Hiroyuki Masuno

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Hiroyuki Masuno
Hiroyuki Masuno - 1.jpg
Local 増野 宏之 (ますの ひろゆき)
Born October 8, 1964
Birth Place Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases H. Masuno, Masuno, Mr. Masuno, Hiro Masuno, Kento's Group
Website jp.linkedin.com/pub/hiroyuki-masuno/20/162/475

Hiroyuki Masuno is a Japanese programmer and sound composer and was the main audio designer at Kemco. He is best known for his NES soundtracks for Deja Vu, Shadowgate, and Uninvited. Hiro started his video game music career around 1985 when he worked for Kemco as a sound composer and programmer. His first work there was to convert the music from the Commodore 64 title "Doughboy" to the Nintendo Famicom. While working at Kemco, he wrote the sound drivers and worked on the music and sound to all of their games. Since the company usually made games based on anime and television, he would arrange the original soundtracks to the Famicom. When more composers started working at Kemco, Hiroyuki started to compose less music for them and became more of a sound producer. After 10 years of working for Kemco, Hiroyuki left the company in March 1998 and started working for Compile as an executive producer. After three years working for Compile, he left and became the CEO of ICA Corporation where he programmed and translated video games. In January of 2004, Masuno started working for Zoom Inc. as a programmer and eventually became the vice president, and chief technical officer. In January 2006, he worked for Sonic Blue, working as a game designer, programmer, and sound programmer. After that, he started working for Cyclone Zero doing the same job.

Ever since April 2009, Hiroyuki Masuno has been working for Arc System Works as a game designer, programmer, and sound engineer. Hiro also worked on a game called BlazBlue, and created a program that lets players create their own music. He currently works for E4 on 0D Beat Drop and the NAX Music Player.

Music Composition


Using AMDEK (Currently ROLAND-DG)'s CMU-800 and CMU-APL (Apple II) synthesizer. The data is similar to MIDI format (CV, ST, GT and Velocity)

I created a binary conversion program and drive it on 6502A NES CPU.

Hiroyuki created MIDI-like files on an Apple II. Since the Apple II and NES used the same assembly language, it was easier to convert the files to the NES.

Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular! uses two songs from Nangoku Shirei!! Spy Vs Spy which was also composed by Masuno.

Hiroyuki rearranged Ryu Hasegawa's music for the NES/Famicom, but he is not credited for some reason.


Masuno created the sound driver and probably created a custom music macro language to go along with it. The instruments were provided by Sony, manufacturers of the SPC700 sound chip.


Released Title Sample Notes
1985-12-11 Dough Boy (FC) (ダウ・ボーイ)
1986-04-26b Spy Vs Spy (NES) (スパイVSスパイ)
1986-09-25 Space Hunter (FC) (スペースハンター)
1986-12-26 Electrician (FDS) (エレクトリシャン)
1986-12-26 Toki no Tabibito: Time Stranger (FC) (時の旅人 タイムストレンジャー) Movie Soundtrack Arranger/Sound Effects
1987-03-27 Nangoku Shirei: Spy vs. Spy II (FC) (南国指令!! スパイVSスパイⅡ)
1987-10-20 Indora no Hikari (FC) (インドラの光)
1987-12-22 Superman (NES) (スーパーマン)
1988-04-28 Desert Commander (NES) (砂漠の狐)
1988-06-27 Sanada Juu Yuushi (FC) (真田 十勇士)
1988-12-21 Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (FC) (銀河英雄伝説)
1989-09-22 Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular! (NES) (ドナルドダック)
1988-11-22 Déjà Vu (NES)
1989-02-16 The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (NES) (ロジャーラビット)
1989-03-31 Shadowgate (NES) (シャドウゲイト)
1989-07-14 Ghost Lion (NES) (ホワイトライオン伝説)
1989-09-05 The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (GB) (ミッキーマウス) Composer
1989-09-29 Uninvited (NES) (悪魔の招待状)
1989-12-01 Rescue: The Embassy Mission (NES) (ホステージ)
1990-02-23 Kiteretsu Dai Hyakka (FC) (キテレツ大百科) Sound Driver
1990-04-28 Snoopy's Magic Show (GB) (スヌーピーのマジックショー)
1990-08-03 The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout (NES) (ハッピーバースデーバッグス)
1990-09-21 North and South (NES) (ノース&サウス わくわく南北戦争)
1990-12-01 Ka-Blooey (SNES) (ボンバザル)
1991-05-24 Drakkhen (SNES) (ドラッケン)
1991-08-09 Dragon Wars (FC) (ドラゴン ウォーズ)
1992-03-27 Top Gear (SNES) (トップレーサー)
1992-05-02 Mad Magazine's Official Spy vs. Spy (GB) (とらっぱす天国)
1992-08-07 Phalanx (SNES) (ファランクス) Sound Driver
1992-09-30 Kid Klown in Night Mayor World (NES) Sound Performer
1992-09-30 Mickey Mouse III: Dream Balloons (FC) (ミッキーマウスIII 夢ふうせん) Sound Performer
1992-11-?? X-Zone (SNES) (エックス ゾーン) Sound Driver
1995-02-?? Top Gear 3000 (SNES) (プラネットチャンプ TG3000) Sound Driver
1996-12-21 The First Errand of Snoopy (GB) (スヌーピーはじめてのおつかい) Arranger
1999-01-?? Shadowgate Classic (GBC) (シャドウゲイトリターン) Original Music
1999-10-15 Déjà Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding (GBC) (ディジャヴ) Original Music

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