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[TheReg] Creative to free Audigy Windows Vista compatibility app

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Creative has told buyers of its ALchemy for Audigy sound software that they'll get their money back following its decision to release the next version of the app free of charge.

In an email sent out to customers yesterday, Creative said the new version of the software will be released on or shortly after 19 May. Unlike previous releases, it won't cost anything. Older versions of the application came with a $10 price tag.

And this made a lot of SoundBlaster Audigy users rather angry. The changes Microsoft made to the way audio is handled by Windows in the Vista era prevented Audigy users from getting the 3D audio and other sound effects generated by their sound cards.

Under Windows XP, MS' DirectSound and DirectSound 3D API were able to mediate communcations between game and audio hardware. That feature was essentially removed from the Vista-oriented DirectX 10, forcing DirectSound calls to be processed solely by the CPU.
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The news comes a month after the company withdrew threats to sue Brazilan coder daniel_k for writing drivers that improved its products' performance under Windows Vista.

The company's email to customers says the company will put the $9.99 back onto the credit card used to pay it in the first place. Refund requests can be made here. The offer, it warned, is only valid until 30 June. ®
Anyone heard from them? The full article here has more info. Nice to know the public reactions last month got a result (small as it is).
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Well whatever if going on, Auzentech has pulled the drivers for my prelude until May 19th.
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So if sound was to be processed soley by the CPU, that means sound cards are all but useless in Vista? What benefit would owning a stand alone sound card have over using the built-in set on a motherboard?
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OpenAL is still processed by the sound card in Vista, which is where ALchemy comes in. It translates the DirectSound calls to OpenAL.

http://connect.creativelabs.com/alchemy/default.aspx
    
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So if sound was to be processed soley by the CPU, that means sound cards are all but useless in Vista? What benefit would owning a stand alone sound card have over using the built-in set on a motherboard?
So you can pay an extra $10 for drivers that make it worthwhile.
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So if sound was to be processed soley by the CPU, that means sound cards are all but useless in Vista? What benefit would owning a stand alone sound card have over using the built-in set on a motherboard?
not quite. it just means that some of the extra features might not be used but the sound quality would still be better then a stand alone unit.


also if I remember right someone had drivers that where modded to allow EAX and such to work correctly in vista with or without alchamy but I might of misread that part.
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So you can pay an extra $10 for drivers that make it worthwhile.
In the past yes, but now it's being refunded.
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Weird, Auzentech provided Alchemy for free anyway...

Damn, creative...

It is very gimpy that Auzentech has had to remove the Prelude's drivers from their site "technical issues" my arse; I'm certain this is related.
    
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Weird, Auzentech provided Alchemy for free anyway...

Damn, creative...
Was free for X-fi owners but Audigy owners had to pay
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wonder if this is going to fix my audigy issues like how when i connect my tv as my second monitor with an hdmi - dvi-d plug... my sound will bork after i used dual displays for some reason
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