A2 – The Music Studio

The Music Studio for the Apple IIgs

The Music Studio is a music composition software for the Apple IIGS that was first released between the end of 1986 and the beginning of 1987.

Armed with nothing more than the original program binary, I decided to make an unofficial update of this program nearly 35 years after its first release!

In version 2.0.2 I was able to fix most of the major, annoying bugs. The digitized instruments support was also improved, providing better interchangeability with popular Apple IIgs sound editing programs. The splash screen of the program was converted to 256 colors, and the intro song was given better sounding instruments!

Version 2.0.3 is yet another unofficial release of The Music Studio, with bug fixes and improvements. But the most sought-after addition is a new disk with songs that were composed by the original musicians of The Music Studio team, back in the ’80s. Porting those songs from the Atari and Amiga was a long but pleasant journey that occupied my spare time during 2022. There are some pretty catchy tunes, and I really hope that you will enjoy them.

NOTE: version 2.0.2 was a Prerelease and, as such, it’s not recommended to use it.


This software has been tested on both Apple IIgs ROM01 and ROM03, and also using a ZipGSX accelerator.

It also runs on most emulators (MAME, KEGS, GSplus, GSport, xgs) but a real Apple IIgs is highly recommended for best audio quality.

The Music Studio 2.0.3:

Floppy images (.2mg)
HD image (.PO)
Release Notes

Released in Dec, 2022

The Music Studio 2.0.2:

Floppy images (.2mg)
Release Notes

Released in Dec, 2021

The following sample videos were shot using a smartphone, just to show the program running.


THIS SOFTWARE is a Derivative Work, which has not been endorsed, supported or authorized in any way by the Copyright Owners of the original 'AudioLight Music Studio 2.0' software (hereby referred to as 'THE ORIGINAL SOFTWARE'). I'm not making ANY PROFIT out of it, nor I authorize anyone to sell or to make any other kind of profit out of THIS SOFTWARE. It's also prohibited to download and keep THIS SOFTWARE on your computer if you do not own a legal copy of THE ORIGINAL SOFTWARE.
The Copyright Owners of THE ORIGINAL SOFTWARE may at any time request the removal of THIS SOFTWARE from the public domain sites on which it will be made available.
As THIS SOFTWARE is a Derivative Work that is not made for profit, and that is not endorsed in any way by the Copyright Owners of THE ORIGINAL SOFTWARE, you must accept that the Copyright Owners of THE ORIGINAL SOFTWARE cannot be liable for any direct or indirect damage caused by the use of THIS SOFTWARE, and therefore you acknowledge to use THIS SOFTWARE at own your risk.