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 the P7X audio controller):
- Audigy Value
- Audigy SE
- Audigy LS
- Audigy 2 LS
- Live! 24-bit
- SB 5.1 VX, including Rocketfish RF-51SDCD
- X-Fi Xtreme Audio (PCI only), including Rocketfish RF-71SDCD.
Operating systems supported: 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 8 / 7 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3
Included in the pack:
- Drivers for Windows 8 / 7 / Vista v18.104.22.1680 and Windows XP v5.12.01.626
- ALchemy 1.43.27 (Windows 8 / 7 / Vista only)
- Audio Console 3.00.69
- Entertainment Console 3.00.66
- Host OpenAL 1.02.01 (Windows 8 / 7 / Vista only)
- SoundFont Bank Manager 3.21.02 (Windows XP only)
- Volume Panel 2.21.17
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:
- Adds Windows 8 support to some setup scripts still not updated by Creative
- Improves Windows 8 support with updated applications and shared components
- Adds Entertainment Console as a faster and lightweight alternative to Console Launcher
- Updates the Windows XP driver
- Fixes Creative SoundFont Synthesizer mute issue on Windows XP/Server2003
- Fixes CrystalizerUnlocker not detecting proper software installed on 32-bit edition of Windows 7 / Vista
- Driver based on WHQL release from WindowsUpdate (with Headphone mode/Bass Redirection fixes by me)
- Fix Console Launcher memory leak and slow loading when running under Windows 7 / Vista
- Updates many shared components for improved compatibility and performance.
- Updates OpenAL redistributable to 22.214.171.124
- Fixes the Headphone mode reseting to Speakers mode on reboot (all cards. including the X-Fi Xtreme Audio)
- Console Launcher is now installed for all cards on all OSes, so Audio Center is removed
- Updates OpenAL redistributable to 126.96.36.199
- Fixes broken uninstaller on all OSes,
- Added Volume Panel by demand.
- Replaces Audio Console to fix multilanguage install.
- Changes setup routine and uses updated scripts.
- Changes application installation to silent mode.
- Enables language selection dialog
- Updates 3D engine filter driver for Windows XP.
- Fixes some issues with device features.
- Improves EAX performance on XP.
- Improves OpenAL compatibility.
- Updates Creative Software Synthesizer (XP only).
- Fixes CMSS not working on Windows 7 for AudigySE/ Value/LS / Li've24bit / SB5.VX, now everything works.
WINDOWS 8 INSTALLATION STEPS
- Open the Charms bar (press the Windows logo key + C).
- Select Settings -> Change PC Settings -> General
- Scroll down and click on Restart Now (under Advanced startup) and wait.
- Now choose Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup settings -> Restart.
- When prompted, press the 7 or F7 key to Disable driver signature enforcement.
- Now you can finally proceed with the Support Pack installation.
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".
X-FI Crystalizer is available only for X-Fi Xtreme Audio on Windows 8 / 7 / Vista
Crystalizer is not available for Audigy Value/SE/LS, Live! 24-bit and SB 5.1 VX on Windows 8 / 7 / Vista.
Configuring CMSS on Windows 8 / 7 / Vista
For all supported cards, except the X-Fi Xtreme Audio, Audio Console should be used to configure CMSS, which is not available in Entertainment Console.
File size: 48.6 MB
CRC32 hash: 48577A03
SHA- hash: 37A5FCDB132E5BF8465439F89DA3745B33352E29
This updated version includes fixes for Windows XP and Windows 8 ONLY.
If you are running Windows 7/Vista with Support Pack 2.6+ already installed, you DO NOT need to install this.
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