Dear Anyone. I've got 1GIG Ram, AMD Sempron processor, ASUS Asrock motherboard, M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Soundcard. I DO have a perfectly legal copy of Cubase 4 (dongle a-go-go!!) but when I look at it I feel like Buzz Lightyear trying to fly the Starship Enterprise. I'm getting lessons in it from next week anyway, so I was just trying to write a couple of tunes using Windows GM sounds, to prove to the teacher I can write music! (He's asked us to bring in a couple of examples of the music we write.) And I can't make them record as soundfiles. I'm using a notation program to put all the notes in with - Voyetra Music Maestro. I can hear all sounds perfectly. I can also hear MP3s/DVDs etc., perfectly. Problem is, none of the recording programs can! They come up with empty files every time. I've got all the sliders on the M-Audio on full. I've tried playing a downloaded MP3 and clicking on RECORD on everything, still only get blank files. The paragraph after next is full of abbreviations, I don't know what the heck any of them mean, it's just what the things in the software are labelled. Here's a list of everything I've tried and all the error messages I've got. I don't understand any of them, someone here might? I hope!?! I've tried using MP3myMP3, NCH Wavepad, Mixpad, Audigy and Windows Movie Maker. Now the sound slider in Windows Movie Maker, labelled Line In, is greyed out - I can't turn the volume up. MP3myMP3 won't let me turn EITHER of its volume sliders up - you drag them, the numbers go up, you let the mouse go, they both slide straight back down to zero again. The turning up doesn't 'stick'. And the only source you're allowed to use is 'line in' - you click on 'wave' and it comes up 'Unknown Device'. So I downloaded Power Mixer, because I read somewhere you could use it as a diagnostic tool. Under M-Audio Delta AP 1/2, the Volume Control is greyed out and doesn't work. Under M-Audio Delta AP S/PDIF, the Volume Control is also greyed out and doesn't work. SPDIF Interface, a separate Recording Control in a tab by itself, a Wave control in a tab by itself and, under M-Audio Delta AP Monitor Mixer, the Recording Control button there, all the above are greyed out (have blue crosses next to them!) and don't work. I have no idea why, or much idea of what all the different bunches of letters mean - I think I can write the actual music, the techie side is KILLING me right now!! I've tried 3 different versions of the M-Audio driver, the above remains EXACTLY the same in all cases. If it's any help, when I go into Start/Accessories/Entertainment/Volume control, all the sliders are on Max. All the sliders I can find in the M-Audio control panel are also on Max! But there are only THREE sliders on evidence in the Accessories volume control and, from the dim and distant vaults of my memory, I'm sure I remember seeing FIVE sliders but I can't remember what the other two were, sorry. Maybe it's those two hidden sliders that need turning up - but I can't find them! Nobody on other forums has been able to help with this - please, somebody, help me out! I've only got 10 days before I have to turn up at class with a couple of pieces recorded. Pathetic, no? Yours hopefully ulrichburke.