Sound Blaster Audigy is a product line of sound cards from Creative Technology. The flagship model of the Audigy family used the EMU10K2 audio DSP, an improved version of the SB-Live's EMU10K1, while the value/SE editions were built with a less-expensive audio controller.
The Audigy cards equipped with EMU10K2 (CA0100 chip) could process up to 4 EAX environments simultaneously with its on-chip DSP and native EAX 3.0 ADVANCED HD support, and supported from stereo up to 5.1-channel output. The audio processor could mix up to 64 DirectSound3D sound channels in hardware, up from Live!'s 32 channels.
Creative Labs advertised the Audigy as a 24-bit sound card, a controversial marketing claim for a product that did not support end-to-end playback of 24-bit/96 kHz audio streams. The Audigy and Live shared a similar architectural limitation: the audio transport (DMA engine) was fixed to 16-bit sample precision at 48 kHz. So despite its 24-bit/96 kHz high-resolution DACs, the Audigy's DSP could only process 16-bit/48 kHz audio sources. This fact was not immediately obvious in Creative's literature, and was difficult to ascertain even upon examination of the Audigy's spec sheets. (A resulting class-action settlement with Creative later awarded US customers a 35% discount on Creative products, up to a maximum discount of $65.)
Audigy card supports the professional ASIO 1 driver interface natively, making it possible to obtain low latencies from Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments. Some versions of Audigy featured an external break out box with connectors for S/PDIF, MIDI, IEEE 1394, analog and optical signals. The ASIO and break out box features were an attempt to tap into the "home studio" market, with a mainstream product.
The Audigy SE (SB0570) and Audigy Value (SB0570) are stripped down models, with a less expensive CA0106 audio-controller in place of the EMU10k2. With the CA0106, the SE/Value are limited to software-based EAX 3.0 (upgraded to software-based EAX 4.0 with a driver update), no advanced resolution DVD-Audio Playback, and no Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital EX 6.1 playback. With these cards only one of the mic, line in, or AUX sources may be unmuted at a time. The Audigy SE and Audigy Value both carry the SB0570 model number. It is possible that the same card was sold in different markets with different names, that perhaps the cards were sold with one name for a while and later it was changed or it's possible they could even be slightly different cards.
The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook (SB0530) is a CardBus version of the Audigy 2 ZS released in Fall 2004 for the notebook market. It had nearly all of the capabilities of the PCI edition, but in a far smaller form factor. Reductions in capability included somewhat limited MIDI capability (compared to the PCI version) and the loss of FireWire. It was the first gaming-oriented sound hardware add-on board for notebooks that offered full hardware acceleration of 3D audio along with high-fidelity audio output quality. The card struggled with compatibility due to quality issues with the CardBus host chipsets in many notebooks of the time, a problem also suffered with other companies' products, such as Echo Digital Audio Corporation's Indigo.
The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor (SB0480) was an external USB soundcard, which combined audio playback, accelerated video editing and a 4-port USB 2.0 hub in one solution. It featured accelerated video encoding with DoMiNoFX video processing technologies. The audio system provided THX certified sound and 24-bit EAX ADVANCED HD in 5.1 or 7.1 surround.
The Sound Blaster Audigy 2 SE (SB0570) is similar to the Audigy SE and Live! 24-bit edition in that it does not have a hardware DSP as part of the audio chip. As such, it puts far more load on the host system's CPU. The card is physically smaller than other Audigy 2 cards. It is designed as an entry-level budget sound card.
An alternate, independent WDM driver for Windows was developed to provide user-control of the EMU10K1 and EMU10K2 chips found in many Audigy-branded cards. The kX Project driver supports mixing numerous different effects in real time and on the hardware of EMU10K1 and EMU10K2 chips. It was developed by Eugene Gavrilov. The driver is no longer maintained on a regular basis by its original authors, but the source code was freed under the GPLv2 license and continues to get contributions from time to time.
