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  • JAM by Apogee Brings Studio Quality Guitar Input to iPad, iPhone and Mac


    GarageBand is being released next week and with it, a whole new way of recording audio on the iPad. The iPad 2 includes the same built-in microphone as the pervious version, but recording audio with it hasn’t always produced the best sounding results. If you really want to capture high quality audio, then you have to use another device in conjunction with an iPad to do so. That’s where Apogee’s new JAM comes in. JAM is a studio quality input for iOS devices and it’s also compatible with the Mac as well.

    At last Wednesday’s Apple event, you may have noticed that a guitar was plugged into an iPad 2 in the demo video that was presented. This was Apogee’s latest guitar interface, JAM. The unit includes a studio quality instrument preamp with up to 40dB of gain. It also includes a gain control knob on the side of the device for easy adjustments on the fly. This is a plug and play device so you’ll be recording in no time.

    JAM has been designed with the guitarist in mind, but it should work equally well with other devices that can plug into a ¼-inch input. The device has also been optimized for use with guitar pickups and features an auto “Soft Limit” so you get the highest quality recordings every time. JAM also features a multicolor status LED where Blue indicates that the device is powered on, but not yet ready for use, Green indicates that it’s ready to record, and Red indicates the recording level is too high, or clipping.



    JAM is not just limited to iOS devices, however, as it includes a USB port that can be used with a Mac’s USB port as well. This makes it more versatile than similar devices from other manufactures. JAM is small, light and can easily fit into any musician’s gear bag.

    JAM differs from competitors such as IK multimedia’s iRig, by plugging into the iPad’s 30-pin connector. The iRig on the other hand, connects through the headphone jack instead. While this approach does offer the advantage of being able to power the device while it’s recording, it doesn’t offer the highest possible sound quality. JAM features what it calls, “PureDIGITAL technology” that ensures the highest possible guitar tone every time. Apogee’s JAM will be available March 31 for $99, just in time for the release of GarageBand (well almost).

    Source: Apogee Electronics
    This article was originally published in forum thread: JAM by Apogee Brings Studio Quality Guitar Input to iPad, iPhone and Mac started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Nyra98's Avatar
      Nyra98 -
      Sweet
    1. MayoWarrior13's Avatar
      MayoWarrior13 -
      Cools :]
    1. Colray82's Avatar
      Colray82 -
      Thats cool
    1. plumoso's Avatar
      plumoso -
      Super sweet-cool
    1. Micara57's Avatar
      Micara57 -
      I've been waiting for something like this to come out.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I wish I had a need for it
    1. xpate's Avatar
      xpate -
      Love my iRig, especially the crank bench crunch effects. It is an awesome addition to my IPad. I will for sure get one of these JAM inputs, especially if apple doesn't come out with their rumored MIDI interface for the 30 pin connector. This whole GarageBand release is too cool. I am already running Moog and Korg synths and assorted drumkits. Wonder how all of this and Amplitube will interface into GarageBand, can't wait to find out!

      I must admit, Apple continues to surprise
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Nice for the budget user i guess. I just use my Motu UltraLite Mk3
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I'm excited to see what ppl make with the updated Garageband.
    1. xpate's Avatar
      xpate -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      Nice for the budget user i guess. I just use my Motu UltraLite Mk3
      Guess you just rig up your firewire to iPad magic cable

      Thread is about iPad, not Mac/PC I/O options. And BTW, at 60,000 yen, your mark of the unicorn box is considered "budget", lol at least here in Nippon
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      I sure wish they'd incorporate the ability for me to use my MOTU with iOS devices!
      True simultaneous multitrack recording.
      Granted, might be rather short songs if limited to recording to the iDevice's memory.
      Sure, I can just use my laptop for location recording, but how slick would it be if I could just wip out my phone or iPad...
      Being a drummer, i need more than just left/right I/O.
      Non musicians/audio engineers pry won't ever understand.
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      That means i can learn how to play guitar with my ipad, wich i need to get first, and a guitar.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nautical79 View Post
      That means i can learn how to play guitar with my ipad, wich i need to get first, and a guitar.
      You can doo it! Get that freakin' iPad!
    1. iphonogasm's Avatar
      iphonogasm -
      So is this gonna be the official apple version of garageband? Is there a release date?

      Cheers
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by xpate View Post
      Guess you just rig up your firewire to iPad magic cable

      Thread is about iPad, not Mac/PC I/O options. And BTW, at 60,000 yen, your mark of the unicorn box is considered "budget", lol at least here in Nippon
      you're an idiot and make no sense. re-read. better yet i've copy pasted for your laziness.

      "....JAM is a studio quality input for iOS devices and it’s also compatible with the Mac as well."
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      What about an interface so I can use one of my nice phantom powered condenser mics...that would be cool.