My son revealed to me yesterday that he's writing a song, a rap about a local hobo. He's a rap fan and has a good buddy that's an accomplished musician, but my boy has no musical performance experience beyond what he's learned in choir so far.
I'd like to encourage him in his pursuit, so for Christmas I'd like to get him some sort of music gear, preferably something he can create with on the computer so he can record it. I am completely unfamiliar with what gear he would need, although I've seen some MIDI devices that looked like fun. My max budget is $2-300. Rather than a toy, I would prefer to get him something basic to start with, then add to it later. I hate buying junk that breaks.