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  Pioneer EFX-500  Digital DJ-Effects Processor

Submitted by Lead  Flag on 13-04-2003 18:33
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Gearbase product details : Pioneer DJ EFX-500-R

Next Level DJ Effector

Pioneer has launched an all-new effects box. Designed from a DJ-perspective and with the feel of an instrument, the EFX-500 is guaranteed to make your mixes more dynamic.

With a comprehensive range of beat effects, a powerful three-band isolator and even Midi compatibility, the EFX-500 will allow you to scare your crowd with a succession of weird and wonderful sounds. The Midi sends out a syncs-pulse, equal to the measures (tempo) of the playing music.

Pioneer EFX-500 Effects Processor


Product Type
External Effects Unit
BPM matched Effects
Manual Filter Effects
3x infinit ~ +6dB
1x Stereo Channel (RCA or 1/4" Phone)
1x Stereo Channel (RCA or 1/4" Phone)
Output Level
+4 dBu/-10dBu
IN and OUT
Frequency Response
20Hz ~ 20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio line
80 dB
275 x 220 x 64mm ( WxDxH )
Net Weight
2.5 kg

Color Variations

From early 2005 the traditional EFX-500 will also be available as special edition in a firing red dark metalic finish as EFX-500-R. A very few units (200pc) are made with a translusent casing EFX-500-SW, those models are very rare and you might not see one your entire life.

All color variations have identical features and specifications


Basic Operation

The EFX-500 is devided in 3 parts: 3 Band EQ Isolator, BPM Effects and Digital Jog Filter Effects. The Equalizer strip is on the top and you control it like you would do with any equaliser. The left section are the 5 BPM linked effects and on the right you will find the 5 manual Filters that are controlled by the Digital Jog.

Activating the BPM Effects or the Filter Section is done by the black level on the side of the section. The rotary controller on the other site is adjusting the amount of effect that is added to the sound.

The timing of the left BPM section can be linked to the audio that is on the input, there is an automatisch BPM counter build in, or you can use the TAP button to manually tap in the BPM. After that you can play with the timing (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1/1, 2/1, 4/1), effect type (Delay, Echo, Auto Pan, Auto flanger, Auto Transform) and frequency you apply the effect to.

The right Filter section is not linked to the tempo of the audio, the control or 'wave' of the effect is controlled by rotating the Digital Jog. Once you stop moving the jog, it will gently go back to the neutral position and so going back to non-filterd sound. You can record a pattern you rotate the jog and play that back, applying it to the filter effect you have then activated.

Pioneer EFX-500 Equalizer Section

3-Band Equalizer/Isolator

The high quality separate 3-Band Equalizer (HI, MID, LOW) cuts sounds up to -oo dB (infinit) and completely silences the sound of instruments in each band. These bands can be controlled individually as they have their individual control knob.

5 BPM Effects

There are 5 BPM linked effects you can use and minipulate. Controls work best from top to bottom, start with selecting the effect you want to use, then set the Low, Mid, Hi buttons to apply the effect to the selected frequency band.

With the Depth knob you control the amount or strength of effect, with the other knob Original/Effect you control the balance between the original sound and the effected sound, like a Dry/Wet control.


You can set the DELAY at any tempo. A delay is a single rehearsel of the original signal at a lower volume.

Depending on the DEPTH knob the fade-away goes fast or last for a long time.

There is always a difference in volume between the original signal and the rehearsed sound. This is internaly mixed to the original sound after the effects module so there is no feedback of the repeated sound.


You can set the ECHO at any tempo. ECHO is in many ways identical to DELAY, but differs in the way it is internally mixed. ECHO is mixed to the signal before the effects module.

When opening the DEPTH knob to the max, there is a continious loop of sounds even when the EFFECT LEVER is in the OFF position. The only way to exit this loop is to close the DEPTH know. Then the sound will rehearse one more time and then dies out.

Auto Pan

You can automatically swing sounds to the right and left in any tempo.

Auto Flanger

This produces a sound effect like when a jet plane ascends and descends periodically.

The DEPTH knob can be used to change the strength of the waves. The wave behaves depedant the value in wich the TEMPO is set.

Auto Tranform

This cuts sounds periodically like the transform switch on most mixers, but then so fast you can never turn that switch. Also you can quickly change from a tranform on the beat, or setting it twice that speed.

Pioneer EFX-500 BPM Effects Section

Auto BPM Counter

This counter automatically measures the BPM (Beats Per Minute) of music and turns it into digital indication. You can digitally confirm the BPM of input music sources.

