Sound Blaster Live Drive

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Value are the original releases of the Live! Value (also known as Live! 1024) is identical to the full Live! with the exception that it has color coded plastic connectors instead of gold and does not include the extended digital I/O card. The original Sound Blaster Live! had a proprietary 9-pin mini-DIN connector for digital output that Creative referred to as the "Mini Din." This connector allowed the use of a microphone and digital speakers at the same time. This cannot be done with the value and base models of all subsequent Creative sound cards, as they share a single port for S/PDIF digital in/output and microphone connectivity.

Overview[edit]

The Mini-DIN connection was not included in any subsequent Sound Blaster product, however owners of speaker systems that use this as the only digital input may buy an adapter from Creative.
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live!
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Value PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_0002&SUBSYS_80611102Motherboard device - SBlive! Value PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_0002&SUBSYS_80631102. Audio and Multimedia. This is a driver update for the Sound Blaster Live! for users running Windows Millennium. March 20, 2019 . Windows (all) . November 12, 2015 . Windows (all) . November 12, 2015 . Windows (all) . September 28, 2015 . September 8, 2015 .

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August 15, 2014 . Windows (all) . 4,076 downloads·Added on: January 28, 2017·Manufacturer: CREATIVE.

It is highly recommended to always use the most recent driver version available.Try to set a system restore point before installing a device driver. This will help if you installed an incorrect or mismatched driver.

Problems can arise when your hardware device is too old or not supported any longer.

Design Shortcomings[edit]

The original SB Live! had a very low noise floor for its time; however, a critical design flaw limited its application in quadraphonic audio. The two S/P-DIF channels that each provided a stereo pair differed in their Digital to Analog reconstruction. Since the AC'97 chip provided an internal 48 kHz DAC, Creative chose not to implement two identical DAC pipelines, and the front-speaker audio pair was subjected to a different reconstruction and amplification regime to that of the rear channel (as evidenced by differently valued pull-up resistors and filter-capacitors in the area forward of the AC'97 chip, in the specifications of the AC'97 itself, and in the use of different amplifier Op-Amps).

The rear channel was serviced by a separate, but arguably better Philips UDA1334 DAC, yet the Op-Amp used to boost the signal to output levels had a noticeably different frequency response envelope that was not normalized to the front channel, leaving a "thin and quiet" rear channel. To make matters worse, the rear channel Op-Amp was of the inverting variety without being treated as such, leaving the rear speakers out of phase with the front, requiring switchover. These problems were not encountered by those using the Gold editions' daughterboard 4-speaker digital-output, but the tendency of the AC'97 chip to fail when used as an input source to medium-impedance musical instruments removed the use of the front channels altogether, although the chip could be sourced from cheaper AC'97 compatible products and soldered into place. Nevertheless, simply redirecting front signal to rear output of SB Live! was for a long time a favorite trick for computer audio enthusiasts who want better sound for minimum of money.

Despite these problems, the original SB Live! can still be used well as a S/P-DIF input/output and MIDI input/output device for network-connected digital audio workstation environments.

Models[edit]

Sound Blaster Live! and Live! Value[edit]

Sound Blaster Live! Value.

The Live! and Live! Value are the original releases of the Live! family.

The Live! Value (also known as Live! 1024) is identical to the full Live! with the exception that it has color-coded plastic connectors instead of gold and does not include the extended digital I/O card. The original Sound Blaster Live! had a proprietary 9-pin mini-DIN connector for digital output that Creative referred to as the "Mini Din." This connector allowed the use of a microphone and digital speakers at the same time. This cannot be done with the value and base models of all subsequent Creative sound cards, as they share a single port for S/PDIF digital in/output and microphone connectivity. The Mini-DIN connection was not included in any subsequent Sound Blaster product, however owners of speaker systems that use this as the only digital input may buy an adapter from Creative.[verification needed]

The card is not supported by Windows Vista unless running in the 5.1 surround sound setting.[citation needed].

An outside party has released free drivers for the sound card here: kxproject.These Drivers offer more control over the DSP.

