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:
- Playback audio from an application (like iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, etc.). As soon as playback stops, the light turns blue again to save power.
- 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.
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
We also make a direct USB Micro to USB-C cable, which can be used with the MiC Plus, Jam Plus, and Groove:
One/Duet/Quartet – *PARTIALLY COMPATIBLE
Basic functions of our larger USB units work. This would be audio playback, some 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: offers the best partial compatibility
- 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: decent partial compatibility
- 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: is the least compatible
- 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 AMBEO Smart Headset – Mostly Compatible
The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset can be converted from Lightning to USB-C using the Anker Lightning-to-USB-C adapter. Not only does this work in the USB-C iPad’s, but it also works on Macs (with limitations):
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.
Other Sennheiser Lightning devices – Not Compatible – ClipMic Digital, MKE-2 Digital, MKE-4 Digital:
These Sennheiser mobile recording products do not work on the USB-C iPads even when connected through the Anker Lightning-to-USB-C adapter. (It also does not work on Macs with USB-C. Only the AMBEO works on Macs through the Anker adapter).
These can only work through iPads and iPhones equipped with a Lightning port.
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.
YES! The following products have been tested and are fully compatible with iOS 9 (every version of 9) on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch:
- 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.
There is two ways to find and download Maestro on your iPad/iPhone:
A) Open the App Store and on the search bar type in “Apogee Maestro”. The app will come up and you can download it from there.
B) This second method requires that you connect your Apogee Interface compatible with iOS (ONE, Duet or Quartet) to your iPad/iPhone:
1) Go to Settings>General>About.
2) At the bottom of the list shown, select your interface name.
3) Go to “Find App for Accessory”, this will take you to the App Store where you will be able to download Maestro.
There is a known issue with Maestro for iOS where it will display the firmware version for ONE for iPad & Mac as “v0.0.0”, even when the firmware has already been updated. The firmware update will still work on Maestro for iOS, so you can go ahead and run the updater, but it will still display the firmware as v0.0.0. If the updater finished, that means the firmware updated.
This is a bug with the labeling in Maestro. You can double-check that the firmware for the ONE is up to date on your Mac by doing the following:
– Connect the ONE for iPad & Mac to your Mac via USB.
– Hold down the Option key and click on the Apple menu and select ‘System Information’
– Select ‘USB’ in the left-side column
– Select ‘ONE’ on the right-side USB device tree
– Confirm that the correct firmware version is displayed for ONE for iPad & Mac.
If you are not able to get input in to Auria, follow these steps:
– On your iDevice, go to ‘Settings’.
– In the Settings page, go to ‘Privacy’.
– Select ‘Microphone’.
– Find Auria in the list and enable the switch next to it.
Starting with version 1.4 of Maestro for iOS, you are able to update the firmware of the Apogee Quartet directly from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch:
- On your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, open the App Store and search for Apogee Maestro.
- Download and install the Maestro app
- Connect your Quartet, open Maestro and tap the “Setup” button in the upper corner.
- The setup screen shows the current firmware version on your Quartet. If an update is available, you will be provided with an option to do so.
NOTE: Your Quartet must already be on version 1.1.11 or higher to update from an iOS device. Quartets with a prior firmware version will need to update from a Mac computer.
For the ONE for iPad & Mac, Duet for iPad & Mac, and Quartet for iPad & Mac:
- Clear meters by going to the desired screen in the Maestro iOS app, then touch any of the level meters anywhere.