Animation / action layers??

Helloo… its been a while since i posted here, not been using blender so much recently.
Anyways, I was just wondering if theres any way to assign animation layers , without using the NLA system, NLA seems a bit overkill for what I need.

if there’s no inbuilt method of doing this. how about Addons… are there any addons which will perform this functionality.

Specifically I need to be able to layer keyframes for armatures, to say, have a walk cycle keyframed on one “action layer” and then another “action layer” to tweak this first animation. with cumilative keyframes for each so suprimpose the animation… and perhaps a UI to manage the layers in a similar way to how MAYA does things.

and if, on the off–chance, theres no such addon , and no such inbuilt functionality… can someone point me to a clear concise set of tutorias or instructions for the NLA editor… I really should learn to use that thing at some point.

thanks in advance. :slight_smile: