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Apogee Jam – quality guitar takes anywhere!

Apogee Jam – quality guitar takes anywhere!

The Apogee brand may be something to which many project studio owners or recording musicians aspire. With their premium converters and audio interfaces, Apogee have been at the forefront of ADC and DAC technology for a long-time… Aspire no more! With the Apogee Jam, you can record your guitar into your iOS device or Mac and get the take right at source with the expertise of Apogee.

Apogee Jam iOS and Mac guitar interface

Apogee Jam band

Of course, the fact that the Apogee Jam is so portable is a huge bonus. With this and an iPad with Garageband in your guitar case, you can make great-sounding recordings anywhere.

And of course, you’re recording through the pro-hardware upfront, if you nail that perfect take when you’re on the road, you’ve got the quality to just go ahead and use that take back in the studio!

Going digital

There are plenty of cheaper options to get your guitar sound into your device using the headphone/mic socket; so why not just use those?

Well, there are a couple of reasons. The first is that if you plug in there, you’re using the devices onboard analogue to digital conversion, which doesn’t come close to the Apogee circuit design.

The second is that the input on an iOS device features a high-pass filter, so all those low frequencies are filtered away before they even see your amp simulator. Given that your low E string has a frequency of 82 Hz, you probably don’t want to be doing that.

Now, they can be superb for practice, and I still keep my mic input device as my live backup incase my amp goes pop at a gig, but I wouldn’t use it for recording anything more than spur-of-the-moment song ideas and sketches.

Oh, and want to hear the sort of thing that PETER FRAMPTON does with it?

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Jamming the front end to your digital tubes

The software amplifier revolution has been just that: a revolution. So many guitar tracks these days are DI’d and the amp tones of choice sculpted at the mixing stage.

If you’ve not quite been impressed yet, maybe you’ve not had quite the right front end to your virtual half-stack. With the Apogee Jam, you get a discrete, class A junction gate field effect transistor (JFET) way in to your amplifier tone.

JFETs are great things. Not only are they very simple transistors, but they also present your guitar with a very high impedance, in much the same way that a valve amp does. This loads your guitar’s electronics the way they want to be loaded, and makes for a much more realistic playing experience, and a more authentic way into the pre-amp modelling of your software amplifier.

And getting the input level right is easy as well, with an input level control and multi-colour LED, it’s easy to dial back to avoid pushing it too hard, and crank it up to improve your signal to noise ratio.

With a USB cable, 30-pin iOS device AND a lightning cable in the box, you’ll be up and running straightaway, regardless of which device you use!

All in all then, the Apogee Jam is well worth checking out. Whether it’s for silent practice with an amp on your iPhone in your living room, at the rehearsal room recording with your iPad into Garageband, or in the studio as an input to a Pro Tools rig, your Apogee Jam is going to feel right at home!

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