Will Calhoun Plays BopPad
Everyone gets a BopPad mount! You have been so generous in your support of our BopPad campaign that we are going to give everyone who has backed us a FREE custom mounting basket along with their BopPad. Thanks again. - Keith
Stretch Goal Unlocked! We reached $100,000 and will be able to integrate full MIDI 5 Pin Din hardware compatibility with our MIDI Expander to use BopPad with external drum machines, hardware synths or rack effects!
BopPad - Expressive Smart Drum Pad
BopPad is the expressive electronic drum pad for drummers, percussionists and producers. BopPad gives you accurate hit detection (2.4 millisecond latency), velocity, continuous radius and pressure. Four independently programmable zones output MIDI notes, velocity, pitch bend, pressure and location CCs.
BopPad has an extremely wide dynamic range and measures strike velocity from the softest hand drumming to the most brutal percussive assault. A robust tuned elastomer surface covers a 10” circle of our patented Smart Sensor Fabric to give you traditional feel and a new dimension of expressivity.
BopPad can also operate as a conventional practice pad with a realistic feel and portable, lightweight design.
Artists Love BopPad
We were able to send prototype BopPads out to some incredible artists to get their insight and impressions. We're continuing to work with the best drummers to fine-tune BopPad's performance; stay tuned for updates!
"The BopPad just works. It has a great amount of useable sensitivity and control."
- Dan the Automator (producer, Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, Dr. Octagon)
“You can only play a drum a few ways, and BopPad allows you to take that skill set and play drums in a way you’re never played before.”
- Alex Swain (drummer w/ Deltron 3030, Dan the Automator)
"With the ability to play six notes at a time in addition to six mod lines for expression, the BopPad is a fantastic addition to the world of percussion controllers!"
- Amy Knoles (percussionist, LA Philharmonic, CalArts)
KMI works with the world's greatest artists and performers, check out a list of our endorsing artists on the KMI Artists Page.
BopPad Editor Software
The BopPad Editor software will be available as a desktop download and iOS app, but for ultimate accessibility we're also developing a WebMIDI app so you can design presets for BopPad from a web browser. We're big fans of the Web MIDI and Web Audio APIs, check out our website for more tutorials if you're interested in making music in your browser!
Smart Sensor Technology
BopPad takes advantage of Smart Sensor Fabric Technology from BeBop Sensors, a leading supplier of fabric sensors & winner of the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation award. At the core of BopPad is a single large sensor made from the 8th generation of BeBop's Smart Sensor fabric. BeBop develops sensors for OEM clients in Automotive, Sports & Fitness, Safety and Consumer Wellness.
BopPad is the first product to come out of KMI Labs, the R&D division of Keith McMillen Instruments. We've been hard at work researching and developing innovative new technologies for the world's next generation of musical instruments.
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Risks and challenges
Many of the challenges in making BopPad have already been tackled. We have refined our sensor technology to a point where BopPad can respond equally well to playing with hands or sticks. We have put highly functional prototypes in the hands of professional drummers and received an abundance of feedback that has helped us dial in the final design.
The funds we're raising with this Kickstarter campaign are for scaling up our working prototype units to full production—paying for tooling, materials, and assembly in large quantities. While there are always hiccups in the process of taking a product from prototype to manufacturing in large quantities, the Keith McMillen Instruments team has eight years of experience delivering high quality products to draw from in order to help us over those hurdles. We know more now than ever before about how to manufacture musical instruments on a large scale.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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