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SBZ Switcher

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1.9.6 | Updated: 24 Feb 2017



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


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


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


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade sbz-switcher -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade sbz-switcher -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure sbz-switcher installed
    name: sbz-switcher
    state: present
    version: 1.9.6
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'sbz-switcher' do
  action    :install
  version  '1.9.6'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: sbz-switcher,
    Version: 1.9.6,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller sbz-switcher
   Name     = 'sbz-switcher'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '1.9.6'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'sbz-switcher':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '1.9.6',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install sbz-switcher version="1.9.6" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator AdmiringWorm on 09 Mar 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.

$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
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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