The Ac­coun­tant £155

It may have sim­ple con­trols, but this pedal gives you more than com­pres­sion with a few tricks up its sleeve

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ORI­GIN: Canada TYPE: Com­pres­sor pedal FEA­TURES: True by­pass CON­TROLS: Vol­ume, Ra­tio switch (1/2/3), Pad switch (1/2/3), by­pass footswitch CON­NEC­TIONS: Stan­dard in­put, stan­dard out­put POWER: 9V DC adap­tor (not sup­plied) DI­MEN­SIONS: 45 (w) x 92 (d) x 48mm (h)

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This JFET com­pres­sor of­fers a sim­pli­fied in­ter­face. The sin­gle knob ad­justs the out­put vol­ume, while the com­pres­sion is de­ter­mined by two three-way tog­gle switches: a Ra­tio switch that of­fers three dif­fer­ent com­pres­sion ra­tios of in­creas­ing strength, and a Pad switch that sets the in­put level, with higher in­put lev­els of­fer­ing more com­pres­sion. With nine pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tions, the heav­i­est com­pres­sion will be when both switches are set on po­si­tion ‘2’.

It’s more than just com­pres­sion, though. There’s a tone-en­hanc­ing tre­ble lift and loads of scope for us­ing the pedal as an amp boost. You can also get some gritty drive with the Pad switch set to ‘1’ or ‘2’. The lighter com­pres­sions keep sig­nal dy­nam­ics nat­u­rally in check, or you can switch to the high­est com­pres­sion ra­tio where there’s a large amount of squash with al­tered note tran­sients for the chicken-pick­ers. [TC]

VER­DICT Mi­cro pedal with easy op­er­a­tion that adds a bit of colour, plus bite and grit 9

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