I am a student musician (mostly in concert music) and I have compiled some recording equipment, through gifts and hand-me-downs. I am running Cubase LE 4 on an old HP PC. I have an Alpha USB Pre-amp. I also have an old analog mixer, and old speaker and woofer, a keyboard, a guitar and amp, my woodwinds, and two microphones. In Cubase, I am trying to set up the buses. for the output, I currently have only one speaker, which is plugged into the left output of the Alpha. With this set-up, I can't really record in stereo, can I? It seems that acquiring a cheap pair of speakers would solve the problem. If i get a pair of USB speakers, and I plug them right into the computer, how do I set up the audio hardware? As far as i can tell, once the Alpha is plugged into the PC's USB port, the computer ignores all other hardware. Any suggestions about how to set up Cubase's in/out buses, or general advice about stereo vs. mono recording, would be appreciated. As a side note, is there any advantage to using the hardware mixer w/12 tracks if i can only record two tracks at a time on the Alpha? Thanks in advance!