Element 46

12 IN x 14 OUT Thunderbolt Audio I/O box for Mac

RRP: £749.17 + VAT

Apogee’s Element 46 is a Thunderbolt audio I/O box made for creating music on your Mac. Element 46 takes the best of cutting-edge Apogee gear like Symphony I/O Mk II, Ensemble Thunderbolt and Groove and puts it into a simple form factor. With streamlined hardware features and advanced software control, Element 46 delivers ultimate recording quality and performance at an unprecedented price.

Element 46 is great for any collaborating musician recording at home, on the go or in a small project studio. With 4 analogue inputs (including 4 world-class mic preamps), 2 headphone outputs and stereo speaker outputs, Element 46 is the perfect upgrade from an entry level audio interface.


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The Elements of Excellent Audio


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Analogue 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.


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Microphone Preamps

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.


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Digital to Analogue 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.


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Clocking

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.


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Thunderbolt Connectivity

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.


Control the Elements

Element 24 is built to be controlled by a powerful software eco-system. With the Element series you have more control options than ever before.


Element Control App for Mac

Access all I/O controls and settings for your Element hardware with Element Control, Apogee’s software control application for Mac. Use the app to select your input type, adjust input/output levels, configure up to 3 different low-latency mixers and more. You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to quickly select any input or output and adjust the level.


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Element Essentials Windows

With Element Control’s Essentials window, you’ll see just the hardware settings you need in a form that requires minimal screen space. Move the Essentials window under, over or to the side of your DAW window for lightning access and total control. Your workflow will be uninterrupted as you keep your focus on the computer screen.



Element Control Mobile for iOS

Element Control Mobile for iOS provides you with wireless control of the hardware settings included in the Element Essentials Window. Download the iOS App from the App store to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.


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Apogee Control Hardware Remote (Sold Separately)

Sometimes, it just feels right to have hardware control at your fingertips - we know, we pioneered this approach with Apogee Duet. With the Apogee Control hardware remote, you have 8 buttons and a control knob that you can configure to control a wide range of settings. Apogee Control Hardware Remote connects directly to your Mac using a simple USB cable. (Sold Separately)


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Logic Pro X integration

When you’re using Logic Pro X, you can set Element input settings like gain, input source and more directly from with Logic’s Channel Strip, for the ultimate integrated system. Element’s I/O settings are saved with each Logic session, for instant and effortless recall.


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Combine the Elements

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.


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  • 12 IN x 14 OUT Thunderbolt Audio I/O box
  • AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • 4 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 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
  • Element Control Software for Mac provides all control of hardware parameters including input gain, output level and low latency monitoring
  • Element Control Mobile App provides wireless remote control of hardware via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • Works 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

Apogee Element Series - Thunderbolt Audio Recording Interfaces

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. Whether he's on the road or in a recording studio, Derrick Wright, touring drummer for Adele and Toni Braxton, has been a long time Apogee user. While he was in Los Angeles for Adele's 2016 tour, Derrick stopped by Apogee to check out the new Element Series Thunderbolt Audio interfaces. We setup Element 88 to record his drums and everyone in the room was instantly blown away by the quality and clarity. The ability for Derrick to control his own input and output levels via iPad using Element Control for iOS while engineer Sergio Ruelas setup the Logic Pro X session made it easy to get up and running. Learn more: www.apogeedigital.com/products/element

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