Apologies if there's a thread....but I just wanted to say I picked up one of these the other day and it's outstanding
Very interested in this myself - let us know what you think!I'll post a pic shortly....its wafer thin so it actually works quite well/quietly sitting flat on a desk or if playing hand perc type stuff, placed on the knees.
The mount itself is solid and fits on am 8mm thread.
Yeah it really is. I just spent 4 hours using it to trigger a synth and it put down patterns that I could never play on keys.Thanks for the pics. At $199 it seems like a no-brainer. Nice!
I just started looking into getting a new drum controller to play parts unquantized. I was thinking of the BopPad, but not sure it's the best way to go. Thank you for your review as it's the only one I've read that was of any use. Knowing it's not quite sensitive enough for finger playing is a big minus. Still useable, but I wasn't planning on using sticks or mallets.So I got my Bop Pad.
Let me start this by saying that I've been playing percussion instruments on and off all my life (djembe, bongo, conga, darbouka, tabla, frame drum, etc). I'm the kind of guy that is using everything around as a percussion instrument. For example I tap little rhythms in the car steering wheel while waiting for the traffic light.
My first impression is that it's less sensitive than I expected for finger drumming. To get to 127 velocity you really need to hit the thing very hard with all your hand so it's almost impossible to do it with a finger. I feel like to get all the velocity range from the pad I have to play as if I was playing a djembe, although I was expecting the bop pad to be more like a frame drum / bodhran.
It's certainly possible to play with your fingers but you only get about 30% of the velocity range and the pad won't trigger lighter touches. It seems very difficult to know which light touches will be triggered so it's just safer to play harder. The editor allows you to set velocity curves and change the sensitivity setting which can alleviate this lack of range but it doesn't change the fact that this is an instrument better played with sticks/mallets.
This is so far my only negative aspect of it and it's not a deal breaker. You can be very expressive playing with your hand instead of your fingers or you can use sticks/mallets. Since the QuNeo is much smaller I suspect this is the reason @gregh is not happy with it.
Radial detection is awesome.
After touch detection (or pressure as they call it) is precise, but unless you keep a firm pressure on the pad it's very easy to retrigger a note on event. The bop pad does not behave like a touch sensitive surface if this is what you are expecting.
Build quality is excellent. The device is light and feels very solid, perfect for playing on your lap. My only minor gripe is that the manufacturer used a micro USB port (probably to keep the device thin) which feels flimsy. I would not feel comfortable using the bop pad for concerts and such.
As for the editor it's a really good piece of software. It's easy to use, everything is customisable, and it runs great in macOS. I can change settings while running Logic and it takes a second or so to upload the configuration to the device.
I will try to upload a video if time permits to show everything I've mentioned here.
Woah this got really long. Don't hesitate to ask questions!