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Creative releases ALchemy Vista driver

by on05 July 2007


But not quite free for all

Creative Labs finally released their driver wrapper for Vista. The name is ALchemy, and it enables hardware-accelerated DirectSound3D and EAX under Vista, however it is free only if you own an X-Fi sound card. If you own an Audigy, you'll have to pay $9.99.

Due to Microsoft removing Vendor Extension mechanism from DirectSound implementation, it apparently made things more complicated - hence the long wait. Without ALchemy, DirectSound games are allegedly reduced to basic stereo and no effects.

The driver brings you a range of other features such as sampling rate conversion and hardware audio mixing, it supports quite a number of games and you can get it here.

Last modified on 05 July 2007
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