if i get a regular piano keyboard that has midi capibilities can i use it with a daw such as Fl Studios?
After doing some further research i found that that people with the particular casio I mentioned were able to connect to there computers through its midi connection but were unable to transfer files to fl studios. I would like to get this particular keyboard instead of the MIDI because I think it would be easier for a starter like me to learn with something such as the cassio, but i dont know. If anyone would care to shed there views over the learning curve on MIDI keyboard it would be appreciated.
In order to record / playback MIDI in DAW, you have to have both MIDI IN and MIDI OUT connection established. In case of the USB interface, the bus usually provides both, but with traditional MIDI setup, you have to connect both MIDI IN and OUT on your hardware to the computer using the MIDI interface.
When it comes to music production, a good MIDI controller keyboard is of utmost importance. For me personally, as a pianist, the quality of the keys itself is crucial. Most of the controllers have semi-weighted keys, which provide better resistance / response than the ones found on the most of the cheaper keyboards and synths, but they are still not fully-weighted, to simulate the feel of the real piano.
For playing back or recording MIDI inside the DAW you only need MIDI OUT from the keyboard to the MIDI IN on the PC. You don't need both. You only need MIDI OUT from the PC to MIDI IN on the keyboard if you want to play the sounds on the keyboard (that's why most midi controllers don't even have MIDI IN).
I don't know where weighted keys start on their current lineup. We have a Yamaha full size. To my limited experience the keys feel pretty similar to a Yamaha grand piano, and distinctly different than a Steinway. So the family resemblance carries more weight than one being electronic.