on Wednesday announced the release of the JamLab, a USB interface that enables Macs and PCs to act as a “virtual guitar system” — amp, effects medals and audio file player. It costs US$79.95.
The USB interface has a 1/4-inch jack for guitar input. A 1/8-inch jack can be used for line or headphone output, and data is input to the Mac or PC through USB. The interface samples 24-bit sound at 44.1 or 48kHz.
The GT Player Express software included with the JamLab can simulate guitar amps and virtual effects boxes for distortion, EQ, chorus, delay, reverb and noise gate. It can also play and down-speed standard AAC, MP3 and WAV audio files, to help practicing guitarists learn new music. The system also includes 160MB of M-Audio ProSessions drum loops in WAV file format.
The software operates both as a standalone package and as a plug-in using Core Audio, ASIO 2 and VST-compatible software. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.8 with 128MB RAM.