Apogee | ELEMENT 88 | Thunderbolt | 16x16 Audio Interface
The Apogee Element 88 offers 16×16 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.
Superior conversion for tracks that blend harmoniously
Top-notch A/D conversion is an essential ingredient for capturing every nuance of your digital recordings. Apogee’s Element series interfaces feature high-quality Apogee A/D conversion that minimizes noise and maximizes signal quality, for tracks that sound amazing and sit perfectly in your mix. You’ll hear enhanced definition in every track and virtual instrument. Tracks will blend more harmoniously, making precision adjustments — and achieving the perfect mix balance — easier.
Microphone preamps that can do it all
Drums, vocals, guitar, strings, brass — each source places unique demands on your mic preamp. You need a preamp that can do it all, capturing the minute details of every performance. Apogee’s Element series mic preamps are engineered with the company’s Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture, an analog circuit that dynamically optimizes across a 0-75dB gain range to provide exceptional bandwidth with the lowest possible distortion.
State-of-the-art Apogee clocking
Your audio interface’s clock source is like a conductor, meting out tempo to the orchestra. A digital audio clock delivers a timing signal to all parts of a digital audio system, synchronizing every part of the AD/DA process. Every Apogee Element series interface is spec’d with its own onboard clock source that provides pro-studio-grade word clock I/O for syncing with other digital audio equipment. Slave your Element to other gear, or take advantage of Apogee’s superior clocking technology by using your interface as a master clock.
Ultra-low latency Thunderbolt connectivity
Apogee’s Element Thunderbolt driver delivers impressive low-latency round-trip performance (1.41ms), along with rock-solid stability. This proprietary driver also draws less CPU power thanks to Apogee’s Direct Memory Access (DMA) technology. With Apogee Element interfaces, you no longer have to choose between speed and power!