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M-Audio JamLab Personal Guitar System

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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 favor...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • 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!

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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3.7

(based on 55 reviews)

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Jam Lab 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...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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Horrible.

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...Read complete review

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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1.0

Horrible.

By Nicki Chaos-zeJRC

from Ajax

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pull your hair out first then install

By One eye blind

from California

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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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5.0

Great Jam Studio

By Guyfromfl

from Florida

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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!

 
5.0

Nice!

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.

 
5.0

GTR18504

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!!!

 
4.0

Well, it almost works!

By Mechanicx

from Moreno Valley, Ca.

I bought this rig so I could practice playing against a rythm track. The install went off without a hitch, but when I use the record function or run a drum track the machine comes up with a cpu overload error and problem with latency which makes for a very frustrating experience. I did get hold of tech support at m-audio but they were unable to resolve my problem. however it does work well with garageband. My machine is an apple emac that exceeds minimum system requirements so the problem is not there. I have to say that the sound quality is much better then what I was getting just connecting the guitar straight to the line port and recording. If the software were working better for me I would have been much more satisfied.

 
1.0

you gottqa be kidding

By Dennis-W-cGS

from chicago

This thing is a joke. I am so dissapointed, Wow never have I ever in my life found such a worthless device. It does nothing that it says it will do if you are using a pc with xp. Forget it if you are using a media center pc. Gt express only recognises wav files not mp3 or other file formats. I have found more usful things under rocks in Arkansas. PERIOD.

 
3.0

For Practise Only

By djmay71

from Toronto/Ottawa, Canada

I bought this about 6 months ago, and I've only used it twice. The effects and artist presets are pretty cool, but it really wasn't something i was looking for. My other guitarist in my band uses it though to record me music and send it to me via email (i live out of town right now), and the quality is good, but its just something you have to get used to I guess.

 
5.0

Just what I was looking for

By kray-pf-G0

from New Mexico

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I did not want this as practice tool, I just wanted it for the audio interface for my guitar. The device and software works on both my Mac laptop and my PC. The software does lock up every now an then when changes presets too fast, but it does work. I found the software to be a little intimidating, but usable without help.The audio interface itself seems sturdy. I've already dropped it. If you stepped on it by accident it would probably break as it is plastic. I bought this after returning the Behringer Guitar Link UCG102 USB Interface. The Behringer's input level was too low even when the in its "high" position for input.The JamLab doesn't have an input level control, but you don't need one because the input signal is hot enough to get a good recording on the computer.If you want a USB input for your guitar and some decent software to practice and record with, this is it!!

 
5.0

this is one of the best recording things i have ev

By basskid77

from silver creek ny

i bought this about 1 week ago, and read some of the reviews the software was easy to install i thought it was going to sound bad but it sounds like i am playing through the best of the best recording is easy and sounds great i use audacity it is free and easy to use this product is top line for the money u pay for it i give it a 5.0 good stuff

 
4.0

Great For What It Is

By Happy-p6DmJ

from Mid, OK

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I got one of these because the price made it a no brainer. I thought it would be great to have a simple interface to record my guitar with my laptop. My laptop is running 32 bit Vista so there were no drivers. I new that M-Audio had plans to release Vista drivers for this thing so I just waited. I checked today and found that there were Beta 32 bit Vista drivers so away I went. After just a few minutes I was up and running. I am still waiting for drivers from Lexicon and Emu but thats another story. I recorded a few tracks with Sonar Studio 6 and I have to say I am impressed. It doesn't have a world class preamp or lots of controls but it lets me record a very good quality guitar track without having to break out a bunch of equiptment. The included software is a great bonus. The GT Player Express is nice and has a lot of presets. You can cover a lot of sounds with this and one guitar. It has some nice drum loops also which make for some cool backing tracks. I am very happy with this purchase. It is what it is and does what it says it does. Which is more than I can say for a lot of stuff out there today.

 
1.0

Not so great.

