Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook
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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook, PCMCIA Soundcard from Creative Labs.

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Anikinet 01/07/2006

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook : Anikinet's user review

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I bought this card a week ago, for use on my laptop ultra-lightweight which the following configuration:
MODEL: MSI S260
Proc: Intel Centrino 2Ghz
RAM: 2GB
HDD: 80GB
Master keyboard ROLAND PC-300
Softs: Sonar, FL Studio, VSTi various ...

I chose the MODEL for its small size and big performance from the perspective of computer music to any o. I lacked a more powerful sound card, and PCMCIA IDAL seemed to keep the advantage of few dimensions of the PC.

I mainly use virtual instruments and samples, I'm not making her (or only very rarely trs trs), which place a priori the criteria of the latency.

UTILIZATION

Installing a bit difficult, made in 2 stages.
I first tried to install the drivers from the supplied CD, but the program crashed directly to the CD release of the CD. began badly.
I Tlcharger then the drivers on the site of Crative and install, then retry the install from the CD and surprise, worked.
I continue the install, but the crash before the end of the installation process, with a carrment blue screen dump of physical memory. On a Windows XP SP2, as that has the balls not care.
At reboot, the Systm became unstable, I shall decide to reinstall over to see if by chance to plant again, and all ends well.
Since then, no worries of instability all goes well.
I prcise on the other hand that I have not figured out how to cleanly uninstall the whole mess at Creative Software ...

No worries of incompatibility is well intgre to the system.

Configuration gnrale a little messy, there are lots of small programs for each aspect of the config, instead of a single simple and clear interface. I regret the interface of my good old KX drivers ... : P

No manual, just a quick setup sheet. This cot feared the max.

GETTING STARTED

The drivers appear to be stable, no problem a priori.

I mainly use Sonar and FL Studio, that perform well, except that FL Studio will not run in 44,100 but only 48,000 Hz.
I note also that the ASIO drivers provided by Creative are not paramtrables trs: one can only rgler latency. No choice of buffer size, for example ...

Latency: 4ms with small dcrochages not all teachers from time to time, so that I am generally satisfied.

Only problem size and plutt me: whistling parasite absolutely unbearable. I do not know of it comes from o, and I can not even what the rduire. It trsgnant when I work with headphones, but not with the speakers. What remains quite disabling for me ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a week now, but can not argler my little hissing parasite problem, which owes me a little.

However, functionally it suits me well trs, it runs well, low latency Submitted.

This is the first MODEL I try on my laptop, and I confess dua be just because of the parasite. Otherwise the report qualitprix is ​​unbeatable, there is no cheaper in this format. The only other major default remains after the heaviness of Creative drivers: Can not install / uninstall quickly and easily. It is unfortunate to note that as usual, Creative is not able to dvelopper anything other than gas plants ...

I plan to try even when another card like the Echo Indigo example, if a little more CHRE purchase. If someone possde one and can give me his opinion, m'intresse!