I am shopping for a new keyboard, and I was wondering if I have to have a velocity sensitive keyboard. I don't use velocity in music production most of the time, and I already have a velocity sensitive electric piano I use for playing regular pieces of music, and practicing piano. Tips? P.S. Do I have to have at least 61 keys?
No, but you can always edit most velocity sensitive midi controllers to have zero sensitivity anyway. I do that since I only use it to compose. As for the number of keys, it depends on how many instruments you write for and if you have auto octave displacement or not. Having 5 octaves is nice for writing for guitar and bass.
'Required'? No. I like to use one because I can play into certain software with more 'emotion' than I could without. But I know lots of composers switch the velocity sensitivity off (as do I sometimes).