ah Dayewalker... isajera seems to think otherwise... she sez that recompiling the kernel weeds out the linux sheep from the goats...
oh yea... and to be more constructive, did u do a:
before the make menuconfig?
apparently i found that if u did that, they take off a lot of options for the make menuconfig stage... might have taken off the sound stuff. perhaps u could go in and check it.
my experiences are limited, so i might be saying something redundant. just trying to cover the bases.