The last time I played an electric keyboard was probably 1992 so I'm sure the technology has changed a bit. It was a Yamaha keyboard with a 100 sound soundbank.
Am I correct in assuming that modern keyboards have internal memory and can download whatever sounds you want, and you're no longer limited to the sounds it comes preprogrammed with?
Do I need any sort of special software for that? Can I just directly connect it to Reaper for recording?
I want a Jens Johansson solo type sound, the type of ethereal sounding layers that sound awesome under a rhythm section (like the breakdown or whatever in Sonata Arctica's Don't Say a Word), and strings and choir Dimmu Borgir type stuff. Oh, and I want a pitch bender.
What sort of stuff should I be looking at?
What is the difference between keyboards? I know nothing about this so what kinds of things should I look for?
edit - in the mid 90's I played a lot with Noteworthy Composer (drag and drop notes on to a staff midi interface). Is modern keyboard recording like that at all or do you just play the part on the keyboard? Is there a staff function like that to "move" incorrect notes to where they should be? Or is it just like guitar where you record it as a .wav and if you need to change part you have to record it again?
You just need a midi controller keyboard. You interface with your DAW through MIDI, load up a VST for the sound you want, and it records the midi notes and you can go in and move them however you like.