I did the same thing about 6 months ago and it\'s really an eye opener. Not having to worry about \"rewire, directconnect, directI/O\" or any of that stuff. I found that a digital connection between the giga machine and recording machine is best. I used SPDIF at first and just upgraded to 8 channels of ADAT. The signal gets recorded without having to be converted. My giga machine was a PII 400. Just make sureyou give it at least 256 meg RAM. As far as MIDI goes, I thought it would be tricky and it wasn\'t. I just treat the giga machine as if it were a hardware sampler. I bought a little midisport USB and have a connection from my \"recording/sequencer\" machine going straight into it. I never did find out if Sounddiver would work but I tend to doubt it (joke, I think). The sound card I just bought for the giga, an RME 96/8PST has so little latency that it just doesn\'t matter much about midi. I also use a second channel midi connection from my controller keyboard into the giga so I can audition patches and samples without the other machine\'s involvement. I also have Reaktor, Reason and Reality on the giga machine.