The Apogee Jam and MiC bring studio sound quality in a compact size. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira check out the pocket sized plug-and-play guitar input and microphone that allows anyone to record music straight to their iPad, iPhone and Mac.
What You Need To Know
The Apogee Jam and MiC are two very compact devices and what set them apart are their sizes, functions and constructions.
They are a lot of the same design aspects, from the matte black finish to the indicator light.
The first thing you'll notice about the MiC is the weight, because the housing is made of metal.
It has some heft to it, which is what you want from microphones.
The basic idea here is portability and with that comes simplified board controls.
They both have an indicator light on the front, below the logo.
The light turns blue when searching to connect with your computer or iPad, and green when connection has been established.
The light will even flip to red when the unit is peaking.
The left side of both devices features the gain rocker, which will allow you to physically control your gain.
The Jam can capture the analog signal of your guitar digitally right into your ipad or iPhone.
It's a plug-and-play device so no set up is necessary (the same goes for the microphone).
The Jam connects directly into the 30 pin connector on the bottom of your iPod or iPad.
The main downfall is you can't charge the device while you're recording.
Once it's plugged in, just launch GarageBand to use.
The amp settings are all at your disposal.
You can change and add pedals as well.
Overall, the Apogee Jam was a lot of fun while working and definitely is a nice way of recording your guitar on the go.
We did find that we would often lose monitor capabilities, and I had to restart my iPad on more than one occasion.
The Apogee MiC is the first true analog microphone that puts out a digital signal.
This is the first cardioid condenser mic that does on board conversion to digital, so you get the warmth and clarity of an analog mic right onto your iPad/iPhone.
This will work well with any core audio program, like ProTools and Logic Ect. on the Mac.
The quality of the microphone really blew us away: it picks up exactly what you want to do and the recording quality, whether it was spoken word for a podcast or mic-ing an acoustic guitar, was really top notch.