Solution ID: 28967

Creative ALchemy FAQ
Keywords / Key Phrases: alchemy, direct sound 3d, games list

Why is Creative ALchemy necessary?

As part of a major re-architecture of the audio subsystem from Windows Vista™ and above, Microsoft has made the radical decision to remove the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for DirectSound and DirectSound3D. The HAL is the layer found on earlier Windows Operating Systems that enabled an audio accelerator such as the Sound Blaster to provide DirectSound3D applications with hardware-accelerated audio.

Creative ALchemy allows Sound Blaster owners to run their favorite DirectSound3D games and experience them as game developers have intended from Windows Vista™ and above - with full hardware accelerated 3D Audio and EAX support. This is achievable by translating DirectSound3D into OpenAL calls.

Is this caused by a driver issue?

This is not a driver issue, and cannot be fixed with a simple driver update. The DirectSound Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) has been removed from the Windows Vista™ OS onwards.

I have Windows XP or 2000. Do I need Creative ALchemy?

No, Creative ALchemy is not necessary on these operating systems as the DirectSound HAL is present. It is used for playing DirectSound3D games from Windows Vista and above.

I have a game that supports OpenAL. Do I need to use Creative ALchemy?

No, OpenAL has direct access to our hardware and does not require the ALchemy wrapper.

Does Creative ALchemy support Sound Blaster Audigy cards?

Yes. There is a Creative ALchemy (Audigy Edition) that supports the following Sound Blaster Audigy audio devices:

Supported Sound Blaster Audigy audio devices:

  • Sound Blaster Audigy 4
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS notebook
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 SE
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum Ex
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2
  • USB Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value
  • Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum Ex
  • Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
  • Sound Blaster Audigy
  • Sound Blaster Audigy LS
  • Sound Blaster Audigy Fx

To download Creative ALchemy, go to > Select your product > Click Downloads under Quick Links > Click Applications under All Downloads.

What other Sound Blaster cards are supported by Creative ALchemy?

Creative ALchemy supports the following Sound Blaster models.

  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty® Pro
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Notebook
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi HD / Sound Blaster Digital Music Premium HD
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 / 5.1 Pro
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium series
  • Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe series
  • Sound Blaster Z series
  • Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1
  • Sound Blaster E Series
  • Sound Blaster X7

To download Creative ALchemy, go to > Select your product > Click Downloads under Quick Links > Click Applications under All Downloads.

What games are currently supported by Creative ALchemy?

We are supporting the following games.

  • Age of Empires 3
  • Baldur´s Gate 2
  • Battle for Middle Earth 2
  • Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Battlefield Vietnam
  • Bioshock
  • Brian Lara's International Cricket 2007
  • C & C Generals
  • Call of Duty
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Cold War
  • Colin McRae Rally DiRT
  • Diablo 2
  • Doom3
  • Dungeon Siege
  • El Matador
  • Everquest 2
  • Far Cry
  • F.E.A.R
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers
  • Gears of War
  • Guild Wars
  • GTA 3
  • GTA: Vice City
  • GTA: San Andreas
  • GRID
  • Guild Wars
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Hitman 2
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Knights of the Old Republic 2
  • Mage Knight Apocalypse
  • Max Payne 2
  • MDK2
  • Medieval 2: Total War
  • Neverwinter Nights
  • Neverwinter Nights 2
  • No One Lives Forever 2 A Spy in H.A.R.M´s Way
  • Oblivion
  • Prey
  • Quake 4
  • RaceDriver GRID
  • Rome: Total War
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R - Shadow of Chernobyl
  • Serious Sam: First Encounter
  • Serious Sam: Second Encounter
  • Serious Sam 2
  • Sid Meier´s Civilization IV Complete
  • Sid Meier´s Civilization IV + Expansion Packs
  • Sid Meier´s Railroads!
  • Star Wars Empire at War
  • Star Wars Galaxies
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Republic Commando
  • Starcraft
  • The Regiment
  • The Witcher
  • The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
  • Thief: Deadly Shadows
  • Titan Quest
  • Titan Quest Immortal Throne
  • Tom Clancy´s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
  • Tom Clancy´s Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield & Expansion packs
  • Tom Clancy´s Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness
  • TRON 2.0
  • UFO Afterlight
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
  • Warcraft 3
  • World of Warcraft
  • Ys -The Oath in Felghana

Do I need to run ALchemy each time when a game is installed?

Each time you install a new game, you need to run Creative ALchemy and “Transmute” your application. Otherwise, the EAX option in the game will be greyed out.

What are the minimum and maximum values of the following settings?

Buffer: 2 to 10
Duration: 5 to 50
Voice Count: 32 to 128

Last updated: October 11, 2017

If you require further assistance, please send an email to technical support.

Note: Product specification, technical or troubleshooting information are subjected to change. This is due to changes and/or updates in the new firmware/driver releases. Please refer to the web release notes in the download section for details.


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