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Sometimes browsing the drum portals can bring you to the amazing discoveries. Today we have discovered a BopPad, the drumming pad/synthesizer made of “intelligent” fabric sensor. it’s out for quite some time, but we have to admit that we have no clue of its existence. We want to repair that mistake and describe this marvellous device for you!

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 4 independently programmable zones that output MIDI notes: velocity, pitch bend, pressure and location for the world’s most responsive and accurate drum pad.

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.

KMI President Evan Adams says, “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.”

Now take a look at the BopPad in action. It’s really great tool!