What Is OpenAL?

November 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

OpenAL is a program which helps gamers get an immersive gaming experience. It breaks down different audio sources and converts them to exude 3D sound effects for the user. It is a part of many games such as Alien Flux and America's Army: Operations. Originally developed by Loki software, it was later taken over by Creative technology and has since progressed in terms of its functions.

This application is used to enhance the quality of multichannel 3D audio on multiple operating systems. Basically, it aims to be an alternative to proprietary and generally incompatible 3D audio APIs such as DirectX and Core Audio. It has an 'ALUT' library which provides higher level 'convenience' functions and is akin to OpenGL's 'GLUT'.

A lot of people wonder if this program is a virus or malware and if it would cause any harm to their computers. Well, the good news is that this is not a malicious program and it can be safely removed from the computer.

However, if you are an avid gamer, then keeping this program on your computer is a good idea as it can help to enhance the overall gaming experience. Furthermore, it is not a CPU-intensive program and thus it will not affect the performance of your computer. However, if you are not an avid gamer and have limited or no interest in robust audio during work or leisure, then it is best that you remove this from your system.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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