Perfect for recording at home or in a small project studio. 4 analog ins (w/ 4 mic preamps), 2 HP outs, & stereo speaker outs, a great upgrade from an entry level audio interface
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 IN x 14 OUT Audio I/O boxAD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz/24-bit4 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments or line-level devices (4 combination inputs)
6 analog outputs
2 balanced L/R XLR outputs2 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 connectorSMUX: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connectorS/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 connectorSMUX: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connectorS/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 Toslink connectorWord Clock IN/OUT via BNC connections for syncing with other digital audio gearElement Control Software for Mac provides all control of hardware parameters including input gain, output level and low latency monitoringElement Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touchWorks 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
Computer: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB recommendedOS: 10.10 or greaterConnection: Any available Thunderbolt port*Power: DC Power supply included*Thunderbolt cable not included
Any Mac Core Audio compatible applicationRecommended apps: Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo
In the box
Element 46Universal Power Supply with standard 3 pin-IEC cableQuick Start GuideWarranty Booklet
Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic): +20dBuMax input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBVInput impedance: 5KOhmFreq resp 10 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)Rel. THD + N: -110dBDyn. Range: 119dB (A-weighted)
Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBuMax output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBVLine output impedance: 90 OhmFreq resp 10Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)Rel. THD+N : -114dBDyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)Headphone Max output level:, 560mW into 30 Ohm, 90mW into 600 OhmHeadphone THD+N: -107 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 19 dBuHeadphone Dyn Range: 117dB a-weighted