For details on the original Live! including the Gold edition, marketing strategy, and design faults, see Sound Blaster Live! (Original)

  • Creative Sound Blaster Live! 1024 soundcard upper view (chips)

  • Creative Sound Blaster Live! 1024 soundcard side view (connectors)

  • Creative Sound Blaster Live! 1024 soundcard back view (soldering)

  • Creative Sound Blaster Live! 1024 soundcard 3D view with chips

  • Driver CD of Sound Blaster Live! 1024 sound card

Sound Blaster Live! Platinum[edit]

Released 1999 [1] Includes Live! Drive IR

Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 and Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1[edit]

Released 2000. [2] Live! with added outputs for a center channel speaker and LFE subwoofer channel. This minijack is shared and provide the Digital Out (S/PDIF coaxial) feature for the playback stereo or AC3 pass-thru to the Digital Out, but is only supported by SBLive! 5.1 cards model number SB0060. This mode must be activated in the sound mixer with "Digital Output Only" checkbox and is exclusive (not possible to use analog and digital at the same time)

Sound Blaster Live! Dell OEM[edit]

Sound Blaster Live! Dell OEM

This card, marketed as a Sound Blaster Live!, did not have the full capabilities of the retail versions of Live! It used a different audio chip, not EMU10K1 but EMU10K1X, that is noticeably smaller with fewer pins. The chip does not accelerate DirectSound in hardware, nor EAX. The sale of this board by Dell created some controversy because it was not obviously marketed as an inferior or cheaper product. The card can be identified by its part number (SB0200/0203). [3]

Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Digital (Dell OEM, SB0220)[edit]

This was a later, improved model. The EMU10K1 chip was restored, as was hardware EAX/DirectSound/DirectSound3D acceleration. Currently there are Windows drivers available for download from Creative's website (filename: (Dell) Driver Install Pack 2_10 Languages). It was recommended that recording should be done at 48 kHz sampling rate, as there was an issue with hardware down-sampling.

Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit[edit]

The Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit (SB0410) was not actually a member of the Sound Blaster Live! family, because it lacked the EMU10k1/10k2 processor. It was a stripped-down version of the Audigy Value, with an SNR of 100 dB, software based EAX, no advanced resolution DVD-Audio Playback, and no Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital EX 6.1 playback. Evidence for this is that on Linux operating systems, when using the ALSA sound system, the module that is used for the Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit is snd-ca0106, while the module that is used by the Sound Blaster Live! is snd-emu10k1.

E-MU APS (Audio Production Studio)[edit]

This was a series of professional sound cards made by E-mu which was owned by Creative and had developed the EMU10K1 DSP chip featured on Creative's Live! products. Based on the later EMU10K2 chip, model numbers include 0404, 1212, 1616, and 1820. Their professional features included effects with higher quality, front-mounted drive bay panel with headphone output, dual mic/line inputs with physical level control knobs, digital coax in/out on both PCI card and drive bay, mixer with dB precision, phantom power for microphones (12V), ASIO, mixer presets, internal mixer rerouting, 64 MIDI channels, 32MB system RAM usage for SF2 (Gigabyte expandable in WinXP) and future expandability through an extra multi-out card. They also featured line in and line out; all analogue inputs and outputs were balanced ¼"/6.3mm TRS jacks.[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^Thomas C. Savell (March–April 1999). "The EMU10K1 Digital Audio Processor"(PDF). Joint Emu/Creative Technology Center. Archived from the original(PDF) on March 2, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  2. ^Steve Hoge. "FX8010 - A DSP Chip Architecture for Audio Effects"(PDF). Joint Emu/Creative Technology Center. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^"Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live!". Sound On Sound. May 1999. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  4. ^"DirectSound with 4 speakers ???". Google Groups. December 20, 1999. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  5. ^"Emu Audio Production Studio PCI Soundcard System". Sound On Sound. January 1999. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  6. ^"EMU APS INFORMATION". Retrieved February 7, 2015.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sound Blaster Live!.
  • The kX Audio Driver is an independent, Free SoftwareWDM driver under the GPLv2 for all EMU10K1 and EMU10K2-based soundcards.
  • File Forum is a source for old drivers, some of which are no longer available on the Creative Labs support webpage.
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