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Mark Gavrilov
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Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Sound Card Driver LINK

The manual included with the Santa Cruz, entitled "Getting Started Guide," is just what the title implies, nothing more. The twenty-five page manual provides a very brief overview of the Specifications of the Santa Cruz, Installation, Using The Santa Cruz Control Panel, and External Connections. I found the installation section to be informative for installing the card, but I didn't like the fact that there were no screen shots of the driver install process. I think users have far more problems with the driver install process than anything else. The manual does mention the Santa Cruz Sound Check Utility that is included with the card, and provides an example of its use. This utility is one of the best sound card troubleshooting utilities that I have seen. It can test with the hardware and software configuration of the sound card to ensure that all is installed correctly. Turtle Beach should focus more attention on this utility, as it can be a real time saver.

Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Sound Card Driver

When the article has been already sent to an editorial office, Antonych, my friend and opponent, agreed to be a "beta-tester" (or voluntary editor) of it. And immediately he found a pair of logic contradictions. At first, the myth about "apparatus" decoding 5.1 was unmasked. I admit I drubbed unintentionally this myth into my head: "The cards has a powerful DSP and supports 6-column sound. What follows from that?". Nothing yet. There are no drivers to realize this. Also there are no players supporting apparatus decoding. The only thing available is WinDVD which decodes 5.1. and directs it to 6 independent channels (and the newest PowerDVD 3.0 also).

To easily update your Santa Cruz sound card driver on Windows 10, you should consider the support of a specialized tool. Unlike the methods above, this one can automatically perform all the processes, with a small effort from your side.

It's really great! My favorite gaming soundcard at the moment (that is, only until I finish these new Vortex2 drivers).It works properly under XP with the 4193 drivers, full Sensaura feature support and acceleration in the CS4630 chip. A 20 and 18-bit codec on board for 6 channel input/output, a versa jack that can be set to whatever you would like it to be, and thanks to Sensaura Virtual Ear included with the 4193 drivers, your own custom HRTF profiles for gaming.The OPL3 dos emulation is really bad though, it makes the Vortex2 sound practically spot on in comparison.

A PCI sound card's DOS driver must setup routings to intercept the ISA-style commands/instructions for playing sound and music and pass them through to the PCI hardware. There are two emulation methods that are sometimes employed to do this in pure DOS: 1) DDMA (Distributed DMA) (EDIT: combined with an IRQ related method) 2) PC/PCI using a physical SB-LINK connection.

There are no Windows XP drivers for the Audiotrix 3D-3G soundcard but you can still access the Yamaha XG sounds on its DB60XG daughterboard via any soundcard that has a Waveblaster daughterboard socket.

Many soundcards besides the Audiotrix 3D-3G have provided Waveblaster support over the years, including Creative Labs' Soundblaster 16 and AWE32 series, and the Turtle Beach Tahiti (a popular choice for its excellent audio quality), plus the MIDI Edge card, which was a handy MIDI interface with Waveblaster socket. Today, the most popular modern soundcard for musicians with Waveblaster socket and Windows XP driver support seems to be Terratec's DMX 6Fire (reviewed in SOS April 2002, and now about 130). Another budget consumer card with a good sound, XP drivers, and Waveblaster socket is the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz. It doesn't have ASIO drivers, but at only 60 is probably the cheapest way to get an XG daughterboard operational.

You won't need separate drivers for the XG daughterboard since it simply uses one of the host soundcard's existing MIDI outputs. However, to get the best out of the DB50XG board you can use a software editor utility such as Gary Gregson's XGedit95 (, Michael Bray's XGPad (, or Achim Stulgie's XGgold (, which also lets you get at the 'hidden' QS300 sound banks.

To achieve THX-quality performance, Dell offers specially configured systems that Bowes says are the first PCs to ship with THX certification. The systems must contain specific hardware components that meet the standards, including the right sound card, video card, monitor, and speakers. A special set of hardware drivers is also needed, he says.


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