i'm freakin baffled man...i've used an echo mia midi, an m-audio audiofile firewire...and an m-audio 2496 (don't worry, i didn't go out and buy them all just because of this problem)...but anyways, no matter what i use i can't freakin record an audio signal, what the hell? what am i missing. i'm aware that professional audio cards overwrite the windows mixer, so the record feature becomes greyed out in the audio record options in the windows mixer (so when i switch to onboard sound i can record stuff) but what am i missing to do that is not allowing me to record in real time. An example, i have the cubase sx sequencer open and have created a midi track, and i'll create an audio track and hit record in hopes to convert it to wav., but it flat lines. i very strongly appreciate anyone who can help me on this problem so i don't feel like such a noobie anymore. thanks ps. i've fiddled around with the settings in the included mixer for the soundcards with no luck.