Ok, Ive been trying to record stuph for a while now... yeah, I know, another one of those, in any case, I would dearly appreciate some simple and straight forward advice on some VERY basic recording issues. I have a computer... and I would like this to be THE tool in my music production. I also have software to go with it, I have both Cubase and Cakewalk and at the moment I'm swaying towards the Cakewald direction... it seems a bit simpler. I also have 2 Mics; both Shure, one SM58 and some other one. I have plenty guitar equipment, including a guitar (duh) a multi effects box and a PA system don't ask). I can get my hands on a keyboard with midi functionality too. Apart from patience and excessive time, this is all I have and I would like to be able to produce reasonable sounding stuff with just this... unless this is not possible. Now I can plug my guitar and mics into the computer and record sounds in that manner, so what I really need help with is this whole intimidating MIDI thing. Now I've read some of the basic stuff from tweakheadz and get the feeling that I need a synth patch box or something of the sort to run my midi signal through to apply sound effects to. Do I really need this hardware? What kind of software does one use for this? Does Cakewalk have a build in plugin to apply audio to midi signal? Basically what I'm asking is whether I can simply install Cakewalk over Win XP, whack in a keyboard and be able to produce and edit descent sounding stuff without all this hardware. Another major concern for me is drumming. I am a drummer myself and have a drum kit too. Ive tried recording these with my 2 measly Mics with dismal results, so I really need to program midi drum patterns. Does Cakewalk come with something to program drums with? Do they sound good? And can one apply commands such as velocity? Any help would be greatly appreciated.