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Apogee Element 46 Thunderbolt Audio Interface w/ 4 Mic Pres

For Mac OS Only

Written by

Ollie Mason

The Element 46 is 12/14 interface with 4 mic pres, XLR monitor outs and are expandable to the full capability via optical ports. The Element 46 interface also features 2 high quality headphone outputs, so it's the perfect choice if you like to collaborate with another musician in your project studio or out on the move.

If you've been working with an entry level interface for a while, the Element 24 is also a fantastic option for that next upgrade. With more inputs, higher quality components and better performance overall, this interface will get you that professional edge on your recordings that your entry level interface can't handle. 

Simple and Elegant

The Apogee Element series offers a brand new workflow to the audio interface market. The Element Thunderbolt interfaces feature Apogee's world class mic preamps, exceptional AD/DA conversion and accurate clocking that you would expect. However, instead of trying to pack essential controls on the front panel, you get a simple form factor with complete control of your I/O via software on your mac or mobile device.

But why would you want software control?

Firstly, there's only so many knobs and buttons you can put on a hardware unit, and the ones you do have add to the cost of the device. Not only are the Element interfaces cheaper, you can have full access to every I/O parameter to truly customise your sound.

The other huge benefit to having software controls is that you control your interface from anywhere, and all your I/O settings can be saved and recalled with your session with ease.

Here's what Apogee say about the Element Interfaces

Analog 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.
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.
Digital to Analog 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.
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.
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.

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.

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)

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.
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.


  • 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
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