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 optimized 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.
- 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 ForIncredibly 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
- 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
- Mac OS X v.10.5.7 or later
- Mac PowerPC G5 or Intel processor
- 2 GB RAM
- Mfr. Part Number: GiO
- UPC or EAN No.: 805676300801
- 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
Perfect for Logic recording
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 Chris V from Marina del Rey
120 of 127 people found this useful
It works and it doesn't.
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 Jeffery J from Murrieta
56 of 70 people found this useful
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 Christopher M from San Antonio
46 of 51 people found this useful
does not work
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 Milan T from Linz
2 of 3 people found this useful
Great for the while it lasted
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 Joel L from Winnipeg
4 of 4 people found this useful
Older product with spotty performance
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 Ed S from Newton
7 of 7 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I plug a microphone into the Gio for recording or do I need to also buy "apogee one"?
- Asked by Marlie D from Fort Mcmurray
- Nov 14, 2010
The Gio does not have a microphone input. For mic, you can use a) the Apogee "One" which has an onbo The Gio does not have a microphone input. For mic, you can use a) the Apogee "One" which has an onboard mic, b) the Apogee "ONE" with an external mic (connected via XLR cable), c) the Apogee "Duet" with 1 or 2 external mics (connected via XLR cable), or d) a separate USB mic such as the "Yeti" from Blue Microphones.
The Gio, Apogee "One", and (of course) a USB mic all connect to the Mac via USB, so you'd need at least 2 USB ports free on the computer if you want to use a Gio plus one of the other USB options.
The Apogee "Duet" connects to the Mac via FireWire, so you would need a Mac with a FireWire port (ie a MacBook wouldn't work, but a MacBook Pro would). …
- Answered by Ken D from Ottawa
- Dec 5, 2010
So do you use your guitar and amp and then through this to record? Or just guitar? Or do you have the option to do either?
- Asked by Jesse B from Castleton
- Feb 25, 2013
If your amp has a direct out you can use that or, if you mic the amp with a dynamic microphone into If your amp has a direct out you can use that or, if you mic the amp with a dynamic microphone into an impedance adaptor into GiO. the purpose is more to use software effects. you can then go out of the gio into your amp. …
- Answered by John R
- Jul 17, 2013
I have a iMac connected to Harmen Karman Soundsticks II, can the GIO be tweaked to play sound into the Soundsticks?
- Asked by Laurence F from Singapore
- May 26, 2013
just use an adaptor and take the input cable from the HK Soundsticks II and plug it into the output just use an adaptor and take the input cable from the HK Soundsticks II and plug it into the output of GiO.
Or set GiO as your input device and the HK II as the output device in your system setup. …
- Answered by John R
- Jul 17, 2013
will i be able to use my apogee GIO with the new FRETLIGHT guitar and garage band?
- Asked by Michael M from Bennington
- Jan 18, 2011
The Fretlight has a standard 1/4" (6.3mm) instrument interface just like any other electric guitar/b The Fretlight has a standard 1/4" (6.3mm) instrument interface just like any other electric guitar/bass, so in theory it should work just as well with GiO and GarageBand as any other electric guitar/bass. As with any other electric guitar/bass, you would connect the 1/4" instrument cable to an amp, or to a computer via a DAC such as Apogee's GiO, ONE, or Duet. …
- Answered by Kenneth D from Ottawa
- Jan 19, 2011