My favorite sequencer program is 'Power Tracks', which at $49 (U.S.)...is the most reasonable, full featured program. Version 9 is amazing...you can make 'harmony' parts to your singing, automaticly.. (and correct the pitch of your singing). It allows you to mix midi and audio data.
I also use 'Cakewalk Express Gold Ver.6'(it came with my sound card bundle). I like it for the 'piano roll' editor.
A 'free' audio recording program (NOT MIDI)..is 'Audacity' ...download at: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Version 3 is really nice...lots of features. You would use this one to record the Casio tones, from the Casio headphone jack to the 'line in' of the sound card.
On your other trouble...how are you doing? I have more things for you to check, if you are still having trouble. Like:
1. With a new version of windows...it is possible that you didn't get the 'full' multimedia driver set loaded. You can fix this in the 'control pannel/ add-remove programs/ windows' then click 'off, then on', on the 'multimedia' box ...insert the windows disk...and it will load the whole driver set.
2. You may have the 'midi' slider turned down, or not enabled (so that the sound card can 'recieve' midi data). This is found in the soundcard volume controls (the RECORD screen)
3. If you want to use the 'B25' sounds...you want that program's 'input' driver selected..for your 'output' (another words the 'output' side of the midi driver selection). This is different than having the Casio play midi files from the computer. You are playing notes on the Casio, and 'hearing' the 'B52' sounds on the computer speakers.
Keep me posted
[This message has been edited by Jim Wintringham (edited 10-29-2004).]