Mau1wurf1977 wrote:I've never found a way to purchase the MB version directly. It usually comes bundled with motherboards I believe.
notindeed wrote:Thing is, i'm guessing that this software solution and also the new creative cards without the proper sound chips don't sound correct anyway? Similar in a way to how, back in the day, eax would sound on a realtek onboard chip (way too echoey and without a sense of space) compared to getting an x-fi or audigy card.
Mind you, all my experience is with xp.
If windows 7 removes hardware sound, then how is any normal soundcard through alchemy any different to an xfi through it (or with openal)?
Basically, what is the sound difference between hardware accelerated openal and software openal?
From my understanding, direct sound was removed in windows 7, which lead a lot of people to believe that no one could access the soundcard's hardware to do proper reverb and processing.
However this seems like it was untrue - openal could use the soundcard's hardware. The problem was that eax used direct sound and so the eax calls needed to be converted to openal eax calls.
What i really don't understand is the difference between eax and efx.
It seems like under openal, eax can still only be used on creative cards where as efx can be used under any sound card but will be run on the hardware on a creative card.
So why even have eax under openal anyway
How different would the reverb effects sound in software openal as opposed to hardware accelerated openal?
swaaye wrote:On the topic of the hacked Alchemy Universal.... I managed to get Doom3 to output EAX4 5.1 on Realtek HD and pump it through the Realtek software Dolby Digital Live encoder. I have a notebook with the DDL license.
This means that you don't really need Creative XFi MB for Alchemy. But that package does have some other benefits like a great headphone downmix.
mockingbird wrote:What's with the virus alert warning for the activator?
Indeed, Microsoft Security Essentials finds this:
Qbix wrote:I am not sure if it is a smart idea to leave the attachment on the board.
Some virusscanner url checkers actively block sites that have files with virus infections. (so users with that virusscanner can't access the board)
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