I had almost expected that my M-Audio Delta PCI sound card was not going to work when I chose to install the 64-bit version of Vista on my new machine, but I did it nonetheless. And guess what? I’ve been waiting for months now for M-Audio to release a 64-bit driver for this old sound card that I have a strangely close kinship with.
It’s been good to me in the XP days, providing 24-bit/96kHz sound and low-latency recording possibilities. The ASIO support interfaced nicely with Fl Studio which allowed me to add software reverb and other effects while recording on the fly. I bought the card about 3 years ago and M-Audio is still selling the same thing.
Unfortunately, the company has left a lot of it’s customers in the pits of hell. We were stranded on the lonely desert island called Vista, waiting for them to develop a driver that allows their card to do what it was made to do. They released a private beta of the driver; this I thought was unfair because they selected who could do the beta testing and who couldn’t. When I submitted my request the outcome was pretty bleak.
The good new is that the public beta driver is now open for testing. M-Audio has the driver download hosted here. Note that it is still in the beta stages of development. To actually get the driver working I had to instill it, uninstall it and then reinstall it again. So far it’s been working nicely for me and I’m looking forward to doing some more recording at home. Now it’s just waiting for them to come out with a completely stable release.