Pioneer EFX-1000  External Effect Processor

Submitted by Lead  Flag on 07-09-2004 @ 23:09
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Announced in September 2004 and probably in stores at the end of 2004 (Christmas Time) : The all-new Pioneer EFX-1000 is a significant edition to Pioneer’s ProDJ Series and has been designed and developed together with some of the worlds leading DJs and club installers.

Most importantly the EFX-1000 provides DJs with the best audio quality possible, using a 24-bit/96kHz digital-sampling system and 32-bit digital sound processing. When the EFX-1000's bypass function is enable there is no change what so ever to the original audio and the output of the EFX-1000 is identical to the sound quality at the input. Any serious club or studio DJ will immediately hear the impact of the increased processing power, which results in better audio quality in their mix. Pioneer’s EFX-1000 also builds on the unique features of earlier models by including a wide range of sound effects in an easy-to-manipulate system.

EFX-1000 Product Angle View

Product Type
External Effects Unit
BPM matched Effects
Manual Filter Effects
1x Stereo Channel (RCA or 1/4" Phone)
1x RCA Digital Audio
1x Stereo Channel (RCA or 1/4" Phone)
1x RCA Digital Audio
Output Level
+4 dBu/-10dBu
IN and OUT
Sampling Rate
96 kHz
Internal Processing
32 bits
A/D, D/A Converter
24 bits
20Hz ~ 28kHz
Frequency Response
20Hz ~ 28kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio line
83 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.007% or less
320 x 234 x 101mm ( WxDxH )
Net Weight
2.4 kg

The Pioneer EFX-1000 offers more than the usual range of Beat Effects, including: Delay, Echo, Pitch Echo, Trans, Flanger, Filter and Phaser. For the first time in the industry, the EFX-1000 enables DJs to beat match in sync with a pre-programmed rhythm. Additionally the EFX-1000 will measure beats per minute and beat match in sync with the tempo of the music. DJs can select multiple frequency ranges (High, Mid, Low), vastly improving the musical expression compared with existing full-range effectors.

The large, easy-to-manipulate Digital Jog wheel enables control of Jog Effects including: Jet, Wah, Phase, Shifter Ring, Zip, Humanizer and Vocoder. And a new “hold switch” can be used to maintain a sound effect, freeing up a hand. The Jog Memory Play memorizes and reproduces the dial’s movements either once or in a continuous loop. The balance of the effects as well as the depth of the original sound can also be modified.
EFX-1000 Preferences
When compared with the Pioneer EFX-500 you'll notice some things ar different when you look at : There is no EQ-section on the EFX-1000, the color is black with an aluminum bar, more effect are added and more flexibility is given to the user although the basic layout stayed the same : on the left there's the BEAT EFFECTS section, and on the right you have full and real time control over the parameters with the JOG EFFECTS.

The use of a smart switch give you full flexibility to switch the effects on and off. Both the Beat Effect and Jog Effect section has their own switch with a Momentary On and a locked On Switch to make the transitions as smooth as possible.

For the Input Level and the Output Level are 2 rotary knobs to control these, the right setting is when the red LED's are almost blinking.

EFX-1000 PreferencesUser changeable settings
New are the setting switches at the top left of the EFX-1000. With these new features it just gives that finishing touch to the machine. Adding more flexibility in the use this effector.

  1. The first switch let you choose the order in which the effects take place. You can either choose to start with the Beat Effect Section and after that route the signal through the Jog Effect Section, or you could choose to follow the opposite direction : First the Jog Effect, then the Beat Effect. This will give you almost endless possibilities when combining the 7 Beat Effects with the 7 Jog Effects, when flipping this switch the number of options double because most effects will sound different.

  2. The second switch let's you choose which section will be activated by the footswitch (optional), the Beat Effect OR the Jog Effect OR both at the same time.

  3. The third switch gives you more control over the Midi usages Pioneer's EFX-1000.

EFX-1000 Variable SettingsVariable Settings
For both the Beat Effect and the Jog Effects there are 3 rotary knobs to make a preference. But you could also change these settings while using an effect. These knobs are separate for both sections of the Pioneer EFX-1000. So each section (Jog- and Beat-Section) can have it's own setting.

The Depth is like the thickness of the effect, something like the parameter or strength of the effect. The precise function of this know depends on the selected effect that you are using. When using the Echo for example this know determines the volume descend of the echo.

Character is referring to the 'shape' or parameter of the effect, it would be describe best like the Q-factor of the effect. Change between thin and sharp to fat and wide. As with much audio, a sound is very hard to describe. Perhaps I will make a demonstration video when this product will be available.

Mix will give you control over the mix between the original signal and the effects. Halfway open there is an equal mix between both.

Beat Effects Section

The left side of the Pioneer EFX-1000 is to control the Beat Effects, these are the effects that use the speed (tempo) of the played audio as a reference speed to adjust the length (time) of the Beat Effects. This will make the Beat Effect totally synced with the audio track that you're playing so mistakes are hardly made when it's about timing.

