Labs SB Live! Platinum review
Posted by Julio
Franco on January 26, 2000
Labs Product: Sound
Blaster Live! Platinum
more than a year since the first Sound Blaster Live! Card
appeared in the market, Creative is now bringing us three
new cards as an addition to the Live! Family, each one aimed
to different type of users in order to full fill the needs
of everyone out there looking for the latest in 3D sound for
important to notice that all the cards are based in the same
EMU10K1 audio processor that powered the original Sound
Blaster Live! Card, this canít be considered a drawback
however, as you might know, this chip from Emu Systems
(which is owned by the same Creative Labs) is
re-programmable so that with newer LiveWare! Releases you
can keep updated with new technologies including newer
versions of EAX.
at first glance we can say that if you already own one of
the original Sound Blaster Live! Cards you shouldnít
consider any of this cards because they are pretty much the
same thing with a just a few additions here and there which
definitely arenít worth spending $100 on a new soundcard.
you can go to Creative Labsí website and download LiveWare!
3, which will add, support for EAX 2.0 and other effects
such as occlusion
so here we have got the new cards, each one targeted at
different types of market:
specifically to the full time gamer as you could imagine by
its name, this card doesnít come with any extra programs
for editing audio or music content creation instead you will
get a nice game bundle conformed by Thief: The Dark Project,
Descent 3, Need for Speed 4: High Stakes and demos of Myth
II and Alien vs. Predator.
MP3+ is the best choice for Internet and music enthusiasts,
not to mention MP3s, of course. Unlike the X-Gamer the
bundle of this card isnít all about games, you get instead
a very complete suite of applications for audio content
creation and entertainment, that includes Cakewalk Express
Gold, Mixman Studio, Sound Forge XP and a very nice utility
called Creative Digital Audio Center that will let you
record your own MP3s with no loss of quality.
card we are reviewing here, definitely the most complete
audio solution, combines the best things of both worlds.
Although itís more expensive than the previous cards
mentioned, this is THE soundcard for those ones who can
the box you will find an incredibly large bundle, actually
you will get all the programs and games you get with the
other cards together.
you get the Live!Drive, which is a front-end console that
fits in a 5/4 bay, this device provides convenient
connectivity to a wide array of analog and digital devices,
more details on the Live! Drive on next pagesÖ
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