To my surprise, things went quickly last night! JACK is working (hooray for black magic) and I managed to get a synth and a drum machine hooked to a (really sweet) sequencer, which was then patched into Ardour. Long story short, I recorded music! Was it especially good music? Well, that's not really the point.
The point is that my studio looks awesome. The candles are there because I found out last night that my new IKEA lamp didn't come with any bulbs. Grrr.