Despite overwhelming support for OMS (Open Music System) from within the industry, Gibson Musical Instruments is trying to push GIMCS at the expense of OMS, its supporters claim.
Supporters attended NAMM 2000, Los Angeles in early February hoping to convince OMS owner Gibson to clarify its position over the product. OMS has become the de facto industry standard for Mac-based MIDI music. We reported, its questionable fate in early February.
The SaveOMS/SOS Vision campaign, which has collected 3,628 signatures in support of OMS, claims: "Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO, Gibson Musical Instruments, met with at least one distributor and one major manufacturer at the show to discuss the future of Opcode products. But reportedly there was no change in Gibson's position - no announcements were made about either OMS or Vision, leaving the question of future development unanswered."
Gibson refused to talk with a large number of distributors, companies, reporters and users who wanted to meet with Juszkiewicz at NAMM 2000 to find out more. Macworld’s own attempts to seek clarification have also met with stony silence. No announcements were made at the show, and industry people remain in doubt about the future of the standard.
Developers expressed great interest in ensuring OMS continues to work with Apple's recently announced Mac OS X. The majority of companies in the music industry use OMS in some way, and many, including Yamaha and DigiDesign are worried about the standard’s future development.
Messages of support have reached the campaign from a wide group of supporters, including: Glasgow City Council Education Committee, NBC, Red Hat Software, Blue Oyster Cult, Digidesign, Emagic and countless universities, music, video and production studio representatives.
In the meantime, Gibson has not stated its position regarding the product, preferring to promote its own code GMICS as the industry standard. With these actions Gibson is affecting those developers who might choose to support its emerging standard, and ignoring its own ownership of an existing and popular standard, OMS supporters claim. The campaign continues.
In associated news, Doug Wyatt, the original developer of the OMS program has begun working in the QuickTime engineering group at Apple.