“I was really excited about GiO because I knew what level of quality to expect from an Apogee product. I was blown away with how cool this interface was once I started to play around with it. It's what recording guitarists have been waiting for”
Rock your Mac
with incredible guitar tone
Apogee GiO is a studio quality guitar interface that turns your Mac into the ultimate guitar rig for recording, rehearsing, or performing live on stage. GiO unlocks total control of the virtual guitar amps and effects in GarageBand, Logic, and MainStage through a single foot controller and professional audio interface. Easily turn effects on and off, select presets and control recording functions without ever letting your hands leave your guitar. With Apogee’s industry-leading conversion and preamps, you won’t need to lug around an amp or other heavy gear to sound amazing.
Who is GiO for?
GiO is great for any guitar player with a Mac looking for a wide variety of virtual amps, effects and guitar tones for recording, rehearsing, or live performance. It’s easy to connect GiO and start rocking.
- Studio quality guitar interface for recording, rehearsing,
or live performance
- Advanced AD/DA converters and instrument preamp
technology deliver your guitar’s true tone
- Designed specifically for electric guitar and electric bass
- Optimized for active and passive pickups
- GiO’s excellent signal quality optimizes the sound
of virtual amps and effects
- Hands free recording, effects on/off and preset selection
- Can be used with guitar amp, headphones and powered speakers
From the studio to the stage, GiO gives you all access to the amps, effects and recording in Logic Pro, MainStage, and GarageBand
Designed to work with the new Logic and MainStage, GiO allows guitar players to control recording functions, preset changes and plug-ins like Amp Designer and Pedalboard, along with the new Playback and Loopback features in MainStage.
GiO in Action: MainStage
Apple’s MainStage and GiO allow you to build a custom guitar rig with a wide selection of amps and effects pedals for complete and effortless control of your live performance. The input and outputs on GiO utilize Apogee’s famous audio conversion, providing a pure digital connection to the virtual amps and effects in MainStage.
Apogee has a template available for MainStage 3 that makes it easy to use GiO and a Mac for live performance. GiO users with MainStage can download the template below to riff with some Apogee selected presets. The template also features a looper and is setup to automatically work with GiO, so all you need to do is download the template, click to open and go.
Note: This template requires the latest
GiO software and MainStage version 3
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Software Control with GiO
Stomp on it. Effects control
without the mouse.
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.
Inputs and Outputs with GiO
GiO’s 1/4” instrument input features Apogee’s world-class instrument preamp and converters. Hear and record your guitar’s true tone straight into Apple’s Logic, MainStage and GarageBand software without compromise. GiO is optimized for all pickup configurations from the most basic single coil to sophisticated active electronics setups.
Hands free recording.
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 thru your track without taking your hands off the neck of your guitar.
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). Approved expression pedals include: Yamaha FC-7 and Roland EV-5
“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.
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 1/4” stereo output and listen to your guitar and mix with incredible clarity and dimension.
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Everything I hoped it would be
“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.”
From Guitar Center
Perfect for Logic recording
“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 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.”