Daniel Kawakami: The Man Behind the Modified Drivers for Creative Soundcards
Daniel Kawakami, also known as Daniel_K, is a Brazilian software engineer who has been developing modified drivers for Creative soundcards since 2006. His drivers are designed to enable features and functions that are not supported by the official drivers from Creative, such as Dolby Digital Live, DTS Interactive, ASIO support, and more.
Daniel Kawakami started his project as a hobby, after buying a Creative Audigy 2 ZS soundcard and finding out that it did not support Dolby Digital Live, a feature that allows the user to encode any audio source into a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal and output it through a single digital cable to a home theater system. He decided to modify the official drivers to enable this feature, and shared his work on online forums.
His modified drivers soon gained popularity among Creative soundcard users, who appreciated his efforts to improve the performance and functionality of their devices. He also received donations from his supporters, which helped him to buy more soundcards and test his drivers on different models and operating systems.
However, his project also attracted the attention of Creative, who accused him of violating their intellectual property rights and threatened him with legal action. In 2008, Creative demanded that he stop distributing his modified drivers and remove them from his website. Daniel Kawakami complied with their request, but also posted an open letter to Creative on his blog, expressing his disappointment and frustration with their decision.
He wrote: "I was so happy when I bought my first Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro back in 2004. It was my first high-end soundcard. I loved it so much that I bought another one for my second PC. I was amazed by the quality of the sound and the amount of features. I still remember watching Star Wars Episode III at home using Dolby Digital EX. I felt like I was in a movie theater."
"Then I bought an X-Fi XtremeMusic in 2006. I was expecting even more features and quality. But what did I get? A crippled card. No DDL encoder. No DTS encoder. No ASIO support (for Vista). No hardware MIDI synthesizer. And a bunch of useless software."
"I felt cheated. I paid a lot of money for this card and I got less than what I had before."
"So I decided to do something about it. I modified your drivers so they could work better for me and other users."
"I never tried to make money out of this project. I never asked for donations until some users insisted so much that I had to accept them."
"I never stole anything from you. All the files I have used came from your own installers."
"I never violated any license agreement."
"All I wanted was to use my soundcards as they were meant to be used."
"But you didn't like that."
"You accused me of stealing your goods."
"You threatened me with lawsuits."
"You made me take down my files."
"You made me look like a criminal."
"You made me feel like trash."
"You have no idea how much you have hurt me."
His letter sparked a wave of outrage among Creative soundcard users and supporters, who criticized Creative for their lack of customer support and innovation, and praised Daniel Kawakami for his contributions to the community. Many users also boycotted Creative products and switched to other brands.
In response to the backlash, Creative issued a statement on their forum, claiming that they had not threatened Daniel Kawakami with legal action, but only asked him to respect their intellectual property rights. They also claimed that they had been working on new drivers that would enable some of the features that Daniel Kawakami had enabled in his modified drivers.
However, many users were not satisfied with Creative's explanation, and accused them of lying and trying to cover up their mistakes.
Despite the controversy, Daniel Kawakami continued to develop his modified drivers in secret, and released them occasionally on his blog or through private channels. He also created support packs for various Creative soundcards, ec8f644aee