ALchemy Audigy Edition For Sale
Anh Tuan Huynh
July 4, 2007 8:02 AM
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Creative Labs makes ALchemy Audigy Edition available for $9.99
Creative Labs has officially released the Creative
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: Freebie with support
7/4/2007 8:35:07 PM
The funny thing is that the guy that cracked the drivers proved that Creative was full of bull when they said that making it work for the Audigy required much more work then the X-Fi. All Creative did was disable the installer on cards that didn't have EAX5 present and he took out that check so they install.
God that just pisses me off at Creative even more. I've been buying Creative sound cards since the SB Pro I put in my 386, but it'll never happen again. They also lost my MP3 business (and my old one just bit the dust too).
I heard the Sansas are pretty nice, I need to take a look at those.
RE: Freebie with support
7/4/2007 10:00:17 PM
Disabling the option to install on systems with non X-Fi cards was exactly the reason I assumed the ALchemy wrapper didn't work with Audigy cards from day one. It was so obvious, it's a wrapper ffs, translating calls from EAX to OpenAL (which both the Audigy and X-Fi support).
I think I said at the time they announced they would be charging for it was that the only extra work Creative would need to do is verify the ALchemy wrapper works with Audigy cards as well as X-Fi cards, and enable the option to allow it to be installed on systems without an X-Fi.
When I migrate to Vista (probably SP2 as SP1 is too rushed), if I'm still using my Audigy 2ZS I'll download my copy of the latest version of ALchemy. I'll pay for it as much as I feel it is worth then, which will probably be a very round number.
Hardware sound-acceleration was dead the day dual-core processors arrived; quad- and future multi-core processors only serve to show the X-Fi was a waste of time.
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