Samson Technologies was founded in 1980, when a couple guys started designing and manufacturing low-cost 49 MHz wireless microphone and instrument systems in the back room of a music store.
The original wireless products offered reliability at prices unheard of at the time. These systems were quickly accepted by performers and musicians at every level of the music industry. It would prove to be the beginning of what was to become one of the most significant professional audio technologies of our times.
Over the years, Samson has pioneered a number of technical breakthroughs in wireless such as the incorporation of dbx Noise Reduction, synthesized wireless with selectable frequencies, the first 19" rack-mount receiver, Microprocessor-controlled True Diversity (dual receiver) designs and cost-effective UHF wireless for live sound applications, system contracting and video.
Samson also was the first company to introduce micro-transmitter wireless systems that don't require belt packs: The Airline System.
Expanding its scope in the mid eighties, Samson moved into its current role as manufacturer and distributor for a wide range of popular product lines.
The first company to come aboard was Hartke Systems, an innovative American bass amp and cabinet manufacturer known for their unique aluminum cone drivers. Samson Technologies is now the exclusive world-wide distributor of Hartke amplifiers, cabinets, combos and bass guitars.
In 1992 Samson successfully launched its Audio division, with a rapidly expanding line of products that now includes mixers, digital and analog signal processors, power amplifiers, microphones, powered mixers, graphic equalizers, PA Speaker systems, studio monitors, headphones, racklight/power distribution systems, and more. Like everything Samson makes, all of these products have had immediate impact on the MI market, thanks to exceptional features, sonic performance and reasonable prices.
An association with Zoom in 1993 represented another major step forward for the company. Zoom, the highly regarded Japanese manufacturer of digital signal processors, first sent shock waves through the music products industry with its breakthrough ultra-compact 9002 guitar multi-effects unit.
This successful partnership has led to a wide-ranging line of instrument multi-effect processors like the 500 Series and the hugely successful Zoom 606 Guitar and 607 Bass effects pedals. More recently Zoom has also taken the home recording world by storm with their MRS Series of digital multi-track recorders.