SoundBlaster 4.1 Digital
SoundBlaster Live! series
SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 series
Creative Inspire series
SoundBlaster Audigy series
SoundBlaster Audigy 2 series
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Sound Blaster X-Fi series
If both the EAX Console and Speaker Settings are open at the same time, the presets linked to the various speaker configurations will be displayed correctly when changing the speaker configuration mode. However, if the EAX Console is closed when changing the speaker configurations, the EAX preset that is displayed as selected upon launching the EAX Console will be for the previous speaker configuration and not the current one.
This behavior is the desired feature of the EAX Console. It was defined that the EAX Console, upon closing, will remember the last saved preset and category. Hence any changes after the EAX Console has been closed will not be updated. On the re-launch of the EAX Console, the last saved settings will be restored. Another feature of the EAX Console implemented is to remember the last saved preset of each and every Category. Hence if you change from Environment to Studio, the last saved preset of the Studio Category will be restored, and vice versa.
The SoundBlaster 4.1 Digital only supports EAX through software. However, some games try to check for EAX Hardware directly (e.g the SoundBlaster Live! or SoundBlaster Audigy) which will lead to the game stating that EAX support is not present or if it does detect it, there may be problems as it tries to use a non-existent Audio Processor.
If you are having problems in an EAX game with the SoundBlaster 4.1 Digital then contact the game's manufacturers as they may need to release or have released a patch for the game.
Click Start - Programs - Windows Explorer.Navigate to the C:\unreal\system directory and open the file unreal.ini by double clicking on it.
Use Surround =True
Save the settings and exit the .ini file.
You may disable the splash screen on startup as follows:
Click on Start - Programs - Creative - SoundBlaster Audigy - Creative EAX
Click on the Settings icon
Uncheck the Load on Startup option
If you press on the CMSS button, the EAX Console CMSS 3D at EAX Console will be enable or checked (By default, CMSS 3D is unchecked). If you use the EAX button on the Remote Control, RM1000, it will have the option to enable either CMSS or CMSS2. Thus, the CMSS or CMSS2 option will be in synchronization with the EAX Console.
In the MediaSource program, the first time the EAX button is selected, the EAX Control Panel will open.
Once an environmental effect is selected, pressing the EAX button again will only enable/disable the pre-selected EAX preset.
To open the EAX control panel, click on the button with the 3 dots ( ) next to the EAX button.
To find out more about EAX you can listen to the preloaded "EAX Experience Album" in the player. It is queued as part of the Audio Tour playlist. This EAX experience album demonstrates some of the EAX features found in the player. The Audio Tour playlist is queued in the Now Playing list by default so it will be the first thing you will see when you boot up a new Creative Jukebox 3. The EAX features are as follows:
Smart Volume Management (SVM)
Employing advanced predictive analysis, SVM intelligently controls the dynamic range of a song, providing a superior audio experience, especially in difficult listening environments such as a plane or car. In other words, SVM evens out the volume 'bumps' in an audio track. Some types of music have great contrasts in volume, for example, Mahler's second symphony. When you turn up the volume to listen to a quiet portion of the track while in a noisy environment such as in a plane, you can get deafened and shocked when the loud passages come on.
Additionally, a Match Volume feature keeps the playback volume of all the tracks on your play list at the same level. This is especially useful since different CDs are usually recorded at different levels. When you have a playlist with songs from different CDs, you no longer have to adjust the volume from song to song.
Time Scaling allows the user to speed up or slow down music without changing the pitch or distorting the original sound quality. For example, users can slow down a digital narration (eg audio books) for clearer listening, or a piece of fast music to figure out the individual notes.
A collection of environment presets, simulating real-life audio environments, such as Concert hall, Cathedral, and Auditorium, is made available for your audio playback enhancement. For example, the Concert Hall preset will make you feel as though you were listening to music in a Concert Hall.
A collection of equalizer settings, aimed at adjusting audio frequencies to playback content and compensating for the imperfections in the listening environment, lets you enhance your audio according to its genre. Acoustic, Classical and Rock are just some examples of the Advanced EQ presets that Creative developed for Creative Jukebox 3.
An EAX technology that gives you realistic 3D audio when you listen to the Creative Jukebox 3 through your headphones. There are 3 settings available and the table below shows how they can be applied for maximum effect: Setting Suitable for:
Narrow Intimate performance (e.g. 1 singer + guitarist)
Wide Mid-size performance (e.g. 5 piece band)
Full Large size performance (e.g. Orchestra)
Multi-Channel Effects apply special treatments to the front and back channels in 4-speaker mode, giving you 3D audio playback. Simply connect a multi-channel speaker system to the dual line out jacks on the Creative Jukebox 3 and enjoy 3D audio playback. The 4 speaker selection must be turned on under Jukebox Settings in the main menu.
To record your voice with EAX effects, please follow these steps:
Dynamic Repositioning of Enhanced Audio Music is a movement effects program that provides three-dimensional movement to your audio files. It works with any mono or stereo Wave, MP3 or WMA file played through the PlayCenter 3.x player. It allows you to control the speed and direction of the Low (Bass), Mid (Vocal) and High ranges of the audio as they cycle around the listener providing a dance club like atmosphere. The bass, vocals and high range can move clockwise or counter clockwise independently of each other or each can be muted individually.
To activiate DREAM, go to start - Programs - Sound Blaster Audigy - PlayCenter and play a WAV, MP3 or WMA audio file. Click on the EAX icon, then the DREAM tab. When a compatible file is playing, click on the Enable DREAM option and begin mixing. You can experiment with the Speed (stationary-slow-fast), Direction (clockwise or counter clockwise) or Mute for each of the dynamic ranges. Find the settings you prefer and then they can be toggled off and on from the main PlayCenter window. To reset the DREAM setting, click on Set All to Default.