For years now, I've been using an old squeaky (literally) Ensoniq TS-12 as my MIDI controller. It's damn heavy, some of the keys squeak, it has no knobs or dials, nothing that can send MIDI CC signals..just pitch bend and mod. I'm looking to ditch this thing and buy a keyboard more suitable for working with Giga and other sampler engines.
Requirements: If it could be lighter than this TS-12, that would be good, but not a requirement since it's not like I'm moving my keyboard around every week. Weighted keys...hmm.. this is a tough one. I believe my TS-12 is semi-weighted, and I like it. Sometimes the semi-weight can lead to finger fatigue depending on what I'm playing, but it feels more solid. The unweighted synth-type keys I'm not to keen on, and I find it more difficult to achieve softer keypresses on them. If anyone has some decent arguments in favor of semi-weighted AND in favor of unweighted, I'd like to hear them.
Other than that, it would be nice if it had wheels out the wazoo. I like the action of wheels compared to faders and sticks. I find that the wheels have a much higher precision and aren't as touchy, but knobs and faders are OK too.
Any recommendations, based on all this info? Oh, I almost forgot.. 88-key is out of the question. I live in a pretty cramped space, so 76-key is the max I can deal with at this point in time.
Thanks in advance!
PS: Is there any advantage to a USB controller vs. a standard MIDI one? I don't care either way, whichever is more reliable and effective.