I didn't ask permission to share this with the group but since he was so quick to reply candidly, I have to assume it's public knowledge, so I don't think he'd mind if I post this:
>I just won a JP-6 on eBay, and I'm pretty excited to get my hands on it.
>1. Have their been firmware updates since the release of the 1.0 manual in 2001? If so, are they documented?
There's a version 1.01 that fixes a SysEx bug.
>2. Do you have any plans to further enhance Europa?
Version 2.0 is in the release candidate stage of development.
>And are there any known bugs?
It helps to play with good timing to get the arpeggiators to play in sync. That will of course be fixed in V2.0.
>I was of the opinion that it should offer a dual (layer) mode, even despite the necessary reduction in polyphony.
I guess we read your mind - 2.0 has a layer mode. It also allows you to edit both upper & lower simultaneously, as well as seperately.
>Speaking of which, I was surprised to see no programmable split point.
The split IS programmable in V1.0 - just hold the Split 2-4 or 4-2 button, then press & release the split key.
>3. Are the archives for the mailing list available?
>4. Last question - it won't affect my purchase of Europa, but it's something I've been wondering about: is the 4- voice board wired to the main board in the same way as the 2-voice board? Would it be possible in theory, if all the parts were available, to replace the 2-voice board with another 4-voice board, and modify the firmware for 8-note polyphony, or would additional hardware mods be necessary?
They are identical in hardware. Unfortunately, it would require some non-trivial modifications to the Europa firmware to take advantage of the extra voices. At this point, I don't see that happening.
>I look forward to joining you in Europa-land.
We'll be here when you're ready!
Cool stuff. I have no idea if the version 2.0 firmware will be a paid upgrade for existing Europa users, but assuming it's not too pricey, it will likely be worth it for the new layer mode and improved arpeggiator sync.
Does anybody else have knowledge of this next version?