iOS Apps

Why don’t I hear any audio on my JAM+ (Jam Plus)?

So it doesn’t drain your iPad or iPhone’s battery, the JAM Plus only passes audio through the built-in headphone jack when the LED turns green.

The LED turns from blue to green when you:

  1. Playback audio from an application (like iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, etc.). As soon as playback stops, the light turns blue again to save power.
  2. Have a recording application open (like Garageband, Audacity, Music Memos, etc.)

NOTE that the input Blend feature only works when the LED is green.

Here are some other reasons you may have trouble hearing audio through the headphone jack on your JAM+:

  • Is the JAM’s LED blue? If so, this means that you don’t have recording software open. Launch a recording app and wait for the LED to turn green- then you’re ready to go.
  • Is the JAM’s output muted or turned down too low? Confirm that the output volume is turned up enough on your Mac, PC, or iOS device by using the built-in computer or iOS device volume controls. If you’re using a Mac or PC, make sure that the audio output level is set for JAM + on your computer.
  • If your recording app has input monitor buttons on its tracks, make sure you have monitoring turned on in your recording app.

Do Apogee products work with the iPad Pro with USB-C port?

Apple’s iPad Pro with the USB-C port marks a significant change that affects Apogee’s iOS-compatible devices.

First some background:

Apogee’s iOS compatible products have been officially certified for all past iPad/iPhone/iPod models (the ones with Lightning or 30-pin connectors) by Apple through their MFi Licensee program. However Apple does not offer MFi certification for the new USB-C iPad Pro models. With this change, some Apogee accessory features will be slightly different on the new iPad Pro USB-C models.

NOTE: This information is only regarding connection to iOS devices (iPads & iPhones), and does not affect anything regarding connection to a Mac or Windows computer.

All versions of MiC & JAM and Groove – COMPATIBLE
These units will send/receive audio and all functions can be controlled via the knobs/buttons on the hardware or the buttons and sliders on your iPad/iPhone/iPod.

Connect to the new iPad Pro USB-C with the Apple USB-C to USB Adapter together with the standard USB A cable that came in the box with the product
https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJ1M2AM/A/usb-c-to-usb-adapter

We also make a direct USB Micro to USB-C cable, which can be used with the MiC Plus, Jam Plus, and Groove:
https://www.apogeedigital.com/shop/1-meter-micro-b-to-usb-type-c-for-mic-plus

One/Duet/Quartet – *PARTIALLY COMPATIBLE

Basic functions of our larger USB units work. This would be audio playback, audio input, & output level control. (Note that ONE & Duet do not need the external power supply connected because the USB-C port provides bus power just like on a Mac!)

However these units are unable to connect to the Apogee Maestro iOS app, and thus are unable to access the Input Settings like Gain and Phantom Power or Output Routing, low-latency mixers, and Volume.

iPad does not get charged when a ONE, Duet, or Quartet are plugged in to AC power.

In some cases you may have to power down iPad, connect Duet or Quartet and power back up for them to be usable (ONE behaves differently, see below)

Quartet:
  • All 4 inputs are usable without Maestro via the front-panel controls: https://apogeedigital.com/video/ask-apogee-don-explains-a-new-quartet-feature
  • For other setting changes, have to connect to Mac or Lightning iPad/iPhone first. Then can connect to USB-C iPad & settings should carry over. 
Duet:
  • Able to adjust inputs gain with front panel knob.
  • Other input & various settings must be changed with it connected to a Mac computer or Lightning iPad/iPhone first. Then you can connect to the USB-C iPad Pro and settings should carry over.
ONE:
  • Inputs do not register in any app.
  • Output control, playback, streaming from iTunes or other music apps works.

Please be aware this may not work in all cases or on all applications. There is lots of variability and things can change with each Apple iOS release or audio app update.

Note: The Anker USB-C to Lightning Audio Adapter is not a workaround

We would very much like to update these devices to support the new iPad Pro USB-C and are working with Apple to do so.
As soon as Apple can provide us a path of compatibility with this device we are happy to update our unit to support it.
Please look out for an update when we are able to make this available.

