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Maybe it’s my sound card. Maybe it’s not?

Soundbalster X-Fi Extreme -> optical out to surround receiver, set to "AUTO SURR" mode (which works fine for my consoles dev kits).

When I use surround pan event parameters or the Surround Panner tool, I get no surround output, only stereo. Nor does the receiver detect a surround encoded input.

My sound card is configured to output both DTS and Dolby Digital and works fine when tested within the control panel (test tone plays out all 5 speakers as expected).

Is there something specific I need to do to audition surround panning from FMOD Designer?

Thanks!

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hey I don’t think FMOD Designer tool can encode to DTS or Dolby on the fly so its not your sound card. When the designer tools starts it looks at your windows audio card and see that it can only output stereo analog so thats why the surround tool only outputs stereo. I think what you need to do is get another card that can output UNCOMPRESSED (lpcm) surround from 3 x 1/8" or whatever outputs.

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[quote="studio13":33w2n5g5]hey I don’t think FMOD Designer tool can encode to DTS or Dolby on the fly so its not your sound card. When the designer tools starts it looks at your windows audio card and see that it can only output stereo analog so thats why the surround tool only outputs stereo. I think what you need to do is get another card that can output UNCOMPRESSED (lpcm) surround from 3 x 1/8" or whatever outputs.[/quote:33w2n5g5]

Thanks for the reply.
Just so I understand, if I want to audition surround output in Designer, I need to use the analog outs of my card, and not the optical?

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ya basically your card needs to have analog outputs for the L R Ls Rs C Lfe.

whats comes out of your digital output on that card is a dolby or DTS encoded stream used accessed by games and movies not the designer tool

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[quote="studio13":2drk2c1i]ya basically your card needs to have analog outputs for the L R Ls Rs C Lfe.

whats comes out of your digital output on that card is a dolby or DTS encoded stream used accessed by games and movies not the designer tool[/quote:2drk2c1i]

Great. Thanks for clearing that up. Much appreciated.

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