You can use the software without the pedal. The software is an emulation of the pedal. We merge the midi tracks, because the pedal only handles 1 128 note midi channel. So, what we do is build “drum kits” that contain drums + bass, +, many times, something else. For example, we keep the basic drum kit in the General Midi range, 35 through 59. Sometimes we keep the Latin pieces up to 72, and some kit makers use the full GM kit up to 82? I usually put the bass at 0 to 31, with a range of C1 to G3. Others use 62 through 91 for the bass. I assign keys to, for example, 60 through 96, and use 97 through 127 for horns or strings, or something else.