Sennheiser Lightning devicesPartially Compatible  ClipMic Digital, MKE-2 Digital, MKE-4 Digital, AMBEO Smart Headset:

The Sennheiser mobile recording products can be converted from Lightning to USB-C using the Anker Lightning-to-USB-C adapter: https://apogeedigital.com/blog/the-ambeo-smart-headset-from-apogee-and-sennheiser-now-connects-to-mac-and-ipad-pro-using-the-new-anker-usb-c-to-lightning-audio-adapter

Note: The Maestro and AMBEO iOS apps will not be able to communicate with the Sennheiser microphones even withe the Anker adapter due to the lack of MFi through USB-C instead of Lightning. However generic recording does work according to our tests.

Are Apogee iOS products compatible with my particular iPhone model ?

Yes, every Apogee iOS-compatible device (JAM, JAM 96k, MiC, MiC 96k, ONE for iPad & Mac, Duet for iPad & Mac, Quartet) has been tested on and is compatible with all versions of iPhone (30-pin or Lightning models).

If you have an iOS device with USB-C port (such as iPad Pro USB-C), please see this article.

Are Apogee’s products compatible with iOS 9?

YES!  The following products have been tested and are fully compatible with iOS 9 (every version of 9) on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch:

  • JAM
  • JAM96k
  • MiC
  • MiC 96k
  • ONE for iPad/Mac
  • Duet for iPad/Mac
  • Quartet for iPad/Mac
  • Apogee MetaRecorder app
  • Apogee Maestro for iOS app
  • Sennheiser ClipMic Digital
  • Sennheiser MKE2 Digital

 

Apogee strongly recommends upgrading the Maestro App when using iOS 9 with the following products:

  • ONE for iPad/Mac
  • Duet for iPad/Mac
  • Quartet for iPad/Mac

To upgrade Maestro, simply tap the “App Store” Icon and go to the “Updates” tab.  If an update is necessary, Maestro will appear on the list of Apps and you will need to tap the Update box to download.

Video recorded with camera app has audio on one side only- how to fix (stereo to mono)

Note- if you are experiencing audio in one output channel only when using GARAGEBAND, please click here. The article below is for the CAMERA APP.

When you use a ONE for iPad & Mac, a Duet for iPad & Mac, or a Quartet as your audio interface on an iOS device and you record a video using the camera app, you might notice that when you play the video back, the audio is on only one side of the outputs. This issue is often misinterpreted as the audio being recording in mono, when what’s actually happening is Input 1 in a stereo input track is being hard-panned to the left (or right if you were recording with Input 2). This is because the Apogee device is being seen as a multi-channel device by the iDevice so it’s recording a stereo audio file while your input is only coming in on Input 1– the left side of the stereo input (or right if you were recording with Input 2).

Some apps (such as the camera app) do not give you the ability to set the input for mono recording, which is what you want if you want your audio to be coming out of both output channels. There are 2 different  workarounds for this. The first one is the easiest and requires using a Mac and QuickTime 7 Pro. The second one is more time-consuming and involves using a Mac and the Audacity and iMovie (or Final Cut Pro) apps.

 

 

WORKAROUND- OPTION #1 (QuickTime 7 Pro)

  • Export your video to the Mac that you will be using. The quickest way to do this is to plug your iDevice in to the Mac and launch the ‘Image Capture’ app on your Mac, select the video in ‘Image Capture’ (make sure you select ONLY the video you want to import) and click the ‘Import’ button (not ‘Import All’ !).

 

  • Once you’ve saved the video file to your desktop, you will need to open ‘QuickTime Player 7 Pro’. If you don’t already have ‘QuickTime Player 7’, you can download it by clicking here. You can keep your current version of QuickTime Player on your Mac and continue to use it for everything else. You only need version 7 for this file conversion.There is no need to delete the current version.
  • To unlock the ‘Pro’ functionality that you will need for converting the audio in the video file, you will need to get a Registration code. Once you have a Registration code, launch ‘QuickTime Player 7’ (it can be found in Applications > Utilities), click on the QuickTime Player 7 menu and select Registration.

1. QT File> Regist

  • In the Registration window, type in the correct name and registration code and hit Return on your keyboard. The QuickTime logo will now display the word Pro on it. Close the Registration window.

2. QT Pro Regis Code

  • Locate your video file that you imported from Image Capture. Control-click the file and open it with QuickTime Player 7. Make sure you’re not using the current version of QuickTime for this.
  • Once you have opened your video file with QuickTime Player 7, click on the File menu and select Export.

3. QT- File Export

  • Once the ‘Save Exported File As…’ window opens, go to the bottom middle of the window and click the Options button.

4. QT- Export Options

 

  • You should now be in the Movie Settings window. Go to the middle of the window and click the Settings button under the Sound checkbox.

