I am attempting to set up a small recording/editing/practice rig at home. So far, I have an M Audio Duo preamp, a Dell D-800 laptop and a variety of software, E Logic, Band in a box, various others. I'm using a small PA for monitoring (Mackie 408 and C300 speakers). The software recommends different midi compatible sound cards, but is that a problem with a laptop? Is there an outboard solution to get good sounds, besides an expensive workstation? Is there a software solution? Thanks for any suggestions.