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.

Choose Your Element

Element 24

2 Analog Inputs + 4 Analog Outputs

$595

Element 46

4 Analog Inputs + 6 Analog Outputs

$895

Element 88

8 Analog Inputs + 8 Analog Outputs

$1495

Control the Elements

Element 24, 46 and 88 are built to be controlled by a powerful software eco-system. With the Element series you have more control options than ever before.

  • Built like a Beast. Not Like a Beauty.

    Each Element is constructed with rugged steel and die-cast aluminum and contains studio quality connectors and cutting edge Apogee circuit design and components. Drop an Element anywhere and connect to premium Apogee quality and lightning fast Thunderbolt connectivity.

Compare the Elements

Element 24

Element 46

Element 88

Analog Inputs2 Combi mic/line/instrument inputs with mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power4 Combi mic/line/instrument inputs with mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power4 Combi mic/line/instrument inputs with mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power

4 XLR IN with mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power

Analog Outputs2 balanced L/R XLR monitor outputs

1 independent 1/4″ stereo headphone output

2 balanced L/R XLR monitor outputs

2 independent 1/4″ stereo headphone output

2 balanced L/R XLR outputs

2 balanced 1/4″ outputs

2 independent 1/4″ stereo headphone output

Digital I/O8 ADAT/Optical inputs and outputs8 ADAT/Optical inputs and outputs16 ADAT/Optical inputs and outputs
PowerExternal power supply (included)External power supply (included)External power supply (included)
AD/DA Conversion QualityComparable to Ensemble ThunderboltComparable to Ensemble ThunderboltComparable to Ensemble Thunderbolt
Connection to ComputerThunderboltThunderboltThunderbolt

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.

Combine the Elements

Element 24 and Element 46

Element 46 and Element 88

Element 88 and Element 88

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.

Reviews

Apogee Element 46 / Controller

GoldStars

“Sound quality, hardware / software control, ergonomics of having the controller anywhere, ease of use, and dependability, all add up to a stellar experience for me. The price just makes it one of the best purchases I’ve made in years. NO buyers remorse for me for the Apogee Element!!”

Dennis Kim from Hawaii
From Sweetwater

What an Interface!!!!! No frills just great sound!!!!!

GoldStars

“I personally am not someone who needs tons of bells and whistles in his interface. What I do want is the cleanest and best preamps I can find for a reasonable price. If that is what you are looking for…this is the interface for you. Pair it up with the Apogee remote, and you have an amazing mobile recording studio in the quality that only Apogee can provide. I have used other brands in the past, but I am proud to say the only interface that I have been perpetually loyal to is Apogee. The software integration and quality of sound make it a sure winner!!!!!”

Matthew T from Boston, MA
From Sweetwater

Wow — Yes, Thank you APOGEE!

GoldStars

“I’ve worked on SSL, Neve, API, and Focusrite consoles in major studios. I’m no longer in the music business, but I wanted a little home set up to make some music, and listen to music….This thing sounds amazing!

4 decent mic pres / great instrument and line inputs, two great main outputs, awesome conversion, two FANTASTIC headphone outs. This box complements the Focal Alpha 50s well. Such a simple little setup and I feel like I’m in a recording studio again, it sounds like a mini console, the mute and dim features sound like an SSL – and the element control software feels like it might be intuitive.

In this budget, for my purpose I’m happy to sacrifice buttons and features for SOUND QUALITY, after all as far as I recall that is the purpose of this stuff.”

Element 46 Customer
From Sweetwater

Ask Audio - Apogee Element 24 Review

"There are a lot of new Thunderbolt audio interface offerings from well-regarded companies, but Apogee has always enjoyed a stellar reputation for sonic quality with its converters and mic pres and low latency drivers, and the Element 24 lives up to their rep in my opinion. The integration with Logic Pro X is terrific. At this price point, I do not see how anyone could go wrong with the Element series as an interface for now and for the future with Mac computers."

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