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The best way to plug your guitar into your Mac

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.

Not compatible with Catalina or above: Read More

*Apogee products are built in the U.S.A. using domestic and foreign parts and components.


  • 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
Apogee GiO

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.

What can you do with GiO?

Guitarist – Studio

Make incredible guitar recordings with GiO, your Mac and the great sounding amps and effects in Logic and GarageBand. For additional channels, also connect any Apogee interface like the Apogee MiC and record guitar and vocals at the same time.

Guitarist – Live

Expand your rig and take your live performance to a new level with GiO, MacBook Air and MainStage, featuring a huge combination of amps and pedal effects, easily selectable with GiO’s foot control.


Ideal for the solo performer playing small venues, GiO MainStage and a MacBook Air give you incredible sound quality for your guitar and backing tracks with minimal gear.

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.

GiO in Action-MainStage

Note: This template requires the latest
GiO software and MainStage version 3

GiO Product Tour

Top Panel

GiO Product Tour- Top

Rear Panel

GiO Product Tour- Rear

Feature Overview

Software Control with GiO

gio-icon-stompStomp 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-icon-instrumentInstrument input

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.

gio-icon-transportHands 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.

gio-icon-expressionpedalMIDI 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.

Apogee GiO Artists

Giles Martin - Grammy Winning Producer, Songwriter, Engineer

Recent Projects: The Beatles' Love Album, The Beatles: Rock Band, Hayley Westenra, Celine Dion
“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”

Mat Mitchell - Producer, Musician

Recent Projects: Puscifer
“Since we are already using MainStage live, the GiO is a great addition. It allows me to switch through my amps and all my pedals through MainStage...everything is integrated and meant to work together, and it does so quite well.”

Bryan Austin - Guitarist

Recent Projects: Clint Black
“I program my sounds and amp combinations for songs and use GiO for switching the stomp box effects from AmpliTube and Guitar Rig. I also use the same setup when I'm in the studio. The GiO fits in like a champ with the rest of my setup. I've had it out with me now for sometime, and it delivers night after night.”

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Apogee GiO Customer Reviews

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.”

From Apple Store



“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.”

From Apple Store

Apogee GiO Press Reviews

Guitar Player - Apogee GiO Review

"It was a joy to work Logic using GiO, as well as to perform onstage with the controller, a Mac- Book Pro, one guitar, and two cables—which all fit into a large gig bag."

Macworld - Apogee GiO Review

"...helps keep your mind on the music instead of the engineering. For those using Logic and Mainstage 2 in live performance, having a pedalboard like this is almost a necessity."

Music Radar - Apogee GiO Review

"It provides fuss-free control over things guitarists want when laying tracks in Logic or GarageBand."