With this pocket-sized, plug in and play interface, JAM brings the legendary sound quality of Apogee to your iPad, iPhone, and Mac. Experience the ultimate tone with guitar amps and effects in GarageBand or other compatible applications.
With pristine digital sound JAM is a premium digital device featuring PureDIGITAL technology that delivers your guitar's true tone to your iPad, iPhone and Mac without compromise. JAM is the first high-quality interface that makes a digital connection to both iOS devices and Mac.
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.
Ready to rock - status and level indication
It's easy to tell if JAM is set up properly by the status light on the top panel. If it's green, you're ready to rock and the light becomes your input level indicator. If it turns red, you're rocking too hard and you just need to turn it down with the control knob.
Apogee Electronics - Setting the standard since 1985
For over 25 years, Apogee Electronics has been a leader in professional digital audio. Apogee products are used in some of the most prestigious recording studios around the world and have been instrumental in making countless GRAMMY and OSCAR winning recordings.
- No configuration, just plug in and play
- Easily adjust input levels for any instrument
- Works with GarageBand, as well as any Core Audio compatible application on your Mac
- Designed specifically for electric guitar and bass
- Multi-colour LED for status indication and input level monitoring
- High-quality locking output connects directly to the iPad, iPhone dock connector port or the USB port on a Mac
- PureDIGITAL instrument connection delivers pristine sound quality with 44.1kHz, 24-bit analogue-to-digital conversion.
Did you notice?PureDIGITAL is a technology that delivers your guitar's true tone to your iPad, iPhone, or Mac without compromise.
Apple Recommends ForBeginners and seasoned players who want a high-quality guitar sound for practicing, recording, or just jamming on both iPad and Mac.
What's in the Box?
- Apogee JAM Guitar Input
- .5m/1.6ft cable for connection to iPad and iPhone
- 1m/3.3ft cable for connection to Mac
- Quick start guide
- Velcro strip
- Connections : USB 2.0
- Height : 0.9 in./2.89 cm
- Width : 1.2 in./3.05 cm
- Weight : 1.6 oz./45.4 g
- Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later; iOS 4.3 or later
- 1GB minimum; 2GB recommended
- USB 2.0 (for Mac); Dock connector (for iOS devices)
- GarageBand, Logic Pro, MainStage or any Core Audio compatible application
- Mfr. Part Number : JAM
- UPC or EAN No. : 805676301006
- Note : Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.
- Warranty : One year
iPad (1st generation)
iPad 2 (2nd generation)
Ratings & Reviews
I bought this promising 80-pound worth device yesterday and I am taking it back to the shop straight away.
I have been looking for the best quality undelayed sound for recording multitracks for my home recording and I must admit the device does not meet any of the above expectations.. The sound is a) digitalised and b) delayed which does not allow timely recording (it resembles the delay of a pitch-shifter or a poor quality equivalent of a whammy bar).
I thought it would be useful for some people like myself to know about this so it would save you a hassle of taking it back to the shop.
I would not recommend it to experienced instrument players.
- Written by Pawel C from Norwich
76 of 102 people found this useful
Ipad 2 Excellent. Mac varies...
I have toyed with buying this product for months (since launch) but have always been put off by the lack of reviews and stories of faulty units. However, I have recently had to move away and was unable to bring my amp so took the plunge with the Jam.
On the Ipad 2 I think that it is faultless. Great tone, easy to set up and absolute minimal latency/delay to the point that it is unnoticeable. Works with Garageband and Ampkit seamlessly. Only improvement would be if Garageband had a few more pedals (ie. Octave pedal).
On Macbook it's still pretty good. Links up easily although the delay varies. Once minute it is perfect and other times very noticeable. This I found is corrected though by pressing play and then stopping. Have no got it to work with GuitarRig but Garageband is excellent. Again no Octave pedal but a good array of amps and other pedals.
If buying for Ipad 2 only, it is excellent. However if you want to use it with a Mac, performance can vary although at £80, it is still the best option out there. …
- Written by Robert H from Bristol
32 of 35 people found this useful
Easy to use & works well with iPad 2
Got this as a Xmas present. Was using a Vox Amplug before getting this. The Apogee sounds really good (better than the Vox). Works very well with Garage Band too. When I tried using it with Ampkit & iReal b apps, It took me a little while experimenting from with the Ampkit app to get the volume up to where I wanted it as at first when the playalong in iReal b started, it drowned my guitar out. It sounds great now - and have plenty of adjustment for volume in reserve. Also, no hissing/interferance due to it using the dock connecter for connection. Only experienced latency once when I got my amp settings wrong - something to bear in mind if you have a problem with this.
