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M-Audio JamLab Personal Guitar System  

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    A simple, effective, and inexpensive way to jam through your computer!

    The JamLab Personal Guitar System turns your PC or Mac into a personal guitar practice tool without the need for any other hardware except your favorite guitar. The compact JamLab interface connects easily to your computer via a simple USB connection, and features a 1/4" input for your guitar and 1/8" headphone/line output. The included GT Player Express software features amp simulation and virtual guitar effects for EQ, chorus, reverb, and more. GT Player can also play standard audio files, and can even slow them down--perfect for practicing and easy learning. You also get WAV drum loops from the popular ProSessions Sound and Loops Sample Library. Load them into GT Player in any order for an instant custom drum machine to jam with. Drum songs are also provided as MP3 files.

    • 1/4" guitar input
    • 1/8" headphone/line output
    • Built-in USB cable
    • 24-bit, 44.1/48kHz audio quality
    • Core Audio, WDM, ASIO 2 drivers
    • Class-compliant with Mac OS 10.3.8
    • GT Player Express software:
    • Professional guitar effects
    • Guitar amp simulation
    • Stompbox modeling including noise gate, EQ, chorus, and reverb
    • Variable-speed playback of standard AAC, MP3 and WAV files
    • Stand-alone, ReWire or VST plug-in operation

    JamLab is ideal for traveling, limited space, and keeping your budget and the neighbors happy. Call or click to order today!


    JamLab Personal Guitar System Specifications:

    • Minimum System Requirements:
    • Mac OS 10.3.8
    • 128MB RAM
    • Windows XP (SP1)
    • Pentium II 350MHz processor
    • 64MB RAM
    • Instrument inputs (A/D)
    • Input Impedance: 280 k Ohm
    • Maximum Input Level: +12dBV (4.0Vrms), unbalanced
    • SNR -96dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic range: 96dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N: 0.005% (-86dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.1dB @ 48kHz sample rate
    • Line outputs (D/A):
    • Output impedance: 36 Ohm
    • Maximum output level: +6dBV (2.0Vrms), unbalanced
    • Channel-to-channel crosstalk: < -105dB
    • SNR: -107dB, A-weighted
    • Dynamic range: 107dB, A-weighted
    • THD+N: 0.00479% (-87dB) @ -1dBFS, 1kHz
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.1dB @ 48kHz sample rate
    • Headphone outputs (D/A):
    • Maximum output: -1dBV at THD < 0.05% into 32 Ohms
    • Working range: 24 to 600 ohms
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    I got the unit yesterday followed the instruction of installing the drivers before plugging into the USB port. I tried to install the GT Player, it won?t install without the JamLab plugged into...Read complete review

    I got the unit yesterday followed the instruction of installing the drivers before plugging into the USB port. I tried to install the GT Player, it won?t install without the JamLab plugged into the USB port. Once plugged in was able to continue with the installation of all the other s/w in the CD. It comes with GT Player Express, Drum Loops and ProSession Samples. About H/W connectivity: Plugged my Strat into the ?. First I tried to connect my headphone to the laptop but no sound came through. Then I connected my headphones to the JamLab and I found my audio channel muted. Then after unmuting, I launched GT Player. User Interface is quite simplistic and intuitive. I was playing through the presets but nothing fancy, but when I figured out how to add the Stomp Box effects, I just couldn?t believe the effects out these! They are awesome! With each of these pedals having its own presets buttons. Very nice indeed! Compares to that of some of high end rack mount guitar effect processors. Chain up to 8 effects at the same time and CPU utilization is still ~ 7 to 8%. Stomp Box effects that come with this S/W are Auto Pan, Auto Wah, Delay, Chorus, Compressor, Distortion, Flanger, Graphic EQ, Noise Gate, Over Drive, Phaser, Reverb and Tremolo. All with its own Stomp Box presets and Controls. I didn?t particularly like the Distortion effect, else all other effects are really good indeed. Drum samples are very decent and natural sounding, ideal to rock with. All of a sudden I was Jamming with a drummer. All for $30 is really amazing! I rocked on for 2 hours with this unit (longest I have played in a while). JamLab is Ideal for bedroom setup can?t be beat. What is even more amazing is these Stomp Box effects are installed as VST Plug-in. So these are not only good for you to Jam with, but also you can use them as effects in your recordings. To me, that is much more an added value.


