Creative Labs Develops ALchemy for Audigy-series
Anh Tuan Huynh
May 3, 2007 5:22 AM
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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
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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RE: Are they serious about it?
5/3/2007 6:28:28 PM
Creative software support has always been terrible.
I have an Audigy Plat EX card that cost me 300$ when it first came out. Which currently leaves me with two choices aside from getting a new card.
1. Use the original install CD and get a ton of outdated features.
2. Use the auto update and get a driver that shrinks the functionality and overall capabilities of the card down to the quality of a onboard sound chip.
I dont use Vista so I know so Creative can take the blame for their poor support and drivers.
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