Thanks to the input from a faithful reader, we've learned that if you don't want to pay for Creative's ALchemy drivers we wrote about earlier, there are some alternatives.
Apparently a revolted owner of Creative non-X-Fi card released a patched ALchemy drivers that you can use to run all Live! and Audigy soundcards, and hey - you don't have to pay. It appears that certain individuals do more to provide support for Creative's customers than Creative themselves.
You can download the driver and see the full driver specs here.
Creative releases ALchemy Vista driver