I’m narrowing a search for a decent 88-key weighted keyboard with decent MIDI control (at least one fader, some knobs) and in the price range I’ve been looking at (about $US 1K) it’s hard to impossible to find one with aftertouch when the keys are pressed a little harder. So maybe something like Juno DS 88, or Arturia Keylab MkII, neither of which have it, but check most other boxes.
The thing is, I’m not sure whether I need keyboard aftertouch or not.
I am not a synth guy, so I don’t need to tweak cutoffs or oscillators and whatever else you smart guys do.
But I do program strings and horns (SampleTank 4, Cubase’s Halion Sonic instruments), and I’ve read it’s nice to have aftertouch for those instruments.
Any advice here please?
I’ve read that even if I don’t have keyboard aftertouch, I can still apply it live with an expression pedal or some other MIDI controller on the keyboard, or even afterwards drawing it in. Are those decent alternatives?
Thanks for any thoughts!