Zoom Shares Traded On Tokyo Exchange
...in which we will build upon our success in the development of sound processing, and our continuation to expand with new and original products for the wider market of audio and video content creation,” said co-founder and CEO Masa Iijima. For the most recent fiscal year, the company had revenues of ¥5.969 billion ($53.7 million) and operating income of ¥220 million ($1.9 million). Total assets stood at ¥6.10 billion ($59.6 million).
Founded in Tokyo’s Akihabara district in 1983, Zoom started as a third-party developer, supplying digital signal processing technology for other manufacturers. Seven years later, the company introduced its own proprietary DSP technology, which eventually led to the creation of the highly successful 9002 Multi-Effects Processor for guitar.
The popular Zoom Player series of guitar effects was launched in 1994, along with the Zoom Studio series, which continue to be found in the racks of many musicians today. The following year, the Zoom 500 series of footpedals was introduced, including the 506 bass pedal and the extraordinarily popular 505 guitar pedal, one of best-selling multi-effects pedal of all time.
In 2006 Zoom redefined portable audio and video with the release of the H4 Handy Recorder. The hand held, battery-powered H4 offered an onboard X/Y stereo microphone, the ability to record up to four tracks of 96/24 audio directly to SD card in either WAV or MP3 format, and built-in effects. A smaller Handy Recorder, the H2, was released in 2007, followed by the H4n in 2009. All became top sellers worldwide. In 2013, the third-generation H6 Handy Recorder was announced—a six-track recorder which offers a slew of advanced features, including a system of interchangeable microphone capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera.
In recent years, the Zoom brand has expanded its popularity beyond musicians to include sound designers and video makers. The company recently introduced its line of professional field recorders, the F8 and F4, used in sound recording for film and broadcast.
The goal of Zoom CEO Masahiro Iijima is to create new products that allow artists to freely express their ideas yet are accessible to anyone, from amateurs to professionals. He said, “It’s not just having advanced technological skills but also the sense and desire to employ them creatively and imaginatively.”
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