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Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac

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JAM brings the legendary sound quality of Apogee to iPad, iPhone and Mac. Now guitarists can have a pocket-sized, plug in and play interface at an un...Click To Read More About This Product

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Plug and play guitar interface with Apogee conversion.

JAM brings the legendary sound quality of Apogee to iPad, iPhone and Mac. 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.

Apogee JAM is a premium digital converter featuring PureDIGITAL technology which delivers your guitar's true tone to your iPad or Mac without compromise. JAM is the first high quality interface that makes a digital connection to both iOS devices and Mac. You will notice the sonic difference between JAM and other similar products immediately.

Who is JAM for?
JAM is great for beginners and advanced players who want a high quality guitar sound for practicing, recording, or just jamming on both iPad and Mac.

Ready to rock-status and level indication
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.

Crank it up and dial it in with easy level control
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.

Did you know?
JAM is a true digital device featuring special circuitry designed specifically for guitar and bass. The Apogee engineers responsible for JAM's sound quality have created professional audio hardware found in recording studios around the world and heard on countless hit records.

FEATURES
  • 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 iPad and iPhone 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 gain
  • High-quality locking output connects directly to iPad and iPhone or USB port on a Mac
  • 24-bit/44.1kHz analog-to-digital conversion
  • Auto Soft Limit for optimal input level
  • Powered by connection to iPad, iPhone, or Mac
  • Made in the U.S.A.
SPECIFICATIONS
System Requirements
    iOS
    • :
      Devices: iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4
    • iOS version: 4.3 and later
    • Connection: Dock connector port (no batteries required)
    Mac OS
    • :
    • Computer: Mac, with an Intel processor
    • Memory: 1 GB minimum of installed RAM, 2 GB recommended
    • Mac OS version: 10.6.4 or later
    • Connection: USB 2.0 Full Speed
    • Software: GarageBand, Logic Pro, MainStage, or any Core Audio compatible application
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    ApogeeJAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac
     
    4.6

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Compact (10)
    • Good audio (10)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (9)
    • Home studio (8)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Apogee Jam Can Do It All!

    The apogee jam might be the best equipment money I have ever spent. I am using a souped up macbook air as my main recording device. I am currently recording my own album using...Read complete review

    The apogee jam might be the best equipment money I have ever spent. I am using a souped up macbook air as my main recording device. I am currently recording my own album using bare-bones equipment. I run everything into the jam. Guitars, bass, mics, you name it! If you can put 1/4 jack into it, it seems to take it. If you are recording 1 track at a time and on a budget, this is what you've been waiting for. I have dropped it once and it kept working fine, but I would not want to try it a second time. I keep mine in a tough eyeglasses case with its cable and that keeps it safe during travel. If you are looking for a simple recording device to use with your mac device that can deliver fantastic sound, break out the money now. I know some people have complained about the price, but for all the uses for it + the quality I think it's actually a deal.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Plug Doesn't Fit My iPad 3

    I guess when I buy a product from Musician's Friend that is advertised as compatible with iPad, I expect it to be compatible with my IPad. But apparently the plug is different on the...Read complete review

    I guess when I buy a product from Musician's Friend that is advertised as compatible with iPad, I expect it to be compatible with my IPad. But apparently the plug is different on the newer IPad and won't accomodate the older plug included in the package. So it's utility to me as a tool to use with an iMac and my IPad is reduced by half.

    The worst part is that when I brought it to MF's attention, the best they could do is tell me to contact Apple.

    Otherwise, it works fine on my iMac, but I still can't recommend it.

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    (5 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Plug Doesn't Fit My iPad 3

    By Kevin0211

    from California

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Plug Won't Work On Ipad3

      Best Uses

        Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

        I guess when I buy a product from Musician's Friend that is advertised as compatible with iPad, I expect it to be compatible with my IPad. But apparently the plug is different on the newer IPad and won't accomodate the older plug included in the package. So it's utility to me as a tool to use with an iMac and my IPad is reduced by half.

        The worst part is that when I brought it to MF's attention, the best they could do is tell me to contact Apple.

        Otherwise, it works fine on my iMac, but I still can't recommend it.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Apogee Jam Can Do It All!

