I have been trying to get this system to work properly now - haven't had a chance to do it full-time because of work, etc - but I just seem to be digging a deeper hole. MIDI just kind of all hangs and "echoes" like a piano with the sustain pedal stuck down (horror-movie kind of ringing of all strings), or it has a very long delay in it. Also, I can't get audio output. When I try to run Kontakt 4 standalone, I can't access the audio settings: it just says "M-Audio ASIO driver", but then doesn't show a sample rate, and just displays "Stopped" in this other box. Also doesn't show latency, just ????? instead. Things must be REALLY screwed up. Why can't we just go back to the analog days - when we knew things actually worked - instead of all this technological annoyance that only produces error messages instead of music? I did put in a second hard drive to store projects on (that is, if I can ever just make music instead of having a fight with the equipment every time), and the next time I decide I want to be frustrated some more, I am going to dump everything out and reinstall it. After that, I'm not sure.