Folks, I'm about to layout some hard cash on a midi controller (axiom 25 i think) and I'm going to get some other kit which I think will be midi and usb. The thing is I've been playing around with demos of ableton live 8 and massive and they sound f'kin awful through my laptop soundcard. Reason 4 is fine, but those other two sound like they either have a stutter i.e no sound at regular 1 sec intervals and sound for the rest of the time in between; or if i play around the audio preferences it just gets distorted and sounds wrong. Its using directx or multimedia drivers and I'm guessing thats the problem and I've tried all the options without any joy. SO - i think its time for an external soundcard.? Whats the skinny on the good ones as I might have some hardware to connect and will need inputs as well. Can't go as high a price as the mbox 2 so if there's any recommended cheaper ones that can handle a few inputs that anyone knows of I'd appreciate the shout. Chars!!!