiTech Trio+ looper pedal on a wooden floor
(Image: © Future/Matt McCracken)

Guitar World Verdict

A powerful songwriting and practice tool, the DigiTech Trio+ is an incredibly potent way to supercharge your songwriting. Add in versatile connectivity and generous onboard storage and you’ve got a super option to further your creative endeavours.


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    Easy to get up and running

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    Fantastic songwriting tool

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    Separate outs for band and loops

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    Loads of onboard storage space


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    Struggles with odd time/key signatures

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    Band audio quality could be better

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Live looping has come a long way since Robert Fripp’s epic ‘Frippertronics’ performance, with the loop pedal’s journey from an obscure minimalist song creation tool to its mainstream application in rock and pop music being a meteoric rise. While most guitarists have been exposed to the looper as a performance aid via Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall, and Kurt Vile, it actually has a second useful application, as a practice and songwriting tool.

DigiTech’s Trio+ is a looper pedal as you may well be accustomed to, but it’s also a bassist and drummer in a box. Unlike your band’s drummer the Trio+ never misses a beat, nor does its bassist fluff a note, providing a reliable backing for you to flesh out ideas, practice scales, or even come up with full songs.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at.