Keith McMillen Instruments today introduced the BopPad – an expressive electronic drum pad controller that offers accurate hit detection (2.4 millisecond latency), velocity, continuous radius and pressure.
The BopPad offers four independently programmable zones that output MIDI notes, velocity, pitch bend, pressure and location CCs:
KMI says that BopPad has an extremely wide dynamic range and measures strike velocity from the softest hand drumming to ‘the most brutal percussive assault’. A robust tuned elastomer surface covers a 10” circle of KMI’s Smart Sensor Fabric, combining traditional feel and expression with modern capabilities.
BopPad Editor Software
The BopPad Editor software will be available as a desktop download and iOS app. KMI is even developing a WebMIDI version, so you can design presets for BopPad from anything that runs a web browser.
BeBop Smart Sensor Technology
BopPad takes advantage of Smart Sensor Fabric Technology from BeBop Sensors, Keith McMillen’s sensor technology company. At the core of BopPad is a single large sensor made from the 8th generation of BeBop’s Smart Sensor fabric.
Pricing and Availability
KMI is funding production of the BopPad via a Kickstarter campaign. This is KMI’s third Kickstarter project, and they have already surpassed their $35,000 goal. The BopPad is available to project backers for $199.