So I was really thinking about getting the E-MU 1212M PCIe. I don't have a load of money to spend, and I don't really care much about the MAJOR details cause my ears are f*#@ed from playing drums and not wearing ear plugs.. Annnyway, I was looking for a card with ASIO (I have a X-fi xtreme audio pcie now, P O S stupid ass buy on my part, when using my USB condenser with my buffer set way low, I get this weird digital screeching noise, Matrix style.. I'm guessing it's because i'm using asio4all..) I need Midi input (for slate triggering) and a digital input (my preamp has Digital Out so I wanna take advantage of that.. I'm using my line in now) I think all of my problems would be cured by having a card that actually has ASIO drivers and not emulated ones.. Anyone think the card is a good choice? also, since I have to remove my xtreme audio, will this still function as a regular soundcard if I connect the 2 stereo outs to my monitors? If anyone knows of any others with the same features in the same price range.. I can't see a external soundcard being faster than a PCIe card. I have a Boss GS-10 effects unit that I use as a preamp for my amp / mic setup. I get the digital noise with any USB device I use for audio. my pc is triple core AMD, 3gb ram, running win 7 32 bit.