Tsukasa Masuko

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Tsukasa Masuko
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Local 増子 司 (ますこ つかさ)
Born 1963-04-03
Birth Place Ashibetsu-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases Dosanko Masuko, Mac, Macco, まっこ (Makko), マッコちゃん (Makko-chan), すけるとん (Skelton), Skeleton, M's Factory, Matsuko-chan, Toshichan Zama, Totsu Mas, Tukasa Macco
Website www014.upp.so-net.ne.jp/tsukasa-masuko/index.html

Tsukasa Masuko (known by his alias Macco) is a Japanese composer, sound designer and sound programmer known for his work with Atlus. In 1982, he graduated from Ahibetsu High School and in 1984, he graduated the Japan Electronics College. He currently lives with his wife in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan.

Tsukasa started working on video games at Tecmo around 1984. There, he scored the music to many of their arcade and NES games. During the development of Mighty Bomb Jack, Tsukasa left the company and Michiharu Hasuya finished up the music. After Tsukasa left Tecmo, he went to work for Atlus and was a composer, sound designer and programmer there. When Hirohiko Takayama started working for Atlus, Tsukasa started to do less music for them.

Some of Masuko's notable works are the Shin Megami Tensei games, The Karate Kid, Kwirk, Bio Senshi Dan, and many others.

Music Composition


Tsukasa originally programmed his own sound driver in 6502 assembly and later upgraded it to use the triangle channel and the noise channel together to create better drum sounds, making his NES music sound very similar to the Follins' NES music. His driver was used many times by Hirohiko Takayama and once by Hidehito Aoki. His driver also used by Kenji Eno.

His driver was also one of the very few to take advantage of the NAMCO163 technology, and furthermore was the only one to use all eight of its sound channels. According to Masuko, it wasn't much of a problem implementing it into his sound engine.

The music was written in the traditional way, in 6502 assembly using hexadecimal numbers.


