Ayako Saso

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This page is about the commission artist Ayako Saso, who goes under the alias sampling masters AYA. For the beatmania IIDX composer that goes under the name Aya, please see Aya Sakuma. For the pop'n music vocalist of a similar name, please see Ayako Masuda.

Ayako Saso

Ayako Saso

Artist Information


Ayako Saso is a veteran composer in the video game industry, being a part of NAMCO's sound team from 1990 to 1996 and being involved in several game series such as RIDGE RACER and TEKKEN. After she left NAMCO, she continued to work as a freelance artist, composing for several other games released by NAMCO, ARIKA, and CAPCOM. She works closely with Shinji Hosoe and Nobuyoshi Sano as a member of the SuperSweep, Manikyua-Dan, and sampling masters units. While she's skilled in rave and hardcore techno like Hosoe, she has an affinity for breakbeats and even disco, often composing such genres.


  • Saso has also appeared in TAITO's GROOVE COASTER series, ARIKA's rhythm game Pitapat Beat, BANDAI NAMCO's 太鼓の達人 series, and SEGA's CHUNITHM series.


  • sampling masters AYA


Song Artist Game Genre
Wow Wow 70's sampling masters AYA beatmania IIDX 6th style DISCO
one or eight sampling masters AYA beatmania IIDX 9th style HARDCORE RAVE
Debtty Daddy sampling masters AYA beatmania IIDX 10th style ETHNO HARDCORE
45 rotations Sampling masters AYA DanceDanceRevolution Classroom Edition -
Sprite's dance Sampling masters AYA DanceDanceRevolution Pocket Edition -
VOX RUSH 青龍×sampling masters MEGA & sampling masters AYA jubeat plus ROTTERDAM RAVE