I'm a singer/songwriter whose looking to do some cheap recording (I know, I'm such a rare breed). I've got the M-audio fast track USB interface, the accompanying Session software, a Sennheiser e835 (I think), and am about to get a Studio Projects B1. My computer, however, just died on me. My old laptop, a 4-year-old Vaio, never really ran right and would crash if I tried to work with more than a couple layered tracks. I'm buying a new computer and want to make sure this one will work effectively. Is it possible to buy a sub $500 laptop that will record at 100%? What are the specifications I need? Also, the Session software has a few major flaws: it can't adjust volume or panning over time (If I'm wrong, PLEASE tell me how!!). Is there good garage-band equivalent software for PCs that can do this (that has midi support)? One last question: Do I have everything I need? I've seen references to mixers and I don't want to be missing some critical element. Thanks!