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Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac

You Pay: $99.00
Product Highlights
  • Designed for Electric Guitar and Bass
  • Pristine Sound Quality
  • Plug and Play
  • Multicolor LED for Status and Level
  • Made for GarageBand, Logic, MainStage
  • Mac iOS and OS X

JAM from Apogee is a pocket-sized, plug and play interface that brings the legendary sound quality of Apogee to the iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4, and Mac. It allows the guitarist or bassist to interface with the guitar amps and effects in Apple's GarageBand software or other compatible applications.

The digital converter features PureDIGITAL technology which delivers high quality guitar sound for practicing, recording, or just jamming. A status LED on the top panel indicates whether JAM is connected properly while also functioning as an input level indicator. For optimum sound a rotary style wheel is located on the side for easy thumb access.

There's no difficulty involved in setting up or configuring JAM. Just plug it in, open your favorite software, and play away.

PureDIGITAL instrument connection delivers pristine sound quality
Designed for electric guitar and bass
No confusing setup, you can start recording in minutes
Works with GarageBand on iOS devices or with any Core Audio compatible application on a Mac
Control knob allows easy input level adjustment
Multicolor LED for status indication and input level monitoring
Studio quality instrument preamp with up to 40dB of gain
High quality locking output connects directly to iPad and iPhone 4 dock connector port or USB port on a Mac
44.1kHz, 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion
Auto Soft Limit for optimal input level
Powered by connection to iPad, iPhone 4, or Mac
Made in the USA
Converter 24-bit
Sample Rate 44.1kHz
Input 1 x 1/4" TS phone
Output Apogee locking port with supplied cables
Controls Gain knob
Display Multicolor display for status and level indication
Power Requirements Powered via connecting device
System Requirements iOS
iPad2, iPad, iPhone 4
iOS 4.3 and later
GarageBand or other iOS compatible music and guitar applications

Mac
Intel processor
OS X 10.6.4 or later
1GB RAM minimum, 2GB recommended
GarageBand, Logic Pro, MainStage or any Core Audio compatible application
USB 2.0 connection
Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.75 x 1.2 x 0.9" (95 x 30 x 23mm)
Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac
  • 1.6 ft (0.5m) Connection Cable for iPad and iPhone 4
  • 3.3 ft (1.0m) USB Cable
  • Touch Fastener Strip
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Apogee ElectronicsJAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac
     
    4.6

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Good audio (11)
    • Compact (8)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (9)
      • Home studio (7)
      • Home use (3)
      • Performances (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Casual user (3), Novice (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Easy to use, great sound and flexible!

      I was a professional synth programmer and sound designer for many years and have what are considered "pro" ears. I wanted to get a small, portable and flexible audio input...Read complete review

      I was a professional synth programmer and sound designer for many years and have what are considered "pro" ears. I wanted to get a small, portable and flexible audio input device to do some recording into both my iPad and my MacBook Pro. My needs were simple...

      1) Great sound
      2) Self powered
      3) Fast and easy to use
      4) Line in only (not for use with a mic)
      5) Able to accept guitar and synth outputs

      I looked all around at pretty much every "lower level" input device and the JAM fit the bill perfectly in every way. First off it comes with two cables; one that works with USB and any computer and another that mates with the iPad/iPhone.

      I plugged it in and had really high quality signals showing up on the iPad and Mac immediately...no muss...no fuss...just great sound as one would expect from Apogee. The little volume knob and multi-color LED provide all the feedback I need to know that there is signal and how hot it is to avoid overload. I was able to get good volume direct from my Fender Tele as well as my analog modular synths with virtually NO noise...it is really quiet with a clear, articulate sound.

      I can monitor sound via the line outputs from the iPad and/or Mac so that works fine. I have tried other devices with the Mac and I can say I notice increased resolution and detail with the JAM...as I have with other Apogee devices.

      The only concerns I have, if there are any is that the device is plastic (but feels quite sturdy) and the output connenctor to the USB/iPad cables (they provide two) is unique so if I loose the cable thats an issue...so I'll be careful there.

      All in all for both the novice and pro who can deal with a mono in, line level interface you can't go wrong with the JAM. Plug it in and you'll be jamming in no time!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      good, but could be better

      I bought this to work out ideas on my iPad.. The sound is appropriately good, in that it matches the quality of GB on the iPad.But I find the physical design a bit...Read complete review

      I bought this to work out ideas on my iPad.. The sound is appropriately good, in that it matches the quality of GB on the iPad.But I find the physical design a bit clunky and cheap, leaving much to be desired. For $ it should feel more solid than the plastic it is. The connector is not standard and the cable is not a length that lends itself to good placement. I would also hope to see an app that allows me to use the device without GB.Given what's available, however, this is really the only choice for now.

      Reviewed by 18 customers

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      4.0

      Easy to use: it simply works!

      By TimTaToe

      from Eindhoven, NL

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy Controls
      • Good Sound Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Home Use

        Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

        I use it to practice playing my bass guitar using Garageband and Guitar Pro at the same time.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome!!!!!!!

        By OTTER

        from DENVER

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

          HOME STUDIO!

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By Captain Studly

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

              Guitar -> Apogee Jam -> iPhone/iPad -> Agile AmpKit is the perfect bedroom rig. Tons of gain, no feedback, low noise... Perfect.

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              Very simple yet powerful

              By Ed

              from Maple glen, PA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                Unlike others it converts to digital directly as opposed to the analog headphone jack. Only downside is that there is no way to power the iPhone while you're using it. But battery life is very long.