        By canonball17

        from Currently Addis Ababa

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Looks Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • anything

        Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

        The apogee jam might be the best equipment money I have ever spent. I am using a souped up macbook air as my main recording device. I am currently recording my own album using bare-bones equipment. I run everything into the jam. Guitars, bass, mics, you name it! If you can put 1/4 jack into it, it seems to take it. If you are recording 1 track at a time and on a budget, this is what you've been waiting for. I have dropped it once and it kept working fine, but I would not want to try it a second time. I keep mine in a tough eyeglasses case with its cable and that keeps it safe during travel. If you are looking for a simple recording device to use with your mac device that can deliver fantastic sound, break out the money now. I know some people have complained about the price, but for all the uses for it + the quality I think it's actually a deal.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Easy to use, works great with Garage Band

        By 58bluesman

        from MIdwest

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        Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

        With the current interface options, this is the one to buy. I love mine...
        Works great! I was up and running on Garage Band in minutes. I'm able to use the gain to adjust the input quality which is a big help. Garage Band interfaced very well with the Jam and I was recording in no time. I'm able to use the iPad speaker to monitor what I'm playing. I'd buy another one of these if I lost or broke this one.
        Made of plastic, still much better build than the iRig interface (I own both). Anyone want to get a deal on my iRig unit...
        The price seems a bit steep. But, it works a lot better than the iRig and the gain feature is really helpful in getting interface tuned with the iPad.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Input Device hands down.

        By Smitty-c3F2p

        from Nashville TN

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        Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

        It works with Jamup, Sonoma 4 track, and Garage Band. It does not work with Amplitube. I think the limitation is not the device, but the apps and medium to where it's going. You are not going to get professional results from an Ipad. What you will get is nice quality demos - and this device gives you the best conversion going in. Garage band's guitar modeling is good for cleans and terrible for overdrive (fizzy and digital). Jam Up is the best sounding guitar modeling app, but I can't use it to multi track like I can in Garage Band. Sonoma 4 track is where you can really hear how well this device converts to digital. Hopefully more quality apps will surface where I can get the full potential of this device in one app. I like it, but felt is was a tad overpriced.
        Pretty straight forward. It's an input device, but the gain setting is important so you can adjust depending on our guitar pickups.
        Sound quality is great considering the medium in which the signal is being recorded (iphone and ipad). Build quality is ok, plastic. Probably could not take real heavy abuse but we shall see.
        It's apogee, so it's pricey. Is it worth the price? Not quite, but since there are no other choices to rival the sound quality- I don't really have a choice

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Versatile bang for the buck

        By Musicloft

        from Saint Michaels, Eastern Shore Maryland

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Lightly Built

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Practice

        Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

        Lots of bang for the money! Does a great job with garage band for electric guitar on I-pad 3, but I also have used it with a tabletop mini analog mixer and SM58 for vocals thru clean amp apps with good results!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great For iPhone

        By Caesar Augustus

        from Chicago

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Works Well With Iphone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Practicing

          Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

          Jam works well with iPhone, which i can use to rehearse. It has noticeable latency when using it with Logic on my iMac, even with Low Latency Mode.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great

          By G$

          from San Francisco, CA

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Zero Latency

          Cons

          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

          This replaced an old analog input I had been using for years, that had terrible latency.

          I don't notice a bit of latency with the Jam. Great product. Easy to use.

          My biggest complaint is that it's a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Good Guitar Interface

          By Juice Man

          from NYC

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

            This is a great audio interface for iPhone and iPad.
            Very easy plug and play on the go. I liked the fact that it is a U.S.A. made! it is a bit pricy but it is really a reliable AI that feels pretty sturdy. I use it for practicing and building loops on my Garage Band, and it does the job flawlessly.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By Billy Cubby

            from Denver

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            Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

            Pristine sound. Works great with GarageBand on iPad, iPhone and my iMac. Very easy to use. Just plug in and play. I have played my Strat , a Roland V accordion and an acoustic with a Sunrise pickup through the Jam and all sounded perfect.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Peter Frampton was right!

