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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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Creative is doing Microsofts Job
By Iridium130m on 5/3/2007 6:16:37 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft removed the fundemental support in Vista for ALL SOUND CARDS to support full hardware accelleration and audio effects that we enjoyed under XP.

Creative is adding this base functionality back into Vista with Alchemy.

I think thats pretty darn nice of them to take the time to put backwards compatibility back into Vista when it was Microsoft that took it out. Will anyone else take the time to do this for their sound cards???????

Hopefully they will come to their senses and release this for free, but keep in mind, it definitely isn't free for them to fix what M$ essentially broke to begin with (for security sake or not).

By GlassHouse69 on 5/4/2007 1:42:28 AM , Rating: 1
totally agree.

vista = garbage forced down everyone's throat.

if it wasnt for dx10 video, it would croak. the "small" gamer crowd creates the reviews, the desires, and the direction for such os's. Vista ignored them completely besides blocking dx10 to be allowed to work on xp.

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