The Pneumatic Practice Pad

Sheffield, Eric and O’Modhrain, Sile and Gould, Michael and Gillespie, Brent

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The Pneumatic Practice Pad is a commercially available 10” practice pad that has been modified to allow for tension changes in a matter of seconds using a small electric air pump. In this paper, we examine the rebound characteristics of the Pneumatic Practice Pad at various pressure presets and compare them to a sample of acoustic drums. We also review subjective feedback from participants in a playing test.