i've got two sound blaster live cards, and i'm working on dualing them up for 4 audio outputs.
i was wondering if anyone came across a software that can do a double-driver scheme for windows xp, saving myself some work.
As I recall creative once said that you can't have multiple sblives in a single machine. All live's are capable of at least 4 channel, I have an original, 5.1 plat, and a dell oem one and they all work the same.
Audio software such as Sonar, Cubase etc... can control outputs to different cards/ports, however seeing as when people want surround sound they 99.99% of the time get a surround sound card rather than put two cards together, Windows doesn't have the facility to command two different cards.
Although why you'd want it..... Just use the Creative mixer, which I'm pretty sure (not 100%) does have a 5.1 mixer.
I've been giving this post some thought, as I'm now running dual audio cards myself. I really don't think you can get 2 cards to work simultaneously, but my recent tests have shown me that you can certainly have 2 working cards, you have to however select between the 2 in your applications or Windows control panel.
If you just want quadraphonic sound I've learned the SB Live! has a setting for that...but from your posts, I don't think that'w what your looking for. Again, 2 cards will work but I don't believe you can get them to output simultaneously. If you are able to accomplish that, please share what you did as that'd certainly be a useful utility.
"Q. Does the kX driver support multiple soundcards? How many?
A. Multiple soundcards are indeed supported by the kX driver. In theory, an unlimited number of soundcards could be used at once, but in reality you're likely to be limited by the number of PCI slots in your machine. Any combination of EMU10k1 and/or EMU10k2-based cards can be used with the kX driver (together with soundcards by other manufacturers, running their own drivers), provided the BIOS and the OS recognize the cards and assign the resources correctly."
For straight music, who needs EAX? When I installed Creative's latest drivers for the Live! they erased my X-Fi drivers. Lovely. ...but with the base Windows XP drivers for the Live! I could install Creative's latest X-Fi drivers and use both. ...the Live! does sound good with plenty of bass, but rather muddy in the mid- and high-ranges. So, I'll try installing the Kx drivers and see if they can co-exist with the X-Fi drivers...if the Kx drivers clean up the upper half of the frequency range...well, who knew? YOU DID. Thanks 'gain!
Linking 2 SBLives together is done with an S/PDIF cable internally. You need to go from one S/PDIF output on one card to the S/PDIF input on another card. There are pins on the card labeled AUD_EXT or AD_EXT or SPDIF I/O depending on the model.