Hello, and thank you in advance for helping me out! I recently got bitten by the DAW bug, I'm a long time guitar player and had some exposure to some DAW users in the past and was always interested. I have been moving pretty quickly to get on board so that I can dedicate a little bit of time every day towards a musical goal. I finally fee like I am musically mature enough to put down an album and now its time to get down to it! My first purchase was a Pro Key 88 M-Audio keyboard which I am extremely happy with. The hammer action and the vast number of nobs is really helpful for playing around with sounds. My second purchase was Acid and a crap ton of VSTs to play with. However I was saddened to learn that I couldn't record my VSTs in realtime while playing back track audio. I'm the type of musician that likes to lay down a drum track, jam with it a little on guitar and then add keyboards. Give or take any alteration of that, but generally I am the most comfortable and efficient jamming to it in real time. As in play the drum track and record keyboard over it at the same time its playing. What hardware or software should I be looking into to accomplish this? Sometime soon I would like to be interfacing a drum machine, kaos pad and probably a monome. Acid was just to get started on this, what software would best be in line with my needs and what hardware should I support those needs with? I am a one man show, so I won't need multiple inputs to record at once. But on the guitar side I'll be taking direct outs from some rack gear. Drum wise, I might buy a virtual drum set and map some VSTs\noises to it. Computer wise, right now I'm running a mid range laptop. Dedicated video card, garbage onboard sound Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53ghz 4gb ram sata drives NVIDIA onboard sound =( firewire I'm running the Pro 88 through USB which is setup through the keyboard. I would like to get by with the least I can right now while I'm learning. But recording during playback is a must for me. I don't want to deal with chopping and clipping and all that malarky. Recording the performance to me also sounds more real and organic. For me, all these new age recordings have gotten to the point that I can barely listen to most modern music. Its so sterile that its lost all its feel. Anyways, any advice would be awesome!