Released Title Sample Notes
1984-??-?? Bomb Jack (ARC) (ボンブジャック)
1984-??-?? Star Force (ARC) (スターフォース)
1985-??-?? Pinball Action (ARC) (ピンボールアクション)
1985-??-?? Tehkan World Cup (ARC)
1986-??-?? Rygar (ARC) (アルゴスの戦士)
1986-04-24 Mighty Bomb Jack (NES) (マイティ ボン ジャック)
1986-11-06 Ginga Denshou: Galaxy Odyssey (FDS) (銀河伝承)
1986-12-26 Arkanoid (NES) (アルカノイド)
Arranged Hisayoshi Ogura's music.
1987-01-07 Labyrinth: Maze of the Goblin King (FC)
Original music and arranged the soundtrack by Trevor Jones and David Bowie.
1987-05-19 Seiken Psycho Caliber (ARC)
1987-09-11 Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei (FC) (デジタル・デビル物語 女神転生)
1987-09-22 Bio Senshi Dan: Increaser tono Tatakai (FC) (バイオ戦士ダン インクリーザーとの戦い)
1987-11-?? Gotcha! The Sport! (NES) Sound Driver
1987-11-?? The Karate Kid (NES) With Hirohiko Takayama.
1988-02-?? T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage (NES)
1988-04-?? Major League Baseball (NES)
1988-08-26 Xexyz (NES) (亀の恩返し・ウラシマ伝説) Sound Driver
1988-09-27 Erika to Satoru no Yume Bouken (FC) (えりかとさとるの夢冒険) Sound Driver
1988-12-09 King of Kings (FC) (キングオブキングス) Sound Driver
1989-02-?? Friday the 13th (NES)
Sound Driver
1989-03-04 Dungeon Explorer (TG16) (ダンジョン エクスプローラー)
1989-03-31 Kyuukyoku Tiger (PCE) (究極タイガ)
1989-09-?? NFL Football (NES) Sound Driver
1989-11-17 Wrath of the Black Manta (NES) (忍者COPサイゾウ) Composer?/Sound Driver
1989-11-24 Kwirk (GB) (パズルボーイ)
1989-12-15 Bonk's Adventure (TG16) (PC原人)
1989-12-22 TM Network: Live in Power Bowl (FC) (ライブインパワーボウル) Sound Driver
1989-12-?? Shinobi (NES) Arranger?/Sound Driver
1990-04-06 Digital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei II (FC) (デジタル・デビル物語 女神転生II)
1990-05-25 Maniac Pro-Wrestling: Ashita e no Tatakai (PCE) (マニアック プロレス 明日への闘い") Sound Director
1990-06-08 Cosmo Tank (GB) (コズモタンク)
1990-06-22 Battle Fleet (FC) (バトルフリート)
1990-07-27 Bikkuriman World: Gekitou Sei Senshi (FC) (ビックリマン・ワード 激闘 聖戦士) Sound Driver
1990-08-10 Parallel World (FC) (ぱられるワールド) Sound Driver
1990-09-07 Legendary Axe II (TG16) Special Thanks
1990-10-09 Jantei Monogatari (TGCD) (雀偵物語)
1990-11-02 CrossFire (FC) (クロスファイヤー) Composer?/Sound Driver
1990-11-16 Puzzle Boys (FDS) (パズルボーイズ) Sound Driver
1990-12-14 Magical Doropie (FC) (まじかるキッズどろぴー) Sound Driver
1991-01-?? The Krion Conquest (NES) Sound Driver
1991-01-25 Spud's Adventure (GB) (突撃ばれいしょんず) Sound Driver
1991-03-29 CrossFire (GEN) (スーパーエアーウルフ)
1991-04-05 Rockin' Kats (NES) (ニューヨークニャンキーズ)
1991-04-05 Quiz Marugoto the World (TGCD)
1991-08-02 Amazing Tater (GB) (パズルボーイⅡ) Sound Driver
1991-10-25 Time Zone (FC) (たいむゾーン) Sound Driver
1991-12-25 Wacky Races (NES) (チキチキマシン猛レース) Sound Driver
1992-??-?? BlaZeon (ARC)
1992-02-28 Jantei Monogatari 2: Uchu Tantei Divan - Shutsudo-hen (TGCD) (雀物語2 宇宙探偵ディバン出動篇)
1992-03-27 Quiz Marugoto the World II: Time Machine ni Onegai! (TGCD) Sound Advisor
1992-04-24 Jantei Monogatari 2: Uchu Tantei Divan - Kanketsu-hen (TGCD) (雀偵物語2 宇宙探偵ディバン完結編)
1992-06-26 Little Samson (NES) (聖鈴伝説リックル) Sound Driver
1992-10-30 Shin Megami Tensei (SFC) (真女神転生)
1992-12-04 Chiisana Obake: Acchi Socchi Kocchi (FC) (ちいさなおばけ: アッチ ソッチ コッチ)
1992-12-04 Tecmo World Cup Super Soccer (ROM2) (テクモワールドカップ スーパーサッカー) Sound Programming
1993-03-26 Dungeon Explorer II (TGCD) (ダンジョンエクスプローラーⅡ) PSG Sound
1993-07-30 Uchuu no Kishi: Tekkaman Blade (SFC) (宇宙の騎士 テッカマンブレード)
1993-09-?? Super Widget (SNES) Sound Program
1994-01-28 Majin Tensei (SFC) (魔神転生) Special Thanks
1994-03-04 Kabuki Rocks (SFC)
1994-03-18 Shin Megami Tensei II (SFC) (真女神転生II)
1994-04-28 Nontan to Issho: Kuru Kuru Puzzle (GB) (ノンタンといっしょ くるくるぱずる)
1994-10-28 Shin Megami Tensei if... (SFC) (真女神転生If...)
1994-11-25 Nontan to Issho: Kuru Kuru Puzzle (SFC) (ノンタンといっしょ くるくるぱずる)
1994-??-?? Time Diver: Eon Man (NES) (Time Diver Avenger / タイム ダイバー:永劫マン)
1995-02-10 Jammes (SFC)
1995-03-31 Kyūyaku Megami Tensei: Megami Tensei I ・II (SFC) (旧約女神転生)
1995-07-07 Caravan Shooting Collection (SFC)
1995-10-27 Crystal Beans: From Dungeon Explorer (SFC) (クリスタルビーンズ from ダンジョンエクスプローラー)
1995-12-15 Seijuu Maden Beasts & Blades (SFC)
1995-12-25 Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner (SS) (真・女神転生デビルサマナー)
1996-12-13 ZeiramZone (PS1)
1996-12-20 Galeoz (PS1)
1997-04-04 Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku (PC98) (偽典・女神転生 東京黙示録)
1997-11-13 Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (SS) (デビルサマナー ソウル ハッカーズ)
1998-06-01 Quest 64 (N64) Sound Programmer
1998-12-03 Godzilla Trading Battle (PS1)
1999-04-08 Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (PS1) (デビルサマナー ソウル ハッカーズ)
1999-06-24 Animal Breeder 3 (GBC)
2000-02-11 Goraku Ou Tango! (GBC) (語楽王 TANGO!)
2000-10-26 Reikoku: Ikeda Kizoku Shinrei Kenkyuujo (PS1)
2001-02-22 Bokan Go Go Go (PS1)
2001-12-07 Magical Vacation (GBA)
2002-11-28 The Sniper 2 (PS2) (SIMPLE2000シリーズ Vol.16 THE スナイパー2 ~悪夢の銃弾~)
2003-08-29 Sword of Mana (GBA) (新約 聖剣伝説) Sound Program and Sound Effects
2006-02-23 Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner (PSP) (モンスターキングダム・ジュエルサモナー)
2006-06-22 Magical Starsign (NDS) (マジカルバケーション 5つの星がならぶとき)
2007-03-08 Heroes of Mana (NDS) Sound Data and Sound Effects
2008-01-31 Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX) Music Arrangment
2008-09-04 Blue Dragon Plus (NDS) Audio Engineer
2009-04-29 Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans (NDS)
2014-11-21 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U) (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Wii U) Music Arrangement
2016-06-23 The Caligula Effect (PSV) (カリギュラ)
Unreleased Happily Ever After (NES)
Sound Driver

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