The mic preamps are the usual high-quality from Apogee: very clean and plenty of low-noise gain, but now I have more of them.  At first I was concerned about not having any physical control knobs or switches, but I found the Control software is very well designed; you simply hop from one channel to another with the left-right arrow keys, and adjust the mic gain in 1 dB increments using the up-down arrow keys. Very simple, efficient, and precise.  Or, you can control mic gain directly from within Logic.  As a result, the Element 88 takes up even less space on my cramped workspace desk than the Duet – since I never need to touch it, I keep it on a shelf underneath my desk. Awesome!”

Colm Boran

Apogee Element 88 owner