Hey! I'm starting to build a small home studio for my own fun, no need for many channels, as I would be recording one (two at most) track at a time, but I do need the connections for a mic and a midi device. I really don't know practically anything about this stuff. USB deviced are really cheap, but are they slow too? Oh yeah, the computer I'm using is an amd dualcore 2,8 ghz with 3gb or ram if it matters. I've been looking at m audio products. I'm on a very limited, around 250-300$ retail price budget (I live in Europe so discounts don't really apply here) The fast track pro USB model has all the connections I need and is very affordable. Would the latency be a problem? Around the same price I could buy a firewire solo, which has way less connections, especially I'd miss the midi connection. Also I would have to buy a firewire pci card to get a FW port which makes it even more expensive as well as a midi port of some sort, so this would be the most expensive option. And the last option would be the PCI card Delta 1010LT. It would have the best connections/price/speed rate, but I'd really like a controller that could be operated by hand, not just virtually, so I would probably have to buy a small mixer or something too which would make it a bit expensive also. I've been looking for m audio products because of the m powered pro tools, but I could get a ableton live 7 from a friend who has no use for it. So is there any point in considering the pro tools? Mostly I'd need the midi operated sampler or whatever it's called for the midi drumpads and keyboard. Also any suggestion for other makers products would really be appreciated. I've also looked at line6 products, but since I used to own a bass pod xt so I'm a bit sceptical about them. Thanks for anyone who takes the time to help me here!