Apogee Electronics Element 24 10x12 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

Apogee Electronics Element 24 10x12 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

Apogee Electronics Element 24 10x12 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

Apogee Electronics Element 24 10x12 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

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  • High-Quality AD/DA Conversion
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • Boutique-Quality Microphone Preamps
  • 2x Analog Inputs & 4x Analog Outputs
  • Word Clock Input and Output
  • Thunderbolt Connection to Mac
  • Includes Apogee Control Software
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Apogee Electronics ELEMENT 24 overview

  • 1Description

Borrowing the technology from the highly-regarded Symphony I/O MKII, Ensemble Thunderbolt, and Groove, the Element 24 from Apogee Electronics offers 10x12 of audio I/O for Mac, well suited for producers, engineers, bands, or anyone looking for professional-quality conversion. The Element features boutique-quality mic preamps and selectable 48V phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments, or line-level sources. The 24 offers two analog inputs via two XLR-1/4" combo connectors, while the four outputs are offered via two balanced XLR, and one 1/4" TRS stereo headphone connectors.

Additional I/O is offered from a single set of optical TOSLINK ports providing ADAT, SMUX, and S/PDIF protocols. Word clock I/O is also provided for syncing with other digital audio gear. The modern, streamlined Apogee Control interface app with Essentials Control Strip window gives you access to all controls and settings for the Element hardware. Adjust input/output levels, select input type, configure up to three low-latency mixes, and more. Additionally, the unit can be wirelessly controlled from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, via the free Apogee Control Remote for iOS app, which gives you access to the hardware settings included in the Apogee Control Essentials Window.

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.
Microphone Preamps
Whether you are recording powerful drums, dynamic vocals or delicate strings, you need a high-quality 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 0-75 dB 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.
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 plug-ins 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.
Apogee Control Software
The modern, streamlined Apogee Control interface app with Essentials Control Strip window offers extensive flexibility to customize your workflow and adapt to your creativity. It lets you access all I/O controls and settings for your Element hardware. Select your input type, adjust input/output levels, configure up to 3 different low-latency mixers, and more. You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to quickly select any input or output and adjust the level.

The unit can be wirelessly controlled via the free Apogee Control Remote for iOS app (iPad, iPhone or iPod touch), which gives you access to the hardware settings included in the Apogee Control Essentials Window.

The Element is compatible with Apogee Control hardware remote (available separately).
Combine Elements
Element 24, 46, and 88 are built to work together. Connect any two Elements directly to a Thunderbolt port on your computer and increase the number of analog I/O in your recording system. When using multiple Elements, the optical I/O is for the low-latency mixer internal bussing.
Logic Integration
When you're using Logic Pro X, you can set Element input settings like gain, input source and more directly from with Logic's Channel Strip, for the ultimate integrated system. Element's I/O settings are saved with each Logic session, for instant and effortless recall.
UPC: 805676301815
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Apogee Electronics Element 24 10x12 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac
  • Universal Power Supply
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Apogee Electronics ELEMENT 24 specs

    AD/DA Conversion 24-bit/192 kHz
    Analog Inputs Inputs include microphone preamps and selectable 48 V phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments, or line-level sources

    2 x Combo XLR-1/4" / 6.35 mm
    Analog Outputs 2 x Balanced XLR
    1 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm TRS stereo headphone
    Digital Input/Output 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 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: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 TOSLINK connectors
    S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 TOSLINK connector
    Computer Connection Single port Thunderbolt connectivity to Mac for ultra-low latency performance

    Latency: 1.41 ms round-trip at 96 kHz with a 32-sample buffer setting
    Word Clock I/O Word Clock IN/OUT via BNC connections for syncing with other digital audio gear
    Mac System Requirements 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 (Thunderbolt cable not included)
    Power: DC Power supply 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
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.1 x 8.3 x 4.0"

    Apogee Electronics ELEMENT 24 reviews

    Element 24 10x12 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from High quality DAC, but still a few things to work out I have been using the thunderbolt for about a month now. I had to return the first one I received after one week due to a faulty headphone jack. The new one has been going strong for the last three weeks. Each time I plug the unit into my mac, there is an audible pop that comes through the headphones and the reference monitors that are connected to the unit. I worry about this damaging my very expensive headphones over time and I wonder if this has something to do with why the first unit's headphone jack burned out. I use the Element 24 with Logic Pro X to record electric guitar, electric bass, and to connect an SM7B microphone to the unit for vocals. First, let me say that the quality of the sound is a huge leap forward for me. I have been using an Apogee Jam for guitars, and an Apogee Mic for vocals. Using this unit has been like when I put reading glasses on for the first time and instead of seeing blurry ink on the page, I could see the texture of the paper and the crisp outline of the printed letters. One huge difference was the bass guitar. When I compare the Element to the Apogee Jam, the Jam sounds like the instrument was recorded through a long metal tube. I had actually stopped playing slap style bass because it sounded so bad. I thought maybe I was slapping the strings too hard or something because it would always sound clipped and tinny, regardless of where I set the input. The electric guitar has also been much clearer and the sound has much more fidelity. I use the virtual amps in Logic and there often times where I couldn't really hear a big difference between different amps. Now, the sounds have real color and I can clearly hear the difference between them. The element delivers very clear and accurate audio. Feels like new life has been breathed into my recordings. The downside is that I often get cracks and pops from the audio playback. This isn't noise that is in the recording, just the audio feed. It happens on itunes or even youtube videos. I have a newish macbook pro, 1 year old, 16GB of ram, 2.8 GHZ core i7 processor - a nice machine. But I basically have to turn all other programs off while using the element. Sometimes I even have to reboot to get it to calm down. I don't know if this is a fundamental flaw with the design (they must do a lot in software on the computer), or if the software is just new and they need to work the bugs out. I mentioned it to the support people but it was as if they didn't believe me. We test these units extensively. Maybe they do, but probably not under real world conditions. If it wasn't for the loud pop in the headphones and monitors when I turn the unit on, and the intermittent cracking and popping in the audio, I would have given the unit 5 stars. Maybe they will fix these issues in coming software upgrades. I would be happy to come back and change my review. Pros: Huge upgrade over Apogee Jam and Apogee Mic Clear audio Perfect representation of the sounds Drives my power-hungry SM7B with no need for a pre-amp like a cloudlifter Rugged box that feels solid and well built Input connections on the front are easily accessible Cons: Cracks and pops Loud pop when connecting unit to mac (or turning mac on) Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase.
    Date published: 2017-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! Preamps are even better than Duet's.
    Date published: 2017-06-23
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