Hello everybody! I'm new to this forum - wish me luck... At home, I have two sources for recording: my Roland EXR-3 Organ and a microphone for singing. The organ is connected to the computer with a midi cable, through the “gameport joystick” input of a very old sound blaster 16. The microphone is connected to my PC’s onboard mic input, through an XLR to PL adapter + PL to stereo adapter. I work with Cubase 1.06. Now, the midi works just fine. I echo the midi back to the organ for playback, and it works great. It appears that my organ has a fairly good built-in sound moudle for midi rendering. However, the problem starts with the microphone: first of all, I'm experiencing a very long latency. Secondly, due to the existance of so many adapters, my frail mic input barely holds the damn thing... Think about it: XLR output > XLR to PL Adapter > PL to stereo adapter > poor mic input. It causes the adapters to bend and I had to bind it with a strap to prevent disturbances (and I still have to play with the plugs before recording so there won't be a static noise). From this I concluded that I need to buy a decent sound card for recording. The question is: how far should I go? If the midi works fine, what do I care leaving it as it is - connected to my gameport joystick? I’ve surveyed the market and it seems that entry-level sound cards, that contain both midi and sound inputs (by companies like M-Audio or Audiophile, for instance) are pretty expensive. Do I really need such a thing? Or would it be best to buy a sound card solely for the XLR input? As for now I don’t think I’d like to add more midi instruments; maybe maybe in the future I’d like another sound instrument (let’s say – a guitar mic). But since I’m already buying, I want something good that will answer my demands now and in the not-too-far future. I’d appreciate if you folks can direct me a bit…Besides, I’m having trouble with all the technical terms related to those new sound cards: 24 bit? 96khz? So shedding some light about these issues would be also very helpful. Thanks in advance! Gilad.