• 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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