I am looking at buying a new computer, the one i am buying does not have onboard sound card. I am also wanting to start into recording my bass guitar on to my PC. Presently my bass goes into a BOSS GT6b Effects/Preamp Unit. I am looking at buying the EMU 1212M card and taking the bass signal into it via the digital coaxial connecting (from the boss unit to the recording card). My question is do i need a sound card for my computer in addition to the emu 1212 card--does it only take input or can windows xp also use it as an output. I will be using coaxical as the input but i would be using the optical connection to take it out to my 5.1 home reciever (will be moving to my office/computer room). In addition to this card i was looking at buying a sound blaster audigy 2zs card but i am wondering if i will need it after i buy the 1212 card? If anyone knows much about this kind of setup or even has an emu 1212 or 1812 card please post up. I'd hate to sepend $90 on the audigy card to then buy the $200 emu card and not be able to use the audigy. Also can the emu card send a 5.1 signal out or is it all in stereo? Also does anyone know if i can have both cards and use the audigy 2 card for my output signal the emu only for input? Thanks fellow tb'ers. - David.