Hardware and software developer Keith McMillen Instruments has announced availability of the BopPad, their smart sensor electronic drum pad controller.
BopPad is a USB-powered expressive electronic pad controller for drummers, percussionists, and producers. The controller 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 (control changes). KMI says that BopPad’s architecture allows the instrument to ‘see’ every gesture, hit, or tap, measuring strike velocity from the soft hand drumming to vigorous ‘brutal percussive assault’.
This new video showcases the expressive capabilities of BopPad:
A sturdy tuned elastomer surface covers a 10” circle of KMI’s Smart Sensor Fabric, combining traditional feel and expression with modern capabilities. This video humorously demonstrates the “sturdiness” of the instrument:
A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for BopPad was announced in summer 2016, was funded, and blew through its stretch goal before the campaign wrapped up.
With the production version of BopPad, Keith McMillen Instruments has integrated full MIDI five-pin DIN hardware compatibility via its own MIDI Expander, enabling BopPad to be used in a standalone capacity with external drum machines, hardware synths, or rack effects by providing power and connectivity.
Pricing and availability. BopPad retails for $199 USD and is available to purchase from authorized Keith McMillen Instruments dealers or directly from KMI via their webstore.
More information about BopPad is on the Keith McMillen Instruments website.