Allen Coppock

Vintage Synthesizer Restoration


Roland Jupiter 6 Europa Update / Mod

Where to begin? There's just so much. Synthcom's Europa Mod gives it an up-to-date and comprehensive MIDI implementation like you'd expect out of a synth today. All parameters are controllable via Continuous Controller or SysEx. Europa also features an extensive arpeggiator which will sync to MIDI clock with programmable clock divisors and rhythms, and has about 50 more playback variations than the JP-6's original Up, Down, Up/Down, and Down/Up. A Europacized Jupiter-6 is a thoroughly modern synth with a classic sound.
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As soon as Mar 25, 2020

What does it include?

What you get from the Europa mod
  • Additional arpeggiator modes
  • Additional arpeggiator synchronization sources
  • Send and receive MIDI continuous controllers
  • Send and receive presets/patches via MIDI
  • Europa firmware updates via MIDI
  • Patches/presets stored in flash
  • Additional voice assignment modes
  • Board state retention
  • Configurable MIDI channel
  • Random patch generator
  • Improved user interface
  • Circular oscillator sync
  • Oscillators independently disableable
  • Additional hardware diagnostics
  • Voice watch
  • MIDI Activity monitor
  • Glide time and Unison detune stored separately for split modes
  • Foot pedal adaptation
  • Patch edit compare
  • Assignable MIDI messages (pitch bend, mod wheel, etc)
  • Factory settings restoration
  • Local mode control
What you get from SynthSpa
  • Free shipping both ways
  • Cost of the Europa kit ($199)
  • Installation of the Europa kit
  • Lighted bender upgrade
  • Colored LED upgrade (your choice of color)

Why is it important?

  • Europa now remembers the state of all of the Jupiter 6's settings even after power down. If you're in the middle of editing a patch and you power down, the board will be in the same state when it was powered off! This, of course, is only possible if the memory protect switch is not on, as the board's current settings are stored in the onboard controller's NVRAM.
  • Most versions of Roland's firmware for the Jupiter 6 did not allow changing of the MIDI channel. Europa allows this and retains this setting even after power off.
  • VCO 1 And VCO 2 's waveforms can be enabled and disabled individually without having to hold down multiple buttons. Many people didn't know that more than one waveform could be enabled because Roland's interface wasn't set up this way!

Additional notes

  • The Europa operating system can be updated by way of the MIDI interface from any Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh based personal computers. No need to open the board! Source code for the update utility is available so it may be ported to any platform.

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