I recently upgraded my music studio system to an HP Core i7/862, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HDD (7200 RPM), and an M-Audio Fast Track Ultra interface. This system came with Windows 7 64-bit. I have Cubase 5.0, Finale 2010, WaveLab 4.0, and recently purchased and installed Komplete 7.0. (I have had NI's B4II for a long time and recently downloaded an update to it). The problems are these: I cannot get this system to work properly. First of all, Cubase always shows an "ASIO Time Overload" symbol. This must be a buffer problem, but with a system like this, with 4 cores, why is it overloading? Do I need an even "hotter" computer than this? Also, MIDI hangs - some notes stick and keep sounding. Finally, I can't get any of my VST instruments in Cubase, Komplete, or wherever to even output audio. I can't hear them. All I get is the thump thump of my keyboard controller, but nothing out of the speakers. I'm getting VERY FRUSTRATED and feel like I just want to throw all this junk in the garbage can and just go back to the old Tascam 4-track cassette machine I started using 15 years ago. At least it let me make songs and not flash error messages, refuse to work, or force me to go take a software engineering degree to figure it out. I have had luck with previous DAW systems, but this one has me at my wit's end. If there were somebody local I could hire to just come and get it all going and then bill me for the job, I'd do that, but I feel like I am a total idiot, right out of my league. You can get someone like that to come set up your home network or your entertainment system, but there are no experts on these music systems. Why did a simpleton like me spend all this money on this technology that I can't even begin to understand how to do anything with? I am a trained and knowledgeable musician and have been fighting with PCs for close to 30 years, but I am rapidly losing my patience. I almost want to never have anything to do with music ever again. IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO KNOWS HOW TO HELP? (Sorry for the caps, but I'm really POed and just don't know where to turn). If none of this stuff really works and causes so much annoyance, why are there so many people wasting their time and money on this mysterious, unusable garbage and not just using good old analog tape like in the old days? At least it worked... Sometimes I wonder if the human race has reached the point where all our formerly friendly everyday devices have become so complicated that only a few wizards here and there can actually figure them out.