Hello all, haven't posted in a while. Last time I was building a recording studio which is now done.. and I thought that was going to be the frustrating part ;D anyway, i've been reading the site, and Big Thanks to all of you taking time out of your busy lives to help us struggling.. It's a life saver, and for those of us who live out in rural areas, it's virtually our only help.. Trust me on that one! Anyways.. I'm using: Mackie Onyx Satellite Firewire recording module AT2041SP, which is a studio pack containing AT2020 and AT2021 mikes. (TAKE NOTE THOSE LOOKING FOR BUDGET CONDENSERS, THESE ARE AMAZING FOR THE PRICE) Tracktion 2 P4 3.0Ghz cpu with 2.25Gb of ram old donated amplifer Some 10" Radioshack Montiors (Don't make fun) Anyways.. the problem I'm running into, is after I make a recording, and play it back, I'll have skips in the playback Not empty gaps where the sound should be, just as if i had highlighted half second fragments, and the program joined the spaces together like a scratched CD Originally I thought maybe it was the amp, as it was older, and it was just during playback, but lo and behold, after burning it, it skipped in the car too Also I have noticed when I play a file outside of recording.. say an mp3 of the upcoming Counting Crows album, or midi notes from the ear trainer on musictheory.net.. or just about anything there will be pops.. cut outs.. right at the beginnging of the playing, and occasionally during the middle.. (i use the onyx for all playback, as i have no room for a soundcard in my tower thanks to this thing http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ArcticCooling/ATISilencer5_Rev2 I tried everything i could think of.. eventually i formatted, and installed TinyXp Platinum Edition 2, in hopes that i just had too many processes built up in resident memory, as it had been a while since the last format but nope.... still clips.. been struggling for a couple months now, and any help would be appreciated as time isn't a big luxury for me.. i work full time, and i'm taking 18 credit hours (music major of course) any thoughts/suggestions?