What makes this interface better than the Line 6 mobile in, iRig, or Guitar Jack?

I bought the new iPad primarily for recording music specifically guitar. What makes this interface better than the Line 6 mobile in, iRig, Guitar Jack Model 2, or the other guitar inputs being sold now? The new iPad will be my first apple device other than the iPhone4s. If anyone has any experience with any of the interfaces I mentioned please explain how they perform on the iPad and the GarageBand app. I am very excited for the Jam session feature on Garageband and want the best IF I can buy.

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    I can't comment on the Line 6 but I had the iRig and Jam. I returned the iRig.

    The Jam has built in analogue to digital converters and they are very good. It changes your analogue guitar signal into digital and then sends it digitally to the phone through the dock connection.

    The iRig plugs into the headphone/microphone jack and uses the AD converters in the phone which aren't as good as the Apogee converters. The result was an unacceptable amount of hiss and inferior sound quality.

    Hope this helps.

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  • GuitarJack has several advantages over the Jam: GuitarJack has stereo mic/line-input, whereas Apogee JAM has mono instrument input only. GuitarJack can simultaneously record instrument and microphones using both inputs with apps like FourTrack and StudioTrack that support those features, whereas JAM only has instrument input. GuitarJack has software controllable input level control with 60 dB of gain plus 12 dB pad for 72 dB of adjustment, whereas Apogee JAM has an analog thumb wheel adjustment with 40 dB of gain. GuitarJack has a stereo line out/headphone jack with more drive than the iPhone built-in headphone jack, whereas Apogee JAM has no analog output. GuitarJack has software configurable Hi-Z or Lo-Z 1/4" instrument input. Both work with GarageBand and most other audio apps.

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  • I have owned both the JAM, Mobile In and the iRig (what a joke that thing was). I chose to keep the Mobile In simply because it works with both Line 6's Mobile POD and Garageband.

    Trust me on this one, I am an Apogee nut through and through... It was a tough call between the Line 6 and the JAM, but Line 6 wins this bout by a hair.

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  • I ended up purchasing the Line 6 Mobile In. Works great and has a stereo input along with the guitar input. The Line 6 POD app is great, and it works with GarageBand.

    It's nice being able to just fire up my new iPad and play guitar in my living room as opposed to plugging into my rack unit, using a ton of power with my POD HD PRO, and KRK studio monitors.

    And if you haven't checked out the new app Jammit yet I highly reccomend it. Jammit allows you to take songs and then take specific tracks out. For instance if you wanted to play the lead to a song you can take that lead guitar track out and now you are the lead. Very cool concept. And yes, it works with the mobile in.

    Thanks for all your help guys.

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