Let me be perfectly clear: The JamHub is not just another musical tool; it is a key ingredient for a more enjoyable quality of life. Bold statement? Yes it is; but for me (family activities aside), I find that jamming with talented friends to be the most exciting and soul satisfying thing I like to do on a night off.
In the old days (pre-children) we’d all turn up our amps and PA just loud enough so that everyone could hear everything well enough to play. Within minutes each person would turn up “just a little bit more” so that they could hear their own voice and instrument best. Before long we’d all be loud, but it sounded pretty good. Today though, even the initial soft volume is “way too loud” for my house. Just when everybody’s groovin’, I’ll get the inevitable, “Turn It Down!!”
So I thought, “No problem, I own plenty of gear and I have a headphone amp; I’ll just have everybody bring headphones and it’ll be magic.” But it *NEVER* worked. The unchanging truth is that every musician needs to hear themselves “just a little louder” than everyone else to play their best, and the single headphone mix made everyone unhappy. Plus, almost all the musicians were using stereo effects and my mixer just doesn’t have 14 Aux Sends.
The JamHub is a perfectly elegant solution to this universal problem. Each of the musicians now gets a TRS line-level stereo input, perfect for keyboards, guitar and bass processors, electronic drum kits and groove boxes, or even the headphone output of your iPod, iPad, or computer. Plus, they each get an XLR for their microphone (phantom power is available on the GreenRoom and TourBus). Now it’s easy for each musician to balance the levels of all the other musicians. All the vocal mics have individual send amounts to a global vocal effect processor.
It’s amazing how much better everybody plays and sings when they’re happy with their mix. The resulting music will be so good that you’ll want to record it via the stereo recording out channel with its own mixer and TRS output (USB output is available on the GreenRoom and TourBus). The TourBus even adds an SD card recorder to archive every moment of the jam. (Connect it to powered speakers and you have a live show with stereo personal monitors!!!)
Note to parents of teen musicians: Imagine a quiet Saturday afternoon at home without hearing the same three chords all day… priceless!
And don’t forget the optional SoleMix Remote mixing module that effectively lets you have your slice of the pizza 12′ away from the JamHub. Headphone maker, Direct Sound, has partnered with the JamHub to create bundles (5-pack or 7-pack) of their EX-25 and EX-29 Extreme Isolation headphones that turn the JamHub into a pro-quality rehearsal facility.
And finally, to those of you with lots of gear in your house who are thinking, “I’ll bet I already have enough stuff to do all this,” just consider that the whole JamHub can rest in your open hand and weighs 5 lbs. or less. And it’s ready to go within a minute of everybody plugging in. More importantly, you don’t have to tear up your studio trying to get this to work. From my heart I promise you: Just one jam session with out-of-town friends you rarely get to see will make you glad you own a JamHub.