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Apogee JAM Studio-Quality Guitar Input for iPad, iPhone and Mac
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- PureDIGITAL instrument connection for pristine sound quality
- Designed specifically for electric guitar and electric bass
- No configuration, just plug in and play
- Made for GarageBand, Logic, and MainStage, Works with iPad, iPhone 4 and Mac
- MFi certified by Apple "Made for iPod/iPad/iPhone for absolute compatibility
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JAM brings the legendary sound quality of Apogee to iPad®, iPhone® and Mac for just $99. Now guitarists can have a pocket-sized, plug in and play interface at an unprecedented price and experience ultimate tone with the guitar amps and effects in Apple’s GarageBand software or other compatible applications. JAM is a premium digital converter and instrument preamp featuring Apogee's PureDIGITAL technology. PureDIGITAL means no noise just great guitar tone. You will notice the sonic difference between JAM and other similar products immediately. It’s easy to tell if JAM is connected properly by the status LED on the top panel. If it’s green, you are ready to rock and the light becomes your input level indicator. If it turns red, you are rocking too hard and you need to turn your gain down with the control knob. JAM features an input gain control knob. This rotary style wheel is conveniently located on the side of JAM for easy thumb access and allows you to dial in the level of your guitar without accessing software. There’s no difficult set up or configuration with JAM. Just plug in, open your favorite software and rock out.
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The Jam is small enough to carry anywhere with you, it's about the size of a Mars bar (other delicious and chocolatey mid-meal snacks are available) and will easily fit in your pocket.
The input latency is negligible, not really noticeable. I've tested this with an iphone and a bluetooth speaker to see if it's a viable portable amp and effects solution and if you use a 3.5mm cable between the phone and the speaker then it is pretty good, there's a little latency but as long as you've got the speaker volume up so you can't hear your guitar strings then it is perfectly playable - using bluetooth does increase the latency considerably and for me makes it unworkable.
There's a couple of things about this interface that have caused me mild irritation and it's not the Jam itself.
1. The Jam has been around for years which is a good testament to it's quality however it was released before the lightning connector was introduced and, I believe, it still ships with just a Jam-to-USB and Jam-to-30pin connector cable, this means that if you've got the iPhone 6 or newer and a recent iPad you'll need to buy either the Jam-to-Lightning cable APOGEE JM-1MLIGHT JAM CABLE IPAD LIGHTNING 1M Audio interfaces USBwhich costs just shy of £35* for the 1m version on Amazon (I bought this so I can verify that it works), or the 30pin-to-lightning adaptor (be sure to get the official version) which is going for £25 on the Apple website (I haven't got this so I can't be 100% sure that it works.)
For a while after the lightning interface was introduced Apogee were offering a free lightning cable to customers who had already bought the Jam so why isn't it shipping with it now? It seems terribly expensive for a short cable but they've really got you by the short and curlies once you've committed to buying this interface. If you factor in the extra cost of the lightning cable then really you've got to look at this interface as costing £112.99. Some of the other guitar interfaces at this price point become more attractive such as the Line 6 Sonic Port Line 6 CSONICPORT Guitar Audio Interfacefor just under £100*, the iRig Pro IK Multimedia 90036 iRig Pro Universal Midi- / Audio Interface for iPad / iPhone / Mac which offers midi and xlr phantom power mic input for just under £120* and the Jam 96k APOGEE JAM 96K Audio interfaces iPhone - iPad for around £125*.
I did try to use a female-to-female USB adaptor to try and connect the Jam-to-USB and USB-to-lightning together to see if it would work with an iPhone 6; it didn't.
2. The second niggle is to do with compatibility with other OS's. I know this is specifically designed to work with Apple products but it would be nice for Apogee to provide a driver to enable it to be used on Windows computers as well because it is such a good interface. I think there is a workaround by installing the ASIO4ALL drivers but if I wanted to use this on a friend or colleague's computer then I wouldn't want to have to start installing generic drivers and having to tweak settings to get it to work. By the way if you've got Android there's something about the way the operating system processes audio that means you're always going to get a high level of latency so even if you could get this to work it probably wouldn't be useable.
In conclusion I'm happy with my set up now I've got a lightning cable and the Jam does a really good job of getting a signal into your Apple devices. Would I buy it again? If it came with a lightning cable then yes but without a lightning cable I would probably choose one of the other interfaces I've mentioned because for the price you'll end up paying you'll be able to afford something with more functionality or higher specifications.
*All the prices quoted are approximate and correct at the time of writing this review.
So that solved the covers section, but I use it every day now for a few reasons - it allows me to practice bass silently when I get back late from work, and works great when you play along to Spotify, so I often jam along to Motown to keep my hands in shape during the week. Only problem there is for some reason it's difficult to get the bass loud enough to complete with the music player without it peaking/distorting - but I think this is more the fault of Spotify not having an isolated volume control, unlike the app you play your guitar or bass through. Incidentally, I use Ampkit to play. I believe it's free but you have to pay for different pedals and amps, of which a couple are actually worth it for the price, especially if you like doing covers like me.
To finish up, it's a great piece of kit, even if it's pricey. I don't have a computer so this is an essential piece of kit - I was reassured to by the fact that it also comes bundled with a cable to Mac should I ever upgrade, worth thinking about considering the short shelf life of the iPhone and iMac.
MusicMatter, you really need to review who you use because this bunch of cowboys are not worth the air that occupies their heads. You might think you've saved a couple of pennies but this lot will end up costing you dearly. If I were you, I would take Amazon's lead and use Royal Mail.
I have asked DPD to return the item to sender and I'm expecting a full refund from you whether you get the item back or not, I wouldn't hold your breath. I wouldn't trust that lot to deliver a pizza.
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