Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Apogee Element Series
Quick Start Guide
Fall 2016
Contents
Overview............................................................................................ 3
Introduction.........................................................................................................................3
Package Contents...............................................................................................................6
Element Series Product Tour...............................................................................................8
Getting Started..................................................................................11
System Requirements.......................................................................................................11
Install Element Software....................................................................................................11
Apogee Element Control.............................................................................................11
Connect Element to your Computer.................................................................................12
Update Element’s Firmware........................................................................................13
To Play Sound Out.............................................................................................................14
Setting up an Input............................................................................................................16
Setup Element in your DAW..............................................................................................20
Select Element in Garageband...................................................................................20
Select Element in Logic Pro X.....................................................................................22
Select Element in Pro Tools........................................................................................24
Select Element in Ableton Live...................................................................................25
Introduction to Element Control Software.........................................................................26
Element Control Primary Window...............................................................................27
Element Control Toolbar.............................................................................................28
Element Control Input and Output Settings................................................................29
Element Control Essentials Window...........................................................................30
Additional Support.......................................................................... 31
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Overview
Introduction
Legendary Sound Quality. The Power of Thunderbolt. Elegant Simplicity.
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.
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The Elements of Excellent Audio
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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.
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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 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.
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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 m
eans you don’t have to choose between power and speed.
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Package Contents
The following items are included with your Element Series Interface
Apogee Element 24
• Universal Power Supply with
standard 3 pin-IEC cable
• Quick Start Guide
• Warranty Booklet
Apogee Element 46
• Universal Power Supply with
standard 3 pin-IEC cable
• Quick Start Guide
• Warranty Booklet
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Apogee Element 88
• Rack mounting kit
• Universal Power Supply with
standard 3 pin-IEC cable
• Quick Start Guide
• Warranty Booklet
• Access Apogee’s expert Technical Support for free
• Receive important product update information by email
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Element 24 Product Tour
Inputs 1-2
Combi Jacks XLR Mic/Line
1/4” Hi-Z Instrument
1/4” Stereo
Headphone Output
Status
LED
Front Panel
Rear Panel
Optical
2 Balanced L/R
XLR Outputs ADAT/SMUX/SPDIF
BNC
Word Clock
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Serial
Number
Thunderbolt™
Power
Element 46 Product Tour
Inputs 1-4
2 1/4” Stereo Status
Headphone Outputs LED
Combi Jacks XLR Mic/Line
1/4” Hi-Z Instrument
Front Panel
Rear Panel
2 Balanced L/R
XLR Outputs
Optical
ADAT/SMUX/SPDIF
Serial
Number
Thunderbolt™
Power
BNC
Word Clock
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Element 88 Product Tour
Inputs 5-8
Inputs 1-4
Combi Jacks XLR Mic/Line
1/4” Hi-Z Instrument
2 1/4” Stereo Status
Headphone Outputs LED
XLR Mic/Line
Front Panel
Rear Panel
2 Balanced L/R
XLR Outputs
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2 Balanced 1/4”
Outputs
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Optical
ADAT/SMUX/SPDIF
BNC
Word Clock
Serial
Number
Thunderbolt™
Power
Getting Started
System Requirements
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Computer: Thunderbolt™-equipped Mac
Mac OS 10.10 or greater
Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB recommended
Connection: Any available Thunderbolt port*
Software: Any Core Audio compatible application
*Thunderbolt cable not included
Install Element Software
1. Download the latest Element Software Package
from www.apogeedigital.com/support
2. Open the downloaded .dmg file and double-click
the Element Installer.pkg that’s inside.
3. Follow the prompts provided by the software
installer package. You will be required to restart
your computer.
Element Control
After installation is complete, you will find the Element
Control Application in your Mac’s Applications folder. All
of Element’s settings and parameters are controlled from
this application.
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Connect Element to Your Computer
1. Connect the Power Supply to Element.
2. Connect Element to your Mac using a
Thunderbolt cable.
NOTE: Make sure that your Mac has the Thunderbolt logo.
The Mini DisplayPort, featured on many pre-Thunderbolt
Macs, is the exact size of a Thunderbolt port but does NOT
support Thunderbolt devices.