Effect Time
Displays the time (length)
of the effect in (mill)seconds
Rhythm Count
Displays the step of the beat
(1 through 4)
BPM Counter
Displaying the tempo (speed)
in Beats Per Minute
EFX-1000 Beat Effect Buttons

The Beat Effects section hold 7 different effects for you, 5 are already know when you're used to the EFX-500. The length of each effect is determined by the rhythm button that has been selected (1/4, 1/8, etc. of a beat). You can switch between these beat measurements whenever you want so you can make neat combinations.
  • Delay
    This will repeat the played signal one time with a certain delay and a certain declined volume (depending on Depth knob).
  • Echo
    This will repeat the played audio over and over again, each rehearsal has a slightly lower volume than the previous one, this depends on the Depth setting. With the Depth opened all the way the loop will be played endlessly because there is no declining of the volume.
  • Pitch Echo
    Combines a Pitch Shifter with an Echo.
  • Transpose
    A rhythmical electronical transform switch.
  • Flanger
    A wave of a jet-like sound in a rhythmic movement.
  • Filter
    Frequency cutt-off filter.
  • Phaser
    Like a flanger, but more present.

Below the effect selection buttons you can find lots more control which all react instantly on your movements. All these controls can be used simultaneously with the controls of the Jog Effect Section (right side of EFX-1000) for maximum creativity.
  • EFX-1000 Beat Effect Section Momentary On / Locked On Switch
    For smooth on/off switching of the Beat Effects

  • Effect Frequency Range Select
    The Beat Effects have only influence on the selected Range
    You can choose Low, Mid and High... or any combination

  • 1/8, ¼, ½, ¾, 1, 2, 4, 8 Buttons
    This determines the time-base for the Beat Effects.
    Illuminated when set. Small LED's indicates non-synced value

  • BPM Mode
    Switches measurement method :
    Tap, Auto (works almost anytime) and MIDI

  • Rhythm Mode

  • Tap
    When auto BPM mode fails you can tap the tempo to set it

  • Time/BPM
    Rotate to manually change the time
    Hold shift and rotate to change the BPM

Jog Effect Section
The right side is also known as the Jog Effect Section. The effects that you can use here are NOT related to the tempo of the music you're playing. Instead you control the parameter with a large Jog Dial. These effects can be used simultaneously with the Beat Effects !
EFX-1000 Jog Section Display
Digital Jog Break Display: Resembles to value or parameter of the effect


  • Jet
    A wave of a jet-like sound controlled by the Jog Dial
  • Wah
    Frequency filter (low-cut to full to high-cut)
  • Phase Shifter
  • Ring
    Add ringing sound, key of the ring controlled by the Jog Dial
  • Zip
    Real Time key-shifter, you can simulate a Turntable stop with the Jog Dial
  • Normalizer
  • Vocoder

Pioneer EFX-1000 Jog Memory SectionJust as on the Beat Effect Section, below the effect selection buttons you'll find more controls for fast and easy use during performance.
  • Momentary On / Locked On Switch
    For smooth on/off switching of the Beat Effects

  • Jog Memory Play
    The movement that you make with the Effect Jog Dial can be recorded in the memory of the EFX-1000. Just hold the M button while you make your move to record it. Recording stops when M button is released or when the memory is full. These movements can now be re-done once by pressing SINGLE or could be repeatedly done when LOOP is pressed.

  • Jog Dial
    This is the master control of the effects. Rotate both way to alter the parameters of the selected effect.

What do you think about Pioneer EFX-1000 ??

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There are 13 Comments

  Flag Alex wrote on 09-09-2004 @ 17:52
I want one for christmas please
  Flag BizarBAR wrote on 21-12-2004 @ 17:31
yes it's a nice piece of equipmentHappy, laughing Now a nice price then it's mine...
  Flag Lead wrote on 24-07-2005 @ 19:08
Check out this great Features and Functions Demo

And also the UK DJ James zabiela has made some demonstration video's that show you lots of fantastic tricks that you could do with the EFX-1000.

Go to Download > Pioneer ProDJ > Movies
  Flag winaye wrote on 29-12-2006 @ 02:10
I  Have it, still testing how to use.. please help
  Flag sherman wrote on 08-02-2007 @ 17:16
muy bueno me gustaria q este en español asi entiendo qes jhajaja besos sherman de rufino santa fe argentina.
  Flag Luxx wrote on 05-06-2007 @ 18:44
i reallly really want it. but its too expensive
  Flag jannickv wrote on 15-08-2007 @ 21:44
what did you say shermanConfused
  Flag sanderk wrote on 05-01-2008 @ 09:10
efx is  aggreat machine , you can do so much more with it
what they not put in de manual is the FEEDBACKLOOP you can make with it !! watch video
  Flag MissSalem wrote on 11-01-2008 @ 11:51
Dit zal wel een heel tof stuk speelgoed zijn. Happy, laughing De prijs gezien... Die valt minder goed mee... Wordt zoiets veel gebruikt?
  Flag sanderk wrote on 16-01-2008 @ 09:08
wel duur maar zeker waardt !!

gebruik hem echt veel meer als de djm800
  Flag ScottyFats wrote on 21-08-2008 @ 03:01
i got one it fargin awesome. if u don't have it go get it. i got a guy and paid 500.00
  Flag mosthighsoundz wrote on 22-08-2008 @ 02:49
Definitely a top piece of effects processing from the god fathers of inovation but the djm 800 has got some great effects too and if your a struggling dj  on a tight budget then you dont get all that much more for money by buying one .

If though you own a djm 1000 then its fairly important as this mixer does not have  a digital beat counter for it to transfer via midi for instance if you connect an edirol v4 video mixer then you cannot automatically have the beat count fot video effects the efx 1000 does and can be connected into the chain to give the video mixer the count but i am digressing .

It is still hours of  mirth  as you wade through each effect  and is fairly easy to learn how to use  we here at most high soundz rate it at 7/10   keep em coming pioneer
  Flag Lead wrote on 06-04-2010 @ 23:04
EFX Connection Diagram
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