[Openal-devel] Creative Labs and OpenAL
jdaly at ist.ucf.edu
Tue Aug 28 12:18:56 PDT 2007
Ed Phillips wrote:
> The one I see a lot of in the online stores is called "Sound Blaster
> Audigy SE" (SB0570), for example, at NewEgg.com. Does that one
> support true hardware 3D sound (i.e. not host-only/software-based like
> my "SBLive! 24-bit")?
I would avoid the Audigy SE card for your purposes. It's definitely a
value-level card. Probably, the X-Fi XtremeGamer is the way to go.
> Also, does it come with the control panel that allows you to create
> your own effects setup (reverb, chorus, distortion, pitch-bending,
> etc.) and assign them to LINE IN, WAV OUT, etc., signals like the old
> SBLive! (Emu10k1) cards had? I think it was called the "Environment
> Control Panel". You could mix and assign the effects you wanted and
> save them as a named "Preset", in addition to all the "environment"
> presets it came with like "Auditorium", "Cave", "Underwater", etc. Do
> the "Xtreme Gamer" cards have this feature?
AFAIK, the software controls for all the "real" X-Fi cards are the
same. The only real difference is the hardware features (break-out
boxes, X-RAM, etc.). I've got an X-Fi Platinum at home, and I'm pretty
sure the controls include the effects preset features you mentioned.
The Audio Creation mode mixer app is especially cool, with the insert
effect slots and separate reverb controls.
(BTW, Dan, still waiting on those Linux drivers :-) )
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