Apogee Element 88

Apogee Element 88

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Overview

Audio I/O Box for Mac

The Apogee Element 88 offers the best sound quality of any 8 IN x 8 OUT audio interface considering budget. Ideal for the producer, engineer or musician, Element 88 gives you all the I/O you need to record drums or a full band.

Element 88 Highlights

  • 16 IN x 16 OUT Thunderbolt 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
  • 8 analog outputs
  • 2 balanced L/R XLR outputs
  • 2 balanced 1/4” outputs
  • 2 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 connector
  • SMUX: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • 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: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • 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

    System Requirements

    Mac OS:

    • Computer: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB recommended
    • OS: 10.10 or greater
    • Connection: Any available Thunderbolt port*
    • Power: DC Power supply included

    *Thunderbolt cable not included

    Compatible Software:

    • Any Mac Core Audio compatible application
    • Recommended apps: Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo

    In the box:

    • Element 88
    • Universal Power Supply with standard 3 pin-IEC cable
    • Rack ears and mounting screws
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Booklet

    Mic Preamps:

    • 8 Mic preamps
    • 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

    A/D conversion:

    • Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic): +20dBu
    • Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
    • Input impedance: 5KOhm
    • Freq resp 10 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
    • Rel. THD + N: -110dB
    • Dyn. Range: 119dB (A-weighted)

    D/A conversion:

    • Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
    • Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
    • Line output impedance: 90 Ohm
    • Freq resp 10Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
    • Rel. THD+N : -114dB
    • Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
    • Headphone Max output level:
      • 560mW into 30 Ohm
      • 90mW into 600 Ohm
    • Headphone THD+N: -107 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 19 dBu
    • Headphone Dyn Range: 117dB a-weighted

Audio I/O Box for Mac

The Apogee Element 88 offers the best sound quality of any 8 IN x 8 OUT audio interface considering budget. Ideal for the producer, engineer or musician, Element 88 gives you all the I/O you need to record drums or a full band.

Element 88 Highlights

  • 16 IN x 16 OUT Thunderbolt 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
  • 8 analog outputs
  • 2 balanced L/R XLR outputs
  • 2 balanced 1/4” outputs
  • 2 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 connector
  • SMUX: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • 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: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • 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

    System Requirements

    Mac OS:

    • Computer: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB recommended
    • OS: 10.10 or greater
    • Connection: Any available Thunderbolt port*
    • Power: DC Power supply included

    *Thunderbolt cable not included

    Compatible Software:

    • Any Mac Core Audio compatible application
    • Recommended apps: Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo

    In the box:

    • Element 88
    • Universal Power Supply with standard 3 pin-IEC cable
    • Rack ears and mounting screws
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Booklet

    Mic Preamps:

    • 8 Mic preamps
    • 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

    A/D conversion:

    • Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic): +20dBu
    • Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
    • Input impedance: 5KOhm
    • Freq resp 10 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
    • Rel. THD + N: -110dB
    • Dyn. Range: 119dB (A-weighted)

    D/A conversion:

    • Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
    • Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
    • Line output impedance: 90 Ohm
    • Freq resp 10Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
    • Rel. THD+N : -114dB
    • Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
    • Headphone Max output level:
      • 560mW into 30 Ohm
      • 90mW into 600 Ohm
    • Headphone THD+N: -107 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 19 dBu
    • Headphone Dyn Range: 117dB a-weighted

Shipment processing time

  • All orders are processed within 2-3 business days.
  • Real-time order tracking information will be sent via SMS and EMAIL once your order has been successfully processed and captured.
  • Standard/Free shipping does not include delivery on weekends or holidays.
  • Deliveries on weekend and holidays can be arranged at an extra charge to customer.

If we are experiencing a high volume of orders, shipments may be delayed by a few days. Please allow additional days in transit for delivery. If there will be a significant delay in shipment of your order, we will contact you via email or telephone. We appreciate your patience!

Shipping rates & delivery estimates

Orders below R850 does not qualify for free shipping.

Please factor in a nominal nationwide economy road 2-3 Day ETA charge of R150.

Shipment method

Estimated delivery time

Shipment cost

Economy Road

2-3 business days

Free / R850 and above

Everyday shipping as per Economy Road freight, we work with a few different courier companies and special services are available. Please request any service which’ll be the most convenient for you and Technical Sales will gladly investigate it and revert for your consideration.

* Overnight delivery is only available for orders with delivery addresses within South Africa and confirmed before 10AM the given morning.

Delivery delays can occasionally occur, your Technical Sales Rep will keep you up to date.