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Apogee Element 88 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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The Apogee Element 88 is a 16x16 Thunderbolt audio interface using the best technology found in the Symphony I/O, Ensemble and Groove.

Apogee Element 88 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

The Apogee Element 88 is a 16x16 Thunderbolt audio interface using the best technology found in the Symphony I/O, Ensemble and Groove.

The Apogee Element 88 includes eight mic preamps with Apogees' Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture that dynamically optimises the gain up to 75dB to provide superior bandwidth and low distortion.

Using high-quality AD/DA conversion, the Apogee Elements delivers unmatched clarity and definition making recording and mixing decisions far easier and improving the quality of your music. The included Word Clock also provides Apogee's superior clocking technology ensuring your digital audio system performs at is best. 

In addition to excellent sound quality, the Element 88 provides incredible low-latency performance thanks to the use of Thunderbolt drivers which provides a latency of 1.41 round-trip and rock-solid stability. Furthermore, Apogee's Direct Memory Access technology allows you to run far more plug-ins and monitoring through your DAW even at low buffer settings delivering power and speed.

The Element 88 comes with a powerful control software ecosystem including apps for your Mac and iOS device for input type, input and output levels and five different low-latency mixers. An optional USB Apogee Control Hardware remote is also available separately and can configure a broad range of settings.

Features:

  • 16 IN x 16 OUT Thunderbolt Audio I/O box
  • AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • 8 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments or line-level devices (4 XLR inputs, 4 combination inputs)
  • 8 analog outputs (2 balanced L/R XLR outputs, 2 balanced 1/4” outputs, 2 1/4” stereo headphone outputs)
  • Single port Thunderbolt connectivity to Mac for ultra-low latency performance (1.41ms round-trip at 96kHz with a 32 buffer setting)
  • Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
  • Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
  • Word Clock IN/OUT via BNC connections for syncing with other digital audio gear
  • Element Control Software for Mac provides all control of hardware parameters including input gain, output level and low latency monitoring
  • Element Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • Works with Apogee Control - Optional desktop hardware remote control (Sold separately)
  • Multi-Unit Thunderbolt support - Connect any two Element audio I/O boxes directly to Thunderbolt ports on your computer

Apogee Element 88 Specifications

Element 88 Highlights

  • 16 IN x 16 OUT Thunderbolt Audio I/O box
  • AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • 8 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments or line-level devices
    • 4 combination inputs
    • 4 XLR inputs
  • 8 analog outputs
    • 2 balanced L/R XLR outputs
    • 2 balanced 1/4” outputs
    • 2 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • Single port Thunderbolt connectivity to Mac for ultra-low latency performance
    • 1.41ms round-trip at 96kHz with a 32 buffer setting
  • 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 connector
    • 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 connector
    • S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • Word Clock IN/OUT via BNC connections for syncing with other digital audio gear
  • Element Control Software for Mac provides all control of hardware parameters including input gain, output level and low latency monitoring
  • Element Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • Works with Apogee Control – Optional desktop hardware remote control (Sold separately)
  • Multi-Unit Thunderbolt support – Connect any two Element audio I/O boxes directly to Thunderbolt ports on your computer

Weights and Dimensions

  • 13.5” x 5.5” X 1.75”
  • 35cm x 14cm X  4.5cm
  • 3.5lbs
  • 1.6kg

System Requirements

Mac OS:

  • 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*
  • Power: DC Power supply included

*Thunderbolt cable not 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

In the box:

  • Element 88
  • Universal Power Supply with standard 3 pin-IEC cable
  • Rack ears and mounting screws
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Booklet

Mic Preamps:

  • 8 Mic preamps
  • Gain: Up to 75 dB and advanced stepped gain circuit design
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and polarity invert
  • EIN: 129dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input
  • Max input level: +20dBu
  • Input impedance: 3K Ohm

A/D conversion:

  • Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic): +20dBu
  • Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Input impedance: 5KOhm
  • Freq resp 10 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD + N: -110dB
  • Dyn. Range: 119dB (A-weighted)

D/A conversion:

  • Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
  • Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Line output impedance: 90 Ohm
  • Freq resp 10Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD+N : -114dB
  • Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
  • Headphone Max output level:
    • 560mW into 30 Ohm
    • 90mW into 600 Ohm
  • Headphone THD+N: -107 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 19 dBu
  • Headphone Dyn Range: 117dB a-weighted