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Audigy owners will get ALchemy, for a low cost, later this year

Microsoft Windows Vista features a new audio stack, which completely revamps how the operating system communicates with audio devices. The new audio stack, dubbed Universal Audio Architecture, or UAA, requires companies to develop new drivers. Hardware accelerated audio devices are treated as an independent device, separate from the audio output capabilities of a sound card under Windows Vista.

The way UAA handles hardware DSPs is a problem for Creative Labs when it comes to delivering hardware acceleration for DirectSound 3D and EAX algorithms. Earlier this year Creative Labs launched its ALchemy project that enabled hardware-accelerated audio on Sound Blaster X-Fi owners. ALchemy translates DirectSound 3D and EAX calls into OpenAL, which can still take advantage of the DSP hardware.

Creative Labs left Sound Blaster Audigy owners in the dark, in regards to hardware-accelerated audio in Windows Vista. However, Creative Labs stated ALchemy support for Sound Blaster Audigy 2 and 4-class products are to be determined depending on demand. Due to demand, Creative Labs has begun ALchemy development for Sound Blaster Audigy-series sound cards.

Creative Labs expects to have ALchemy for Audigy sound cards later this year. It does not appear as if ALchemy will be free to current Audigy owners. Nevertheless, when the cards are ready, Creative Labs “hopes to offer this product as a low-cost upgrade to interested Audigy owners.”

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By wallijonn on 5/3/2007 1:12:45 PM , Rating: 5
I don't condone piracy.....But I will not pay for drivers. No matter what Creative spouts, that's all this ALchemy is. A program to deliver the features their product advertises. I refuse to pay "extra" for something I have already purchased.

There was a time when I would have gladly paid $10 to receive their latest drivers on CD.

Vista has killed CL. In the old days a built in audio chip would cost ~5% cpu time. Now it doesn't matter.

I still miss Aureal.

By abhaxus on 5/3/2007 3:21:23 PM , Rating: 3
I still miss Aureal.

This is the most true statement made by anyone commenting so far... The Aureal card I had back in the days of Quake 3 provided FAR better 3D sound out of headphones than anything I've ever gotten from a CL card. Not that I don't love my X-fi most of the time for DVD-Audio and the like... but I miss the incredible sound in games.

By RMSe17 on 5/3/2007 3:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
A3D was superior to EAX back then, and it calculated the sound based on the actual 3D areas in the game data. And the sad thing about it is that they actually won the lawsuit that creative threw at them, they just couldn't recover from all the legal expenses of the process...

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