I founded Dr. T's Music Software in 1984. The Commodore 64 KCS was the first sequencer that offered event editing and open-ended composition structuring. This program evolved for many years, and eventually became Omega II, for the Atari, a sequencing packing with interactive editing, performance, and algorithmic composition features that are (to the best of my knowledge) unmatched in currently available sequencers.
I left Dr. T's in 1993, suffering from a severe case of personal burn-out, and uninterested in the direction that the company was going in.
Q. Is Dr. T's still in business? A. No.
Q. What is the latest release of KCS Omega. A. The last official release was version 5.0 in 1993. I have added a few features to my personal copy (which I call 5.11), primarily MIDI controlled variables and a rudimentary programming language that lives in the event list. I own full rights to the products -- email me for upgrade details.
Q. Is there a DOS, Windows or Mac version? A. No. One of my greatest regrets (personal and financial) is that I let our DOS/Windows project get out of hand.
Q. Are there any plans for a Windows or Mac version in the future. A. I would estimate the cost to develop and reasonably market a Windows or Mac version as being in low to mid six-figures. I see no likelihood of anyone being interested in investing that kind of money.
Q. Are there any plans for a more limited Mac or Windows program containing some of the cooler features of Omega? A Not immediately. It has been suggested that I port PVG or Open Mode to Mac or Windows. These are doable stand-alone projects, and I might be inspired at some time to take a shot at one of them. Currently, Im inclined to hold off unless I hook up with someone who has some seed money and a plausible marketing strategy.
Q. Are there commercially available sequencers for Mac/Win that contain the features of KCS Omega? A. No. There are many fine products out there, and I am not familiar with most of them. To the best of my knowledge, none of them have the speed of use and flexibility of Omega. The only music software products that I use regularly are Omega for sequencing and Deck for audio recording and editing.
Q. Are you working on new software? A. Yes. I am developing video editing plug-ins for Artel Software, makers of Boris FX.
Id like to add in closing that I much appreciate the support that I still receive from loyal users. I have some curiosity about the music people make with Omega, and if anyone cares to send me a tape (Emile Tobenfeld, Alpha Channel Productions, 405 Waltham Lexington, MA 02421-9175 I will listen to it.