By EricJ

from Scottsdale, AZ

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I did not have high expectations for this device given the price, but I was still disappointed.As mentioned by others, the installation can be very difficult. In my case it took several attempts to get the driver and software to install.The audio quality with headphones from the general computer audio output are fine, but once the GT Express software was started the device became unusable due to delays/squawks that were intolerable. I've not been able to test the guitar input or sampling because of this...it's just not usable in my case.

 
1.0

Don't waste your time and money!

By Learning to keep it simple and skip the technology

from Naperville, IL

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I checked the system requirements on the M-Audio website before I bought this JamLab device and confirmed that my PC met the requirements (I have Windows XP Home SP2, 1.5GHz processor, 512MB RAM, over 40GB of hard drive space free).I cannot get the software to install. It takes me through an installation that reaches a point where it says that the installation is finished and to click "OK" to continue but the "OK" is grayed out and not clickable. I can only click on "Cancel" to get out of the installation process. GT Express then says that there is no compatible drivers installed and aborts. I've wasted too much time trying to get this JamLab to work. It's going back for a refund! Don't waste your time or money!

 
2.0

Well, it looked good....

By Will-3StuF

from Lansing, MI

I saw it and said, "Sweet!" Now I can record by bass using Audacity!! Um, no. Sure you can record...onto the confusing program that comes with it. Don't buy it if you plan on sharing your recordings. You can't put it onto a CD or iPod or anything. Buy a mixer instead.P.S. Hit me up if you need a bassist.

 
5.0

Outstanding

By Aaron R.

from SA, TX

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I was blown away by what I recieved in this little device. If you are a novice or beginner this thing will keep you jamming for hours. I purchased a new Ibanez guitar along with it and pump it through my Monsoon pc speakers. I was simply amazed...You get 12 "riffs" of drumbeats that you can adjust to your speed and liking. 50 or so preset effects with room to save your own. I hear about people complaining about the sustain but just turn the noise gate off or whatever and its great. I havent figured out how to record myself with the drum loops and I dont think its possible. I made a 12 second riff into a .wav format about 3 mb in size. Installation was a snap IF you install the drivers before you plug anything in. Overall I would have paid more for this if I didnt know better.

 
5.0

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.

 
5.0

great product

By thefenderlife

from Morgantown, WV

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I got the jam lab for xmas, it has been extremely great. The price paid for it was decent, I figured it would be more expensive. It does a lot of great quality recording, I also bought a mixer for it so I can record singing or other effects all at the same time, just a cheapy one so my friends can all plug their instruments in also and we can all jam. This thing can handle a great deal of things. It gives a great sound through my speakers where I can crank it up to 11 and keep a nice even tone between everybody. Id recommend it to anybody who wants to record with a nice sound for a cheap price. GREAT BUY!

 
5.0

Just Perfect

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

One in, one out. Very low, almost non-existant, latency. Easy to install. Works with Guitar Tracks Pro 3, Dsound's GT Player, Energy XT, and should work well with any other VST host program.If you are looking for a simple guitar to computer interface look no further. Combine this with the Energy XT VST host (actually much more than just the best VST host out there), a midi-interface along with a midi foot controller, and a clean amp (run the headphone-out to the amp-in rather than a headset) and you have a very good "live" setup.Thanks M-Audio.

 
5.0

Works as Advertised

By MarriedWithChillun

from Ottawa, ON

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If I could rate GT Express separately, it would probably get a 2 out of 5. The user interface, recording features, and quality of the effects are below average in comparison with other audio packages. But considering that GTE is a lite "OEM-bundled" version of the full version, I am probably being too harsh.I have had the JamLab for about two weeks, and overall I am very satisfied. GT Express was dumped in favor of Native Instruments' Guitar Rig 2, running in standalone mode and configured to use JamLab's ASIO driver. GR is simply amazing - it blows GT Express out of the water. Recording tracks through JamLab/Guitar Rig works perfectly, the effects are superior, and the bass patches are phenomenal. This is a great product at a great price, that worked perfectly for me right out of the box.

 
4.0

It'll surprise you

By Sy-IG._6

from West Lafayette, IN

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I bought this recently thinking that it would be a cheap and affordable interface to record with. But the jamlab CAN'T record, it can only playback with the GT Player Express program that comes with it. So look another way if you're looking to record with your guitar.

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