Thanks Rikki for your help. I was able to resolve the distortion problem, with your help.
I still need more testing to figure out which of the soundfonts are better (SynergyGS, SGM180, or SGM128).
The drums appear to be better in SynergiGS then SGM180, but SGM180 has musc better individual instruments. The accoustic piano is not bad in SGM180.
"Hi I think your buffer size may still be too low. This is how I got mine to the correct setting. Don't know whether what I'm doing is correct, but it worked for me.
In Forte, I added Live Synth Pro & loaded my soundfont.
Audio Driver ( ASIO4All)
Then I tried various Buffer Sizes ( Custom Buffer Settings) instead of Auto. It also tells you the latency underneath for the various settings.
An easy way I could tell whether it was going to distort or not was to check a particular LED.
When you have Live Synth Pro showing, just above on the left hand side there's 3 led's
2 are showing green, the middle one should be blank ( unless you've got a sequence playing.) If it's showing green, yellow & red in stop mode. You're going to have distortion. It should only be flashing up & down when playing a sequence or whatever.
Go thru the various settings I mentioned, starting with 128 and check that led.
You can also set the ASIO control panel within Forte, it's just under the asio icon.
My new laptop & hubby's desktop both have High definition audio cards ( whatever that means) & I seem to get better latency results ( 10ms) with the WDM drivers on board. This wasn't the case with the old laptop.