Jacques Stompboxes The Prisoner

Jacques Stompboxes The Prisoner

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The Prisoner, Delay/Echo/Phrase Sampler for Guitar from Jacques Stompboxes.

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  • Manufacturer: Jacques Stompboxes
  • Model: The Prisoner
  • Category: Delays/Echos/Phrase Samplers for Guitar
  • Added in our database on: 02/09/2006

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Jacques Stompboxes The Prisoner user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 3 reviews )
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moosers's review

Jacques Stompboxes The Prisoner
The Jacques Stompboxes The Prisoner is a unique analog delay pedal. It's unique because it's also got a built in modulation effect. The pedal has 1/4" connections for input and output and requires power from a nine volt power supply. It's not rack mountable since it's a foot pedal.


Using the Jacques Stompboxes Prisoner shouldn't prove to be too difficult for anyone. It simply has a series of knobs to work that control the level, time, repeat, modulation, and rate parameters. That's all there is to the pedal, so if you're feeling confused at all I'd just recommend playing with it to get an idea of how everything will affect your tone as a manual probably won't be much more help.


I love the sound of the Jacques Stompboxes Prisoner as you get the best of all possible worlds here. The delay is fantastically clean sounding while still maintaining a certain fullness that you get with true analog delay pedals. I also love having the modulation in here as well as it helps to beef up your overall sound and makes the delays sound a bit more watery. The pedal mixes your original tone with the delay rather than digitizing it as digital delay pedals will do. It makes a huge difference in the overall cleanliness of your sound.


The Jacques Stompboxes Prisoner pedal is a great analog delay pedal to add to any rig. It definitely sounds like an analog delay pedal, but not as much as older gear. This isn't a bad thing to me at all, as I really like the clean analog delay sound you can get from this pedal. The price isn't outlandish but it's not cheap and definitely designed for experienced players looking for great tone who are willing to spend a little bit. If I didn't already have an analog delay pedal I'd consider this one for sure and may even do so anyway sometime in the future...

jammaster's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jacques Stompboxes The Prisoner
The Prisoner is in the average price with the delays "high end" ...
I really hsit between Maxon and EHarmonix and here I am in possession of this "little" delay very nice.

- Analog Delay full (with components Jap NOS, which means delays new lines but more factories (New Old Stock )...)
- 300 ms.
- Time (Time) and level of the effect on the original adjustable (Level level ... delay and modulation) ... rptition adjustable (Repeat)
- Modulation intgre ... (Mod + Rate)

The classics are CHARACTERISTICS part to the modulation which is pretty original ...
The 300ms more than enough to lead "delay background"
Note that the pedals Jacques are still a bit "light" at the prsentation and finishing ... It's a shame Maxon comparing a much more flattering or a Memory Man ... https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif
But the main "content" and not "container" so a good place for ... CHARACTERISTICS


Like all delays, it takes time to find its feet ...
the rglages are ultimately easy.
However, I find that the modulation is "difficult" for use with the delay ... Indeed, this one seems to be "downstream" of the line behind which gives the final rptitions "modules" rel oddly without benefit to the Search .. .

This product is my most got a "chorus" + "delay pro" that the two mated ... can be part of the modulation is Meistersinger?? To see ...


The hardware test:
- Fender HotRod dx + Sovtek LPS in EH
- Fender Start HSS United States dx montego black
- Jacques prisoner
- Maxon AD-999 (for comparisonhttps://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif)

Its clear

The delay modulation is coupled perfectly usable here ... Note the quality of the modulation trs progressive and less prominent than a chorus num. But having tried a Meistersinger, I think the chorus is a notch-board dea ???!!!
comparison with the Maxon is finally empty:
- The prisoner has a depth of more "industrial", cooler, approaching a more modern numrique delay but without the neutrality of those though: D ... So it is ultimately more versatile than the Maxon ...
- The Maxon is much hot and TRS typ ... It allows a magical step back in time but its DGRAD rptitions ...
In his clear is your style of play that will make you prfrer one of the other ...

In good saturation, low delay change the life of a "leader" crazy ...
For one thing, "delay the bottom", it provides a natural suplmentaire sustain signal to the operating principle behind the line ... BPS is a signal so we did "last"https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif ... The sound is supported trs trs pro and ...
Modulation is difficult to use in this case ... Submitted

The comparasion with the Maxon is always the same:
It was a ct a delay more versatile, more modern and more professional in quality rendering (Prisoner), and the other ct a delay full of warmth, and less prcis typ (Ad-999) ...

The choice porterat therefore wish the type of game ...


Vive la France ...

More srieusement, this product has its place in the pro delays and offers made above all soupsons for analog technology ...
Versatilis his point can be as strong as its weakest
It's a little bridge between maxon, TC and pe ...



blizward's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Number 1"

Jacques Stompboxes The Prisoner
Analog delay pedal component using bucket brigade OUR Matsushita, which means in terms understandable that there was a delay "old" without simulation or digital conversion and electronic components are no longer produced. All existing analog delays use components made in China cheaper but also less known than the original made in Japan that defined the standard analog delay type bucket brigade, ie using a chip and not magnetic tape (or an Alpine valley) to produce the echo effect.


The configuration of the effect is very simple and few tricks every knob can understand its function. It is gratifying to note that each volume pot did its job throughout the race, it has access to settings rather fine and varied, especially as there is some interactivity between the different parameters. The pallet remains in the normal use and it can not solve the infinite repetition to get the effect self oscillation of delays. So, we stay within the boundaries of music and your singer does not return, wondering who does all this gossip while you rush to the volume of the amp to prevent the speaker does not deposit as a blank.


We are facing an analog delay, we can not speak of "realism". For exact copies of its output, it is better looking side of digital delays. This granted, the Prisoner is quite transparent and simply reheat the sound of the guitar (or bass in my case). Its relatively short delay current 300ms corresponds to the performance of conventional pedals at the time. The pedal is therefore targeted more to type effects slapback or to thicken the sound solo saturated. She excels in the traditional use but its great strength is the ability to modulate the delay which allows for effects like chorus and vibrato very enjoyable. A rich, living, all settings are musically interesting. This pedal can be used as a mini multi purpose and not merely as a delay.


It remains fairly traditional in color without the extremes can be found in other pedals: no large wild or feedback opportunities accompanied by a delay loop but clear and musical palette that offers classical sounds plus this section modulation which opens up sound very inspiring.
In its class, delay in vintage style, the Prisoner is just perfect. If a delay is expected more neutral or more types of delay in one, there are more current pedals. And if it is vintage in sound, its production is thoroughly modern with a bonus switch startup ultra quiet and easy to trigger by hand, which keeps the knobs on the delay range to play live. The price, still relatively high, is still that type of foot "handmade" found on the market (EHX Memory Man or Trex Replica) in a standard format below the Boss.
The Prisoner remains for me the benchmark against which I compare the other pedals, including the old ones.

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