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Apogee JAM and MiC Review

Posted: May 17, 2012
Apogee JAM and MiC Review
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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.

Price

  • Apogee Jam - $99
  • Apogee MiC - $199

Rating

  • Apogee Jam - 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • We like the versatility of being able to use it with your computer or iOS device.
  • The simplicity of the design is great and we especially love the gain control on the side.
  • Our problem is how often we found it disconnecting and having to restart the iPad.

 

  • Apogee MiC - 5 Seals of Approval out of 5.
  • The microphone is truly impressive with solid construction.
  • Most importantly, the sound quality from such a small and portable device is amazing.
  • If you are serious about recording your own music or podcast, this is a great and versatile solution.

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