daniel_k’s Creative SB Audigy Series Support Pack 2.5

23 08 2009

Supports any model of the following Sound Blaster cards (based on Emu10kx DSP):
– Audigy
– Audigy 2
– Audigy 2 ZS
– Audigy 4

Operating systems supported: 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 RTM / Vista SP2 / XP SP3

Included in the pack:
– Audigy series driver 2.18.0011.6
– ALchemy 1.30.00
– Audio Console 1.31.10
– DDL License Activation 1.00.04 (*)
– Dolby Digital Live Pack 3.00.03 (*)
– EAX Console 3.00.56 (Windows XP only)
– Graphic Equalizer 2.00.65
– MediaSource DVD-Audio Player 2.00.78
– SoundFont Bank Manager 3.21.00
– Speaker Settings 2.00.60

Fixes and improvements:
– Workarounds a bug that unexpectedly resets the speaker configuration.
– Prevents an issue during installation on Windows 7/Vista that may result in low volume when certain enhancements are enabled.
– Really improves CMSS Headphone experience.
– Dolby Digital Live works on Windows 7.
– Updates all InstallShield setup scripts to support Windows 7.
– Fixes installation INI to properly install applications depending on the detected OS.
– Removes COM workaround for Equalizer, fixed by Creative.
– Adds workaround to a memory corruption issue preventing Equalizer from starting on Windows 7/Vista.
– Updates shared modules, responsiveness on certain applications is improved.
– Enables CMSS2 and Stereo Surround.
– Fixes 32-bit ASIO not working on Windows 7 x64.
– Fixes Encoder not available on Windows 7 x64 (related to fix above).
– Modifies default format on Windows 7 / Vista to 24-bit, 48kHz.
– Properly adds support for 64-bit OpenAL and 64-bit ASIO.
– Sets default speaker setting to 5.1 to properly reset configs to their defaults during install (fixes Bass and Treble leves not set to 50% on Windows 7 / Vista).

Undocumented fixes by Creative (not listed in the release notes):
– Fixes Equalizer Out of Memory error.
– Fixes Equalizer settings being lost on Windows 7 / Vista when speaker configuration is changed.
– Fixes low volume on Windows 7 / Vista when default format is set to anything higher than 16-bit, 48kHz.
– Fixes MIDI instruments in Melodic Pool not playing when speaker setting is higher than 2.1 speakers.
– Restores missing Microphone option in Surround Mixer (documented).
– Fixes Microphone mute, volume and 20db boost controls.

Release Notes:
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\”.
OpenAL 2D benchmark in RightMark 3DSound crashes your system
Due to a driver bug, your system will crash if you run the OpenAL 2D benchmark using 63 buffers. No problem With 62 or fewer buffers. OpenAL 3D and OpenAL 3D EAX benchmarks are not affected.
Details: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (0x000000D1) – ctoss2k.sys

MediaSource DVD-Audio Player system requirements
– 32-bit edition of Windows 7 / Vista / XP
– any Audigy 2, Audigy 2 ZS or Audigy 4 card

Built-in Decoder on Windows 7 / Vista (requires Service Pack 1)
To use the built-in decoder, make sure it is enabled in Audio Console.

Select \”SPDIF Out (Creative SB Audigy (WDM))\” as the output device of your player and then configure the AC3/DTS filter to send the stream through SPDIF.
When you restart your computer, the Tone settings (Bass and Treble) are not applied.
Just readjust one of the controls one time per boot.
Advanced EQ and Special FX not available on Windows 7 / Vista
These presets don\’t work on Windows 7 / Vista.
There is no sound in games with OpenAL support on Windows XP
Disable Advanced EQ and Special FX selecting \”No effect\” before running the game or program.
Equalizer settings are lost
When you run a game with OpenAL support or using Creative ALchemy, the Equalizer settings are lost.
Just run Equalizer and the saved setting is loaded automatically.

Windows MIDI Device Configuration Utility
Use this utility to change the MIDI playback device for 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

(*) Purchase and activation required, more info at http://buy.soundblaster.com


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22 responses

23 08 2009

As Tom pointed out here, these latest drivers allow Dolby Digital Live function.
It’s even a newer DDL version!

Sadly it’s still buggy as hell. *Cries*

23 08 2009

On top of that with x64 OSs CMSS isn’t working properly either.
Dan’s actually removed his download links until it’s sorted.
Works fine in x86 systems though, apparently.

24 08 2009

Live drivers was dropped ?

24 08 2009

I’m pretty sure daniel_k has a Live! driver package. I believe Windows 7 and XP have their own drivers built in anyway.

