Sample rack Triggers/Switches constant velocity??

1). basically I want 1 channel to trigger without a velocity effect. (ie) no matter how hard/soft I hit the drum, the sample volume is at the same level?

2). I want to trigger 3 other channels with samples but again no velocity, rather a contact switch the when stepped on triggers sample, is there a mechanism or device to do this?

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  • Hello,

    Thanks for posting! While the Sample Rack is discontinued and information is limited, I'll be happy to help!

    If you want 1 channel to trigger at a constant volume, you'll want to create a Velocity Layer

    A Velocity Layer allows you to load up to 2 samples (or Layers, as they're referred to) per trigger input. The 2 Layers are referred to as A and B and they can only be accessed if you are using samples from a SD card (Loc: Card). You can select a velocity range setting (shown as Vel: 000-127) for each of these layers, so that each sample will only play when a trigger is struck with that velocity amount. If multiple layers are set to the same velocity range on a trigger, they will both play at the same time when the pad is struck.

    To assign a sound to one of the layers of a pad:

    1. Move the cursor to the Sample Location parameter by pressing the Cursor Up and Cursor Down buttons.
    2. Use the Cursor Left or Cursor Right buttons to set the Sample Location to LOC:CARD.
    3. Move the cursor to the Layer parameter by pressing the Cursor Up or Cursor Down buttons.
    4. Use the Cursor Left or Cursor Right buttons to select the layer that you would like to configure.
    5. Move the cursor to the "Vel:" parameter by pressing the Cursor Up or Cursor Down buttons.
    6. Use the Cursor Left or Cursor Right buttons to adjust the velocity range to configure when the sample assigned to this layer should play.
    7. Move the cursor to the Sample Name parameter by pressing the Cursor Up or Cursor Down buttons.
    8. Use the Cursor Left or Cursor Right buttons to browse the SD card and select the sample that you would like to assign to this layer. 


    As far as your second question is concerned, I'm not aware of a device that allows you to trigger more than two channels at a time. This might be something to address with your local music retailer.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!
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  • Bill, I'm kinda curious if the Sample Rack will be retired early?
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  • Added to Bill, Sample Rack allow you to have 2 layers sound on each ZONE (not only per pad), this is means, 2 sound for the HEAD A+ B and 2 sound for the RIM A+B....for the hihat even more layers full open to close.
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  • It's weird that is discontinued, I contacted my local store and they told me, they did not receive any call from Alesis to drop the price like it normally should..
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