Zoom Corporation

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Zoom Corporation
Type Public
JASDAQ:  6694
IndustryAudio equipment
Founded1983(38 years ago) (1983)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Michihito Nozokido (president)
ProductsMulti-effects, amps, etc
Website zoomcorp.com

Zoom is a Japanese audio company that is distributed in the U.S. under the name Zoom North America, in the UK by Zoom UK Distribution Limited, and in Germany by Sound Service GmbH. Zoom produces effects pedals for guitars and basses, recording equipment, and drum machines. The company has become known for producing handheld recorders, audio for video solutions[ buzzword ], inexpensive multi-effects and builds products around its own microchip designs.



Effect processors

Guitar effect processors

Zoom 505 II Pedale multi-effets.jpg
Zoom 505 II
  • G1
  • G1X
  • G1Next
  • G1XNext
  • G1 Four
  • G1X Four
  • G1u
  • G1on
  • G1Xon
  • G2
  • G2.1u
  • G2Nu
  • G2.1Nu
  • G3/G3X
  • G5
  • G7.1ut
  • G9.2tt
  • G11
  • GFX-1
  • GFX-3
  • GFX-4
  • GFX-5
  • GFX-8
  • GM-200 [1]
  • MS-100BT
  • MS-50G
  • MS-70CDR
  • ZFX [2]
  • 503 [3]
  • 505
  • 505II
  • 508
  • 606
  • 606II
  • 707
  • 707II
  • 1010 [4]
  • 2020
  • 4040
  • 8080
  • 3000S
  • 3030
  • 4040
  • 9030
  • 9002
  • 9002 Artist's Edition
  • 9000s
  • 9050S [5]
  • 9120
  • 9150 [6]
Zoom GFX-8 Zoom GFX-8.jpg
Zoom GFX-8

At the time it was released, the GFX-8 was the flagship of the Zoom GFX series.

It has a solid steel dark green body with an opto-based pedal on the right and red LED display on the top left. It uses the Variable Architecture Modeling System (V.A.M.S) technology. [7] In general, there are three main internal modules: for drive, for modulation and for delay. The unit allows a high level of distortion customization by using specialized software. It also allows the use of external distortion. The technology used in the unit does not allow full reordering of the effects but allows some of modulation effects like wah and phaser to be connected before or after the drive module. The drive module implements dynamic related effects like compressor, overdrive, distortion and fuzz. After the drive module, the noise gate module called ZNR (ZOOM Noise Reduction) is connected, followed by a parametric equalizer (presence, treble, middle, bass). The amp simulation module is connected next and allows various types of guitar amplifier simulations. The modulation module implements effects like wah, phaser, chorus, ring modulator, tremolo, vibrato, flanger and pitch shifter. The delay module is used to implement delay and reverb effects. Effects that require high processing power use modulation and delay module together. One such effect is the jam play effect, which allows, for example, a guitar player to play a rhythm guitar part and then play a solo part over it. The unit design is oriented toward ease of use by providing more knobs than usually found on such units, thus making the unit look more like a chain of effect boxes instead of the typical effect processor with a "few knobs many functions" type design. The unit has mature MIDI capabilities, allowing both control from an external sequencer or using the unit as a MIDI controller. The MIDI OUT can be configured to act as MIDI THRU.

Bass guitar effect processors

  • 708II
  • 607
  • 506
  • 506II
  • B1
  • B1x
  • B1on
  • B1Xon
  • B2
  • B2.1u
  • B3
  • B3n
  • B9.1ut
  • MS-60B

Acoustic guitar effect processors

  • 504
  • 504II
  • A2
  • A2.1u
  • A3

Studio rack mountable effect processors

  • RFX-2200 [8]
  • RFX-2000 [9]
  • RFX-1100 [8]
  • RFX-1000 [9]
  • Zoom Studio 1201 [10]
  • Zoom Studio 1202 [11]
  • Zoom Studio 1204 [12]
  • 9010
  • 9200

Digital recorders

Portable digital audio recorder Zoom H2 (2010), for multiple-hour recordings with a sampling rate of up to 96 kilohertz with an audio bit depth of up to 24 bits Zoom.H2.jpg
Portable digital audio recorder Zoom H2 (2010), for multiple-hour recordings with a sampling rate of up to 96 kilohertz with an audio bit depth of up to 24 bits

Rhythm machines

a Zoom ARQ AR-48 being used

Guitar amplifiers

Audio interfaces

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