Apogee goes back to the Elements
Drawing on features and technology from its flagship Symphony I/O Mk II and Ensemble Thunderbolt products, Apogee has unveiled the Elements Series software/hardware-controllable Thunderbolt audio interfaces. The three new models – Element 24, Element 46 and Element 88 – are stated to offer Ensemble Thunderbolt’s recording quality in simple form factors.
In addition to Ensemble Thunderbolt-quality recording capability, the Elements series introduces software control to be provide additional functions that can be achieved in the hardware domain, for example, allowing users to set up workflows that meet their needs and control the device remotely via Wi-Fi using the Element Control for iOS App.
Users of Apple’s Logic Pro X are able to adjust Element’s I/O settings directly from the Logic Channel strips, while for those wanting more traditional desktop control, the optional Apogee Control hardware features a Duet like form-factor with eight assignable buttons and a master control knob.
The various models differ only in their I/O capability. Element 24 offers 10 inputs and 12 outputs. This is expanded to 12 inputs and 14 outputs for Element 46, and further to 16 inputs and 16 outputs for Elements 88. AD/DA conversion for all three models is stated to be 192kHz/24-bit, while round-trip latency when operating at 96kHz with a 32-bit buffer setting is 1.41ms. Any two Element audio I/O boxes can also reportedly be connected directly to Thunderbolt ports on your computer thanks to multi-unit thunderbolt support.
In addition to Element, Apogee has launched a Dante Network option card for its flagship Symphony I/O Mk II audio interface, meaning the device now offers Dante, Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD and SoundGrid connectivity. The Symphony I/O Mk II Dante option card uses Audinate’s Dante Brooklyn II module, which features plug and play media networking for up to 64 bidirectional channels at 48kHz.