OK...I'm fairly new to this, so bear with me here. I've read through numerous posts through search and am more confused than ever. What I am shooting for (on a semi-limited budget)........ I have Band in a Box and Sibelius on loan. I am looking at purchasing a good set of speakers for my computer. I'm not looking for surround sound, so right now I'm leaning towards the Promedia 2.1 system. I know I'll need a soundcard too, but am at a complete loss. The M-Audio 2496 is highly mentioned, but the connections confuse me. It doesn't look like the Promedia system would connect to it. Also, I guess the idea would be to eventually to plug in my bass to it for recordings/play-along. I have read that BIAB requires a card that can handle soundfonts, so possibly a Soundblaster Audigy....but can I plug my bass into it? Is two soundcards out of the question? I'm looking at getting a good set of headphones to run through it too like the M-Audio Q40 or Equation RP-22X. Also, would I need a synth??? I have a Peavey TKO115 amp, if that can be incorporated somehow????? I'm open to all suggestions, but looking for those that do not involve a ton of wiring adapters. Thanks.