However if you are talking about nomoregoatsoup’s “Live! page” then yes. I got fed up with updating content that 1% of visitors looked at. 😀

25 08 2009

I’m using Window 7 x64, sound blaster AUDIGY 2 SB0350, after setup Support pack 2.5. Everythings is cool, but not have a Bulit-in Decoder??? How i get it???

25 08 2009


SB0350 should be an Audigy2 ZS therefore the Creative Console *should* already display this option. The Audigy 2 ZS is capable of DD, dts and DVD-A.

If it’s not there, then perhaps the drivers haven’t installed properly -or the card is being mis-identified. All of my vanilla Audigy 2 have the option.

It could be a problem with the installer or previous driver remnants.
I’d uninstall all Creative software, restart, get Guru 3D driver to work, restart, reinstall.

If that doesn’t work it might pay you to ask daniel_k..

26 08 2009

I´m using Windows 7 X64, Sound Blaster Audigy Platinium, is there a way to fix the SPDIF/IN Problem? I have a Ps3 conected to my Audigy Via Optical but I have the Optical Muted, In Windows 7 Mixer I dont have de SPDIF/IN Volumen control HEELLPP!!!, With the Original Creative Drivers I dont have this problem but I dont have CMSS2 or Stereo Surround :S:S

26 08 2009
no ddl here

Just use the old drivers. Finding a better alternative to CMSS would be the only simple solution. It doesn’t sound *that* good anyway.

SPDIF-In for x64 has always been disasterous at best. There’s only so much driver modders can do now. Creative have made it very clear they don’t want people tampering with their interlectual property.

Sadly, some parts of the new drivers will not work with *new* drivers. The days of simple file replace have passed. That used to be the old fashioned way of doing things..

27 08 2009

Well, I wait for this problem can be fixed, I put de Original Creative Drivers for Windows 7, now my optical works but my CMSS2 and Stereo Surround Dont work anymore! well I think is time to change my sound card for a new one 😦

27 08 2009

Reinstalled this new support pack for audigy 2 and everything is ok. DTS interactive, (quite stable), DDL, CMSS2, Stereo Surround, etc.

27 08 2009

Fix the Live! 24-bit 5.1 Surround Problem?
i only get stereo on vista 32bit =/

27 08 2009

sorry for asking here, but i google it…no answers
sorry for the bad English too, and
sorry to be saying sorry

27 08 2009

aew these are drivers for “Genuine Audigy” Series. Not Live! 24-bit. They are very different models.

Supports any model of the following Sound Blaster cards (based on Emu10kx DSP):
– Audigy
– Audigy 2
– Audigy 2 ZS
– Audigy 4

daniel_k did make several drivers for Live in Vista. nomoregoatsoup have abandoned the Live! Series.
Sorry 😦

27 08 2009

Does NMGS produce modded drivers then?

27 08 2009

hehe not for a while. We did a couple at the launch of Vista, which restored the decoder tab, corrected 2 speaker resets and stuff. There hasn’t been any for a while, because of several reasons.*

*There’s not that much broken anymore (compared to before)
**Creative locking stuff up better
***daniel_k works harder at it
****I’m ditching my Audigys next build!

There’s a 2.18 ( remix in the pipes though, and so far feedback has been good.

27 08 2009
Jimmy Muddle

I feel like a total noob… I bought a minijack to toslink cable from monoprice to hook up to my decoder, and tried for several hours to install different drivers. I can’t seem to get the SPDIF output to register on my speakers… it keeps playing sound on the direct headphone jack but I don’t hear anything on my sound system, even with the device set to SPDIF out.

Have I made a tragic noob error?

28 08 2009

Ow yes!!!

Creative Sound Blaster audio driver 1.04.0090

just more search on google… Google is your Friend!!
i found this


Now 5.1 Surround work and others stuff, like EQ. and virtual Surround

tanks anyway

29 08 2009

Hello, thanks for the release.

I am desperatly trying to make Dolby Digital Live work (I purchase and activated it). But I have an empty dropdown list in the encoder’s tab.

Si I tried this modded driver. But I can’t install Audio Console. I get a 6003 error.

It tells me close all programs (done, even with fail safe mode), remove my temporary files (done too) and verify my internet connection (It works of course).

What can I do ? I have a 5.1 speakers with an external decoder. Without this I can’t use all my 5 speakers.

Thank you for an answer.

30 08 2009

Can you add support for the Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor in Vista?
Many thanks for your excelent work.

1 09 2009

No information found in this link. What is happening?

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