Zaxcom was founded in 1986 by Glenn Sanders. He started Zaxcom after working in post-production and seeing the need for a piece of equipment to create a more efficient workflow, so he created the first TBC System (Time Base Control System) used for video editing. The TBC System became an industry staple and won the Emmy for outstanding achievement in Engineering Development in 1989-90.
The company then took a different course and began making gear for the professional audio industry. In 1992, Zaxcom introduced their first full feature digital audio mixer for post-production, the DMX1000. In 1995, the 6-channel digital mixer, Arria, was introduced. Arria was expanded in 1998, becoming the Arria HD, an 8-channel expandable digital audio mixer specifically for high definition edit suites and live applications.