you are not interested in the bundle then you might as well
just go ahead and skip this section. But Iím telling you, you
donít know what youíre missing.
the first program that we will talk about is the Sound Recorder.
By using a microphone plugged into the sound card you can record
your homemade voice or any other thing that makes noise. The
nice feature about this is that after you record it, you can
add effects in such as reverb and echo. You can also convert
audio formats for example convert a .wave file into an MP-3
file. This is very helpful for someone who wants to convert
music files to MP-3 for easy uploading to the web.
next option in the control panel for the Sonic Vortex2 is the
Multimedia Properties. In this program you can choose microphoneís
volume and recording quality and format. Then we have the Graphic
Equaliser from which you can finely tune volume for each frequency
in a band. Then for downloading the latest drivers through VideoLogicís
control panel there is Sonic Max Web Download. Sonic Max Web
Support give you the supportís email, fax, and phone numbers.
After that there is the Volume Control where you can adjust
the volume, like the program states. Last but certainly not
least is the Sonic Max Properties. This program allows you to
configure your speaker setup with the following settings: Quad,
Monitor, Satellite, and Headphones. You can also lower the number
of voices from 320 to 128 to 64 voices. This is good if you
have a low-end computer or want to test CPU utilization for
different number of voices. Besides this you can even change
the sampling Rate for digital recording. Your options are with
highest quality first and lowest last, 48khz, 44.1khz, and 32khz.
To test the sound quality of the Sonic Vortex2 I did the following.
I listened to the A3D Sound Demos that were provided, listened
to half-life(while playing), and various games and CDís. I chose
half-life as an example for the A3D Extension Effects, as it
uses A3D 2.0 better than any other game currently on the market.
Before you email me telling me that Iím some kind of idiot,
remember that everyoneís ears are different, so if all possible,
always listen to a sound card before buying it. Now I know that
we canít all do that and that is what this are for. But Iím
saying that if you get the chance to listen to a sound card
and you think its good but someone wrote a bad review of it,
go ahead and buy it. After all you are the one that is going
to be listening to it, not the person that wrote the review.
The sound card is one of the few things that you can do that
for, so if at all possible take advantage of that. Anyway, back
to the ice-cream lovin' review.
sound card was also compatible with the DOS games that I through
at it. Not that anyone plays DOS games anymore, but just in
case you are that rare person that does, this card will work
with most of your DOS games. The sound quality of the cdís that
I tested was on par with every other sound card.
listening to sound in a game donít forget how important the
speakers are. Their impact on your sound system is just as big
as the sound card's. What Iím saying is that if you have a good
sound card and crappy speakers or vice versa then your sound
system will just plain suck period. Its better to get an average
of both then just have one good one and one bad one. This is
my personal experience with what I just talked about so if you
are not interested then just skip to the ratings. I went from
some 16-bit ISA sound card with 2 small speakers to a SB Live!Value
with those same speakers. I thought the difference in sound
between those 2 sound cards was awesome! I had never heard anything
so realistic in my life. It was the most realistic computer
gaming experience that I had ever had. Then I decided I need
some new speakers. The ones that I settled on were Altec Lansingís
ACS 45.1 3 piece surround system. Nothing great, but a lot better
than my old ones. Once I hooked up those speakers, OH BABY!
I then realized that the sound I had been hearing sucked. Despite
the sound cardís great power, without good speakers, its true
sound power was not displayed.