This is one of the rarest, hard to find drivers for Analog Devices SoundMax Audio chips with included BlackHawk control panel which features SonicFocus audio enhancements for deeper bass and richer sound.
I’m using a rather ancient ASUS Rampage II Gene motherboard with ADI AD2000b audio chip and these drivers are the latest I could ever find with BlackHawk panel (others are the same version without BlackHawk). They are specified as Windows 7 drivers, however I’m just using them on Windows 8.1 64bit and everything works perfectly. ASUS switched to Realtek after this so everyone still on SoundMax are stuck with this one…
I’ve been hosting it on my OneDrive for ages but forgot to make a blog post about it. Hope this will help people get it working again.
BlackHawk Control Panel
Details for Analog Devices (ADI) SoundMax BlackHawk Audio Driver
Provider: Analog Devices (ADI)
Driver version: 188.8.131.5285
Driver date: 2009/05/21
BlackHawk Control Panel (SonicFocus): YES
Supported OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32bit and 64bit)
Supported audio chip: ADI AD2000b (may work on others)
I have just tested this driver pack on Windows 10 64bit and it’s working flawlessly. Installation went without any problems, device is detected as SoundMax HD and SonicFocus audio enhancements function as well. This is good news for all the SoundMax users!
To enhance compatibility of playing music in media player while playing games on Win10 with SoundMax, do the following:
Right click volume icon next ot the clock and select “Playback devices”. Select active SoundMax HD device and click Properties button and then go to Advanced tab. Change the sampling to 24 bit and 96000 Hz and click OK.
This resolved music playback corruption in MusicBee while playing Infinifactory. It might apply to other games as well.