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Creative Labs makes ALchemy Audigy Edition available for $9.99

Creative Labs has officially released the Creative ALchemy Audigy Edition software package. The software package sells for $9.99 from the company’s online store. The Creative ALchemy Audigy Edition software package enables users of Sound Blaster Audigy sound cards to take advantage of hardware-accelerated DirectSound3D and EAX audio under Windows Vista operating systems.

Additionally, the ALchemy Audigy Edition enables sample rate conversion and hardware audio mixing. The software also features an update feature that downloads lists of the latest games supported by ALchemy. Creative Labs currently supports 104 legacy game titles with ALchemy. Supported titles include Command & Conquer 3, F.E.A.R., Far Cry, Guild Wars, Oblivion, World of Warcraft and others.

Creative Labs supports the following Audigy sound cards with ALchemy:
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 4
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS notebook
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 SE
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum Ex
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value
  • Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum Ex
  • Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy
Windows Vista Audigy users can purchase ALchemy Audigy Edition from the Creative Labs online store for Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit.


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RE: $9.99 Software
By omnicronx on 7/4/2007 9:05:15 AM , Rating: 2
ya but you would still have to think 75% of owners will not be smart enough to do this and buy the damn drivers.
Its probably worked before when they stopped having downloadable drivers and software for certain cards, and they only sold them on a CD they would mail to you.
It worked before.. it probably will again


RE: $9.99 Software
By Rampage on 7/4/2007 12:58:31 PM , Rating: 2
I remember this. I remember freaking out because I thought I'd lost my original driver cd. Of course you needed that so you could apply the updates from their website.

Thankfully, I haven't owned an Audigy since that original Audigy1. Never fell for it again like most people.

Using my Karajan audio still. Its Azalia based, and works excellent until someone releases a worthy audio card not based on any Creative tech, nor in any way dependant on their software support.

That means, don't buy the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude.


RE: $9.99 Software
By GlassHouse69 on 7/5/2007 1:07:34 AM , Rating: 2
your solutions, while fine for much, do not support hardware acceleration and eax. it is a large, permanent hit in a multiplayer game like BF2142. without it, no matter the cpu, sound will get f'd up and make you skip frames from time to time.


RE: $9.99 Software
By darkpaw on 7/4/2007 3:33:07 PM , Rating: 2
There is nothing smart about pirating software, even if the company is ripping people off (which I think creative is obviously doing).

The correct solution is just not to buy any more of their crap, which will be exactly what I'll be doing.


RE: $9.99 Software
By Rampage on 7/4/2007 6:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly.

Don't pirate it, boycott it by not using it.
It's supporting the company by even pirating it.. why would you want such a sloppily supported, joke of a card in your system anyway?

Do people seriously still believe in FPS gains from a minor CPU load being taken off our insanely overpowered Core2Duo processors?

Maybe at 640x480 you can see a difference in real world gameplay.. as in a difference between 900FPS and 910FPS.

In case no one out there knows yet, the bottleneck for gaming is still on the video card.. not audio acceleration.

Spend your money saved not buying Creative products on a better GPU if you truly are serious about FPS gains.
It's the difference between a 8800GTS and a 8800GTX! Depending on sound card (not) purchased.


RE: $9.99 Software
By PrinceGaz on 7/4/2007 10:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
Of course you shouldn't pirate it, but Creative didn't let on the X-Fi would be worthless within a year of it being launched (for understandable reasons).

X-RAM! Yeah right, as if any game is going to benefit from that now OpenAL is the only way to the card.

The only thing the X-Fi series cards have going for them now is their high-quality (by Creative's standards) sampling-rate converter hardware to change the internal 48KHz processing to and from whatever it is output as (often 44.1KHz).

I certainly won't buy another Creative (heh, the name is even a mockery) card as the days of audio-acceleration in hardware have passed. And physics-acceleration will be gone in a couple of years thanks to every more powerful GPUs with physics-support (hello Aegia, your days are numbered as well).


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