✖ Mini Display Port
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✔ Thunderbolt Port
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Update Element’s Firmware
After the software installation, you may be prompted to
update the Firmware:
1. Click Update, or manually open the Element Firmware
Updater.app from your computer’s Applications >
Utilities Folder.
3. Follow any prompts that may appear.
4. When it says Element is up to date, you can
quit the updater.
2. Click Start Update.
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To Play Sound Out
To get sound from general audio applications like iTunes, Spotify, or a web browser to play out of Element, it must be
selected as the output device in Mac Sound Preferences:
2. In the Output tab, select Element
from the list.
IN 1
IN 2
IN 3
IN 4
1
L
2
R
Connect speakers to the Main Out XLR jacks,
and/or headphones to the HP1 or HP2 jacks.
1. Open Mac System Preferences and click
the Sound icon.
To control Element’s output level from Sound
Preferences, adjust the Output volume slider
at the bottom of the Output tab page.
Note: The Output volume slider controls
what is selected in the Element Control
software’s “Keyboard Volume” setting.
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For more control over all the outputs of the Element interface, open the Element Control.app
located in your Mac’s Applications folder:
When opening Element Control for the first time, the
Snapshot Template window will appear. Select the
“Getting Started” Template. This template will provide
the monitor controls below:
To adjust the Headphone
output volume, click and
drag up or down on the
HP1, or HP2 Output Level
control knob.
To change what the Apple keyboard volume
buttons control.
To adjust the Main output
volume, click and drag up
or down on the MAIN
Output Level control knob.
-Show the System Side Bar.
-Make your choice from the
“Keyboard Volume” drop down box.
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Setting up an Input
Setup and control the input settings of your Apogee Element interface via the Element Control software.
1. Connect an XLR or ¼” instrument cable to
the Input 1 combi jack.
2. Open the Element Control software.
3. Click File > Open Snapshot Template.
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4. Select “Getting Started” from the
Snapshot Template window.
5. In the Analog 1 channel, set the Analog
Level setting to:
“Mic” if you are
connecting via
XLR cable.
If using a condenser
microphone, click
“48V” to activate
phantom power
“Instrument” if you
are connecting via
¼” cable.
6. Raise the Gain knob as you input signal.
You will see
input meter
move with
this signal.
If the Over
indicator is
triggered, the
Gain knob is
too high and
should be
lowered.
Continue
raising the
Gain knob
until this meter
gets close to
the top on your
loudest input.
Your input is now
set up and can be
recorded.
To hear the input
signal, use the
monitoring features
of your Recording
Program or DAW.
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To direct monitor your Input without opening a Recording Program or DAW:
1. Go to File > Open Snapshot Template and
select “Direct Monitoring”
2. In the Analog 1 channel, set the Analog
Level setting to:
“Mic” if you are
connecting via
XLR cable.
If using a condenser
microphone, click
“48V” to activate
phantom power
“Instrument” if you
are connecting via
¼” cable.
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3. R
aise the Gain knob as you input signal.
You will see input meter
move with this signal.
Adjust how loudly you hear
the input signal by adjusting
the speaker or headhpone
output volume knob.
Continue
raising the
Gain knob
until this meter
gets close to
the top on your
loudest input.
If the Over
indicator is
triggered, the
Gain knob is
too high and
should be
lowered.
ote: Adjustments to the Mixer 1 faders only
N
affect monitoring and does not alter the signal
being sent to your recording program or DAW
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Setup Element in your DAW
Most professional applications have their own audio preferences that are separate from the Mac System Preferences.
Basic steps for setting up Element are provided. For more detail on this topic, refer to the documentation that comes
with your recording program.
Select Element in Garageband:
1. Open Garageband and create a New Empty Project.
A
B
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2. In the Details expansion, ensure Element
is selected as the Audio Input and Output
device (A), and click Choose (B).
You should be able to see input
signal in the level meter, and hear it
passing through to the headphone
or speaker output.
C
D
F
E
G
3. In the Track dialog that appears, select an Audio track, Guitar or Mic (C).
4. Expand the Details arrow (D) to select Input 1 (E).
5. Ensure the check box is selected for “I Want to hear my Instrument
as I play and record” (F).
6. Click Create (G).
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Select Element in Logic Pro X:
1. Go to Logic Pro X > Preferences > Audio.
3. Select “Apply Changes” and close the
Preferences window.
