Hi all, I use Ubuntu Studio for recording, because of its real-time kernel, which allows for the CPU to prioritize sound recording. This way, there is no latency and the timing of recordings within Ardour (the most advanced multi-track Linux software) is perfect. If I try to record within Sony ACID or Cakewalk Sonar in Windows XP, the timing always screws up, and the latency is horrendous. The thing is, Jack is not great, at least for actual usability. It seems that more and more, Jack is acting up, and will fail while i'm recording someone. Ardour randomly shuts down without warning. Whenever i'm in the realtime kernel, Pidgin and other software become ridiculously unstable. The mixer controls, layout, and system within Ardour are not as efficient and intuitive as the ones that i've worked with on previous systems within Windows. VST effect working is beyond me. That said, I shouldn't really complain, as it's all free, and for something free, it does a good job of recording without latency issues. The realtime kernel in Ubuntu Studio compensates for my lack of proper hardware, and it works. But I want to move on to something more concrete, so I come to my question for you all. What kind of sound card should I get for recording? M-Audio cards seem to be excellent pieces of hardware, but with no drivers for newer OSes, and Creative seems to be the same. What should I be looking at? I don't want to spend more than $100; I don't care about 96KHz recording or whatnot; I just want proper hardware acceleration so that latency is not an issue. All the professionals use Mac Pros these days. I just don't have the money.