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Published on March 14th, 2013 | by Greg


JamUp Plug: Audio Interface For iOS

If you’re an amateur musician who regularly uses both a guitar and an iPad or iPhone, then you should definitely take a look at today’s interesting gadget. It’s also impressively affordable, only costing around $20!

Of course, there are some sacrifices that you make to get to that price point, but we’re happy to report that the JamUp Plug from Positive Grid works quite well. Plug it into your headphone jack, and suddenly you have access to two jacks- one that’s a 1/4″ female instrument input and another that replaces the 3.5mm jack with a direct output for your headphones, amp, or mixer. We’ve seen a couple of these, like the GuitarJack 2 that offers slicker build quality and uses the 30-pin connector but is much more expensive.

The JamUp Plug works will any app- we tried it with GarageBand, but also others like AmpliTube, AmpKit and of course their JamUp app.  They claim zero-latency and no noise, thanks to their “optimized circuit”. And we didn’t notice any lag- an impressive feat of custom design- and our signal was clean as well. The JamUp Plug works with all versions of the iPad, iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, and the 4th generation iPod touch. Plus it’s incredibly light, small enough to take anywhere. The device is completely plastic, and there are no fancy extras or switches or other extras- but that spare simplicity means that it just works. Available now, for around $20.

Also, it’s a great pair to use with the recently-reviewed AirTurn pedals, which help keep you focused on the music and stop you from getting interrupted when you have to turn the pages!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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