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Thread: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

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    Lightbulb SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012)

    This software/driver pack is unofficial, not supported by Creative Labs.
    Use it at your own risk.



    Supports any model of the following Sound Blaster cards (based on Emu0kx DSP):

    - Audigy
    - Audigy 2
    - Audigy 2 ZS
    - Audigy 4

    For Audigy SE/LS/Value and Live! 24-bit cards, click here for a compatible version.



    Operating systems supported:

    32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3


    Included in the pack:

    - Audigy series driver 2.18.0017.7
    - ALchemy 1.43.18
    - Audio Console 1.33.01
    - DDL and DTS Connect License Activation 2.00.03 (*)
    - Dolby Digital Li've Pack 3.02.00 (*)
    - DTS Connect Pack 1.68.75 [modified 1.04.00] (*)
    - EAX Console 3.00.56 (Windows XP only)
    - Graphic Equalizer 2.10.01
    - MediaSource DVD-Audio Player 2.00.78
    - SoundFont Bank Manager 3.21.02
    - Speaker Settings 2.10.01
    - THX Setup Console 2.20.08 (Windows XP only)

    (*) Purchase and activation required, more info at http://buy.soundblaster.com.




    Does this driver improve sound quality or performance Are there any tweaks ?

    No, this driver does not improve sound quality nor increase performance.

    No, there are no tweaks.

    If someone states that its driver improves sound quality and performance, you are being fooled, cheated.

    It is even worse that the so called tweaks come from a person who is not EVEN technically acknowledged, does NOT know anything about Windows internals, software engineering and sound fidelity that all audiophiles always look for.

    If you "feel" the sound better, that is the infamous placebo effect and there is no real proof that any tweaks work.

    In fact, I have yet to see a driver that states in its release notes that it improves sound quality.

    I've disassembled about every single .SYS driver, .DLL libraries and .EXE executables and found nothing.

    There are some undocumented registry values, but nothing related to sound quality or performance.

    Would the so called tweaks even exist, they would be in my Support Packs, you can bet that.




    Fixes and improvements:

    - FINAL VERSION.
    - Updates applications and shared components, enables HDMI output for DDL and DTS Interactive encoders.

    - Fixes Windows crash (BSOD) when you restart, shutdown or suspend Windows with Encoder activated.
    - Fixes high CPU usage when DTS Interacti've encoder is enabled on Windows XP/Server2003.
    - Fix the EAX Console installation error on Windows XP/Server2003.
    - Removes the Microsoft Audio Home Theater Effects to (try to) fix the static issue when playing audio using DirectSound interface.
    - Adds WaveRT interfaces for Windows 7/Vista
    - DTS Interacti've encoder now works on Windows XP without any tricks.
    - Fixes a cosmetic issue on Audio Console, encoder status now says DTS Interacti've.
    - Readds support for 64-bit OpenAL and 64-bit ASIO.
    - Fixes Microphone not available on Audigy cards on Windows 7 / Vista.
    - Enables support for WASAPI exclusi've-mode event-dri'ven playback, seems to be working just fine.
    - Fixes the enhancements errors in Windows mixer and Windows Media Player.
    - Adds Microsoft Audio Home Theather Effects for both Speakers and S/PDIF Out endpoints.
    - Includes Encoder Switcher to enable DTS Interacti've on Audigy cards.
    - Fixes the Audio Console "Internal application error" when enabling the DDL Encoder on localized installs.
    - Updates Audio Console to display DTS Interacti've in the Encoder tab when Encoder switcher is used.
    - Workarounds a bug that unexpectedly resets the speaker configuration.
    - Prevents an issue during installation on Windows 7/Vista that may result in low volume when certain enhancements are enabled.
    - Implements Hardware CMSS Headphone by using a workaround.
    - Updates all InstallShield setup scripts to support Windows 7.
    - Fixes installation INI to properly install applications depending on the detected OS.
    - Removes COM workaround for Equalizer, fixed by Creative.
    - Adds workaround to a memory corruption issue preventing Equalizer from starting on Windows 7/Vista.
    - Updates shared modules, responsi'veness on certain applications is improved.
    - Enables CMSS2 and Stereo Surround.
    - Fixes 32-bit ASIO not working on Windows 7 x64.
    - Fixes Encoder not available on Windows 7 x64 (related to fix above).
    - Sets default speaker setting to 5. to properly reset configs to their defaults during install (fixes Bass and Treble leves not set to 50% on Windows 7 / Vista).



