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.