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                5.0

                Solid, flexible, hi-fidelity

                By PatHead

                from Jersey Shore, NJ

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                  The Jam far exceeds the other connectors by Griffin, iRig and the like. No feedback, solid connection to the Pad, and gives my cheaper axes a nice "direct box" punch of fatness. Further, this can connect via USB to computer--no one trick pony here. Apogee's got a great reputation for a reason. Perhaps would like a way to anchor the device to a table when using with the Pad. Works great with GarageBand.

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                  5.0

                  Quality and simplicity

                  By Marty

                  from Quebec, QC

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                      Simple to use, great sound quality. Highly recommended.

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect

                      By Carlos

                      from São Paulo, Brazil

                      About Me Novice

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                        I use this to record my guitar directly onto Garageband, and it works flawlessly!

                        Share this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Good quality

                        By Jeffy

                        from Houston tx

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                          Works well. Good sound quality. Especially with nice headphones.

                          Share this review

                           
                          3.0

                          good, but could be better

                          By joey

                          from burlington, vt

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording

                          Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                          I bought this to work out ideas on my iPad.. The sound is appropriately good, in that it matches the quality of GB on the iPad.But I find the physical design a bit clunky and cheap, leaving much to be desired. For $ it should feel more solid than the plastic it is. The connector is not standard and the cable is not a length that lends itself to good placement. I would also hope to see an app that allows me to use the device without GB.Given what's available, however, this is really the only choice for now.

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Jam just works

                          By Ron the Architect

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ

                            Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                            It just works. Bring up iTunes, plug the Jam into you iPad, your guitar into the Jam - and Rock 'n' Roll - for real!

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                            5.0

                            Adaptable to future connector changes

                            By Guitar wahine

                            from Florida

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                              Use with iPad and iMac with included connectors. Was tough choice between this and iRiffport, but reputation for sound quality and ability to swap connectors if they change in the future were key to my decision. I'm very happy with it!

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Easy to use, great sound and flexible!

                              By ElectroWaste

                              from New York

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                                I was a professional synth programmer and sound designer for many years and have what are considered "pro" ears. I wanted to get a small, portable and flexible audio input device to do some recording into both my iPad and my MacBook Pro. My needs were simple...

                                1) Great sound
                                2) Self powered
                                3) Fast and easy to use
                                4) Line in only (not for use with a mic)
                                5) Able to accept guitar and synth outputs

                                I looked all around at pretty much every "lower level" input device and the JAM fit the bill perfectly in every way. First off it comes with two cables; one that works with USB and any computer and another that mates with the iPad/iPhone.

                                I plugged it in and had really high quality signals showing up on the iPad and Mac immediately...no muss...no fuss...just great sound as one would expect from Apogee. The little volume knob and multi-color LED provide all the feedback I need to know that there is signal and how hot it is to avoid overload. I was able to get good volume direct from my Fender Tele as well as my analog modular synths with virtually NO noise...it is really quiet with a clear, articulate sound.

                                I can monitor sound via the line outputs from the iPad and/or Mac so that works fine. I have tried other devices with the Mac and I can say I notice increased resolution and detail with the JAM...as I have with other Apogee devices.

                                The only concerns I have, if there are any is that the device is plastic (but feels quite sturdy) and the output connenctor to the USB/iPad cables (they provide two) is unique so if I loose the cable thats an issue...so I'll be careful there.

                                All in all for both the novice and pro who can deal with a mono in, line level interface you can't go wrong with the JAM. Plug it in and you'll be jamming in no time!

                                Share this review

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Device!!

                                By JD313

                                from Detroit, MI

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Sound Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                                    Best sounding guitar plug-in for I-pad by far.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Works great

                                    By timd

                                    from Friday Harbor, WA

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                                        Good quality sound. Plug and play - no problems. I use it with my iPhone and Mac Book Pro. It plugs and it plays!

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

                                        Share this review

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Nice and Clear Sound Reproduction

                                        By Spraken

                                        from Springfield Gardens, NY

                                        Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                                        I use this product mainly for my hobby of playing and recording adaptation of songs.

                                        Sound reproduction is clear. Very easy to use. No crosstalk. No noticeable delay. If you do play on iPad or iPhone as a hobby, this probably is the best interface if you want your recordings to be as professional sounding as possible.

                                        Only one thing I didn't like is the plastic enclosure. It looks like it is susceptible to breakage. Other than that I give this equipment a very good rating mainly for what it does.

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Great product!

                                        By dca

                                        from Covington, KY

                                        About Me Casual User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Sleek
                                        • Stylish

                                        Cons

                                        • Flimsy

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Use
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                                        So far I've only used this to screw around on my ipad2 with my electric. Haven't tried recording yet but I love the tones I can get with the presets in garageband. Definitely a good product. The only thing keeping it from earning 5 stars is that it's build is a little on the cheap side. Of course, for [$] you're not getting a titanium shell.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Easiest ever guitar/GarageBand connector

                                        By FlyByWyr

                                        from Miami

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Perfect sound

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                                            The Jam is exactly as described! It worked perfectly straight out of the box and I was jamming on my iPad within a few minutes. Every GB guitarist should buy one today.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

                                            Share this review

                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Small size, Big sound

                                            By TrackaZ

                                            from Brooklyn, NY

                                            About Me Casual User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Sleek
                                            • Transportable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Daily Usage
                                              • Home Use
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about Apogee Electronics JAM - Studio Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4 and Mac:

                                              I surprised how easy this was to plug into my iPad2 and record into garageband. The should quality of the amps in G'band with the Jam rivaled any pedal effects pluggin I've used to date. Great investment for another way of getting your guitar into the digital realm.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal
                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No

                                              Share this review

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