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Getting the best out of APOGEE Jam, USB Mic and GARAGEBAND

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Rufio90210, May 13, 2015.

  1. Rufio90210

    Rufio90210 Active Member

    Hi,

    I am new to the world of recording and learning about all the gear. I want to know if there is anything I can do to make my guitar sound fuller/louder and with more life running through apogee jam into garageband. It can sound a little tinny to me it just feels like it needs a boost. I know that the JAM is a preamp, but If i hooked it up with another preamp or some kind of DI box would it give me this boost I desire? I have a USB mic, the Samson C03U can anything be done with this to give it that boost and life?

    Generally garageband can feel a little quiet and flat even when I get into mastering so any advice on that would be appreciated.

    Many thanks
     
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    a decent DI box might help. sometimes impeadence mismatch will thin guitars out. i like the Countryman 85 DIs on a budget or the Radial boxs if you have the coin.
     
  3. Rufio90210

    Rufio90210 Active Member

    thanks for response, I will check out that DI.

    What is impeadence mismatch?
     
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    @Boswell ...... i think Bos can explain it better than me but when you plug directly into a line level input instead of an instrument input it can cause loading of the guitars electronics and either cloud or thin the signal.
     
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Is this a solid body guitar with magnetic induction pickups, an acoustic guitar with a piezo pickup or some other type? Are there any electronics built-in to the guitar (does it need a battery)? Do you use a pedal or other signal modifier on the way into the interface?

    Jam is an amplifier plus A-D converter and computer interface. The output from the amplifier is not user-accessible other than via the A-D converter, so you can't daisy-chain another analog box after it. However, there is the possibility of using it just as a converter by putting your guitar signal into a pedal of some sort and then into the Jam to get the tone you want.
     
  6. Rufio90210

    Rufio90210 Active Member

    would an apogee duet help aid the fuller sound i seek rather then the jam?
     
  7. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Can't say without further information. It's difficult to help you if you just ignore the questions that would let us get to the root of your problem.
     
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  8. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Bos beat me to it.... The more info you can provide, the more help you will receive.

    You were asked several questions that were very pertinent to your situation. It would help us to help you further if you could answer them.
     
  9. Rufio90210

    Rufio90210 Active Member

    sorry I hadn't realised there was a reply I just quickly popped another question out. I just think it sounds thin and flat with all my guitars, my acoustics (battery) and electrics a yamaha pacifica and a Hamer semi acoustic. Not sure what the pick ups are and Im not using any stomp boxes or anytthing just straight into the Jam. From what I can tell the duet has a really good pre amp in it so maybe that will give me the boost I crave.
     
  10. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    We're not as concerned with the brand as we are the type of the pups...

    Surely you know what kind of pups your electric guitar has, right?

    Single coil? Double coil? Humbuckers? Active? Passive?
     

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