Category: Sound and Multimedia
Manufacturer: Creative Labs, kX Project
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 2.5 MB
Operating System: Windows XP
Latest Version / Release Date: 188.8.131.5220 / 5/14/02
This driver version of the kX 10k1 Audio - Model CT4870 Value sound card is an ASIO driver. ASIO or Audio Stream Input/ Output is a protocol for computer soundcards for digital audio. This protocol specified by Steinberg provides a high fidelity and low latency interface between a sound card and a software application. In comparison, the DirectSound by Microsoft is usually utilized as an output and input for stereo for amateur users while ASIO enables sound engineers and musicians to process audio by using a Windows system software rather an external hardware. The ASIO protocol is capable of bypassing the typical audio path coming from the user application via layers of intermediary software by the Windows OS, resulting in the application’s direct connection to the sound card. Every layer that has been evaded translates to a delay between the application that sent audio information and the audio being successfully reproduced by the sound card, a decrease in latency, or the sound card allowing input signals to be used by the application.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
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ASIO provides a simple method to access a number of audio outputs and inputs independently. Its core strength is in the way it bypasses the Windows audio mixing kernels’ high latency which allows for the high speed, direct communication with the sound card. The output of unmixed ASIO is bit identical such that the bits transmitted to the soundcard are the same as the original source so they have greater audio fidelity. The ASIO interface is generally restricted to the Windows operating system platforms because other systems such as Linux or Mac OS X don’t have problems with mixer latency. However, an experimental ASIO driver is used for Wine. Wine is Linux’s Window layer. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and kX 10k1 Audio - Model CT4870 Value errors before installing any driver updates.