After seeing a similar drum pad like the Drumeo practice pad, upon seeing this one I was very interested in seeing how this one would be.
Coming through the post this comes with a canvas bag, a sheet from Anika with a really great exercise for this pad, and of course the pad itself. It's weighty which was already a good sign for me.
The main pad had a very nice bounce to it, the feedback from the stick hitting it felt like I was hitting a snare head. The thickness here really helps it have that feel. Volume-wise it's not so indifferent as a regular pad you've used.
The red spots allow you to hit notes accented at a higher volume and are also a very nice addition if you want to work on the exercises Anika sends you with this pad. I quite like this especially because it has a nice higher-pitch sound which has a nice punch no matter how hard or lightly you hit it.
The top-muffle area is also a nice addition to the pad if you are simply wanting to practice ghost-notes or even just mess around with some rudiments on all areas of the pads. However, my only gripe with this is that the material seems too light so I feel like if I hit a stroke at a medium-volume stick height I feel like I'm hitting past the muffle and into the wood itself. The same can be said for the backside which the whole backside is this muffle material. I would change this to be more resistant and maybe denser felt so that it really does make it for better quiet playing. With that being, it can be managed by just playing more lightly!
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this and would recommend this to anyone who wants more 'features' out of their drum pad. Good job Anika and Meinl!