I use Garritan libraries in both Finale 2010 and sonar. I don't want a keyboard MIDI controller with weighted keys. How important is it to have one with
(a) Velocity Sensitive Keys and
Keyboards I've been looking at within my budget such as the M-Audio Oxygen 61 V3 does not have weighted keys but neither does it have Velocity Sensitive Keys or Aftertouch?. Instead it includes an array of assignable sliders and swithes which, personally, I would have no use for.
Edit: The above does have velocity sensitive keys. With apologies.
For a little less money there is the M-Audio Keystation 61es which does have velocity sensitive keys but not aftertouch and minimum sliders and switches. However, this does have semi-weighted keys. I don't want weighted keys so I'm unsure about the semi-weighted keys on this.
It seems that I would have to pay almost double for a keyboard such as the Edirol PCR 800 which has both Velocity Sensitive unweighted Keys and Aftertouch. This also has loads of switches, sliders and pads; things I don't need nor would use.
So my choices seem to be:
Choice 1. (Edited - Velocity Sensitive keys Correction)
For: Within my budget, has unweighted keys. Does have velocity sensitive keys.
Against: No Aftertouch, unwanted sliders and switches.
For: Within my budget, has Velocity Sensitive Keys, minimum sliders and switches.
Against: Without Aftertouch, has semi-weighted keys (not sure if this is really an 'against' or not).
For: Has Velocity Sensitive Keys and Aftertouch, unweighted keys.
Against: Presently outside my budget, has unwanted sliders and switches.
So how important is the aftertouch feature on a keyboard and without it on a keyboard is this easily managed separately within a sequencer?
Can anyone suggest any other options or offer any other advice or suggestions?