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Windows 7: Can i replace soundmax with REALtek?

02 Apr 2017   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Can i replace soundmax with REALtek?


I want to replace my soundmax audio with realtek. Is this possible? i want the settings that realtek has like concert hall,bathroom,carpeted hallway etc..

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02 Apr 2017   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

The short answer NO. Both Soundmax and the later Realtek are different hardware chips on the motherboard. The only way to get Realtek would be to replace the motherboard with one that has Realtek on it.
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02 Apr 2017   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 (Explorer_v6.1.7601.23537)(ntoskrnl_v6.1.7601.24308)

The only thing you could do is add a PCI/PCIe audio card like a LEGENDARY Sound Blaster ...

To know for certain what your system can take for a audio card we would need to know
your motherboard specs which u can get from a program called Speccy

for example on my motherboard
  • Expansion Slots3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual x16 or x16/x8/x8) *1
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
    1 x PCI
since I run a Nvidia GTX 750 Ti 2Gb gfx card in PCIe slot 2, I could use either an open PCIe or the sole PCI slot to add a new audio card...

but for the general and gaming purposes I personally would not need a seperate card...

ahh lol as it already happens my motherboard uses RealTek lol
Audio Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

I found these two cards on


both are PCIe 1x...
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03 Apr 2017   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1

@Melchior - I have the 2nd soundcard you linked - the Soundblaster Z -and it doesn't have any of the 'crazy' Realtek sound effects I think the OP was referring to such as sewer pipe, underwater etc. The SB Z does have a lot of signal processing which seems aimed at giving gamers a 'big sound' but it makes music and speech sound cr*p, so I have all that turned off and just use the graphic eq - which is quite good.

I only got my SBZ to use with Cubase. My onboard was giving too much delay when playing keyboards live. The SB Z has about 2ms latency, which is great. Another plus with the SB Z is the built-in headphone amp. This means you can leave your phones plugged in and switch from speakers via the SB control panel as required.
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03 Apr 2017   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 (Explorer_v6.1.7601.23537)(ntoskrnl_v6.1.7601.24308)

badcrc Nice its cool u have the SB Z already... sry it does not do what u want..
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03 Apr 2017   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melchior View Post
badcrc Nice its cool u have the SB Z already... sry it does not do what u want..
We're at cross purposes here - the SB Z does exactly what I want ie low latency for Cubase recording. I don't need most of the bells n whistles it comes with. I was pointing out that although you recommended it, the SB Z doesn't have features that the OP mentioned in post #1. TBH, I don't know why anyone would want sewer pipe echoes etc - apart from pranking your mates or coworkers.

For anyone who doesn't know what I mean by latency - I have a midi keyboard that connects to Cubase. With onboard sound there's a delay between hitting a key and the sound appearing at the speakers (due to the data being processed). Even 50 ms can really affect your playing. With a discrete card such as the SB Z, the software somehow has a more direct connection to the card, avoiding the normal 'round the houses' route and thus lowers the latency to say 2 ms, making playing live possible. Called ASIO, it was invented by the Cubase people - Steinberg - and is now a standard protocol.

Audio Stream Input/Output - Wikipedia
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03 Apr 2017   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64 (Explorer_v6.1.7601.23537)(ntoskrnl_v6.1.7601.24308)

cool :)
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