Apogee Jam+ is a professional, USB instrument input and headphone output. Jam+ connects your electric guitar, bass, keyboard or any acoustic instrument with a pickup directly to your iOS device or computer. With an adapter (sold separately) you can also connect a dynamic microphone. The simplicity and portability of Jam+ make it ideal for capturing your best take anywhere you go. The ease of use and sound quality make Jam+ a must-have for beginners and pros.
Connect any instrument-level input you can imagine to your iOS device or computer using Jam+. Synth or keyboard, electric guitar or bass, dynamic microphone* or acoustic instrument with a pickup - it all works with Jam+.
Jam+ is actually an instrument input, A/D and D/A converter and headphone output all rolled into one seamless device. Apogee has designed each part of Jam+ to deliver the highest quality signal possible with the lowest noise - we call this PureDIGITAL.
Apogee has introduced its new Jam+, an update to its Jam USB audio interface. The new version has both an instrument input and a headphone output and lets you record an electric guitar, bass, keyboard, or any acoustic instrument with pickups directly to an iOS device, PC, or Mac. With an optional adapter, connecting a dynamic microphone is also possible.
Connect any instrument-level input you can imagine to your computer or iOS device using Apogee Jam+, this incredibly versatile, dynamic and professional USB instrument input and stereo output was engineered to provide high-quality sound for music instruments on the go.
The included breakout makes it possible to connect a microphone with an XLR cable and an electric guitar, bass or acoustic guitar with pickup to the Jack input. It lets you record two channels at the same time (instrument + built-in or external mic)
IO devices for iPhone and iPad have substantially improved in the last year. The introduction of iPhone4 and iPad set mobile recording back somewhat because of the elimination of the stereo analog inputs on the dock connector. Then the iPhone5 changed things again with the Lightening connector. A lot of microphones created for the iPhone, like the wonderful Blue Mikey 2.0, are not compatible with iPhone4 and beyond, or iPad. Its taken a while, but there is now a very good selection of devices that support multiple inputs, different devices, have very good quality and are quite affordable. Most also work with any laptop computer too. Choosing a device depends on what sound sources you are going to be recording, and where you will be capturing the tracks.
GuitarJack Model 2 Hardware Features:1/4 inch (6.5 mm) instrument input - nickel-plated solid brass Switchcraft (10,000 MTBF) jack1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo mic/line input - (no phantom power is provided)1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo headphone/line output with increased drive for headphonesDock connector designed for 30-pin devices that can be used without removing most cases (for Lightning see the new StudioJack Mini)Sleek and rugged aluminum shellGuitarJack Model 2 Software Features: (Control Panel Included in FourTrack, StudioTrack, GuitarTone, and Taylor EQ) Level Control: 60 dB of continuous level control (72 dB with the 12 dB pad) Input Modes: Instrument (1/4 inch) - mono - Pad, Lo-Z or Hi-Z mode Mic/Line (1/8 inch) - mono, dual-mono or stereo - Pad, Normal or Boost mode Both inputs - Mic/Line input on right channel and Instrument on left channel Included Software: GuitarTone ($2.99)Additional amps and effects ($19.99 value) are enabled for free in GuitarTone, StudioTrack and FourTrack while GuitarJack Model 2 is connected. See which amps and effects are included and listen to previews here.More Info: GuitarJack Technical Specifications Was GuitarJack Model 2 Made in AmericaYes, GuitarJack Model 2 was Made in the U.S.A. from quality components like Switchcraft Jacks from Chicago, plating from Wisconsin, packaging from California, and several other American made ingredients. GuitarJack's boards are built, and the units were assembled and tested in a factory in San Jose, California. The factory is 15 minutes away from Sonoma's office, which helps Sonoma keep a close eye on quality and testing.GuitarJack Model 2 has been replaced by GuitarJack Stage and StudioJack Mini, which are also Made in the U.S.A., in the same factory as all GuitarJacks have been.Sonoma's Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Statement
GuitarJack Control Panel Terminology:Boost - To increase gain, especially to increase gain at specific frequencies with an equalizer.Channels - Input channels are those coming into GuitarJack such as microphones and direct lines. Output channels are those leaving GutiarJack such as a stereo line output.Hi-Z - Abbreviation of the term High Impedance (Impedance of 5000 or more ohms).Lo-Z: Abbreviation for the term Low Impedance (Impedance of 500 ohms or less). Lo-Z is often the professional audio standard, because its sturdiness makes it relatively immune to damage. It doesn't lose high frequencies over long cable runs, and it isn't overly sensitive to hum and buzz.Pad - An attenuator usually used to prevent overload of amplifier that follows.Track - One audio recording made on one track of a recording app like StudioTrack or FourTrack.
