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.

Expand your Ensemble studio for less with any Element Series interface

Ensemble and Element 24

Ensemble and Element 46

Ensemble and Element 88

Plug any Element Series interface directly into an Ensemble Thunderbolt to expand your studio with Ensemble quality I/O. Element and Ensemble are made to work together using Apogee Control software and the Apogee Control desktop hardware remote.

Reviews

Thank you Apogee for a marvelous piece of gear!

GoldStars

I have used my Element 24 for a couple of weeks now and I am very satisfied with everything about it. I absolutely love the software and its “easy to understand layout” no problems for me at all. Just working. The preamps and the way they response to anything i put in there sounds fantastic even if i push them really hard. My money well spent and if it gets stolen I will buy a new unit as soon as the music store opens.”

Johan Edman

Apogee Element 24 Owner

Apogee was the best studio move I’ve ever made

GoldStars

“Clear and full preamps. Detailed and articulate sound that’s also astonishingly smooth — there’s no frequency smearing here, nor congested low mids or abrasive upper mids. I have yet to play through a better hi-Z instrument/bass DI. My Duet 2 was very good, and the Element is even better.

I came back to Apogee after owning an interface from another company; I loved my Duet 2 but had wanted to have an interface that supported DSP. The other interface, while costing four times the amount of the Duet, just didn’t sound as good.

Coming back to Apogee was the best studio move I’ve ever made. The Element’s sound is so clear and yet is in no way clinical or sterile… I can only describe it as full, smooth, balanced and musical. Outstanding.”

Jay Swartzfeger
Apogee Element 24 Customer

Element 88 Customer Review

GoldStars

The mic preamps are the usual high-quality from Apogee: very clean and plenty of low-noise gain, but now I have more of them.  At first I was concerned about not having any physical control knobs or switches, but I found the Control software is very well designed; you simply 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.  Or, you can control mic gain directly from within Logic.  As a result, the Element 88 takes up even less space on my cramped workspace desk than the Duet – since I never need to touch it, I keep it on a shelf underneath my desk. Awesome!”

Colm Boran

Apogee Element 88 owner

Pro Sound News - Review of Apogee Element Series Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces

"It is the perfect blend between functionality, portability and cost without compromise in quality. The elimination of physical controls is the primary contributor to the Element Series’ affordability; while that made me a bit reluctant, I haven’t missed the controls a bit.”

Recording Magazine - Apogee Element Review

"This is a great way to get into the Apogee sound with all the bells and whistles, but at the most cost-conscious price yet!"

Music Radar - Apogee Element 46 Review

"It’s impressive stuff, nicely designed and intuitive to use... Apogee’s name is staked on its warm, clear preamps and AD/DA conversion and this reputation is more than upheld here"

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