Creative today announced the launch of a public beta, dubbed Creative ALchemy,
to ensure that popular legacy game titles such as World of Warcraft, Rome: Total
War and F.E.A.R. sound as awesome with a Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ sound card on
Windows Vista as they do on Windows XP. The removal of the audio hardware
abstraction layer from Windows Vista will compromise audio in legacy game titles
that use EAX or DirectSound3D (DS3D), usually resulting in stereo output without
any effects. Creative ALchemy is a simple download which will detect the
presence of a number of top PC games and convert their DS3D and EAX calls into
OpenAL calls, allowing users to continue enjoying their legacy titles the way
they were meant to be enjoyed – in full, multi-channel sound with hardware
effects. A beta version of the Creative ALchemy software is available for
immediate download from

http://preview.creativelabs.com/alchemy/default.aspx

Creative (NASDAQ: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment
products today announced the launch of a public beta, dubbed Creative ALchemy,
to ensure that popular legacy game titles such as World of Warcraft, Rome: Total
War and F.E.A.R. sound as awesome with a Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ sound card on
Windows Vista as they do on Windows XP.

“The result of Microsoft’s removal of the hardware audio abstraction layer for
Vista will confuse many gamers,” said Steve Erickson, Vice President of Audio at
Creative. “Many people who have experimented with popular legacy games on the
Vista beta release have been unable to experience multi-channel audio with
Creative and other sound cards, and even with motherboard audio. This is not
something that a driver update can fix. The good news is that we have invented
our Creative ALchemy application, so Sound Blaster X-Fi owners can experience
the same multi-channel audio quality that they enjoyed with Windows XP.”

The removal of the audio hardware abstraction layer from Windows Vista will
compromise audio in legacy game titles that use EAX or DirectSound3D (DS3D),
usually resulting in stereo output without any effects. Creative ALchemy is a
simple download which will detect the presence of a number of top PC games and
convert their DS3D and EAX calls into OpenAL calls, allowing users to continue
enjoying their legacy titles the way they were meant to be enjoyed – in full,
multi-channel sound with hardware effects.

Availability

A beta version of the Creative ALchemy software is available for immediate
download from

http://preview.creativelabs.com/alchemy/default.aspx

Newer versions of the software will add support for more DS3D based games.
End-users are encouraged to join the Creative ALchemy community and post their
feedback and suggestions on the discussion forums at the Creative ALchemy
Project website for games which should be supported in the future.