Apogee Electronics and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced immediate availability of the new Apogee Element 46 and 88 Thunderbolt audio interfaces. Here's their press release with the details...
The Apogee Element product family includes three premium Thunderbolt audio I/O boxes for Mac - Element 24 (due November 2016), Element 46 and Element 88, each with a different number of analogue and digital I/O. Element introduces a new control ecosystem that features an advanced blend of software and hardware options. The Element Series delivers Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt recording quality in simple form factors that are available at unprecedented prices.
The Elements of Excellent Audio
Apogee is recognised by the professional audio industry as an innovator that sets the sound-quality standard in digital recording. Symphony I/O Mk II and Ensemble Thunderbolt are Apogee's most recent flagship products.The essentials of excellent audio recording technology that make Ensemble Thunderbolt superior are embodied in the Element series. From the AD & DA conversion circuitry to the mic preamps and the clocking, each Element is designed to deliver legendary Apogee sound quality. An essential part of bringing this sound quality to and from your Mac is the interface connectivity. The Element series uses Apogee's rock solid Thunderbolt driver for 1.41ms round-trip latency when using Logic Pro X. As an added element,the series also features Apogee Groove's headphone output technology. This design dynamically optimises sound quality for a wide variety of headphones, regardless of their impedance you have connected.
Control the Elements
Apogee is also regarded as the company that revolutionised the audio interface user experience. Products like Duet and Ensemble Firewire created new categories in the home studio recording market and have been often imitated by other manufacturers seeking to capitalise on Apogee's design success. Element evolves Apogee's user interface approach again by offering broader more customisable options that extend beyond the physical hardware. The highly configurable Element Control software for Mac lets users set up workflows that meet their needs and the Element Control for iOS App lets them control the Elements remotely over wifi. Logic Pro X users can adjust Element I/O settings directly from their Logic Channel strips. And for those wanting more traditional desktop control, there's the optional Apogee Control hardware, featuring a Duet like form-factor with 8 assignable buttons and a master control knob. Regardless which of these options you prefer, if you are using an Element, everything is under control.
"The Element Series delivers incredible performance at outstanding prices," says Betty Bennett, Co-founder and CEO of Apogee. "The streamlined physical hardware takes a very direct approach, allowing us to maximise the components that are most important to sound quality. In addition, the Element Control ecosystem takes the audio interface user experience a step forward while giving customers more options. We feel the Element Series is transformative and we know our customers will be amazed by the quality and delighted with the value."
Features and Benefits
Pricing and Availability:
Element 24 - £549 RRP inc VAT - Available November 2016
Element 46 - £859 RRP inc VAT - Available now
Element 88 - £1399 RRP inc VAT - Available now
Element Control for Mac - Available as download from Apogee's website
Element Control for iOS - Now Available for Free from Apple's App Store
Apogee Control Hardware Remote - £189 RRP inc VAT - Available November 2016
Affordable workstation type keyboard