Apogee GiO

USB Guitar Audio Interface, 24-bit/48kHz Resolution, with 1/4" Instrument Input, 1/4" MIDI Expression Pedal Input, 1/4" Stereo Output, Transport Footswitches, and Stompbox Buttons - Mac
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Apogee GiO
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Record Your Guitar - Stunning Quality, Hands Free!

Check out GiO — the perfect way to record your guitar! This sleek, slender, USB guitar audio interface doubles as a MIDI controller for your Mac. In fact, it's designed to work seamlessly with Apple's Logic Studio, MainStage, and GarageBand. Use GiO to turn virtual stompboxes on and off, just like using a real pedalboard — there's even a record button on it for hands-free recording. Since it's an Apogee, you can expect awesome clarity and dimension: get ready to hear your guitar's true tone. So, plug in, put on your headphones, and get "GiO"-ing!

Apogee GiO USB Guitar Audio Interface and MIDI Controller for Mac at a Glance:

  • Turns your Mac into a pro guitar-recording studio

  • Take control of your guitar tone — hands-free!

Turns your Mac into a pro guitar-recording studio
The made-for-Mac Apogee GiO is your instant solution for recording guitar. Just plug in your axe, plug GiO into your Mac, and get ready to rock. Apogee packed GiO with their legendary analog-to-digital know-how, so you know your guitar tone will stay intact on its way to your computer. Even cooler, GiO acts as a software controller, so you can stomp your way through your guitar effects and amp modeling software.

Take control of your guitar tone — hands-free!
Imagine finding your sound without going back and forth from your guitar to your Mac. With GiO, you can audition effects presets in GarageBand, Logic and MainStage, and turn effects on and off while playing or recording... all without touching your keyboard. GiO also frees you from key-command recording allowing you to concentrate on your performance and not the space bar. The five transport buttons on GiO let you record, play, stop, and quickly navigate thru your track without taking your hands off the neck of your guitar.

Apogee GiO USB Guitar Audio Interface and MIDI Controller for Mac Features:

  • Unbalanced 1/4" high impedance instrument input

  • 1/4" MIDI Expression pedal input
  • Line-level, 1/4" stereo output for headphones, powered monitors
  • or an instrument amplifier
  • A/D and D/A conversion @ 44.1/48kHz, 24-bit
  • 5 Stompbox buttons, dynamically color coded to match software effects
  • 5 Transport control buttons, dynamically lit when engaged
  • 2 "Previous/Next" preset selection buttons
  • Control built into Apple's GarageBand '09, Logic Pro 9, and MainStage 2 software

Apogee GiO USB Guitar Audio Interface and MIDI Controller for Mac System Requirements:

  • Computer: Mac, with an Intel or PowerPC G5 processor

  • Memory: 1GB minimum of installed RAM, 2GB recommended
  • OS: 10.5.7 or greater
  • Apple's GarageBand '09, Logic Pro 9, MainStage 2, Logic Express 9
  • Connection and Power: USB, powered by any available USB port on the computer

Apogee GiO USB Guitar Audio Interface and MIDI Controller for Mac Package Contents:

  • GiO

  • 9.8' USB cable
  • 9.8' 1/4" Stereo to Left/Right RCA cable
  • Apogee Software & Documentation CD
  • QuickStart Guide
The Apogee GiO makes recording guitar easy — and awesome sounding!

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Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB
Form Factor Pedal
Simultaneous I/O 1 x 1
A/D Resolution 24-bit/48kHz
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Bus Powered Yes
Depth 7"
Width 18"
Height 2.5"
Manufacturer Part Number GiO

Customer Reviews

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Rock Solid Piece of Gear

This thing ROCKS!!!! Well worth every penny!! I bought the GiO to use with Apple's Mainstage 2. A quick word on that: Up until now I had a pretty extensive pedal board setup with multiple stomp boxes, and hadn't been able to find the 'perfect sound'... However, Mainstage 2, gives me a huge variety of sound and tweekability! The GiO is a seamless (and compact!!) way to preform live with Mainstage! It is super easy to get up and running and the fact that it is USB powered is just another plus to it's convenience. I haven't used the GiO to record with yet, but the hands-free control for recording is an awesome feature!
Music background: Worship leader

Apogee GiO... Not perfect, but close.

I use Mainstage 2 as my guitar rig (with most of my the sounds from Amplitube 3), and I needed a means of changing patches and adding stomp effects. I was trying to decide between the Apogee GiO and IK Multimedia's StompIO. I decided to go with the GiO for a few reasons: - It's made by Apogee, who is known for their high quality products and sound. - It's powered by the USB bus, so no extra power is required. - It cost less than the StompIO. - It's designed for use with Mainstage 2. Having had the GiO for several months now, I really do like it. The sound quality is excellent, it is built like a tank, relatively small (but big enough for stomping on) and switching sounds in Mainstage 2 is instantaneous. Some negatives about the product are the fact that there is only one input, and the output is an unbalanced headphone jack (so you'll probably need a direct box for connecting to a PA system). If Apogee were to create a version 2.0 of this product, I would recommend that they add a second input for connecting a microphone, balanced outputs, and I would prefer if the patch change stomps were more like the silver stomp buttons. Please note that if you are using Mainstage, it must be Mainstage 2. I was not able to get the GiO to work with Mainstage 1. Overall, I'm happy with the GiO, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a foot controller for Mainstage 2. It also works with Logic Pro and Garageband. I should also mention that Apogee's tech support was very responsive to my questions both before and after I purchased the GiO.
Music background: Hobbyist, Church Musician

Beware of the need for Powered USB!

I am using a 2012 Macbook Pro and this pedal board absolutely needs a powered USB. I bought one and it made my MIDI drivers not work making Pro Tools, Logic, and Mainstage unable to boot up! Also none of the pedals worked...so I exchanged it for a new one and had the exact same issues. Then, I tried it with my powered USB hub and it worked perfectly fine.
Music background: Producer
See also: USB Interfaces, Apogee, Apogee USB Audio Interfaces