Element 88

16 IN x 16 OUT Thunderbolt Audio I/O for Mac

Apogee's Streamlined 16 x 16 Thunderbolt Interface

If you record music to a Mac, the Apogee Element 88 is for you. The Element 88 is a 16-in/16-out audio interface that takes the best of cutting-edge Apogee gear and packs it into a streamlined, cost-effective unit. The Element 88 gives you eight balanced front-panel analog inputs, two rear-panel XLR outputs plus two balanced 1/4" outputs, two stereo headphone outs, and word clock I/O. Eight of Apogee's world-class mic preamps are onboard, with selectable phantom power. For expansion flexibility, optical I/O is also provided with ADAT (8 x 8), SMUX (8 x 8), and S/PDIF (2 x 2) compatibility. Apogee's Element Control software gives you remote control of your hardware on your Mac and wireless control via iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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. At Sweetwater, we can confirm that the DMA implementation in the Element series lets you run more plug-ins and monitor through your DAW at low buffer settings. With Apogee Element interfaces, you no longer have to choose between speed and power!

  • 16 IN x 16 OUT 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
    • 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
  • 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
    • ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
    • SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
    • 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: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
    • 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
  • 16-in/16-out Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac computers
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA conversion for recording
  • 4 front-panel mic/line/instrument inputs on combi connectors
  • 4 front-panel mic/line inputs on XLR connectors
  • 8 world-class Apogee mic preamps, selectable phantom power
  • 8 analog outputs: 2 balanced rear-panel XLR outputs and 2 balanced 1/4" outputs
  • 2 x 1/4" stereo headphone outputs
  • Single-port Thunderbolt connectivity with 1.41ms round-trip latency at 96kHz (with buffer setting 32)
  • Optical In — supports ADAT, SMUX, and S/PDIF: ADAT — 8 channels, 44.1kHz-48kHz on 1 TOSlink connector; SMUX — 8 channels, 88.2kHz-96kHz on 2 TOSlink connectors; S/PDIF — 2 channels, up to 192kHz on 1 TOSlink connector
  • Optical Out — supports ADAT, SMUX, and S/PDIF: ADAT — 8 channels, 44.1kHz-48kHz on 1 TOSlink connector; SMUX — 8 channels, 88.2kHz-96kHz on 2 TOSlink connectors; S/PDIF — 2 channels, up to 192kHz on 1 TOSlink connector
  • Word clock I/O (BNC connectors) for sync with other digital audio gear
  • Element Control Software for Mac provides control of hardware parameters, including Input gain, Output level, and low-latency monitoring
  • Element Control Mobile App for wireless remote control via iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Compatible with optional Apogee Control hardware remote control
  • Multi-unit Thunderbolt support for connection of any 2 Element units to your Mac
  • Connect any Element-series interface to your Ensemble Thunderbolt for Ensemble-quality I/O at an incredible price
  • Direct monitoring feature in Logic Pro X eliminates recording latency