Background System Info:
I have a M-Audio Delta 1010LT soundcard.
A 2.6 ghz Core 2 Duo Processor and 4 GB of ram.
I have a very small Behringer Eurorack UB1002 mixer.
I have a M-Audio Axiom 25 midi controller.
I am running my microphone to the "Line 1" plug to my mixer. And then, I am running RCA wires from the "Tape Out" plugs (L and R) on my mixer to the analog "input" plugs on my Delta 1010LT soundcard. With this setup, I can send my vocals to Cubase and create audio tracks.
Additionally, I am running RCA wires from my soundcard's "output" plugs into the "Tape in" plugs on my mixer. I, then can plug headphones into my mixer so that I can monitor the vocals that I send into Cubase at real time.
I can hear my vocals when I am monitoring what I send into the program, but when I press play to hear what I have recorded, I hear nothing. Also, I plugged my midi controller (Axiom 25) directly into my soundcard using midi cables (from the midi controller's "output" to the soundcard's midi "input"). I can create midi tracks and I can actually see the steps that are being created, but when I press play to hear what I have recorded, I hear nothing.
I cannot hear anything from this program and I know I am missing some components.
Please recommend how I can fix my setup so that I can hear what I am recording.
Please advise as to what products I need to buy (such as monitors, power amps, etc) so that I can have the correct home studio setup without any drawbacks and what additional equipment I need to add just to have a basic studio to learn and practice from.
I thank every member for his or her time and effort in this situation and all input is greatly appreciated.