After listening to all the conversations here, I went out this week & got Wizooverb 2 & 5.1 on sale and Sonar 7 PE.
Now all I have to do is learn how to use them wisely.
I'm still going to have to at least start in notation (NO keyboard skills) but now I can do all my tweaking and do my "mixing"--such as it may be--in Sonar.
I have some downtime before school starts the spring term, and I will be knee-deep in tutorials, so I may post less frequently (thank heaven for small favors) for a while.
All words of wisdom accepted with gratitude...