BopPad smart drum pad with smart fabric sensor launched via Kickstarter campaign at $199

BopPad smart drum pad

BeBop Sensors has announced the world’s most responsive BopPad smart drum pad via Kickstarter campaign at $199. Developed 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 4 independently programmable zones. These zones that output MIDI notes such as velocity, pitch bend, pressure and location for the world’s most responsive and accurate drum pad. 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-inch 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.

Commenting on the launch, BeBop Sensors CEO Keith McMillen disclosed that 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.

BopPad make use of 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 cost 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.

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Responding to media, KMI President Evan Adams said that KMI is known for our ultra-expressive synthesizer controllers. 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.

BopPad Smart Drum Pad is available for pre-order via Kickstarter campaign at an early bird offer of $199. Even though the BopPad reached its goal in just over three days, the BopPad Smart Drum Pad campaign continues to attract musicians and amateurs of all skill levels.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at