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Keith McMillen's BopPad now available

Release Date

Out Now

Product Type

Drum pad


Keith McMillen Instruments


Laura  Barnes
Keith McMillen's BopPad now available

BopPad’s advanced architecture allows for an innovative instrument that ‘sees’ every gesture, hit, or tap.

Having successfully smashed its Kickstarter campaign goal, hardware and software developer Keith McMillen Instruments has announced the availability of the production version of BopPad.

BopPad is a USB-powered expressive electronic pad controller for drummers, percussionists, and producers alike. As such, it advances accurate hit detection via velocity, continuous radius, and pressure sensitivity.

BopPad’s advanced architecture allows for an innovative instrument that ‘sees’ every gesture, hit, or tap to truly respond to the nuances of any percussive performance.

At its core is a robust tuned elastomer surface covering a 10-inch circle of Keith McMillen Instruments’ patented Smart Fabric Sensor technology. Independently programmable Quadrants – highlighted by clearly visible guide lines on the production version – output MIDI notes, velocity, pitch bend, pressure, and location CCs (Control Changes).

Creatively, this serves to provide performers with a traditional feel and adds a dimension of expressivity, enabled further by BopPad Editor. Available as a desktop download and a web-based editor that uses new Web MIDI API technology to create and save presets from the browser. This allows each of those simultaneously-playable Quadrants to be assigned to play up to six simultaneous notes with six expressive timbre maps, meaning that BopPad can not only be played like a traditional drum by triggering a single sound from its entire surface, but building out a drum kit by assigning a different sound to each of those Quadrants.

Users can simply plug and play via USB with any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. As a class-compliant MIDI device, BopPad works with all music software. Speaking of which, with the production version of BopPad, Keith McMillen Instruments has integrated full MIDI five-pin DIN hardware compatibility courtesy of 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.

“For years we’ve been asked to make a drum pad with our patented Smart Fabric Sensor technology – a control surface that would integrate seamlessly into a standard drum kit or work perfectly on its own, so we made BopPad, the smart sensor electronic drum pad controller... time to give the drummer some,” said the company’s founder and CEO Keith McMillen.

BopPad carries an MSRP of $199.00 and is available to purchase from any authorised Keith McMillen Instruments dealer or directly from Keith McMillen Instruments.

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