    Undocumented fixes by Creative (not listed in the release notes):

    - Fixes the 6.1 speaker configuration is incorrectly available on Windows 7 64-bit (documented).
    - Fixes the Enable Dolby Digital Live checkbox not staying checked when Audio Console is closed.
    - Fixes Equalizer Out of Memory error.
    - Fixes Equalizer settings being lost on Windows 7 / Vista when speaker configuration is changed.
    - Fixes low volume on Windows 7 / Vista when default format is set to anything higher than 6-bit, 48kHz.
    - Fixes MIDI instruments in Melodic Pool not playing when speaker setting is higher than 2. speakers.
    - Restores missing Microphone option in Surround Mixer (documented).
    - Fixes Microphone mute, volume and +20db boost controls.



    Release Notes:


    Windows Security warning during driver installation

    When prompted with: "Windows can't verify the publisher of this driver software", choose "Install this driver software anyway".


    OpenAL 2D benchmark in RightMark 3DSound crashes your system

    Due to a driver bug, your system will crash if you run the OpenAL 2D benchmark using 63 buffers. No problem With 62 or fewer buffers. OpenAL 3D and OpenAL 3D + EAX benchmarks are not affected.

    Details: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (0x000000D) - ctoss2k.sys



    System crashes when shutting down or restarting Windows if Encoder is enabled

    Due to a driver bug, your system will crash if you try to shutdown or restart Windows with Encoder enabled.

    Details: SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION (0x0000003B) - ha0kx2k.sys


    There is no DirectSound hardware acceleration on Windows XP 64-bit (x64)

    The Audigy driver does not support 64-bit addressing, disabling the DirectSound hardware acceleration and causing multichannel sound to be played only in the stereo channels (front left/right).

    Workarounds:
    - install the 32-bit (x86) version of Windows XP.
    - limit to less than 4GB the amount of RAM available to Windows.
    - enable the "Memory Hole" setting in the BIOS Setup, if your motherboard supports it.


    Microphone issues on Windows 7/Vista 64-bit (x64) with 4GB of RAM or more

    Audigy driver does not support 64-bit addressing, resulting in random issues with the Microphone (static, robotic or distorted voice, white noise).

    Workarounds:
    - connect your microphone to your motherboard's integrated HD Audio input
    - install the 32-bit (x86) version of Windows
    - limit the RAM available to Windows to less than 4GB
    - enable Memore Hole in BIOS Setup, if your motherboard supports the setting


    MediaSource DVD-Audio Player system requirements

    - 32-bit edition of Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    - any Audigy 2, Audigy 2 ZS or Audigy 4 card


    Built-in Decoder on Windows 7 / Vista (requires Service Pack )

    To use the built-in decoder, make sure it is enabled in Audio Console.

    Select "SPDIF Out (Creative SB Audigy (WDM))" as the output device of your player and then configure the AC3/DTS filter to send the stream through SPDIF.

    When you restart your computer, the Tone settings (Bass and Treble) are not applied.

    Just readjust one of the controls one time per boot.


    Advanced EQ and Special FX not available on Windows 7 / Vista

    These presets don't work on Windows 7 / Vista.


    There is no sound in games with OpenAL support on Windows XP

    Disable Advanced EQ and Special FX selecting "No effect" before running the game or program.


    Equalizer settings are lost

    When you run a game with OpenAL support or using Creative ALchemy, the Equalizer settings are lost.

    Just run Equalizer and the saved setting is loaded automatically.


