Apogee GiO Guitar Interface

Apogee GiO Guitar Interface

$399.95

2.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 10 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    GiO is a revolutionary guitar interface featuring the award-winning sound quality that made Apogee Electronics famous. Designed to work easily with GarageBand, Logic, Final Cut or any Core Audio compliant application, GiO is the perfect addition to your guitar or bass. Take full control Designed to work with the new Logic Studio 9 and MainStage 2, GiO allows you to control recording functions, preset changes and plug-ins like Amp Designer and Pedalboard, along with new Playback and Loopback features in MainStage. With GarageBand, GiO is truly plug-and-play. It lets you quickly connect your guitar, select and control built-in Amps and stompboxes, and record. Truly accurate sound The 1/4-inch instrument input features Apogee's world-class instrument preamp and converters. Hear and record your guitar's true tone straight into GarageBand, Logic and MainStage without compromise. GiO is optimised for all pickup configurations. Input for pedal control On-board Expression control pedal input allows access to traditional effects like wah-wah and volume. You can also control effects parameters like the length of a delay or the speed of a tremolo. (Expression Control Pedal not included.) Convenient USB power GiO is fully powered by the USB connection to your Mac, eliminating the need for an external power source. Simply plug into an available USB port on any Mac and you're ready to go. Superb quality output Hear your guitar and recording like never before thanks to GiO's 24-bit audio at sample rates of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz for pristine, better than CD sound quality. Just connect your headphones, powered monitors or instrument amplifier to Apogee converters via GiO's 1/4-inch stereo output.

  • Highlights

    • Unbalanced 1/4-inch high impedance instrument input
    • 1/4-inch MIDI Expression pedal input
    • Line-level, 1/4-inch stereo output for headphones, powered monitors or an instrument amplifier
    • Five Stompbox buttons, dynamically color coded to match software effects
    • Five transport control buttons, dynamically lit when engaged
    • Two "Previous/Next" preset selection buttons
    • Control built into GarageBand 11, Logic Pro 9, and MainStage 2 software
    • Compatible with any Core Audio compliant audio application
    • Plug-and-play ease with GarageBand and Logic—no setup required
  • Did you notice?

    Revolutionary design offers complete control of all presets, effects and a transport control - all at the tips of your feet. And your instrument will sound recording studio perfect.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Incredibly easy to use with GarageBand, Logic and virtually all Mac compatible software, this one device gives you professional-quality instrument input, stereo output, expression pedal input all with dynamically lit transport control buttons and more.
  • What's in the Box?

    • Apogee GiO
    • USB cable (16.4 ft./5 m)
    • 1/4-in. Stereo to left/right RCA cable (9.8 ft./3 m)
    • Apogee software and documentation CD
    • Quick start guide
  • Tech Specs

    • Input Type: 1/4 Inch Mono
    • Height: 2.5 in./6.4 cm
    • Width: 7.0 in./17.8 cm
    • Weight: 6.5 lb./2.95 kg
    • Length: 18.0 in./45.7 cm
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • Mac OS X v.10.5.7 or later
    • Mac PowerPC G5 or Intel processor
    • 2 GB RAM
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: GiO
    • UPC or EAN No.: 805676300801

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: One year warranty

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (2.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Perfect for Logic recording

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm a songwriter and I compose on guitar as well as keyboard and bass. When I first saw Gio I thought it would be a great way to r I'm a songwriter and I compose on guitar as well as keyboard and bass. When I first saw Gio I thought it would be a great way to record and get to the guitar sounds in Logic but had no idea it would change my entire workflow. Actually it made it just flow.. no work!

    Gio eliminates tons of mouse clicking and trips between the computer and the instrument. Truly hands free recording as advertised. It's totally intuitive to guitarists especially if you’ve used a pedal board... a great extension to bring the virtual power of Logic’s amps and pedals back into the musician’s world. I even had it tucked under my synth to use the transport... didn’t have to turn around to the computer.
    It just all works when you plug it in and the sound output is absolutely pristine.
    Even my acoustic sounds delish through it. This is obviously because of Apogee conversion and pre. The led’s are totally useful to associate with what’s on the screen. Next/Previous buttons work contextually to step through different setups or tracks... Ingenious. It’s also beautiful to look at. Almost too beautiful to step on.

