New Video: BopPad Smart Drum Pad with smart fabric sensor available via Kickstarter campaign at $199

BopPad Smart Drum Pad

BopPad Smart Drum Pad is now available via a Kickstarter campaign at $199. The company has released a new video, which demonstrates the new features of the drum pad.

BopPad Smart Drum Pad make use of largest smart fabric sensor to accurately detect drum hits, velocity, radius and pressure at a speed of 2.4 milliseconds for more dynamic, expressive drum performances and recordings. The drum pad has been developed jointly by BeBop Sensors and Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) in a bid to create world’s most responsive and accurate drum pad.

BopPad Smart Drum Pad is exclusively designed for drummers, percussionists, and producers. BopPad has an extremely wide dynamic range,which has the ability to sense 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. This gives drummers a traditional feel combined with a whole new dimension of expressiveness for more dynamic drumming in performances and recordings.

BopPad uses continuous piece of smart fabric

BopPad make use of a continuous piece of smart fabric divided into multiple zones. Actually, these zones are responsive to continuous pressure and location. This will in turn makes BopPad not only expressive but also affordable.

Priced at $199, BopPad 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 have never played before
Alex Swain (drummer, Deltron 3030) and Dan the Automator (producer, Deltron 3030, Gorillaz)

Commenting on the launch of BopPad, 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.

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Responding to media queries, KMI President Evan Adams revealed that his company is known for 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 particular problem in a unique way.

BopPad pricing and availability

Available via a Kickstarter campaign at $199, BopPad has already reached its goal in just over three days. The instrument continues to attract musicians and amateurs of all skill levels. The current price is highly discounted. With only just 10 days left for the campaign to end, there are 440 backers and $95,332 pledged out of $35,000 goal.

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