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so, i was editing medal of honor: allied assault page, when it happened i went to the http://connect.creativelabs.com to extend my knowledge about alchemy

but.. the site is now down! (read this if you don't know what alchemy was)


all the alchemy stuff, the games recommended settings and so on.. aren't on this planet anymore


thanks to these guys i found out some links on the wayback machine (last update 2 june 2013) and on archive.is (last update 8 July 2012)

here's latest official alchemy version too, thanks to a dump of newer creative drivers


in short i think we should make a page for alchemy.

there would be lot of stuff to write, for example we could include how to install x-fi. on. realtek too (so that not only soundblaster owners enjoy this)


or write down some note about asus's GSDX eax emulation feature, available on their soundcard


with modded realtek driver i can obtain EAX up to version 4, while with this last thing i have EAX 5 too :P

and all without buying a single creative product


this other user instead claims you only need to download the universal alchemy version to achieve EAX effects up to version 4, but i haven't tried yet


for today i will be busy with RAGE (thanks to steam free weekend)

so if you want to start rough out a draft.. your work will be appreciatied

thanks everybody for the reading

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  • 2 years later...

It's always funny to read yourself after years and years.
Anyway, I'll post here some changelogs of OpenAL during the years.

Released on 10th April 2003

Released on 23th April 2004

Released on 9th February 2005

Installs OpenAL32.dll version 6.14.357.7 and wrap_oal.dll version
The wrap_oal.dll library has software mixer bugfixes, ADPCM support, and an updated DS3D backend.

Released on 19th October 2005

Installs OpenAL32.dll version 6.14.357.11 and wrap_oal.dll version
The wrapper has been updated to support OpenAL 1.1 functionality.
The router has been updated to fix a bug where instability or a crash could result from installing a native Creative OpenAL library and then removing the device without removing the driver.

Released on 3rd April 2006

Installs OpenAL32.dll version 6.14.357.13 and wrap_oal.dll version
The installer can install both 32bit and 64bit OpenAL run-time components. 32bit components are installed on all WIndows OS's, and if the installer is run on a 64bit Windows OS, the 64bit components are also installed.
The wrapper (wrap_oal.dll) has been updated to support the new Effects Extension (EFX) to OpenAL.

Released on 14th July 2006

Installs OpenAL32.dll version 6.14.357.13 and wrap_oal.dll version
The installer can install both 32bit and 64bit OpenAL run-time components. 32bit components are installed on all WIndows OS's, and if the installer is run on a 64bit Windows OS, the 64bit components are also installed.
The wrapper (wrap_oal.dll) has been updated to support the new Effects Extension (EFX) to OpenAL.
Added Multi-Channel Buffer playback
Added and improved support for EFX properties on Stereo and Multi-Channel buffers
Fixed problems with setting and getting Context Attributes
Fixed divide-by-zero crash bug in "Generic Software" device

Released on Winter 2006

Installs OpenAL32.dll version 6.14.357.19 and wrap_oal.dll version
Fixed Windows 98 crash bug
Fixed floating-point related slow-down in "Generic Software" device
Fixed Source Gain problem on Stereo Buffers.
OpenAL Router search path now includes Router's directory.
Windows Vista Default Device and Device Enumeration fixes.
ALC Capture Extension can now be used independent of playback.

Released on Summer 2007

Installs OpenAL32.dll version 6.14.357.22 and wrap_oal.dll version
Added new enumeration extension (ALC_ENUMERATE_ALL_EXT) to use AL on any soundcard / audio endpoint
"Generic Hardware" device only appears in the enumeration string if it can be used
Fixed alcGetIntegerv's requirement for an active context
Fixed alcCaptureOpenDevice so that it returns 'NULL' if the capture device fails to open
Fixed software reverb bugs (Reflection Delay and Air Absorption HF)

Released on Summer 2009

Installs OpenAL32.dll version 6.14.357.24 and wrap_oal.dll version
Fixed bugs and improved performance of the Capture extension
"Generic Hardware" device returns more accurate 'Buffers Processed' count
Various performance improvements in "Generic Hardware" and "Generic Software" devices
Miscellanous bug fixes

Released.. somewhere before February 2010

Installs OpenAL32.dll version 6.14.357.25 and wrap_oal.dll version

EVERY game using a version older than any given one is going to present all the bugs fixed afterwards.. and possibly many more given the lots of undocumented releases.


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