The latest version is based on Creative's Audigy Rx driver. For the older Audigy cards, there are both benefits and drawbacks compared to the latest official drivers: while they bring back CMSS2, which was deprecated by Creative on Vista/7, OpenAL quality is reported to differ significantly and these drivers do not support EAX in combination with OpenAL.
After Windows 10 1903 update, the drivers stopped working, they install, but there is no sound from soundcard, neither the Creative Audio Console cannot see the card. A solution is to install latest driver from Audigy RX (manually via *inf). Rest of the package (Creative programs) can be left from daniel_k package.
Recommendation: Windows users who are inexperienced in updating Creative Labs Sound Card device drivers can use the DriverDoc driver update tool [Download DriverDoc - Product by Solvusoft] to help update these sb0350 drivers. DriverDoc saves time and headaches by making sure that you are downloading and installing the correct sb0350 drivers.
sb0350 errors can be rooted in an outdated or corrupted device driver. Device drivers fail intermittently and inexplicably without any apparent reason. The good news is that you can often update the device driver to fix the Sound Card problem.
It can be incredibly difficult to find the exact driver for your sb0350-based hardware unit, even directly on the website of Creative Labs or a related manufacturer. However, even if you are good at locating, installing, and upgrading drivers for the sb0350, one can still waste lots of time and be very frustrated with this endeavor. Installing incorrect drivers may have an adverse impact on the functionality of your hardware or operating system.
Hi guys i am a small developer, i really like to use my sound blaster cards on my machines and i love also coding, so when i find the source code for the kx audio driver on git hub and then Eugene, the creator of kx audio driver decided to no longer maintain the project, i decided to start working on a mod of this driver and maintain it.
- more user-frienly names for the cards in the settings and other system menus (so the name will be, for example, SB live! 5.1 SB0060 instead of kx SB0060 [e880] witch was shown in the original driver)
Just for who wants to see which audio cards will be recognized by the audio driver, i link to you a .cpp code file which is used to recognize the audio cards in the driver, if you have a copy of the latest official sources, you will find the original version into the project folder/driver/frname.cpp, you can not use mine file as replacement for the frname that there is in the official sources because i use some custom properties, methods and variables that needs changes in other parts of the code to work
As those cards are almost the only choice for internal cards the development of this driver should get more attention by all the serious Hackintosh users. Unfortunately, just like in the PC world, most people don't care about getting a "real" sound card and stick with the onboard sound.
these are not the only alternative for internal sound cards, but are some of the cheapest internal cards that you can find (including the audigy rx that you can find in shops today) there are other alternatives, but they are some professional stuff or expensive stuff, or there are also some sound blaster x-fi that are quite cheap and works with voodoo hda instead and also some professional grade cards works with my kx driver mod
ok, so, specify which card when switching between posts, first I suggest to you to try mine driver mod and to make sure that the card is properly installed and that you use the kext-dev-mode=1 boot arg that allows the driver to run properly on recent versions of Mac OS
for clover you don't have to place the kext in EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/OTHER, but in EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/[the folder named with the version of mac os you are using] so for example for sierra you have to put the kext in EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/10.12 for yosemite you have to put it in EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/10.10 instead, if the driver works you will see in system preferences->sound and in the outputs section a new device that will be named sound blaster audigy 2 zs, i suggest also to boot with -v to and send me video of the booth process with the kext installed, so i can tell to you what is happening and if the driver is working or if it is a hardware problem from the card its' self, also i suggest to you tu try mine installer with the installer packet that will clean previous kext installations of kx driver and will install it in s/l/e or try to install only the kext in clover to EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/[kext named like the version of mac os you are using] if you use EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/OTHER the kext will not be loaded at all since that folder is used only for versions of mac os that clover doesn't know, so on sierra you have to to use it, just use the latest version of clover and put the kext in EFI/CLOVER/KEXTS/10.12 and check if you are using kext-dev-mode=1 and -v in the boot args. and then check if does not work check if its an hardware problem, for example use programs like DPCI manager that will list all the pci devices, so if the card appears here the driver should see it, we should investigate what's the error 1e1e36bf2d