It sounds like going through the quick start guide might help you indeed
Anyway, let’s see if we can get that latency down to a workable level. Just to be sure, you’re listening to headphones connected to the headphone output on the samson mic right?
I don’t know if the microphone came with its own ASIO driver? If not, download ASIO4All and use it instead of whichever driver Cubase decided to use for your microphone. ASIO4all is a great universal driver that works for nearly every device and performs much better than the inbuilt generic drivers. (Note that audio interfaces that come with their own ASIO driver are always preferred, but ASIO4all is usually a decent 2nd option)
In cubase go to devices–>device setup–>VST audio system and select ASIO4all there (or your Samson driver if it did come with a driver). Then go to it’s control panel (there should be a button to it if you go to the sub-menu of VST audio system with the name of the driver). In the control panel, find the buffer-size setting, and set the buffer-size as low as it allows.
Now try recording again. Your latency should be insignificantly low now, but you’ll probably hear pops and clicks (unless you have a very stable system). Go back to the control panel and increase the buffer size until you can safely record without pops/clicks.
You’ll probably be able to record vocals quite well at a buffersize of say 128bits, maybe lower if you’re lucky
As for the instrument tracks, it’s a bit hard to see what you’re doing wrong as it could be many things. If you see audio meters moving in halion sonic that’s a good start.
I’m guessing that your problem is with your output bus assignments. (do this part after you completed the first part of my post about drivers btw).
Press F4 to open the VST connections window. Here you can assign to which physical outputs the virtual outputs of Cubase are routed. You’ll want to select the stereo output on your microphone as main output, which means all audio from Cubase will come out of the headphone jack on the microphone.
If that wasn’t it let me know and we’ll dig a little deeper