OK, I just tried my suggested workaround of ‘stacking kits’ in the full version of Groove Agent 4 to get more than 8 velocity layers…
On a quick try I discovered that I can’t set the lowest velocity level of the first sample zone of a pad, or the highest velocity of the last sample zone of a pad. There might be a way to unlock this, but I have not found it yet.
Meanwhile, it is still possible to get more than 8 layers (Up to 26 velocity zones) by putting muted dummy samples in the bottom and top slots of kits that need them to offset the bottom and top samples.
Here is an example work around for around 12 velocity zones.
Kit 1 on Pad C1
Zone 1 - Vel = 0-10
Zone 2 - Vel = 11-20
Zone 3 - Vel = 21-30
Zone 4 - Vel = 31-40
Zone 5 - Vel = 41-50
Zone 6 - Vel = 51-60
Zone 7 - Vel = 61-70
Zone 8 - Vel = 71-127 (Make this a really short silent dummy sample)
Kit 2 on Pad C1 (set to same MIDI channel as Kit 1)
Zone 1 - Vel = 0-70 (Make this a really short silent dummy sample)
Zone 2 - Vel = 71-80
Zone 3 - Vel = 81-90
Zone 4 - Vel = 91-100
Zone 5 - Vel = 101-110
Zone 6 - Vel = 111-120
Zone 7 - Vel = 121-127
On the dummy sample thing. If you don’t have a short silent sample handy, you could just load up any small sample you have, trim it down to just a couple of samples, and pull the gain way down until it’s not audible. That should do the trick.
I’ve also included a really small Dummy.wav file as an attachment to this post you can grab from here:
Dummy.zip (166 Bytes)
It’s just 2 samples of silence in MONO at 44.1khz.
Alternatively, if your kit only has a few pieces with this many velocity zones, and you do not want to ‘stack kits’, you could do this over different pads in the same kit. Simply ‘remap’ the trigger for the second pad in some out of the way pad bank to have the same trigger note:
To remap Agent instruments you’ll first click “User Hardware Control Mapping” icon at the bottom GA4’s virtual MPC pad.
Using this remapping method you could get way more than 26 layers/zones.