Apogee announces Jam: iPhone, iPad, Mac guitar interface

Jam: Apogee's smallest interface yet.
Jam: Apogee's smallest interface yet.

Following Apple's announcement of the iPad 2 and GarageBand, Apogee has revealed Jam, a new guitar input interface for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and, rather surprisingly, Mac. Given that Apogee has a close working relationship with Apple, we'd say that the timing of this launch is not coincidental.

Jam promises to do what products such as IK Multimedia's iRig have done but at higher quality: we'll be interested to test whether it really does sound better. It'll be released on 31 March at a price of $99. Here's what Apogee has to say about it:

Apogee Jam press release

Apogee Electronics is pleased to announce JAM, a studio quality guitar input for iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch® and Mac. Featuring PureDIGITAL technology, JAM enables musicians to practice, record and rock out with ultimate tone using the guitar amps and effects in Apple's GarageBand software on iPad 2 or Mac. No configuration necessary, just plug in and play and experience the legendary sound quality of Apogee for $99.

"We're very excited to enter the rapidly growing world of iOS with this incredible product," says Apogee Co-founder and CEO Betty Bennett. "JAM is the first high-quality interface that makes a digital connection to your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and the only one that also works on your Mac. You will immediately notice the difference between the sound quality of JAM and other similar products because its converters are designed by the same team of engineers responsible for our award-winning, high-end professional interfaces. JAM promises to become a standard for guitarists who want a professional, portable way to connect to these devices and benefit from the amazing music-making apps they offer."

JAM by Apogee Highlights:

* PureDIGITAL instrument connection delivers pristine sound quality
* Designed for electric guitar and bass
* With no confusing setup, you can start recording in minutes
* Made for Apple's GarageBand software
* Works with GarageBand on iOS devices or with any Core Audio compatible application on a Mac
* Control knob allows easy input level adjustment
* Multicolor LED for status indication and input level monitoring
* Studio quality instrument preamp with up to 40dB of gain
* High quality locking output connects directly to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch dock connector port or USB port on a Mac
* 44.1kHz, 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion
* Auto Soft Limit for optimal input level
* Made in the U.S.A.

System Requirements:

iOS: Supported Devices: iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs and iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation
iOS version: 4.2.1 and greater
Connection and Power: Dock connector port


Computer: Mac, with an Intel processor
Memory: 1 GB minimum of installed RAM, 2 GB recommended
OS: 10.6.4 or greater
Connection and Power: USB, powered by any USB port on the computer
Software: Apple's GarageBand, Logic Pro, MainStage or any Core Audio compliant application

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.