I got a new toy with the Guitar Center card my inlaws gave me! It's an Akai Mini MkII MIDI controller. I'd been wanting one of these for a while and watching youtube videos seeing them as a powerful production tool with the drum pads and responsive keys and programmable knobs. And about 2 hours after plugging it in, installing software, and watching tutorial videos, I finally got it to make a sound! I have a steep learning curve ahead of me, but I think I'm going to have some fun with this. I also picked up a USB interface to plug my bass into my computer and a cheap mic, so I can start doing better quality recordings than I'd been doing on my ipad! I'll take any advice I can get on software and plugins (for Windows).