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    Good for practicing and getting ideas on tape

    An average product for an amazing low price, the Jam Lab lets you practice along mp3 files or the preset drum patterns by using the GT Express software, with decent-sounding guitar tones. You...Read complete review

    An average product for an amazing low price, the Jam Lab lets you practice along mp3 files or the preset drum patterns by using the GT Express software, with decent-sounding guitar tones. You can even use the GTX with other applications via Re-Wire.More useful in combination with your recording software (I use both Ableton Live and Cubase), latency is acceptable but you are limited to recording guitars (or bass guitars via the 1/4' input jack) given you can forgive the extreme low input level, and that's NOT good for me, especially if I am using a GUITAR-related device. M-Audio should had addressed this when designing the product. If you want to get a decent level use active pick-ups or a D.I. box. Not good for you single-coil hum lovers.It's a spartan audio interface, you get the aforementioned input jack, a mini plug for output (good for headphones, wrong for anything else, but I suppose M-Audio was thinking of portability) and an USB connector the other side of the short cable. But hey, what did you expect for as low as this?I am looking forward to upgrade my interface and get at least a couple XLR and instrument level inputs, as well as more flexibility in order to record vocals for my demos, but I think I'll keep the Jam Lab because of its size, I can put it in my guitar bag and take it with me just in case.

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    By GTR18504

    from NE PA

    This may also help "Big Dissapointment", and others with this problem, get this exciting litle black box to "fire-up".For anyone using "Vista", go to the "Control Panel", and click on "Programs",next window you will see the title, "Programs & Features", in small letters you will see "use an older program with this version of windows", go there and you just click on "XP", (make sure your CD-ROM that came with the unit is in the CD player), and follow directions. You will be led to a WWW page called, "In Tone". Download this and off you go!The amp sims are excellent and so are most of the effects, remember there are stomp box and rack mount effects here too.You will be in jam land in a few mins, and I think all will be suprised.Enjoy!p.s.I use this unit live sometimes, sounds great, no major problems ever, just bring a computer you don't care about, the way some gigs go...har, har, har!!!

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    Pull your hair out first then install

    By One eye blind

    from California

    The poorest documentation I have ever seen! Why bother? I am a guitar player, not a computer wizard! After 2 hours of trying over and over, I put in back in the box and was going to send it back, something I have never done. Tried it one more time and got lucky. You need drivers that DO NOT come with it, they don't tell you that. go to their website and download. No onscreen help, stumbled on to a screen where I got the manual. Now this thing is rockin! I can say it is more than I exspected, well worth the money and the hassel. Get one, get crazy(after you get it to run)!

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    Problems since day 1

    By jimbo98

    from Bradenton FL

    This is a great idea with bad execution. It would not install properly on my XP PC. I went to the web site and loaded the updated software and got a successful install. Effects loaded with the software were3 nice but sound quality was below par. Definitelt a low end tool.

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    Big disappointment

    By guitarharleydude

    from Key Largo, FL

    I was not able to get this device to work. I use Vista, the included software was only for XP. I tried downloading drives. It did finally connect but I never got any sound out of it. you have to install more programs to get effects. in reality it's a poor USB adapter. it's off to ebay for this thing.

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    I've been using this thing for a year and it's always given me problems. Sometimes it likes 1 USB port, other times it likes another one. Sometimes I have to restart my entire system several times before it will work and sometimes I just can't get it to work at all. The latency is horrible. There's clicks and pops all over the place and M-Audio's solutions do not work at all to fix these issues. This product should not be bought by anyone. It's horrible.

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    Great Jam Studio

    By Guyfromfl

    from Florida

    This is by far worth it.If you need a quick and easy way to record tracks, don't have a bunch of effects and can't play loud because you like playing at all hours of the night this is it.For the price you cannot beat it.The effects are clear, rich and stereo.I wouldn't go as far as to say this is pro stuff but for general practice on your computer and writing demo riffs you will not be disappointed!

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    By Acerst

    from North Dakota

    I've had it for about a year and have used it to record many things. Yes, it does take over your sound card if you dont know how to work your settings. im able to use both at the same time, just make sure you set your preferences right in whatever program you use.

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    By knievel

    from MN

    Tried to install on a Win XP desktop. Followed the instructions. Got a few high pitched sqeals and the pc locked up. Tried it on my new Vista desktop, it takes over as your soundcard. This isn't mentioned anywhere but in their FAQ section on the m-audio website. Uninstalling the jamlab leaves you with no sound at all. I'm hugely angry with this thing.

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    Not to be underestimated.

    By Edward Sin

    from Oneonta, AL

    I bought this product because I was looking for something to record guitar directly into a computer. It delivers on that front, but what's kept me addicted to using it is the sheer amount of effects built in with the program. Distortion, overdrive, reverb, flange, chorus, equalizer, compressor, delay, auto-wah... Everything's here and it sounds great. This is a great idea for home recording artists (the sounds are very crisp and accurate), or just anyone tired of messing with a dozen blocks of metal and a jungle of cords.

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    JamLab Rules!

    By Iraq FD

    from Michigan, currently Iraq

    It's awesome. I use it with my G4 Powerbook and OSX 10.4.11. The GST Player Express is a simple, but really cool effects interface. I play through my headphones or my computer speakers and it's way better than I expected.

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