How to connect the Jamstik to Mac via Bluetooth or USB
If you want to play your Jamstik with the Learning Portal for Jamstik on web on Mac or your DAW you can conveniently connect using the supplied USB cable, or wirelessly via Bluetooth.
First, make sure that your Jamstik is powered on.
If you wish to connect via USB, your Mac should automatically detect your Jamstik and you are ready to go. For Bluetooth connection, follow the step-by-step instructions below.
With Bluetooth turned on, launch the Audio MIDI setup application from within your Utilities folder, or hit on CMD + space to open the spotlight and search for the Audio MIDI Setup application.
The icon will look like this:
If not already visible, select 'Show MIDI Studio' from the Window drop-down menu.
The MIDI studio pane has been reorganized from previous versions. Resize the pane to see all of the options. To do this, drag the right bottom corner of the page until the Bluetooth icon is visible in the MIDI studio top bar.
Then click the Bluetooth icon and the familiar Bluetooth configuration will pop up.
The Jamstiks have an 8 digit ID. Select your ID, then select 'Connect'
Once connected, your Jamstik will either:
The Jamstik+ indicator light will turn solid green.
The Jamstik 7 and GT indicator lights will pulse green slowly.
The Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar indicator light will turn solid green.
Another indicator to show you have properly connected is to check the Bluetooth discovery pane—it should change the 'Connect' button to 'Disconnect'.
Your Jamsitk is now connected and ready to be used in the Learning Portal for Jamstik on web, the Jamstik Creator Plugin, or in your favorite DAW!
Visit our DAW Setup Guides for more help connecting to your DAW.
Other Ways to Connect
MIDI-Out can be handled in a variety of ways, either wired through USB cable, wirelessly via Bluetooth, or if you're using the Jamstik Studio MIDI guitar, via 3.5mm TRS-MIDI cable.
- PC Connection
- iOS Connection
- TRS-MIDI Connection
I have connected to mac bluetooth. Only 5th string does not sound. Other strings are all OK. I set up wrong way? Jamstik with iPhone 5S does work perfectly.
Hi Takeshi, Are you using GarageBand? GarageBand on the Mac requires that you switch to single-channel MIDI mode. You can do this by pressing, "Enter and Right" on the D-Pad to toggle between single and omni-channel modes. This should clear up the non-sounding string.
Thank you for reply. Yes I am using GarageBand. I set it up to single-channel MIDI mode. Non-sounding 5th string is fixed but 4th and 5th string has same sound. The Jamstik does not work at all when lesson mode (GarageBand), Is'nt it compatible?
Takeshi, were you able to update your device's firmware via the iOS app? If not, you should follow the instructions: https://jamstik.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203995223-How-do-I-reset-my-jamstik- - to reset your device back to default pick settings. I think this could be the issue with the 4th and 5th having cross-talk problems, causing the same note to ring out. If this does not help, please submit a ticket and our support team will be in touch with you soon. Unfortunately, the GarageBand Lessons are not compatible with MIDI devices, but we will soon have jamstik+ and jamTutor apps available for MAC, hopefully within this week!
Matt, Thank you very much for your instructions. Everything worked perfectly.
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