Hey guys, just wanted to recommend a bang for the buck keyboard if you're just getting by with the controller you have. Enter the M-audio Keystation 88es ($200!).
It's no surpsise that with all the flexibility these sample libraries give us that a good controller is of high importance. Well, I had severly neglected that by using a Roland A-37 that only had 76 keys, and a combined pitch bend/modulation "joystick" that left very little room for expression on the modulation. Not only did I have to do a lot of reparing of expression, but a lot of keyswitches were just out of reach of my keyboard causing me to have to scroll on the mini keyboard sampler window to access them.
Well, I stumbled across the M-audio for $200 and can't tell you how pleased I am with the purchase. I will say that they keys are a little springy feeling and take a little getting used to (I'd still use my 88 weighted for piano), but for everything else, it has made life a LOT easier. Plus, it is USB powered so it's one less power suplly I am having to deal with. It doesn't go deep in other areas (aftertouch and more comprehensive midi controlling), but if you're having to break flow as I was to repair controller events, keyswitches, and just need all 88...this is the way to go! Plus, I really like the "return to zero" of the pitchbend...it is very quick, but doesn't snap too hard.
With all that said, if $200 isn't too big of a deal, it is worth the gain in workflow. I was able to get it at Guitar Center for $199 (with tax included!)