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Apogee Jam+ USB interface for Mac and iOS adds USB-C, better sound input

On Tuesday, audio gear maker Apogee revealed the Jam+, an upgraded version of its USB input for musicians looking to connect guitars, keyboards, and other instruments to a Mac or iOS device for recording.

Apogee Jam+

The peripheral features enhanced circuitry for better analog to digital conversion, a digital encoder knob, and stereo output for direct headphone or speaker connections. A "Blend" button turns on low-latency monitoring, and an "Overdrive" mode is intended to make virtual amps and pedals feel more realistic.

The Jam+ supports 24-bit, 96-kilohertz recording, and comes bundled with Lightning, USB-A, and USB-C cables. It also comes with Positive Grid's BIAS JAM FX software for Mac and Windows, which includes 3 amps, 6 effects, and an assortment of "essential" pedals.

The original Jam dates back to 2010, and is still on sale.

The Jam+ is launching today at a cost of $159. It's available from Apogee and a number of third-party retailers, including Apple retail stores.