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SBZ Switcher


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This package was approved by moderator AdmiringWorm on 3/9/2017.

SBZ Switcher allows automated switching of Speakers/Headphones and more for Creative Sound Blaster Z-Series and Recon3D owners. while the master volume and mute controls are handled in the OS level, the switching mechanism is on-screen auto click based, thus is dependent on Sound Blaster Control Panel availability.
SBZ Switcher is synchronized with the Sound Blaster Control Panel via registry, to display current info and switch accordingly.


  • Double click the Tray icon to Switch Speakers/Headphones mode.
  • Left click the Tray icon to Open/Close the Sound Blaster Control Panel.
  • Right click menu for switch mode / Mute devices / Toggle features / User Profiles and more.
  • Predefine Master volume for each mode and manage Digital Output Mute control.
  • Synchronize Digital output volume with Speakers/Master volume control.
  • Predefine User Profile for each mode and manage selectable profiles in right click menu.
  • Predefine SBX Pro Studio Profile for each mode.
  • Predefine Equalizer Profile for each mode.
  • Force Windows Audio Control Panel to Stereo in Headphones mode.
  • Force Windows Audio Control Panel to Full-Range Surround in Headphones mode.
  • Force Windows Audio Control Panel to Surround in Stereo Speakers mode.
  • Assign Hotkey to Switch Speakers/Headphones mode (fullscreen aware).
  • Assign Hotkeys to Toggle Mute devices.
  • Assign Hotkey to Toggle Center Speaker (fullscreen aware).
  • Assign Hotkey to Toggle Force Stereo / 5.1 Surround in windows audio control panel
  • Assign Volume Hotkeys, control steps per mode and smooth transitions, inc. visual indicator.
  • Assign Hotkeys to Toggle SBX Pro Studio features.
  • Assign Hotkeys to Toggle default playback devices.
  • Assign Hotkey to Toggle digital encoder.
  • Set tray icon for each mode and synchronize out-of-scope mode switching
  • Launch at Windows start up.
  • Periodic check for updates and self updating.
  • Detailed settings UI / customizations.
  • Support Command-Line Parameters.

To install SBZ Switcher, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install sbz-switcher

To upgrade SBZ Switcher, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade sbz-switcher


  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName = 'sbz-switcher'
    $url32       = ''
    $checksum32  = '0bff55ca36334aeb9939090706ed60739dc1945c90e9d59bcb115e748718ea48'
    $toolsPath   = $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName    = $packageName
      url            = $url32
      checksum       = $checksum32
      checksumType   = 'sha256'
      unzipLocation  = $toolsPath
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs
    $FileFullPath = get-childitem $toolsPath -recurse -include SBZSwitcher.exe | select -First 1
    Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SBZ Switcher.lnk" $FileFullPath
  • tools\chocolateyuninstall.ps1 Show
    Get-Process "SBZSwitcher*" | Stop-Process -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
    $icon_name = (Get-ChildItem "$env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" -Filter "SBZ Switcher.lnk" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue).FullName
    Remove-Item $icon_name -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

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  • applejack1


By applejack (c) 2015


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