Every once in a while, people ask for a good music tracker in our forums. Moonblaster is one of the most popular music trackers around for MSX. With its capability to support MSX-MUSIC and MSX-AUDIO at the same time to create a stereo effect, it saw heavy usage in the games, demos and music disks produced by the MSX scene.

Unfortunately, Moonblaster is no longer for sale. When a while back on our forums a new question where to get Moonblaster arose, this prompted us to contact Moonsoft, the makers of Moonblaster. Upon inquiry, the members of Moonsoft agreed to make Moonblaster freely available to the MSX community. So we have added it to our downloads database, and here it is: the freeware Moonblaster 1.4, the latest version, ready to use for any MSX2 or higher, with 128kB RAM and MSX-MUSIC, MSX-AUDIO or both!

The download contains the music program itself, source code for the program and the replayer, the scanned Dutch manual for version 1.3, the appendix for version 1.4 (also in Dutch) and a list of all available keyboard shortcuts in both Dutch and English. All documentation was kindly provided by MSX user The NoiseCollector.

Relevant link: Moonblaster 1.4

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Comments (25)

By hap

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03-06-2012, 16:42

Thanks (ex)Moonsoft! =)
What does this mean to the Moonblaster wave/FM MoonSound updates?

By Meits

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03-06-2012, 16:45

Ask msd... He's got that stuff...

Gonna check this MB version to see if it's anything else than either the original sector based one or the hacked file version...

By Meits

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03-06-2012, 16:46

Fun to see is that the color scheme in the screenshots are the same as my custom scheme Big smile

By wolf_

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03-06-2012, 16:54

I always used the FST color scheme .. Big smile

By Jorito

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03-06-2012, 17:06

IIRC these are the standard Moonblaster colors Smile

Not sure if what MB version was supplied, it might be the hacked version for all I know Tongue

By mars2000you

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03-06-2012, 18:19

Finally ... the end of an absurd situation ... without my personal influence ... as I had suggested it in 2006. More than 5 years lost for the official MSX Revival, Moonblaster freeware in 2006 could have been a solid argument for this revival, now it's too late and MSX Nostalgia will replace MSX Revival.

By KdL

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03-06-2012, 20:30

Unofficial MoonBlaster 1.4 Manual (italian only, sorry!)

By Meits

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03-06-2012, 20:31

MB was black with blue bars...

By Jorito

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03-06-2012, 21:12

KdL wrote:

Unofficial MoonBlaster 1.4 Manual (italian only, sorry!)

Should that one be added to the download as well, KdL?

By Meits

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03-06-2012, 21:33

I miss sample disk and music disk #1 and #2

By KdL

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03-06-2012, 21:52

@Jorito: yep!! Smile Smile Smile

By Gradius2

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04-06-2012, 02:52

Woah, I didn't even knew it wasn't for free.

Relax, I never used the program before, now I can. lol

By Huey

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04-06-2012, 09:59

Are the sources the same ones as on the MCCM CD-ROM?

If so then it's impossible to compile the code as it is missing 1 or more files Wink

By Jorito

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04-06-2012, 12:24

Yes, these are the same sources as on the MCCM CD. I bugged Sama to ask Moonsound for an update of the sources, but no news as of yet.

By Meits

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04-06-2012, 18:17

Never heard a Moonsound answer a human question either Tongue

By wolf_

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04-06-2012, 18:31

That's because there's not enough SRAM!

By leesmapman

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08-06-2012, 09:40

Hope you have fun with it. :-) After you asked me about it, I started playing around with Moonblaster again. I was surprised how much I still remember of the whole program, I haven't used it for years (I think 1997 was the last time I used it)

By remcos

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08-06-2012, 10:24

@Meits: No, the official colors were really the colors as used in these screenshots. To be honest, I didn't even remember that I made them customizable :-)

Remco Schrijvers

By Meits

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08-06-2012, 17:29

That's odd... Now my memory left me... I'm sure I didn't approve with the default colors. The red on black is typically my taste...
But ey... Then the others were right... It's good to have more than just one winner, ey Tongue

By Manuel

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09-06-2012, 11:47

I actually made a dump of my original Moonblaster 1.3 disks, which appeared to contain Moonblaster 1.4 instead. And oddly enough, there was no copy protection on it. Is that right, Remco?

By Meits

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09-06-2012, 11:57

Did you ever alter the colors?

By NYYRIKKI

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20-06-2012, 00:08

Huey wrote:

Are the sources the same ones as on the MCCM CD-ROM?

If so then it's impossible to compile the code as it is missing 1 or more files Wink

Jorito wrote:

Yes, these are the same sources as on the MCCM CD. I bugged Sama to ask Moonsound for an update of the sources, but no news as of yet.

I just downloaded today the sources and took a look... It seems that the only real problem is that the macro file (MYBIOS.GEN) is outdated. (Wrong macro names, some missing labels and macros)

I already managed to compile 99% working version (there is still some minor graphical bugs, but other than that the program seems to function correctly). I think these sources should be quite easy to fix even without help from Remco...

By Jorito

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20-06-2012, 00:28

Sounds great, NYYRIKKI! If you have a working version, please submit it to us so we can update the download!

By NYYRIKKI

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20-06-2012, 00:46

Jorito wrote:

Sounds great, NYYRIKKI! If you have a working version, please submit it to us so we can update the download!

Hmm... I'm not sure I'm allowed to do that... Even if I just fix the missing macros the resulting binary is very much different compared to original binary in DSK-file. If this means that I compile a new/modified music program, I think I'm not allowed to spread the program or sources:

Remco (readme.txt) wrote:

You are allowed to create a new music program strictly for your own use.

By anonymous

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20-06-2012, 07:59

We can ask Moonsoft if it's okay to patch the sources in such a way to make them work.