Santa Monica, CA (September 29, 2016)—At the AES Convention in Los Angeles, Apogee Electronics announced its new Element Series of three Thunderbolt audio interfaces for Mac—Element 24, Element 46 and Element 88—each with a different number of analog and digital I/O.
The Element 24 offers 10 in x 12 out, while the Element 46 sports 12 in x 14 out and the Element 88 has 16 in x 16 out. Stating that the units offer sound quality akin to its Ensemble Thunderbolt, the Element line’s AD/DA conversion for recording goes up to 192 kHz/24-bit.
The Element series’ mic preamps are built-in, offering selectable 48 v phantom power. They have single-port Thunderbolt connectivity to Mac for low latency performance, reportedly hitting a 1.41 ms round-trip latency at 96kHz with a 32 buffer setting when using Logic Pro X.
Meanwhile, Element Control Software for Mac provides control of the hardware’s parameters, including input gain, output level and low latency monitoring, while an Element Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over wifi. Logic Pro X users can adjust Element I/O settings directly from their Logic Channel strips. Multi-unit Thunderbolt support is provided, allowing users to connect any two Element audio I/O boxes directly to Thunderbolt ports on a computer