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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: Freebie with support
By PrinceGaz on 7/4/2007 10:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
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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