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Keith McMillen looking for funding for BopPad MIDI drum controller

Laura  Barnes
Keith McMillen looking for funding for BopPad MIDI drum controller

Keith McMillen Instruments has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to help scale up its drum pad production.

KMI claims its BopPad is the most advanced electronic drum pad controller ever conceived.

As the first product to come out of KMI Labs, the R&D division of Keith McMillen Instruments, BopPad is an expressive electronic drum pad for drummers, percussionists, and producers.

“It advances accurate hit detection via velocity, continuous radius, and pressure sensitivity with a p.d.q. (pretty damn quick) playing surface to die for,” said the firm.
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It has an impressive 2.4 millisecond latency and can be split into four independently programmable zones – outputting MIDI notes, velocity, bend, pressure, and location CCs (Control Changes).

The BopPad Editor software — which will be available as a desktop download and iOS app — allows those zones 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 area.

“The BopPad is the ultimate MIDI drum pad controller, providing a thrilling amount of sensitivity, control, and flexibility, whether playing with hands, fingers, sticks, or mallets. It’s great for the beginner looking to unleash their inner groove or seasoned pro demanding the most advanced control surface to take their kit to the next level,” commented founder & CEO Keith McMillen.

“Our instruments are made out of a smart fabric I started developing over eight years ago. This fabric is at the heart of all of our products and we’re constantly refining the process. We’ve been able to get a super-sensitive response and wide dynamic range, making it the perfect sensor for a percussive controller.”

Find out more about the Kickstarter campaign for Keith McMillen Instruments’ BopPad at

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