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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: Wait a minute.....
By imaheadcase on 7/4/2007 2:59:02 PM , Rating: -1
You need to pay cause programming is not free.
You need to pay cause the hardware you have is not supported by Vista.
I know reason and common sense right? Hard to grasp..


RE: Wait a minute.....
By omnicronx on 7/4/2007 3:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
and as people pointed out.. they did pay.. paid big, especially for their higher end cards with the front ports.
This is a scam, if you actually read into all they did is support old games through OpenAL, which was implemented in xp long before vista, amazingly creative owns part of that too.
Its not like they wrote a new set of drivers and software from scratch just because its vista, video card makers did though and i dont see any $10.99 drivers on the nvidia site and they actually did some work.

so all i have to say is.
"programming is free when its already been done"

also its not like vista has a new technology that older sound cards cant take advantage of, its infact the other way around, vista gets rid of hardware accelerated directsound support. this so called 'driver' is just a vista API workaround using openAL.

so i have no problem with reason and common sense, whats hard for me to grasp is "why should someone have to pay for a downgrade"

creative is just taking advantage of the many people that have bought an audigy 2/4 (which is most creative cards out there) knowing full well if they only get 20-30% of the people who own one to buy this, they will still make a killing. its people like you that allow them to keep doing what they are doing!


RE: Wait a minute.....
By Proteusza on 7/4/2007 4:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
Programming is so free in this in fact, that you can use the X Fi drivers by copying part of the audigy drivers over.


RE: Wait a minute.....
By nemrod on 7/4/2007 6:53:54 PM , Rating: 2
It's really a great surprise that video card maker who sell dx10 board give vista drivers for free


RE: Wait a minute.....
By nemrod on 7/4/2007 6:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's really a great surprise that video card maker who sell dx10 board give vista drivers for free


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