Apogee Electronics Element 88 16x16 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

Apogee Electronics Element 88 16x16 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

Apogee Electronics Element 88 16x16 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

Apogee Electronics Element 88 16x16 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac

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  • High-Quality AD/DA Conversion
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • Boutique-Quality Microphone Preamps
  • 8x Analog Inputs & 8x Analog Outputs
  • Word Clock Input and Output
  • Thunderbolt Connection to Mac
  • Includes Apogee Control Software
  • Includes Rack Ears and Mounting Hardware
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  • 1Description

Borrowing the technology from the highly-regarded Symphony I/O MKII, Ensemble Thunderbolt, and Groove, the Element 88 from Apogee Electronics offers 16x16 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 88 offers eight analog inputs via four XLR-1/4" combo and four XLR connectors, while the eight outputs are offered via two balanced XLR, two balanced 1/4", and two 1/4" TRS stereo headphone connectors.

Additional I/O is offered from two sets 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: 805676301839
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Apogee Electronics Element 88 16x16 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac
  • Universal Power Supply
  • Rack Ears and Mounting Hardware
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Apogee Electronics ELEMENT 88 specs

    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 24-Bit
    Host Connection 1 x Thunderbolt (MDP) (Thunderbolt 1)
    Analog I/O 4 x Combo XLR / 1/4" Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input
    4 x XLR 3-Pin Input
    2 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Output
    2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Balanced Line Output
    2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Headphone Output
    Phantom Power +48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
    Digital I/O 2 x TOSLINK / ADAT, S/MUX, S/PDIF Input
    2 x TOSLINK / ADAT, S/MUX, S/PDIF Output
    1 x BNC (Word Clock) Input
    1 x BNC (Word Clock) Output
    MIDI I/O None
    Digital Audio
    Sample Rates 192 kHz (AD/DA Conversion)
    Bit Depth 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
    Latency 1.41 ms at 96 kHz (Dependent on Buffer Size, Input to Output)
    OS Compatibility macOS 10.10 or Later
    RAM Requirements 4 GB (8 GB Recommended)
    Required Hardware Available Thunderbolt Port
    Thunderbolt Cable (Not Included)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.4 x 8.5 x 4.3"

    Apogee Electronics ELEMENT 88 reviews

    Element 88 16x16 Thunderbolt Audio I/O Box for Mac is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clean sound, good software interface I'm using this interface as a step-up from an Apogee Duet 2 because I needed more inputs. I also purchased the Focusrite 8PreX for comparison. Both units have very good sounding mic preamps, but I ended up keeping the Element 88 because it takes up so much less space on my desktop. In fact, since it has no physical knobs and switches of any time, it doesn't take up ANY room on my cramped desk. I have it stored on a lower shelf underneath the desk, which works perfectly for me since I don't need to access it to keep swapping different microphones into different ports, etc. I did some direct comparisons to the Focusrite 8PreX (same mics and placement, same guitars/amps, etc.). The sound from the mic preamps in both the 8PreX and the Element 88 is clean and neutral. The 8PreX did have a brighter sound (even with the Air switches off), but nothing objectionable and that couldn't be tweaked with an EQ setting. The Element 88 did have a lot more gain available than the 8PreX for dynamic mics and seemed quieter. My main concern with the Element 88 was the lack of physical knobs and switches; I was not looking forward to having to select and adjust each gain setting using mouse/touchpad clicks and drags. But the guys at Apogee wisely made it very easy to quickly and precisely control each input using just the keyboard arrow keys: you hop from one channel to another with the left-right arrow keys, and adjust the mic gain in 1 dB increments using the up-down arrow keys. Very simple, efficient, and precise. The software interface is also quite flexible and intuitive, letting you choose how much detail you want to show on the screen at any given time, and can quickly dive in to show more as needed. I'm very happy with the interface. It integrates well with Logic Pro X, letting you adjust mic gain, etc., from right inside Logic if that's your preference. I would give it 5 stars if the price was closer to the 8PreX. I would have kept the 8PreX if I had the space.
    Date published: 2017-01-02
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