MSU-1 ROM Hack Brings Symphonic CD Soundtrack To Super Nintendo Classic ‘Chrono Trigger’

Chrono-Trigger-MSU-1-ROM-HackNo matter how old the hardware may be, the Super Nintendo is capable of producing some absolutely stunning sounds and melodies. Of the many titles utilising this powerful audio range, Chrono Trigger’s soundtrack is often regarded as holding some of the best 16-bit compositions ever made. In an attempt to expand this game’s music, ROM hackers have implemented the homebrew MSU-1 chip into the game to provide CD quality tunes over the original.

While you could argue the 1995 classic needs no modifications whatsoever, the MSU-1 chip simply gives us another avenue to experience what made Squaresoft’s RPG so great. The team behind this creation have decided to do the original justice by replacing the game’s soundtrack with Blake Robinson’s atmospheric Chrono Trigger Symphony Vol 1.

Those interested in enjoying this music expansion will need to have a legally obtained Chrono Trigger ROM file and have purchased the Chrono Trigger Symphony Vol 1. Once the MSU-1 ROM hack has been applied to the game (full instructions can be found within the download), the CD quality audio can then be enjoyed either on the original hardware using the SD2SNES flash cartridge, or via the Super Nintendo emulators BSNES and higan.

Chrono Trigger (MSU-1 ROM Hack) Trailer

Link: Download Chrono Trigger MSU-1 CD Audio Patch



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(Link to this comment) kmksoulja 2015-09-28 00:43
I cant make that make_music_pack .bat file work at all. It keeps telling me this!

(Link to this comment) hydr0x 2015-09-28 07:16
Looks like you're missing the audio files. As the readme of the hack says, you have to buy these:

"1. Buy Chrono Symphony album in FLAC format ( Extract them all to a folder."
(Link to this comment) polyh3dron 2016-03-26 01:33
My issue is that I can't seem to find a working binary of the wav2msu ustility. The readme links to the GitHub repository where the source code is, but there's no binary there and I'm not very well versed in the whole compiling thing. The one binary I could find of wav2msu uses completely different command line syntax and therefore the batch file does not work with it.

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