Apogee’s Element 24, 46 and 88 are Thunderbolt audio I/O boxes for Mac. The Element Series takes the best of cutting-edge Apogee gear like Symphony I/O Mk II, Ensemble Thunderbolt and Groove and puts it into simple form factors. With streamlined hardware features and advanced software control, the Element series delivers ultimate recording quality and performance at unprecedented prices.

The Elements of Excellent Audio

Analog to Digital Conversion

A high-quality A/D converter is critical for capturing every detail of your recordings into your computer. The Element series features some of the best Apogee A/D conversion. Recording through an Element ensures you will minimize unwanted noise and maximize the signal quality. Your tracks will sound amazing and mixing your project will be easier.

Microphone Preamps

Whether you are recording powerful drums, dynamic vocals or delicate strings, you need a premium mic preamp to capture the finest details of the performance. The Element Series mic preamps feature Apogee’s Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture™. This analog circuit is designed to dynamically optimize across a gain range of 0-75dB to provide superior bandwidth and low distortion.

Digital to Analog Conversion

With a high-quality D/A converter, you will hear more definition in each track and virtual instrument. This clarity makes it easier for you to make precise adjustments and achieve the ideal balance when mixing your music. When you listen to your sessions through an Element, tracks will blend more harmoniously and mixing will be easier. The high end will sound crisp and clear and the low end will be tight and well defined.

Clocking

An audio interface relies on a clock source like an orchestra relies on a conductor. A digital audio clock provides a timing signal to all the parts of a digital audio system so that each part of the AD/DA process may be synchronized. Element has its own built-in clock source and provides professional Word Clock IN and OUT for syncing with other digital audio gear. Use Element as the master clock to take advantage of Apogee’s superior built-in clocking technology.

Thunderbolt Connectivity

The Element Series Thunderbolt driver offers incredible low-latency performance (1.41 ms round-trip) and rock-solid stability. Apogee’s custom driver uses less of your computer’s CPU power with the help of Direct Memory Access (DMA) technology. This allows you to run more plugins and monitor through your DAW at a low buffer setting. Element’s low latency driver means you don’t have to choose between power and speed.

16 IN x 16 OUT Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

Element 88 offers the best sound quality of any 8 IN x 8 OUT audio interface under $1,500. Ideal for the producer, engineer or musician, Element 88 gives you all the I/O you need to record drums or a full band.

Highlights

16 IN x 16 OUT Audio I/O box

AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz/24-bit

8 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments or line-level devices

4 combination inputs

4 XLR inputs

8 analog outputs

2 balanced L/R XLR outputs

2 balanced 1/4” outputs

2 1/4” stereo headphone outputs

Single port Thunderbolt connectivity to Mac for ultra-low latency performance

1.41ms round-trip at 96kHz with a 32 buffer setting

Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF

ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors

S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF

ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors

S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

Word Clock IN/OUT via BNC connections for syncing with other digital audio gear

Element Control Software for Mac provides all control of hardware parameters including input gain, output level and low latency monitoring

Element Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Works with Apogee Control – Optional desktop hardware remote control (Sold separately)

Multi-Unit Thunderbolt support – Connect any two Element audio I/O boxes directly to Thunderbolt ports on your computer

Element 88 Highlights

16 IN x 16 OUT Thunderbolt Audio I/O box

AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz/24-bit

8 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments or line-level devices

4 combination inputs

4 XLR inputs

8 analog outputs

2 balanced L/R XLR outputs

2 balanced 1/4” outputs

2 1/4” stereo headphone output

Single port Thunderbolt connectivity to Mac for ultra-low latency performance

1.41ms round-trip at 96kHz with a 32 buffer setting

Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF

ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

SMUX: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF

ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

SMUX: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 Toslink connector

Word Clock IN/OUT via BNC connections for syncing with other digital audio gear

Element Control Software for Mac provides all control of hardware parameters including input gain, output level and low latency monitoring

Element Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Works with Apogee Control – Optional desktop hardware remote control (Sold separately)

Multi-Unit Thunderbolt support – Connect any two Element audio I/O boxes directly to Thunderbolt ports on your computer

Element 88 with included rack ears

Weights and Dimensions

13.5” x 5.5” X 1.75”

35cm x 14cm X  4.5cm

3.5lbs

1.6kg

System Requirements

Mac OS:


Computer: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)

Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB recommended

OS: 10.10 or greater

Connection: Any available Thunderbolt port*

Power: DC Power supply included

*Thunderbolt cable not included

Compatible Software:

Any Mac Core Audio compatible application

Recommended apps: Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo

In the box:

Element 88

Universal Power Supply with standard 3 pin-IEC cable

Rack ears and mounting screws

Quick Start Guide

Warranty Booklet

Mic Preamps:

8 Mic preamps

Gain: Up to 75 dB and advanced stepped gain circuit design

Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and polarity invert

EIN: 129dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input

Max input level: +20dBu

Input impedance: 3K Ohm

A/D conversion:

Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic): +20dBu

Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV

Input impedance: 5KOhm

Freq resp 10 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)

Rel. THD + N: -110dB

Dyn. Range: 119dB (A-weighted)

D/A conversion:

Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu

Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV

Line output impedance: 90 Ohm

Freq resp 10Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)

Rel. THD+N : -114dB

Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)

Headphone Max output level:

560mW into 30 Ohm

90mW into 600 Ohm

Headphone THD+N: -107 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 19 dBu

Headphone Dyn Range: 117dB a-weighted


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Apogee Element 88 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

  • $1,995.00
  • $1,495.00

  • Ex Tax: $1,495.00

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