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Apogee JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac  

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Overview

  • PureDIGITAL instrument connection delivers pristine sound quality
  • Designed for electric guitar and bass
  • No confusing setup, you can start recording in minutes
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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

Rock your iStuff with Apogee sound quality. Order today!

 

JAM Guitar Interface for iPad, iPhone, and Mac 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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Compact (9)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (8)
    • Home studio (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), 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.

    Reviewed by 20 customers

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    4.0

    Good sound quality but poor materials

    By DaveAxeRock

    from Missouri

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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    4.0

    Very good

    By Wilverine

    from houston tx

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

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      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.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      It is worth it!

      By Isaac S.

      from Merlin, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      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.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 14 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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 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!

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Apogee Jam Can Do It All!

            By canonball17

            from Currently Addis Ababa

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (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.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Peter Frampton was right!

              By Ritchie Hernandez

              from Prescott Valley, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              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.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great

              By G$

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Experienced

              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.

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