Basically I'm looking at either the M-Audio KeyRig 49 or the Alesis Q49, or the M-Audio Oxygen 49 or the Alesis QX49.
The first two are basically just MIDI controllers with basic controls and pitch/modulation wheels, and the second two are the same but with a bunch of sliders and knobs.
I'm sure those are useful if you're doing techno or dubstep and need to modify waveforms on the fly, but for non-electronic types of music, are they still helpful?
Basically do you think if i get a basic keyboard, in the future will I wish I had bought the move advanced one?
Also I hear M-Audio keyboards don't play nicely with Windows 7 so I'm leaning more toward the Alesis. $150 is about my maximum budget. I suppose if I only need a basic keyboard, for that price I can get an Alesis Q61 instead or maybe stretch it to an M-Audio Keystation 61es.
Guitar Center has a $15 off $75 or more coupon through the 18th so I want to make my decision in the next day
I have an Axiom 61:
[VIDEO]http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Axiom-61-Controller-2nd/dp/B003V3C5Z6/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1355681600&sr=1-2&keywords=61+key+axiom]Amazon.com: M-Audio Axiom 61 Advanced 61-Key USB MIDI Controller, 2nd Gen: Musical Instruments[/VIDEO]
And while I never use the sliders/knobs on it for anything, the biggest difference between these and the cheaper ones (like the Keystation) is that the Axiom has semi-weighted keys. Keyboards without them feel lousy (especially to actual keys players), but if you're just looking to poke in the occasional MIDI beat or something you probably won't care. I bought a basic one and ended up upgrading.