This is not a question about what type toy keyboard a beginning piano student should learn on if a real piano is not an option. I am talking about professional quality keyboards in the above (to well above) $1000.00 U.S. range.
I have seen many professional keyboard players who prefer the non-weighted type keyboards over the weighted hammer acoustic piano type feel - even on their digital pianos.
I am wondering if there are practical advantages for the non weighted or semi-weighted velocity sensitive type keyboard (organ type feel) vs. the full weighted hammer style (real piano type feel).
I own both types, but seem to gravitate towards the weighted hammer action, perhaps because there was always an acoustic piano in my home growing up and I got used to playing that. But my Yamaha digital piano (with 88 weighted keys) does not have all the synth sounds that my other keyboard has.
But is it just a matter of personal preference - or are there some things that are easier to do on a non-weighted hammer keyboard?
I am considering the purchase of a keyboard that I can use for recording (in-home studio for my personal work) as well as on stage for live performance. In other words, both a work-station keyboard and a stage keyboard. More likely a synthesizer that can play piano sounds - but also all the other sounds I could use. It seems that most synthesizer's have the non-weighted style keyboard feel. There must be a reason.
If there are decided advantages for the non-weighted vs hammer action keys, I could certainly learn to like that type better.
I am NOT asking for specific recommendations for which keyboard to get. I am only trying to decide if I might be better served with a non weighted type keyboard (even though I would have to learn to like it).