Apogee Element Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Product Spotlight: Apogee Element Thunderbolt Interface

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Apogee’s Element Audio Interfaces are Thunderbolt audio I/O boxes made for creating music on your Mac.

Apogee's announcement of its new Element Series Thunderbolt interfaces has stirred up keen interest among home and project studio owners. After all, the company's been at the forefront in this market delivering groundbreaking gear for three decades. The three newly unveiled interfaces in the Element family (Element 24, Element 46, Element 88) serve up a whole new level of control for those of of us who produce audio on Macs. Each is a sleek, streamlined box that delivers remarkable value given Apogee's amazing AD converters and mic preamps.

Are you a control freak?

Apogee Element Control Software

Apogee Element Control Software and Mobile App on display at 141st AES Convention

Apogee Element Control App for Mac and Element Control Mobile for iOS on display at 141st AES Convention

We mean that term in a good way. Are you the kind of audio producer who has longed for the same level of control in managing your interface that your DAW gives you? Apogee clearly has you in its sights. Newly developed Element Control software gives you command of all your hardware parameters right inside your Mac. Controlling settings such as input gain and output levels now becomes an integrated part of your production process. Element lets you work the way you want, offering endless flexibility. You can configure your gear pretty much any way that makes sense for your workflow.

Logic Pro X users are going to love these boxes. You can control Element's configurations directly from the Logic channel strip. But Apogee didn't stop there in terms of software development. Using the new app, Element Control for iOS, you can even run your interface remotely using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over WiFi.

For producers more comfortable using a traditional desktop setup, a new hardware remote, the Apogee Control, will hit the street in November.

When it comes to monitoring and performing in your studio, Thunderbolt speed means ultra-low latency. Apogee says round-trip time at 96kHz with the buffer set to 32 is a mere 1.41ms - welcome news for producers who struggle with lag time when playing back or monitoring complex arrangements. Apogee's Thunderbolt driver demands less CPU power meaning you can load more plug-ins and use lower buffer settings.

What about audio quality?

The new Element boxes deliver the same sterling conversion technology as the considerably more costly Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt 2 Interface. And that's mighty good. Apogee brings its seasoned design skills to bear in producing the AD and DA converters for Element. Ditto the mic preamps with their 0-75dB gain range and Apogee's rock-solid clocking technology. As a plus, Apogee has ported its Groove headphone output technology to the Element family giving monitoring quality a further boost via the Element's headphone outputs. Groove dynamically adapts to the headphones you use for optimal signal response. With 192kHz/24-bit sound capture, you can count on a totally professional-sounding track using any of the Element interfaces.

Choose your I/O

Apogee Element 88 Front and Rear View

Apogee Element 88 offers 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs (2 balanced L/R XLR outputs, 2 balanced 1/4" outputs and 2 1/4" stereo headphone outputs), Optical I/O, Word Clock I/O and Thunderbolt.

The Element family is composed of three configurations to meet most producers' and musicians' needs. But if you need more, any two Element boxes can be connected directly to your computer's Thunderbolt ports simultaneously. Here are the configurations:

    • Element 24: 10 IN x 12 OUT
    • Element 46: 12 IN x 14 OUT
    • Element 88: 16 IN x 16 OUT

Typical Apogee Element Signal Flow

In The Studio

Apogee Element In The Studio

Live Sound Integration

Apogee Element Live Sound Integration


Products Featured In This Article

Apogee's Element family of Thunderbolt audio interfaces are available in three configurations: Element 24, Element 46 and Element 88.

Apogee Element 24 Apogee Element 46 Apogee Element 88

Tags: Recording Audio Interfaces Apogee Live Sound Computer Audio


# Ake Zieden 2016-11-05 07:56
# Jacob Cundy 2017-01-19 13:43
Do you know what kind of mic pres are put into the element?
And same question for the line inputs?

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