    Tone settings are reset when speaker configuration is changed

    Bass and treble settings are reset when speaker configuration is changed.


    DTS Encoder Switcher

    The Encoder Switcher is now part of Audio Console.

    A shortcut is created in the Programs -> Creative folder in Start Menu.

    For additional info, read thoroughly the ReadMe.txt file included in the \EncSwitcher folder where you extracted the Support Pack.

    On Windows 7/Vista, when using DTS Interacti've encoder, you MUST use ANOTHER SPDIF Out device, otherwise the CTAudSvc (Creative Audio Service) won't work properly (high CPU usage).


    Hardware CMSS Headphone

    To use the hardware CMSS you need to select "Disable all enhancements" in the "Enhancements" tab on:
    Playback Devices -> Speaker Properties

    Now check the Speaker configuration in "Playback devices".

    If it is Stereo, run Audio Console and change it to 4., 5. or 7. and only after that change it to Headphones.

    This procedure ensures that CMSS() will work after a Windows restart, otherwise only CMSS2 will work.


    MIDI Device Configuration Utility for Windows 7 / Vista

    Use this utility to change the MIDI playback device for 32-bit and 64-bit applications.




    Download:

    Filename: Audigy_SupportPack_4_0.exe
    File size: 65.1 MB
    CRC32 hash: FAD116C8
    SHA- hash: E5011DEE0F8B7BDFE9D26D180C5EB3FC9EE6E784

    Remove all apps, driver then remove the Creative folders in the Program Files (x86) and Program Files folders.

    Under the 64-bit edition of Windows 7/Vista, you might want to try the Win7Vista_4GB_MicFix.reg registry patch that might fix the issues with the Microphone when there are 4GB of RAM or more memory installed. Simply double click the registry file and restart Windows. It is not guaranteed to work on every system.

    Mirrors: Newer version available here



    All files are property of Creative Technology Ltd, unless otherwise noted.
    Last edited by daniel_k; 10-30-2012 at 10:43 PM.

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    Big, BIG thanks to you Daniel, for your work and your patience
    Thank you!

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    HUUUUUGE thanks daniel_k!!!

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    Salvation for Audigy is finally here, I think

    Although the time I used Audigy is long ago, for good memories with Audigy DE, thanks daniel_k.

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    This pack is not working with SB 5.1 VX. So sad.....

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    Thanks for you work! If not you..

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    Hi

    First, thanks for your work.

    I had a problem with a Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro, where when I switched to 7.1, the headphones and mic from the breakout box stopped working.

    Your software fixed it.

    One small side issue...

    Since installing your stuff, the Speaker Settings ap has lost its "Channel" and "Noise" buttons, which is a shame. Any idea of why this happens? I have some audio files I can use instead, and there is the "Test Speakers" in "Diagnostics" which will do the same.

    Thanks

    Dave

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    HI Daniel, would just like to say thanks for all your support packs over the past few years....really grateful for all the effort you have put into the support packs.


    I know its a final but would like to post up a bug I have ...maybe you might go back to the drivers at some time or maybe you or someone might know a why it happens

    if I set the default format to 24 bit 48000 Hz I get no Audio unless I do either of these
    select any EAX profile
    select CMSS2
    change the output to headphones ( normally I use 2.1)

    the Issue seems to be a conflict between the default format setting and the
    spdif digital output pcm sample rate

    if they're both set the same I get not audio at all

    change the digital output pcm sample rate to 96 Khz and 24 bit 48000 Hz works perfectly
    but if I change to 24 bit 96000 Hz I lose audio again.


    not really a problem for me because I just set digital output pcm sample rate to 96 Khz and the default format to 24 bit 48000 Hz and all works perfectly.

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    THANK YOU! It's just your pack that helped me run my SB Audigy on Windows 2008 R2 64bit!

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    Re: SB Audigy Series Support Pack 4.0 (01/12/2012) - Final Version

    Suggestion: Install this right after formatting, installing Windows 7 and fully updating it. Ive had great results.

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