None of my (2) keyboards have velocity or aftertouch, and I really miss it. ( one of my keyboards is a Korg Poly61M, 1st generation midi cira-early 80's... midi ch 1 only, 4 channel polyphonic.. what a dinosaur!). Also, you will need an midi-soundcard interface. I don't know how much they cost, or even where to get them because I made my own for about $10 in basic parts. I agree with what Philippe said, pitchbend is nice and it is very dependant on the soundcard type and driver. I wouldn't worry about the number of keys too much, until you become a better keyboard player, IMHO. On another note, I am developing a SBLive Midi add-on driver for the R5. I got midi-out working already, and am working on midi-in. I'm not sure how both drivers setting interrupt registers is going to work out. If you have an SBLive and want to try midi-out let me know and I will send you the driver to try. Greg Crain gsc70@xxxxxxxxxxx > The "nicest" was the $300 Yamaha DGX-200, which is a 76 key touch >sensitive keyboard with many voices, songs, a pitch bend wheel, and >other niceties. There also was the $200 Yamaha PSR-290, which is much >like the DGX-200, except it only has 61 keys and no pitch bend wheel. >They also had some really simple ones for around $100 (but they still >had MIDI in and outs.) I'm sure these are all far from professional >quality, but for now I don't need that.