Controller specialist Keith McMillen Instruments has taken to Kickstarter once again to seek funding for BopPad, a new 'smart' fabric drum pad.
Designed for drummers, percussionists and producers, this promises accurate hit detection (a latency figure of 2.4 milliseconds is quoted) and is velocity- and pressure-sensitive, while also offering continuous radius control. BopPad's surface can be divided into quarters, making it possible to assign four different sounds for kit-style playing, and can be hit with sticks or your hands.
The 10-inch pad is said to have a traditional feel and offer plenty of scope for expression, with its small size and light weight meaning meaning that you can stick it in a bag and take it anywhere. It hooks up to your PC, Mac or iOS device over USB, and settings can be made in the BopPad Editor software. There are also plans to support the Web MIDI and Web Audio APIs, opening up the possibility of linking BopPad to your web browser.
Find out more on the BopPad Kickstarter page. As we write, Limited numbers of the $150 Super Early Bird Pledge option are available - this gets you the device at the lowest possible price - but there are also $175 Early Bird and $199 standard options if you miss that.