            By Ritchie

            from Prescott Valley, AZ

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • High quality sound
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Level Tool

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

            35+ yrs. as a musician, 10 yrs. independent recording artist. This is by far the very best quality when using an iPad in conjunction with Garage Band or other recording software. The secret to the quality is that this is plugged into the lightning port not the headphone port, this makes all the difference in the world. It's 3x's the price of other similar pieces, but it also delivers 10x's the quality of signal without having to put up with noise or glitches. If it cost too much to afford right off the bat, save your money and wait to buy this before wasting your money on the other designed pieces. Buy this once and you'll never have to worry about this piece of the sound chain.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Super easy

            By Veloman

            from Mn

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Convenient
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Practice

            Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

            I use this at my desk at work on lunch break to practice without bothering my co workers. Super easy!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great practice interface!

            By Madseason

            from USA

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            Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

            I couldn't be happier with the money I spent on this interface. It's very mobile and when I travel it's great for practice and getting down ideas. It works very good with Ampkit which was developed by Peavy but the add-ons can get pricy. For what the jam is intended for, it won't let you down. Don't expect to get e same quality as a more expensive interface and you won't be let down. You can download Ampkit from the app store.
            Nothing special here but wow it's a really great practice tool for guitarists on the go. I was really shocked at how good it sounds with my IPad 2.
            Quick setup, works right out of the box with GarageBand. Built fairly sturdy with good cables.
            Don't be fooled by the other interfaces like irig. I bought both and the Jam sounds much better from a tonal standpoint and there is less static, pops and clicks.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Vastly better than alternatives

            By matt navarre

            from Oregon

            Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

            I wish I could afford more Apogee products
            This is my third guitar interface for iPhone / iPad, and the first one that's actually useable. The others were fundamentally flawed because they were artificially amplifying the signal. This one used the iPod dock connector to do it correclty. The inline gain control, simplicity of design, and mostly the amazing audio quality add up to a clear winner.
            Solid construction, and includes cables for both iPad and computer
            I wish it were a little less expensive, but I still think it's a great value

             
            5.0

            Easy too use

            By Wild Bill Rezn

            from Pennsylvania

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

              easy use.

               
              5.0

              Arrived quickly

              By Sandi

              from Waldorf MD

              Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

              I bought this as s gift for my daughter. Musicians Friend was prompt in shipping it and it arrived quickly. I know she will be excited to get it.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good sound quality but poor materials

              By DaveAxeRock

              from Missouri

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • All Plastic
              • No Clip
              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

              I guess I expected better materials for this price but the case is all plastic and feels/looks cheap and it wouldn't take much to break it. There should be some kind of clip or a way to attach it to the guitar, iPad, iPhone or belt. Instead you get a strip of Velcro. You get a quick start folder with very little info and no software. The sound quality is great and it is easy to use out of the box.

               
              4.0

              Very good

              By Wilverine

              from houston tx

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

                Does its job perfectly...just make sure your ios is updated and your good to go.

                 
                5.0

                Great iOS guitar/bass interface

                By PacMan Maestro

                from New York

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Sounding

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Recording Bass And Guitar

                Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

                Apogee Jam is a good sounding, easy to use and easy to connect interface. It came with both 30 pin and lightning cables, which is good, because I have iPads that use both of those connections.

                When I need to lay down guitar or bass parts in a song, I connect the Apogee Jam to the iPad, then I use an amp sim, my current favorite sim is BIAS!

                Then I record the result into Auria. After I am done laying down all of the guitar and bass tracks, I export all of the audio into Logic for mixdown.

                Apogee Jam makes it possible to lay down great sounding guitar and bass tracks virtually anywhere.

                 
                5.0

                It is worth it!

                By isaac someguy

                from Oregon

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

                  It goes wonderfully with Amplitube and Garageband! I just wish I could have more power behind the sound I get. But hey it is just a little computer.

                   
                  5.0

                  Get this one. You won't regret it.

                  By CougarBlue

                  from Portland, OR

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac:

                    This interface fulfills the promise of making the iphone or ipad a useful guitar practice and composing tool. The analog interfaces like iRig are noisy and subject to feedback. The Apogee Jam is noise free and easy to use.

                    Line 6 makes an interface that also plugs into the 12 pin connector. However, you risk damaging the ipad connector with the largish plastic body of that interface plugged in. By contrast the Apogee Jam plugs in with a cable -- a locking cable. It is a superior way to connect.

                    Finally you should know that all the popular ipad amp simulation apps now support core audio digital connection. You don't have to live with those lousy analog connections. Don't waste your money on analog.

                    You will not regret popping a little extra cash for this unit.

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