Apogee GiO: guitar-friendly interface for Logic Studio

Apogee GiO: use it with Logic or GarageBand.
Apogee GiO: use it with Logic or GarageBand.

Apple's launch of a new version of Logic Studio yesterday certainly came as a surprise to us, but it's clear that Apogee has been in the loop for a while. Just as the software was being announced, it revealed that it's readying GiO, a new Logic-specific audio interface/foot controller.

Designed for use by guitarists, this enables hands-free recording and control of several of Logic Studio's key new features. These include Amp Designer, Pedalboard, and MainStage 2's Playback and Loopback plug-ins. GiO is also compatible with GarageBand '09.

Apogee gio

Apogee gio

GiO's detailed specs are as follows:

• Unbalanced 1/4-inch high impedance instrument input
• 1/4-inch MIDI Expression pedal input
• Line-level, 1/4-inch stereo output for headphones, powered monitors or an instrument amplifier
• A/D and D/A conversion at 44.1/48kHz, 24-bit
• 5 Stompbox buttons, dynamically colour-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

Apogee gio

Apogee gio

Commenting on GiO's launch, Apogee CEO Betty Bennett said: "Our Mac-only focus has allowed us to offer highly refined, innovative products, and give our customers an incredible experience.

"With GiO, users of the new Logic Studio and GarageBand '09 have amps, stompboxes, recording control and legendary Apogee sound right at their feet, whether they're in the studio, at home, or on stage."

GiO is expected to be released in September priced at $395.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.