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Sega Corporation
Founded 1940
Headquarters Ota, Tokyo, Japan

The Sega Corporation is one of the largest video game companies in the world. They are known for the creation of the Sega Master System, Genesis, Saturn, Dreamcast, and arcade machines. They are also known for their Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Harrier, and other games series.


Music Development


The composers wrote their music using a sound driver by Kazuhiko Nagai.


Each division of Sega had different ways of creating music and sound effects.

For Sega of America, the composers used a piece of software called GEMS.

For Sega of Japan, the composers wrote their music on a PC-98 which was converted to Sega of Japan's sound engine. There were three different types of sound drivers at Sega Japan. The first version was programmed by Kazuhiko Nagai. Then Tokuhiko Uwabo programmed the second version, which utilized Z80. The third version was programmed by Hiroshi Kubota which used 68000 and Z80. This sound engine was used primarily for Sonic the Hedgehog. The fourth and final version was written by Yoshiaki Kashima, being based on Hiroshi's sound driver. To utilize these drivers, the composers wrote in Music Macro Language on a PC-9801 computer. Then the music was assembled on the Genesis for playback.

Audio Personnel