    Seems like there are endless possibilities to assign the buttons to be useful for other things. Computing with your feet... awesome! Makes me wish it worked with iTunes, Photoshop and other programs I use.

    • Written by from Marina del Rey

    119 of 126 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Perfect for Logic recording
  • Fantastic!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this pedal. I works great with GarageBand and MainStage. Currently using it with MainStage 1 which requires a bit more setu I love this pedal. I works great with GarageBand and MainStage. Currently using it with MainStage 1 which requires a bit more setup, but works like a charm. The I/O processing in the pedal is amazing. I never had any latency issues even when I really push it. Running it off a Unibody MacBook Pro 2.53 ghz with 4 GB of RAM. Getting great tone out of MainStage and have at this point abandoned my previous amp setup. Wish it had a built in expression pedal but will be buying M-Audio Midi expression pedal soon.

    • Written by from San Antonio

    45 of 50 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Fantastic!
  • It works and it doesn't.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a very good product. I have used it about 2 months now. It works great with Logic and Garageband, but not at all with Mains It's a very good product. I have used it about 2 months now. It works great with Logic and Garageband, but not at all with Mainstage. After spending about 45 minutes on the phone with an Apogee tech support person and another 20 minutes with an apple tech, they just couldn't figure out why it didn't work with Mainstage. I removed and re-installed Mainstage, re-installed the drivers for the Gio and still, it just didn't work. Like I said, though, it works like a charm in Logic and Garageband. Biggest adjustment I've had to make is to keep my hands off the computer and use the Gio for what it's made for. Which is to c control the software. Very rugged construction. All in all, I can live with it not working on Mainstage since I'm much more comfortable working with Logic. It may work for you, I just happened to get one that didn't.

    • Written by from Murrieta

    54 of 68 people found this useful

    Was this useful? It works and it doesn't.
  • does not work

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I am not silly, but just could not get it running
    then I read some reviews- lotta people got the same problems, and nobody can so I am not silly, but just could not get it running
    then I read some reviews- lotta people got the same problems, and nobody can solve them
    something deep inside must be wrong
    got tired of it, gave it away

    • Written by from Linz
    Was this useful? does not work
  • Great for the while it lasted

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Apogee GiO was a good buy for the first couple months. However now there are some problems with the recording and playback but The Apogee GiO was a good buy for the first couple months. However now there are some problems with the recording and playback buttons not firing correctly. Even using the forward and back is not useful as it will skip over two measures of recording instead of one which has made me go back to the track pad for editing. I'm in the process of looking for fixes, but you might want to consider comparing prices for interfaces as well.

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    3 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great for the while it lasted
  • Older product with spotty performance

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm a bass player and I've had this pedal for three full months. I use it in weekly rehearsals, have been recording with it, and h I'm a bass player and I've had this pedal for three full months. I use it in weekly rehearsals, have been recording with it, and have played through it at eight live shows. I use it with MainStage 3.

    When the GiO works as intended, it's great. I like the customizability. I use the concert template you can download and alter it to suit my needs. After a couple weeks fiddling I found the right places for me to put various amps and effects.

    Here's the reason for two stars: this is an older product that doesn’t seem to work with modern hardware and software for the price they're asking.

    Depending on when I plug in the USB cable, it not only crashes MainStage, it prevents it from reopening until I reinstall the GiO driver, which of course requires a restart of the computer. Then, if I forget to unplug the GiO before there restart, it once again kills MainStage, and I have to run the reinstall process over. This has happened to me in a live setting, which means I wouldn’t recommend anyone drop the money on it.

    The other main problem is that it doesn’t like USB 3.0, so if you have that, the lights don’t work. There’s a workaround where you buy and plug in through a USB 2.0 hub. Hardly ideal if that workaround actually worked – sometimes it does – but usually I just have a row of unlit buttons, and I have to turn around to look at my computer screen in the middle of a performance to see if an effect is active or not. Kind of defeats half the purpose of having a controller.

    Good when it works, but it often doesn’t. Wouldn’t recommend it.

    • Written by from Newton

    5 of 5 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Older product with spotty performance

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