BeBop Sensors, the leader in smart fabric sensor technology, has announced the world’s most responsive smart drum pad: BopPad. Created in collaboration with BeBop Sensors and Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) musical instrument company, BopPad smart drum pad employs the world’s largest smart fabric sensor to create a uniquely expressive and accurate electronic drum pad for drummers, percussionists, and producers. BopPad interprets any style of percussion playing, providing accurate hit detection, velocity, continuous radius and pressure at a speed of 2.4 milliseconds with four independently programmable zones that output MIDI notes: velocity, pitch bend, pressure and location for the world’s most responsive and accurate drum pad.
Most people think that drums are all the same, but the world of drumming includes many styles, including timpani, tabla, trap set, tubular bells, and more. Prior to BopPad, drum pads for controlling synthesis were limited to sensing a simple stick hit. BopPad has an extremely wide dynamic range, sensing all styles and pressures of drumming, from delicate finger strikes to full-on aggressive mallet assaults. BopPad’s robust tuned elastomer surface covers a 10” circle of BeBop Sensors’ patented Smart Sensor fabric, giving drummers a traditional feel combined with a whole new dimension of expressiveness for more dynamic drumming in performances and recordings.
BopPad uses a continuous piece of smart fabric divided into multiple zones that are responsive to continuous pressure and location, making BopPad expressive as well as affordable. With a list price of $199, BopPad costs much less than the drums it replaces and is an easy and affordable way to add an electronic element to your kit without the mechanical and lifeless drum sounds that often accompany electronic music.
“You can only play a drum a few ways, but BopPad allows you to take that skill set and play drums in a way you’ve never played before.”
“You can only play a drum a few ways, but BopPad allows you to take that skill set and play drums in a way you’ve never played before,” says Alex Swain (drummer, Deltron 3030) and Dan the Automator (producer, Deltron 3030, Gorillaz).
“BeBop needed a way to test its Generation 8 Smart Sensor Fabric in a large format and satisfying the needs of percussionists while surviving the repetitive hits seemed like a great product idea,” states BeBop Sensors CEO Keith McMillen.
“KMI is known for our ultra-expressive synthesizer controllers,” claims KMI President Evan Adams. “Many artists complain that electronic music is mechanical and lifeless, but that is due to the interface between the musician and computer. If the synth controller can only turn a sound off and on, it will never sound natural. BopPad solves this problem.”
KMI created a Kickstarter campaign for BopPad that has already reached its goal in just over three days and continues to attract musicians and amateurs of all skill levels. Priced at $199, BopPad is available on Kickstarter with early bird discounted pricing.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.