Creative ALchemy 1.3 for X-Fi

Creative ALchemy Project allows you to run your favorite DirectSound3D games on Windows Vista as the developers intended - with full hardware accelerated 3D Audio and EAX support! This is done by translating DirectSound calls into OpenAL. In order for this to happen, a couple of files need to be installed into each game directory. This is handled automatically by the ALchemy installer - but can also be performed manually by advanced users.

Requirements:

  • Windows Vista
  • SB X-Fi * series soundcard with native OpenAL 1.1 Support * Excludes SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio

Changelog:
  • Added re-sizing horizontal scroll bars to game list boxes (so you can see the whole name!''
  • Added new ini file variable 'GamePath' that lets you specify any path to a game folder (useful when you can't find a registry key)
  • Added ability to multi-select games using the Shift key
  • New Games: Baldur's Gate 2, Battlefield Vietnam, C & C Generals, Chronicles of Riddick, Dungeon Siege, Far Cry, GTA 3, GTA Vice City, Hitman 2, Knights of the Old Republic 2, MDK2, Oblivion, Serious Sam 2 and Serious Sam First Encounter
  • Removed re-sizing border from ALchemy application
  • Fixed dsound.dll object reference counting issue (fixes Oblivion crash bug)
  • Fixed dsound.dll incorrectly applying EAX properties to duplicated buffers
  • Fixed dsound.dll duplicate sound buffer problem (fixes Far Cry, MDK2, Serious Sam 2 and many others)
Download: Creative ALchemy 1.3 for X-Fi
Link: Home Page | Forum Discussion (Thanks Tantawi)

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Those complaining should look at the OpenAL site. It was released in 1999 and only a handful of developers have even jumped on board.

http://www.openal.org/openal_vista.html

From the looks of things, they came out with OpenAL and developers said "why bother" since directx sound was working fine and so now creative is making a work around for games still using the directx api.

I am still a little upset with creative since they took the stance that Vista was in "beta" for so long when it had been release RTM. They could have had a better driverset available at the consumer release in January. I have an Audigy 4 and I would love to at least play my mp3's without them skipping all the time.

OpenAL is nothing new, it was there years before and its SDK widely available. And it was co-developed by Creative. And now that Microsoft decided to use it, everyone complains. And Creative itself is not able to get its own cards to work with it. Sorry... but to me it doesn't look like Microsoft messed up...

Islander said,
OpenAL is nothing new, it was there years before and its SDK widely available. And it was co-developed by Creative. And now that Microsoft decided to use it, everyone complains. And Creative itself is not able to get its own cards to work with it. Sorry... but to me it doesn't look like Microsoft messed up...

And since when is microsoft using this?
It's because ms decided to ruin the dsound stack that we have to use ALChemy which turn all the dsound calls to OpenAl.

This is just a dog and pony show to distract people from completely broken and mangled audio support in Windows Vista.

Don't blame CL for not being psychics and knowing what Vista will do to EAX support by the time their OS is out. Do you realize when they started development on the Audigy and X-Fi vs when Vista became feature complete? They just try to make compelling products with nice features. Now MS stopped them in their tracks and they're trying to make the best out of the situation. If they were truly evil, they wouldn't have bothered.

You're also sure as hell not getting Vista EAX support in hardware without patches like these by any other soundcard manufacturer either, but it's your choice of course, and I wonder what kind of nice soundcard you're getting instead that offer better gaming performance than the X-Fi, even with the Vista drivers. (they do retain most of its feature set after all)

Jugalator said,
Don't blame CL for not being psychics and knowing what Vista will do to EAX support by the time their OS is out. Do you realize when they started development on the Audigy and X-Fi vs when Vista became feature complete? They just try to make compelling products with nice features. Now MS stopped them in .....

yes, I am upset with CL and I'm sticking to it. There were no drivers for my card and there are still no drivers that support 5.1 surround sound. My lame onboard card supports 5.1 without a problem. It's March, the Os was released in January and in Nov to business. Just go the the CL boards and read about upset customers. I know that I am not alone, in fact I know that there are a lot of CL customers that are very disappointed. I don't think MS had to do anything to get CL were they are right now. If you just sit there and complain that the Os maker is changing things you are not going anywhere, you need to talk to them.