First of all, before jumping here to pop a question, I've been all over the Net trying to find a solution to the problem.
Apparently, loads of people were having a problem with sound in this game, most if not all managed to solve it by either setting DeviceName=Generic Hardware or leaving DeviceName value blank so the game would detect the sound device during each start up. Also, by setting max channels to 64 or higher depending on sound card capabilities.
Now, I've tried using an array of different settings and no matter what, I always have a popping sound repeating every few seconds.
I'm running the game on Windows 7 and have X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card capable of processing up to 128 sound sources when in Game Mode. Here's the tricky part. When using Entertainment Mode, the popping sound is gone, but the maximum amount of processed channels can't be set higher than 64, no matter what game settings I use. Which is natural as Entertainment Mode only works with up to 64.
I can definitely play in Entertainment Mode, but the sound is not as good in this mode as in Game Mode (juding by a vast experience I had with loads of other games which like Game Mode fine, just as they should).
I find it weird that the games designed for X-Fi cards (says so on the back of the box) can't really support one...
My question is, is it possible to run Mass Effect using X-Fi Game Mode and having 128 sound channels and not having the horrible popping sound?