Thanks for all this comprehensive information. Sharing your knowledge is extremely generous and I will say you may have saved me $$ at a maximum and many online hours at minimum. I will look here for tips on disabling unnecessary applications that may help deliver me a dedicated VST that I can use with drummless music etc. I still feel there is something going on with my system that is slowing it or creating a bottleneck but I won't belabor this point here.
Thanks so much
Ignorant Newb-the following is in a state of flux. TD-6/TD-3 "Stacked" modules. PD-85BK Snare, FD-7 HH Pedal/CY-8, 2 CY-8 Crash/Ride,4-Alesis RealHead Toms with Pearl Muffle Head Mesh conversion, VST-AD, Behringer headphone amp, Audiophile 192 PCI card.