I'm using a Lexicon Alpha interface with Cubase LE5 and haven't had any issues with ASIO lag before but it's currently giving me quite the trouble to the point where you can't make out anything playing back or monitored. I've only got seven tracks open and only playing back two while recording a third but the ASIO time usage keeps maxing out, even if nothing is playing. How do I bring that time usage down so I can keep working?
I have Cubase AI4 and the ASIO drivers that come with it aren't that great. Downloading ASIO4All fixed all of my problems.
..I was watching my death.
Usually you'll use the ASIO drivers that come with your interface - not the ones that come with any software.

Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.