No batteries required
Easy to use, the light on the jam tells you what its status is
No interference/extra noise as headphone socket is not utilised by the Apogee
It is very light-makes it feel a little bit 'cheap'- (although it doesn't feel like it would break easily)
Can't charge ipad when using as dock connector port is used by Apogee
Bit more pricey than some of the competition (although no batteries required helps)
In short, the pros far out weigh the cons (for me)-I am really pleased with it. …
- Written by Ami B from IPSWICH
26 of 28 people found this useful
For the price you'd expect to get a quality product, and the Jam is no exception. The sound quality is pristine, the device is ver y well built and it's versatile as well (works with Macs and iPhones/iPads). I also like the fact that it uses a cable to connect. The only downside I've stumbled upon is that the Jam is a bit too light, but that's not really a huge problem since it comes with a bit of velcro. I've used the Apogee Jam with an iPhone 4s and a mid-2009 MacBook Pro, and I haven't had any latency or noise issues whatsoever. …
- Written by Timi T from Helsinki
7 of 7 people found this useful
Brilliant Apogee Jam
I bought the Apogee JAM to be able to plug my Fender Stratocaster in and use Garage Band. It is absolutely fabulous and well worth the money. There is no latency experience in my set-up. I use it with my iMAC, my iPhone 5, and my iPAD with Retina Display (classed as the New iPad). Contrary to other reviews, it also works perfectly with the free iRig Apps on both my iPad and iPhone. I could not have made a better purchase without upgrading to a more expensive professional set-up. …
- Written by DAVID N from Preston
12 of 13 people found this useful
Works great on Mac too
I'm using this with Garageband and Logic Pro on an iMac. Works very well indeed, no delay on my system. I'm using this with vari ous active bass guitars and the quality is excellent. I'm tracking basslines into multitrack recordings and them sending them off for mixdowns, so even if my ability was poor enough to not notice a delay, others would! I haven't tried it on my iPad yet, but just wanted to make sure that with GB/Logic on a Core i7 iMac, it's working very well indeed. …
- Written by Michael A from London
21 of 22 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by David W
Yes - Absolutely. I preform on a regular basis using this as a tool. In fact I am doing it right now . You can plug your guitar into the 1/4" on the jam and then plug the 'jam' into your iPad/MacBook. Use aplitube or GarageBand etc... You then need to use a 3.5 mm audio cable that is male on both ends to connect the headphones jack on the iPad/MacBook to your amp. You will need a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter to plug the cable into you amp, just make sure you get a mono adapter - most of the ones you will find at audio stores are all stereo - your amp and most mixing boards for live shows will be mono and if you are using other apps in the background on your iPad it will only pick up one half of the stereo sound. You can 100% use this for live shows, I do it all the time. I also use MainStage, an app for my MacBoook Pro which allows even more in depth pedal settings for live concerts. I specifically bought this to do live shows - It is fantastic! I have never even tried recording with it :) …
- Answered by Matthew C from Montreal
Is there a risk of damaging my built in sound card or my speakers on my macbook pro when I use this product?
- Asked by Leo S from Pooler
Your sound card should be fine. As to the speakers just monitor the sound level and you should be fi ne. After a certain level of volume distortion takes place and could damage the speakers just like in the home or car. I personally prefer headphones because you can really hear what's going on...plus it takes stress off of your comp speakers.
Another thing to consider would be some external computer speakers or even some decent studio monitor speakers designed specifically for home recording. I record music into my mac and never use the built in speakers because they can't handle all of the mhz ranges. Hope this helps! …
- Answered by Angelo K from Austin
- Asked by Duncan E
Chris A, sorry I ended up deciding to wait for apogee to release a JAM with a native lightning adapt er - which they haven't done yet, but apparently they are going to... …
- Answered by Duncan E
does the apogee jam have just a usb input to go into the 27"mac desktop? or is it just for ipads and phones
- Asked by Shane B from Perth
Yes it come with a USB connection for macs
- Answered by Wayne P from Mississauga
Yes, it works with the lightning->30 pins adapter
- Answered by Benoit P
- Asked by Bradley D from Burke
I'm using it with an iPad (1) and there is a noticeable latency... Don't know if this is inherent in the hardware or if it would be better on and iPad 2. …
- Answered by Nick D from Stirling