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Apogee GiO USB Guitar Interface and Controller (Mac)

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The Apogee GiO is the complete guitar interface for Apple's Logic Studio 9, MainStage 2 and GarageBand '09. Combining effects control, recording functions and amazing sound quality, the GiO delivers t... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Apogee GiO is the complete guitar interface for Apple's Logic Studio 9, MainStage 2 and GarageBand '09. Combining effects control, recording functions and amazing sound quality, the GiO delivers total access to incredible sounding guitar amps and effects in a single foot controller and audio interface.

Designed to work with the Apple Logic Studio 9 and MainStage 2, GiO allows guitar players to control recording functions, preset changes and plug-ins like Amp Designer and Pedalboard, along with Playback and Loopback features in MainStage. With GarageBand '09, Apogee GiO is truly plug-and-play pedal and lets users quickly connect their guitar, select and control built-in amps and stompboxes, and record.

Stomp on it. Effects control without the mouse.
Find 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.

Hands-free recording.
Apogee GiO 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 through your track without taking your hands off the neck of your guitar.

"Next" preset please.
Previous and Next preset select buttons let you quickly audition and toggle between guitar amps and effects presets in Logic and GarageBand and the patch lists in MainStage.

Instrument input
GiO's ¼" instrument input features Apogee's world-class instrument preamp and converters. Hear and record your guitar's true tone straight into Apple's GarageBand, Logic and MainStage without compromise. The Apogee GiO is optimized for all pickup configurations from the most basic single coil to sophisticated active electronics setups.

MIDI Expression pedal input
GiO's Expression control pedal input allows access to traditional effects like wah-wah, and volume. Also, control effects parameters like the length of a delay or the speed of a tremolo. (Expression Control Pedal not included)

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.

Output: Headphones, monitors or instrument amplifier
Hear your guitar and recording like never before. Connect your headphones, powered monitors or instrument amplifier to Apogee converters via GiO's ¼" stereo output and listen to your guitar and mix with incredible clarity and dimension.


  • Unbalanced ¼" high impedance instrument input
  • ¼" MIDI Expression pedal input
  • Line-level, ¼" 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
System Requirements
  • Computer: Mac, with an Intel or PowerPC G5 processor
  • Memory: 1 GB minimum of installed RAM, 2 GB 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
Pro Coverage
Hardware warranty:

APOGEE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION warrants this product to be free of defects in material and manufacture under normal use for a period of 12 months. The term of this warranty begins on the date of sale to the purchaser. Units returned for warranty repair to Apogee or an authorized Apogee warranty repair facility will be repaired or replaced at the manufacturer's option, free of charge.

All units returned to Apogee or an authorized Apogee repair facility must be prepaid, insured and properly packaged. Apogee reserves the right to change or improve design at any time without prior notice. Design changes are not implemented retrospectively, and the incorporation of design changes into future units does not imply the availability of an upgrade to existing units.

This warranty is void if Apogee determines, in its sole business judgment, the defect to be the result of abuse, neglect, alteration or attempted repair by unauthorized personnel.

The warranties set forth above are in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and Apogee specifically disclaims any and all implied warranty of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The buyer acknowledges and agrees that in no event shall the company be held liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, or for injury, loss or damage sustained by any person or property, that may result from this product failing to operate correctly at any time.

USA: Some states do not allow for the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damage, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state.

Software warranty:

Limited Warranty. Apogee Electronics warrants for a period of ninety (90) days from your date of purchase that (i) the media on which the Software is recorded will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, and (ii) the Software as provided by Apogee Electronics will substantially conform to Apogee's published specifications for the Software.

Apogee Electronics' entire liability and your sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the foregoing limited warranty will be, at Apogee Electronics' option, replacement of the media, refund of the purchase price or repair or replacement of the Software.


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Everything I hoped it would be

By Grant

from Indianapolis, IN

Comments about Apogee GiO USB Guitar Interface and Controller (Mac):

I bought this not really for recording but for controlling Mainstage 2. The possibilities are endless with the amp designer and pedalboard designer in Mainstage. The Gio is a very solid piece of equipment. Once Logic 9 was installed, I plugged it in and was controlling Amp presets within seconds. Very easy to use and the footswitch lights are extremely helpful as different colors tell you what type of effect it controls. I've had no issues whatsoever with losing connections or anything like the previous user had. Also had no issues with the product arriving on time. Overall a great product that I'm going to recommend to other friends with Logic 9.

(6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Not there yet

By Dear Daddy

from Middletown

Comments about Apogee GiO USB Guitar Interface and Controller (Mac):

It took 3 months for my GiO to arrive! I pre-ordered it and was super excited to use the new controller. I over looked the fact that it took 3 months to arrive...when it did finally arrive, it didn't work. The device kept losing power. I hooked it up to several computers, even used a powered USB strip. No love, every time you would step on a toggle switch, a "midi" connection was lost to the Mac. The concept is amazing, and for the 2 seconds it worked it showed major promise. This might be cool for in studio work, but don't entertain the idea of using this at a gig. It's not worth the headache :( Bummer

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Good looking consumer-level product

By Jon

from St Paul

Comments about Apogee GiO USB Guitar Interface and Controller (Mac):

Apogee makes some of the best audio interfaces around. This device is no exception. Very clear and detailed sound. The problem is that it is very difficult to run this device along with other interfaces at the same time. I even created an "aggregate device" in logic and still had problems. The colored lights are cool looking but not practical. After two days the buzz wears off and you will be looking for some real visual feedback from your pedal. Degrees of color contrast do not explain what setting or patch you are presently using, especially if you have similar duplicate settings. I would have liked a screen or some numbers. The switches are spongy and do not inspire confidence. I found it hard to not trigger bank changes (the triangle buttons on the ends) when stepping on the patch buttons (the round buttons). Magazine articles keep stating that this is "plug and play" and it is simply not true. By itself maybe, but who uses just one device at a time? Most likely you will have a mixer or at least a microphone also plugged in. A cool, space age design that does not add up to a professional level floorboard. I predict that this is a big seller at the Apple Store, not Guitar Center, if you get my drift. I sent it back and got a Line 6 Shortboard MX2 that does the midi switching for half the price and is much better designed. The Line 6 does NOT have an audio interface but I could not get the audio interface to work on the GIO and my other audio devices at the same time anyways. A good buy for a person who uses no other devices and just wants to play around with their guitar and some virtual pedals.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Not cheap but solid peice of hardware

By David

from Alexandria, VA

Comments about Apogee GiO USB Guitar Interface and Controller (Mac):

Using the GiO with an iMac, this is a great peice of hardware for working with GarageBand. I don't notice any delay when monitoring my Guitar through the amp simulations. The floorboard lets you control the tracking/recording and switch pedals on/off. You'll still have to tweak the pedals with the mouse but thats no different than having to reach down to turn the dials in real life. Just got mine this weekend but it seems built to last. Wish they had included a second channel for a microphone.

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