For more information on what differentiates GuitarJack Model 2 from other audio interfaces, please see the GuitarJack Model 2 Forum thread on this topic. Subscribe to News about GuitarJack.Why is GuitarJack Model 2 more expensive than some other optionsThe engineering, chips, circuitry, 3 jacks, 30 pin connector, machined aluminum housing and other high quality materials involved in producing it makes GuitarJack Model 2 cost more to produce than adapters that plug into the headset jack as well as other less expensive dock connecting accessories. With GuitarJack Model 2, you get proven high quality sound, designed by Joe Bryan, known for his work for Universal Audio, including the UA 2192. GuitarJack Model 2 is made in America, which causes it to be more expensive to produce than many other options. If you are looking for the best sounding solution that works best for recording, GuitarJack Model 2 is the premium choice. [Now that GuitarJack Model 2 is discontinued, please see Sonoma's newer models: GuitarJack Stage and StudioJack Mini, which are also high quality and Made in the U.S.A.]Which apps can I use with GuitarJack Model 2GuitarJack Model 2 works best with FourTrack for iPhone ($4.99), StudioTrack for iPad ($9.99) and GuitarTone ($2.99) because they include the GuitarJack Model 2 control panel. StudioTrack and FourTrack have unique features, like simultaneous instrument recording onto two tracks and stereo recording onto two tracks. Additional amps and effects ($19.99 value) are enabled for free in GuitarTone, StudioTrack and FourTrack while GuitarJack Model 2 is connected. GuitarJack Model 2 is compatible with many third party recording apps, guitar tuners, and audio effects apps, like Apple's GarageBand, even if they do not have a GuitarJack Model 2 control panel. To change modes or set levels of GuitarJack Model 2 for use with third party apps, configure the settings using an app with the GuitarJack Model 2 control panel (like GuitarTone), then quit to launch the third party app. GuitarJack Model 2 will retain the current settings and levels even when the iOS device goes to sleep or GuitarJack Model 2 is disconnected. GuitarJack Model 2 users have reported success using GuitarJack Model 2 with the following third party apps. We're sure GuitarJack Model 2 works with even more audio apps!AmpKit - Agile PartnersAmpliTube and AmpliTube Slash - IK MultimediaAuria - WaveMachine Labs, Inc.Cleartune - Chromatic Tuner - bitcountGarageBand - AppleGuitar Amp - Studio DeviliPod player from AppleLuci Live Lite - Technica Del ArteMultiTrack DAW - HarmonicdogPocketAmp - Checkeffect.netStompBox - 4Pockets.comJamUp Pro XT - Amp Effects ProcessorBy Positive Grid LLCSonoma Wire Works is keeping track of GuitarJack Model 2 compatible third party apps in the GuitarJack Model 2 Forums. Is there a free app with the GuitarJack Model 2 control panelThe GuitarTone amps, effects and tuner app (only $2.99), FourTrack and StudioTrack include the GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel. A large amount of GuitarTone's amps, cabinets, and effects are unlocked in FourTrack and StudioTrack when your device is connected to GuitarJack Model 2. What is Taylor EQTaylor EQ is a feature in FourTrack and StudioTrack. Taylor EQ is no longer a separate stand alone app. Taylor EQ is an input EQ for enhancing the sound of a Taylor guitar when played through a GuitarJack on an iOS device. Players can select from a range of EQ presets that complement Taylor's signature guitar body shapes, including the Grand Auditorium, Grand Symphony, Grand Concert, Dreadnought, T5, or the new GS Mini. Each EQ preset was custom designed by Taylor Guitars' engineers to optimize the tone of each body shape for use with the GuitarJack Model 2. Players can also create a custom tone for any guitar by using the six-band parametric equalizer in Advanced EQ mode, and play along to their favorite songs by launching FourTrack and StudioTrack while music is playing. While Taylor EQ will work with most guitar adapters and any acoustic guitar, it is optimized for use with the GuitarJacks and Taylor guitars equipped with the company's Expression System for the highest quality sound. Use Taylor EQ to enhance recordings of Taylor guitars or any other acoustic guitar.What are Taylor EQ's featuresTaylor EQ Features:Six Taylor Guitar EQ Presets: Select from a range of EQ presets that complement Taylor's signature guitar body shapes, including the Grand Auditorium, Grand Symphony, Grand Concert, Dreadnought, T5, or the GS Mini.Advanced Mode: Use the 6 band Parametric EQ with frequency, gain and pinch-for-Q gesture control to create a custom tone for your Taylor Guitar or any guitar. Then save the settings for later use. Toggle between basic and advanced to hear the difference.iPod Playthrough: Play along with your iPod songs on your iPhone or iPod touch while FourTrack or StudioTrack.Compressor/Limiter: A factory configured compressor-limiter sweetens the sound and keeps the output from clipping, or turn it off to hear the unprocessed output.Monitor Level: Balance the level when playing along with iPod songs. Turn it up to push the compressor harder.GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel: GuitarJack