TAP Button

You can set BPM instantly by tapping the button with your finger. Press the button twice to input the tempo as desired.

Depth Knob

Can be used to freely set the strength and depth of effects as well as the balance of the original sounds and effect sounds. You can enjoy a variety of DJ performances with an instrument-feel.


5 Jog Effect Filters

There are also 5 Jog Effect, these can be used like manual filters. Select one of the Jog Effects and rotate the Jog to change the filter parameter. With the Depth you controll the amount of filter is applied.


This optically indicates the motion of the JOG DIAL and the change of sounds, allowing you to visually confirm the motion.


This is a function to add SHORT DELAY. Turn of the JOG DIAL creates wave sounds, with the FLANGER effect made by using 2 analogue turntables or a delay at 1-12ms.


The Jog Dial can be used to change the pitch of reproduced sounds without changing the tempo. Lowering of the pitch produces sounds resembling those made by slowing an analogue turntable. With the DEPTH knob you can control the mix between the original signal and the ZIP-ed signal.


This is a function to change cut-off frequency. Turn of the JOG DIAL makes the sound of a certain instrument strong or weak. It feels like the sound is moving.

RING Modulation

Modulation of sounds produces a tone like the ring of a bell, providing effects such as a cosmic sound or a robot voice. Be careful because this effect is very noticible in the music, turn the DEPTH knob half as high open as you would do with a DELAYor ECHO.


This is a distortion effect on sounds. The JOG DIAL changes the distorted band. With this effect you even have to be more careful than the ring. Because of the very distorted sound wich is much louder than any other effect in the EFX-500 you might consider to open the DEPTH knob only for 10% for the best use with this effect.

Pioneer EFX-500 JOG Effects Section

JOG DIAL Memory Function

This is a new function to memorize and reproduce the motion of the JOG DIAL. When you turn the JOG DIAL and simultaneously press the MEMORY button, the motion of the JOG DIAL is memorized for as long as 8 seconds. While pressing the PLAY button, you can replay the memorized action in all the 5 effects as many times as you want.

HOLD Function

With the function on, the present state can be maintained if you stop turning the JOG DIAL. With the function off, it returns gradually to the state of the original sounds. I basicly always put this function ON because it takes to long for the EFX-500 to return to the official position, I prefer to control this manualy.

Effect Monitor System

Monitors each of BEAT EFFECT, DIGITAL JOG BREAK, and master sounds. The volume and meter controls input/effect output levels. The auto-lighting, button indicates Rear Panel the setting of each effect. The compact size makes this machine portable.

MIDI Functionality

The EFX-500 is equipped with MIDI IN/OUT terminals for controlling the CLOCK signal of MIDI instruments. The BPM of input analogue sound signal is measured automatically, converted to MIDI-CLOCK signal, and output so that the beats of connected MIDI instruments can be synchronized.

What do you think about Pioneer EFX-500 ??

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There are 8 Comments

  Flag sebastiaan wrote on 17-05-2005 @ 20:45
ze zeggen dat er niet zown goed geluid uit komt
  Flag the-melody wrote on 02-03-2006 @ 13:57
wat zeg je daar gene goed geluid:s kvin van wle hoor je hoort enkel wanneer je het level in aanzet maar klaat die gewoona ltij aanstaan
  Flag DJ_Inspiration wrote on 13-04-2006 @ 18:51
Ik ga mij waarschijnlijk ook eentje aanschaffen Happy, laughing
Het is wel een top-effector!
  Flag Se-base wrote on 03-10-2007 @ 18:45
Heeft zo'n effector ook nog meeraarde als je een djm-800 hebt?
  Flag Borisdekloris wrote on 04-01-2008 @ 16:56
 Hey Boys and girls,
Hoe deze aan te sluiten op een DJM 400  ?? deze heeft geen send en return ...
heb 2 cdj's die sluit ik aan op cd 1 , cd 2
wil ik de efx 500 gebruiken moet ik dan deze tussen de Master 1 out en de versterker zetten ??

  Flag Phenix wrote on 14-04-2008 @ 21:08
@ Boris: Je kan hem ook via je master out en dan terug via je Mic 1 en 2/ Aux ingang meer naar binnen sturen (weet niet zeker of het gaat werken :S)
  Flag Stefjuuh wrote on 29-10-2008 @ 18:45
@ Phenix, Dan stuur je hem naar binnen, en dan gaat het naar..? Master2, maar ook master 1, krijg je dus een loop van je effect die je weer effecteerd.. kortom.. niet handig om te doen!
  Flag Lead wrote on 06-04-2010 @ 23:03
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