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Auzentech's new Prelude 7.1 to feature Creative Labs X-Fi audio processor

Auzentech this week announced the first third-party sound card featuring Creative Labs’ X-Fi audio processor. The upcoming Auzentech Prelude 7.1 couples Creative Labs’ EAX 5.0 with Dolby Digital Live multi-channel audio encoding technologies. Auzentech promises Dolby Digital Live encoding under Windows Vista with the Prelude 7.1.
    
Details of the Prelude 7.1 remain scarce, as the product isn’t scheduled to launch until next month. Creative Labs’ X-Fi initially launched with hardware acceleration, however, the latest X-Fi XtremeAudio lacks hardware acceleration, even while carrying the X-Fi name. It is unknown which X-Fi audio processor the Prelude 7.1 integrates.

Creative Labs has had troubles enabling hardware acceleration for EAX audio technologies under Microsoft’s Universal Audio Architecture, or UAA, under Windows Vista. Creative Labs found a work around for UAA with its ALchemy OpenAL wrapper.

"We’re excited to provide Auzentech with our award-winning X-Fi audio chipset and technology to provide an outstanding audio experience for Auzentech’s customers,” Steve Erickson said, vice president, Creative Labs Audio Division.

Expect Auzentech to unleash the Prelude 7.1 at the end of next month.




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RE: Drivers?
By Spivonious on 4/19/2007 9:35:35 AM , Rating: 2
The EAX/Vista problem is Microsoft's fault. EAX used DirectSound and MS took DirectSound out of Vista. EAX will never work again in Vista. I think Creative is being very resourceful in making the OpenAL wrappers for older games. I also don't think they're being slow in driver development; they just got a late start. Rewriting the sound drivers from scratch is a bit of work.

Have you ever programmed a production application?


RE: Drivers?
By Anh Huynh on 4/19/2007 10:00:47 AM , Rating: 2
No, its CL fault for not working with Microsoft on the new audio stack. All the other audio manufacturers contributed to UAA, CL decided to do their own thing because they couldn't skew the standard in their favor.


RE: Drivers?
By carage on 4/19/2007 11:06:26 AM , Rating: 2
It's not the first time M$ did something like this with Vista. M$ also screwed over the entire anti-virus/internet security industry.


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