Model 2 connects instruments, stereo line inputs and mics to the iPod Touch (3rd generation) via 1/4 inch instrument and 1/8 inch stereo mic/line inputs. GuitarJack Model 2 features a 1/4 inch instrument with configurable pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes, a 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input that includes pad, normal and boost modes, and a 1/8 inch stereo output with increased drive for headphones. Each input has 60dB of continuous gain/level control. You can configure GuitarJack Model 2's levels in Taylor EQ for the best possible sound, and what you'll hear through the improved headphone jack sounds better than through the iOS device headphone jack. Levels set using Taylor EQ's GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel settings will remain set when you switch to compatible audio apps, even if they do not include the GuitarJack Model 2 Control Panel.What are the differences between the GuitarTone app and the GuitarTone Tool in FourTrack and StudioTrackThe GuitarTone Song Tool built-in to FourTrack and StudioTrack includes many of the same features as the GuitarTone stand-alone app with some exceptions:Purchases of additional AmpPacks and PedalPacks can only be purchased in the GuitarTone stand-alone app. Packs are instantly activated in GuitarTone , FourTrack and StudioTrack on any device that uses the same iTunes account.GuitarTone stand-alone app allows iPod playthrough, but FourTrack and StudioTrack do not.GuitarTone 2.1 stand-alone app tones are updated and improved from the tones that are included in FourTrack's and StudioTrack's GuitarTone 1.1 song tools.GuitarTone stand-alone app has been updated to version 2.1 to include Audiobus, making it possible for multiple Audiobus enabled music apps to work together. Audiobus Input and Filter support allows you to record your guitar with the incredible sounds of GuitarTone in Audiobus enabled apps, like GarageBand, or filter the output of another app, like NLogSynth, before recording it. FourTrack and StudioTrack do not yet include Audiobus.A 24-bit firmware update for GuitarJack Model 2, the best sounding guitar interface for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, his now included in the GuitarTone 2.1 stand-alone app update. Also, with this firmware update, input level controls in GarageBand and Multitrack DAW now work with GuitarJack Model 2. FourTrack and StudioTrack do not include this firmware update.Can third party amp modeling apps connect directly to the FourTrack app As of iOS 4.1, and prior to Audiobus, it was not possible to have the audio from one app running into the input of another, so one app could not mix into another app. The multi-tasking behavior on the phone was quite limited in terms of audio routing between apps. Without AudioBus, audio can not be blended from one app into the main output along with other apps, like running Pandora in the background, or listening to the iPod app while using the Taylor EQ app. Two apps using inputs could not be run at the same time. Only the foreground app has access to the audio input signal, so even if you could put AmpKit into the background, it would not have access to the audio input signal. Does Sonoma make any amp or pedal modeling software for FourTrack and GuitarJack Model 2 Yes, Sonoma makes the GuitarTone app, a standalone app and a Song Tool in FourTrack and StudioTrack. GuitarTone includes Audiobus support, but FourTrack and StudioTrack do not yet support Audiobus. FourTrack and StudioTrack include GuitarTone amps and effects so it is not necessary for using these amps and effects. What is the GuitarTone app and what are its featuresGuitarTone is an amp and effects App and Song Tool in FourTrack and StudioTrack. Please see the GuitarTone page for more information.Which microphones and audio cables are recommended for use with GuitarJack Model 2GuitarJack Model 2 will work with any un-powered dynamic microphone, eg. Shure SM-57, SM-58, EV RE-20, Sennheiser MD-421, and more. An XLR to 1/4\" cable or adapter will be required. A low-Z to hi-Z impedance adapter is NOT required. GuitarJack Model 2 does NOT provide phantom power, but it can be used with mono or stereo battery powered condenser microphones.Sonoma Wire Works has tested GuitarJack Model 2 with the following battery powered condenser mics:Rode NT4 ($899 MSRP) - stereo XY condenser microphone with two externally biased 1/2 capsules with gold sputtered diaphragms. Phantom power or 9V battery operation. Doug Wright, Sonoma Wire Works' CEO, uses the Rode NT4.AKG C1000S ($399 MSRP) - cardioid condenser microphone, great for mobile recording or live sound. Phantom or battery power.Sony ECM719 ($89.99 MSRP) - one point stereo microphone.Sony ECM-MS907 ($99.99 MSRP) - one-point MS stereo electret condensor mic with adjustable pickup angle.More microphones listed in the GuitarJack Forum Microphone thread. GuitarJack Model 2's 1/4\" connector is unbalanced (TS) only. Mono microphones can be connected to the 1/4\" connector, but the 1/4\" connector will not have the boost mode that the 1/8\" connector features. Some XLR-1/4\" cables have impedance conversion built in or connect the wrong pins to the 1/4\" cable. 153554b96e