Positive Grid Intros JamUp Plug HD Guitar and Bass iOS Interface

JamUp_Plug_HDPositive Grid, the creator of BIAS and JamUp Pro XT, today introduced its JamUp Plug HD, a studio-quality guitar and bass interface for use with recording and performance apps on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The compact JamUp Plug HD device improves on Positive Grid’s earlier JamUp Plug by offering a 24-bit/48kHz USB digital audio solution. The improved resolution enhances signal-to-noise ratio (98 dB RMS), eliminating feedback issues and, according to the manufacturer’s press release, “bringing the manufacturer’s JamUp and BIAS apps to their full potential.” The interface was also designed for maximum compatibility with other mobile processing and recording apps, including GarageBand, AmpliTube, AmpKit, Auria, Cubasis, Audiobus, Loopy and more.

The JamUp Plug HD also features an input level control and three-color LED for quick visual monitoring. A green LED = the JamUp Plug HD is connected, ready and working with the software; orange = the signal level has been optimized for the instrument; red = the input level is too high.

Positive Grid’s new interface allows musicians to “crank it up” and be ready to rock on literally any current iOS device. The JamUp Plug HD docs directly with the iPhone 4 and 4s, iPod Touch 4, and iPad 2 or 3 via its 30-pin connector, and also supports newer iOS devices via Apple’s 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter.

Technical specifications include:

  • 1/4-in stereo phone jack
  • 1/8-in headphone jack
  • 30-pin dock iOS device connection
  • Works for Lightning interface via 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter (not included)
  • Maximum Input Level: up to 5 Vrms
  • 500k? (mono), 1M? (stereo) input impedance
  • 0.6? output impedance
  • SNR: 98 dB RMS
  • Distortion (THD): 0.005%
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.2 dB
  • Conversion: 24-bit A/D
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1 and 48 kHz

Pricing and Availability. The Positive Grid JamUp Plug HD audio interface retails for $79.99 and is available now from the PositiveGrid website. For additional product information, consult the PositiveGrid site.

7 thoughts on “Positive Grid Intros JamUp Plug HD Guitar and Bass iOS Interface

  1. The lightning connector has been out for more than a year now right? Why are companies still releasing this 30 pin crap?

    1. it takes a long time to develop hardware and the biggest market is the 30 connector right now as it has a huge install base…plus adding lightening connector is just adding a simple adaptor cable so no harm no foul.

      1. It adds another 40 dollar purchase to your setup if you don’t already have the lightning connector. At that point you could buy a small USB interface or even a guitar amp with USB out.

        Line6, Apogee, and other companies released similar products to this already, so I don’t see the need for this product so late in the game.

    2. Because those works on my Ipad1, ipod touch 2 and ipod touch 4, and this device costs much less than buying a new ipad or ipod.

  2. My cheap but effective no latency (from what I can tell) alternative… Rock Smith guitar cable + Camera connection kit.

    Works like a charm!

  3. There are super cheap-o 30-pin to lightning adapters. You might have to buy three of them to find one that works, though.

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