5. QT- Sound settings

 

  • Once the Sound Settings window opens, click on the Channels drop-down menu and select Mono.

6. QT- Mono sound

 

  • Once you’ve selected Mono, click the OK button at the bottom of the window and then click the OK button at the bottom of the next window.
  • Once you’ve named the video file you’re about to save and chose where it will be saved on your Mac, click the Save button.
  • Find the new video file you just saved and open it in QuickTime (whichever version you want). The audio should now be coming out of both output channels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKAROUND- OPTION #2 (Audacity + iMovie/Final Cut Pro)

  • Export your video to the Mac that you will be using. The quickest way to do this is to plug your iDevice in to the Mac and launch the ‘Image Capture’ app on your Mac, select the video in ‘Image Capture’ (make sure you select ONLY the video you want to import) and click the ‘Import’ button (not ‘Import All’ !).

  • Once you’ve saved the video file to your desktop, open it in ‘Quicktime’ and export the audio by clicking on File > Export > Audio Only.  Name this file and save it to your desktop.

2. QT- export audio only

  • If you don’t already have the ‘Audacity’ app, you will need to download it. It’s a free download:  Click here to download Audacity.
  • If you get a message saying that Audacity can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, go to the Security & Privacy panel in your Mac’s System Preferences and click the ‘Open Anyway’ button at the bottom of the panel.

3. open anyway- System Prefs

 

  • Once Audacity opens, go to File > Import > Audio and select the audio file that you exported in Quicktime.

4. audacity- import audio

  • Once your file has imported, it should display one stereo track with audio waveforms on only one side. Go to Tracks > Stereo Track to Mono and it will convert the track to a mono track.

5. audacity- stereo to mono

 

  •  The track should now have only bar instead of 2:

6. audacity- mono track

 

  •  Go to File > Export Audio and choose what type of file format you want. It’s usually best to stick to WAV, which is what it should default to.

7. audactiy- export

 

  •  For this part you will need either the iMovie or Final Cut Pro app if you don’t already have one of them. They can both be downloaded on the App Store. Quit Audacity and launch iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Create a new project. Find your original video file that you imported from Image Capture and drag the file into the bottom of the iMovie/Final Cut Pro timeline at the bottom of the window.

8. drag video file into iMovie

 

  • Select the video file that you just put into the Timeline, making sure there’s a yellow line around it. Now Control-click the file and choose Detach Audio.

9. detach audio imovie

 

  • You should now see the audio track below the video track. It will be a green colored bar. Click on the audio track to select it and then hit delete on your keyboard to delete it.

10. audio detached- imovie

 

  • Once you’ve deleted the audio track, look for the mono audio file that you exported from Audacity. Find this file and drag it into the iMovie/Final Cut Pro timeline where the old audio track was. Make sure to line the audio track up with the video track so they have the same starting point.
  • Now you are ready to export. Go to File > Share > (whatever format you want), name the file, and save it to your desktop (or wherever you like). Open this new video file in Quicktime and the audio will now be coming out of both sides!

 

 

 

ONE for iPad & Mac input distortion on iOS 9.2 and 9.2.1 (FIXED)

If you are experiencing input distortion with your Apogee ONE on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 9.2 or iOS 9.2.1 our testing indicates upgrading to iOS 9.3 will resolve the issue.

The Symptoms are:

  • All ONE for iPad & Mac inputs (internal mic, external mic, and 1/4 instrument input) have crackling and clicking distortion noise on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. All is fine when use with a Mac computer.
  • Inputs were fine on iOS 9.1 and earlier, and only occurred once updated to iOS 9.2 or 9.2.1
  • Noise occurs on all iOS recording apps that use the 44.1kHz or 48kHz sample rates (when record at 88.2kHz or 96kHz in apps that support it, there is no distortion)

Recommended fix for the issue: Upgrade your iOS device to iOS 9.3

Learn more about updating to the latest version of iOS: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204204

Why is MetaRecorder’s sample rate/bit resolution orange?

This indicates that the playback sample rate doesn’t match the Scene recording rate.

For example, if you’re recording with an input-only device such as Apogee MiC or Sennheiser ClipMic digital at 96kHz and listening through the iPhone’s headphone jack, the sample rate switches to 48kHz during playback, due to the fact that the headphone output doesn’t support the higher sample rate. Don’t worry, the recorded files are still at the higher sample rate.

MetaRecorder orange sample rate