My my that thing looks like a monster.
Bet you could pretend you are Chris Lowe all day on that
If you still want to mess around with music strip it back to basics. I went from an all singing and distracting DAW set-up to this :http://www.energy-xt.com/
The day job/life is getting in the way at the moment but when I steal 5 mins here and there, the ease of doing stuff is really cool.
It not as super DAW with tons of plugins etc.. but it let's get ideas down quick.
Try the demo see for yourself
Let me know how you get on...