$ 1,495.00

The Apogee Element 88 is a 16-in/16-out 24-bit/192kHz Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac that features eight world-class mic preamps with 75dB gain and phantom power, 2 headphone outputs, stereo speaker outputs, DSP FX, optical I/O, word clock I/O, and multi-unit support.

You take your recording seriously and want the performance of Apogee’s high-end converters and audio interfaces, but as a musician working at home without a label deal or music income simply can’t justify the expense. If that sounds like you, then Apogee’s Element 88 is for you. Now you can make commercial-quality recordings in the comfort of your home studio. A Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac, the Element 88 incorporates the best of cutting-edge Apogee gear, such as the Symphony I/O Mk II, Ensemble Thunderbolt, and Groove, and puts it into a simple form factor. With streamlined hardware features and advanced software control, the Element series delivers ultimate recording quality and performance at unprecedented prices.

Apogee Element 88—Just the Facts:

  • 16 x 16 Thunderbolt audio interface
  • AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • 8 world-class mic preamps with 4 combi-jack inputs and 4 XLR inputs and selectable 48V phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments, or line-level devices
  • Six analog outputs; 2x XLRM balanced, 2x 1/4" line, and 2x 1/4" stereo headphone
  • Single-port Thunderbolt connectivity to Mac for ultra-low latency performance
  • Optical In: Supports ADAT, SMUX, and S/PDIF
  • Optical Out: Supports ADAT, SMUX, and S/PDIF
  • Word Clock In/Out via BNC connections for syncing with other digital audio gear
  • Apogee Control Software for Mac provides all control of hardware parameters including input gain, output level and low latency monitoring
  • Apogee Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • Works with Apogee Control 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 Ensemble Thunderbolt expander; connect any Element to the second port on an Ensemble
  • Rack ears included

Apogee Element 88—Under the Hood

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 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.

Great-sounding plug-ins for Element

Apogee FX Rack Plug-ins are made with the same quest for quality and obsessive attention to detail as Apogee hardware products. Thanks to Apogee’s unique DualPath DSP-Native technology, Apogee FX Rack plug-ins can run both on the hardware DSP in Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Series interfaces and as native plug-ins on your Mac. Apogee’s DualPath technology opens up a variety of popular, simplified workflows, always with the lowest latency. No other system offers this level of flexibility and sound quality.

Apogee FX Rack Plug-ins are made with the same quest for quality and obsessive attention to detail as Apogee hardware products. Thanks to Apogee’s unique DualPath DSP-Native technology, Apogee FX Rack plug-ins can run both on the hardware DSP in Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Series interfaces and as native plug-ins on your Mac. Apogee’s DualPath technology opens up a variety of popular, simplified workflows, always with the lowest latency.

Apogee and Pulse Techniques Partnership

In Apogee’s obsessive quest to reproduce every nuance of the Pultec Program Equalizer and Mid-range Equalizer, we had a worthy partner; Steve Jackson of Pulse Techniques, the current manufacturer of new Pultec hardware. During the 10 years Steve spent to recreate the legendary EQP-1A, he learned the intricate secrets of each component from the only person alive who knew them: Eugene Shenk, the original Pultec designer.

Legendary recording engineer Bob Clearmountain has used original Pultec EQs as an integral part of his mixing process since early days at New York’s Power Station studio, so he was thrilled to audition Steve’s re-creations. After careful listening, Bob determined that the new units were sonically identical to the originals. He uses new and original units interchangeably at Mix This, his Los Angeles-based studio.

After careful analysis of several vintage and new Pultec EQP-1A and MEQ-5 units, Apogee chose to model the plug-in after Steve’s new hardware—it was like unboxing brand new units in 1959.

Apogee’s software Pultecs are the only EQP-1A and MEQ-5 type plug-ins endorsed and fully licensed by Steve and Pulse Techniques.

For under $1,500, the Apogee Element 88 offers the best sound quality, lowest latency, and highest-quality performance in its class, with all the I/O you need to record drums or a full band. Order yours today. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Consultant.

 

FX RACK:

 

  • 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
  • Apogee Control Software for Mac provides all control of hardware parameters including input gain, output level and low latency monitoring
  • Apogee Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • Works with Apogee Control 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 Ensemble Thunderbolt expander – Connect any Element to the second port on an Ensemble

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

 

Mic Preamps:

  • 8 mic preamps
  • Inputs: 4 combination XLR/1/4", 4 XLR
  • Gain: Up to 75dB and advanced stepped gain circuit design
  • Selectable 48V phantom power, Soft Limit and polarity invert
  • EIN: 129dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150 ohm input
  • Max input level: +20dBu
  • Input impedance: 3K ohm

Analog outputs

  • 2 balanced L/R XLR outputs
  • 2x 1/4" balanced line
  • 2x 1/4" stereo headphone output

Thunderbolt connectivity

  • Single port to Mac
  • Latency: 1.41ms round-trip at 96kHz with a 32 buffer setting

A/D conversion:

  • Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic): +20dBu
  • Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Input impedance: 5k ohm
  • Freq resp 10Hz -20kHz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1kHz)
  • THD + N: -110dB
  • 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)
  • THD+N : -114dB
  • Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)

Headphone Max output level:

  • 560mW into 30 ohm
  • 90mW into 600 ohm
  • Headphone THD+N: -107dB with 600 ohm load @ 19dBu
  • Headphone Dyn Range: 117dB a-weighted

Dimensions and weight:

  • Dimensions (WDH): 13-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 1-3/4″ (35cm x 14cm x  4.5cm)
  • Weight: 3.5 lb. (1.6kg)
  • Element 88
  • Universal Power Supply with standard 3 pin-IEC cable
  • Rack ears and mounting screws
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Booklet
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