4. Go to Track > New Tracks.
2. In the Devices Tab, select Apogee Element in
the Output and Input Device drop-down boxes.
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A
You should be able to see input
signal in the level meter, and hear it
passing through to the headphone
or speaker output.
B
C
D
E
5. Select Audio. (A)
6. In the Details drop down (B), select input 1. (C)
7. Check the box for Input Monitoring
and Record Enable. (D)
8. Click Create. (E)
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Select Element in Pro Tools:
3. Go to the Track > New Menu.
1. Open Pro Tools and create a New Project.
4. Create 1 Mono Audio Track.
5. Select Input 1.
2. Go to Setup > Playback Engine and select
Element46 as the playback engine and click OK.
6. Click the Record and Input Monitoring Buttons.
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Select Element in Ableton Live:
4. In an Audio Track, select Input 1, and Monitor IN
1. Open Ableton Live and go to the
Live > Preferences Menu.
2. Select Element as the Audio Input & Audio
Output Device.
You should be able to see input
signal in the level meter, and
hear it passing through to the
headphone or speaker output.
3. Change the Buffer Size
to “64 samples”. Adjust
this setting based on your
computer’s performance.
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Introduction to Element Control Software
All features and settings of your Apogee Element
interface are controlled through the Element Control
software. When you first open Element Control, you
are presented with a basic layout providing the most
commonly used features and settings.
Apple Keyboard Navigation Tips
▲
▲
Use the Arrow keys to change Analog input and output
settings;
Press
to scroll the orange
focus ring through analog inputs and
outputs.
▲
▲
Press
to raise or lower the
level highlighted with the focus ring.
Use the volume keys (F10, F11 and F12) to set the level of
the Speaker or Headphone output. See p.15 for details.
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The Element Control user interface is highly
customizable. Many features - for example, mixers,
channels or sidebars - can be hidden or deactivated
so that only the ones you want to see are displayed.
You can then save your changes as a Snapshot.
Create Snapshots for different workflows and recall
them quickly when needed.
Snapshot Templates (which may be viewed by
selecting File > Open Snapshot Template) provide a
point of departure for a variety of popular workflows.
Start with the Snapshot Template that closest to your
preferred workflow, customize it further, then save it
as a Snapshot.
For detailed information on these templates refer to
the Elements Series Users Guide downloadable at:
www.apogeedigital.com/support
Element Control Primary Window
System
Sidebar
Device
Sidebar
Analog Input Channels
Playback
from
Software
Channels
Monitor Control
Sidebar
Toolbar
Channel View
Output
Signal
Level
Meters
Mixers
Master Control
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Element Control Toolbar
Device
Sidebar
Button
System
Sidebar
Button
Remote
Window
Button
Essentials
Window
Button
Hover
Help
Button
Talkback
Button
Clear
Meters
Button
Mute
All
Button
For specific information about
Element Control’s features, open the
Help window and hover your Mac’s
pointer above each setting to see a
helpful summary.
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Element Control Input and Output Settings
Input Label
Input Level Meter
Input
Configuration
Section
Sound source for this output
Input Type Selector
Input Gain Knob
48V Phantom Power, Group
Soft Limit, Polarity Invert
Sound source for this output
FX Send to
DAW Channel
Sound source for this output
Mixer Send
Pre Button
-When this is on, the
volume of signal going
to the mixer master is
not affected by the
Mixer 1 fader
Mute Button
Channel Pan
Mixers
Sum-to-Mono Button
Use to test mono
compatibility of a mix
Dim Button
Lowers output by
-15 dB
Mixer View On/Off
Channel Level Fader
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
Mute
Solo
Mono/Stereo Toggle
Label
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Element Control Essentials Window
Input Type
Selector
Sound
Source
Input
Label
Clear Meters Button
Focus
Ring
Talkback Button
Mute All Button
48V Phantom
Power
Mute
Input Level Meter
Soft Limit
Group
Polarity Invert
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Dim
Sum to Mono
Output Level Meter
Additional Support
For more information
• Element Series User’s Guide
• Apogee KnowledgeBase and FAQs
• Apogee Product Registration
• How to contact Apogee Technical Support
Please visit: www.apogeedigital.com/support
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