• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Fantastic... When It Works.... Pretty much never works.

    I was trying to use Apogee Gio with Apple MainStage. It has ruined my life. The patches sound so good. Constant midi recognition problems. Constant crashes. I have put in soooo many hours trying to get this to work, but there is just no way. I wouldn't buy MainStage or Gio.

    Do yourself a huge favor: Don't buy Apogee Gio or MainStage.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Gio changed how I play guitar

    Seriously, this is the best tool for a guitarist in the digital age. Combined with Logic Pro X and MainStage you get the best of both worlds, any sound combination you could think of and an amazing foot controller to interact with it. If you are thinking of using your Mac to record guitar or play live this is your device. The mapping was automatic in Logic, but I did have to do a little work in MainStage because I had everything setup to be controlled a bluebox.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 solve them
    something deep inside must be wrong
    got tired of it, gave it away

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. When using it with MainStage, it most of the time doesn't work and makes it so none of my other DAWs (logic, pro tools) work either. Basically when I plug it in (even to a powered USB hub) my DAWs freeze at initializing MIDI.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    My GIO no longer controls play/record in garageband but simply turns the effects pedals on/off. It suddenly stopped working and no matter what I do, reboot etc won’t start working. In addition to the problems (originally) described below when I try play/record it ‘bounces’ on for a second then shuts off as if the switch just cycles on /off . It will not come on and stay on, very frustrating!

    Do I just have a defective Unit or are there others in the community experiencing problems with GIO?

    What are the reviews on this product? Does it work ( with GarageBand ). My Unit is brand new and I have a new iMac and all the latest software.

    I must send this Unit back it it’s defective!!

    Please read below my initial problems with the Unit….

    My GIO hangs up and no longer responds to Garageband.

    Especially if I leave it plugged in. If I leave it plugged in it will jam up other apps.

    Upon startup it doesn't respond if I plug it in and press OK in the 2 dialogs. I have to quit garageband and re-open garageband, this cannot be normal.

    Expected behavior would be to have the GIO control and respond to garageband if they are both up and running. THis is not the case, I have to plug the GIO Unit in and out and reboot Garageband to get it working. If I leave it for awhile it loses connection as well.

    My Software is all current my iMac is new but I haven't done any software updates for the GIO.

    GIO Firmware = v1.00
    GIO ser# = GPAP006868
    GIO MIDI Driver = v1.0.1
    GIO Daemon = v1.6.15

    GarageBand (11) = v6.0.4(427.84)

    Mac OS X i7 = v10.7.5

    What can we do to get GIO to operate as it should, it's very frustrating since it's supposed to be a device that controls garageband therefore should be easy to engage and startup.

    Do I need to update any software? Why does the GIO freeze up and fail to start after pressing OK on the 2 driver dialogs?

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    It would be good if it worked as it shall. But it does not. I get constant problems with contecting to my Mac Pro - one time it is not switching the patches, one time it is not doing anything etc. And there are permanent cracks in the sound output that are very annoying. This apparently happens to few more people as I read on the net. I ditched it. Next time I will want to waste 400 bucks I find a toilet instead ...

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The greatest

    If you are recording guitar on your Apple this is what you want. I am currently using it on garage band and I can do everything with my feet. It works great and is plug and play. There is no latency in my recordings and it is easy to use. Didn't even have to read the manual and I am certainly not a tech kind of guy. It is kind of pricey but I think it is worth it. Apogee says it will work with all of the Apple based recording software.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    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.

    48 of 53 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    57 of 71 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    125 of 132 people found this useful