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    Fairfield Circuitry The Accountant Compressor FX Pedal

    *This is a Special Order item that we order quickly and directly from our suppliers after your purchase and ship to you within 4-10 days.*

    Looking to crunch those numbers down in style, then consider The Accountant compressor pedal from Fairfield Circuitry.  Compressors can play a vital role on many pedal boards, and not only does this one deliver the goods, it looks the business too.

    The Details
    • Special Order Item
    • Expected to ship within 4-10 days
    • Effect: Compression
    • Made In Canada
    • Great on guitar and bass
    • Signature stamped bare enclosure
    • Built with top quality components
    • True bypass
    • Threshold 50 mVRMS
    • Attack time 5 ms
    • Release time 500 ms
    • Current draw 12 mA max.
    • 2 years manufacturers warranty
    • 9V DC centre negative

    *The Accountant was designed to operate and sound good using your typical center negative, regulated 9-9.6 VDC power supply. There is no battery connection inside the pedal. Always check your power supply for proper voltage and polarity before connecting.



    • Free UK shipping from orders of £200 or more
    • Orders despatched within 1-2 working days
    • Always tracked worldwide shipping
    • Plastic free packaging as standard


    30 day peace of mind return policy, but please read our terms and conditions, returns and refunds policy before placing an order. 

    What Do Fairfield Circuitry Say?

    Every operation needs an accountant, and your signal chain is no exception. This little guy will fit right in, no questions asked. Call upon his services to crunch numbers, cook your books and calculate ratios in all confidence that your shit will remain tight.

    We’re talking about a mostly utilitarian relationship here, but one of trust as well. Whether you enjoy slight, nuanced dynamics control or you just want to squeeze your signal into one dimension, you'll find a use for The Accountant.

    Featuring all analogue, JFET feedback compression, The Accountant works well with all signal sources; guitars, bass, vocals, synths, even whole mixes. A simple control interface allows you to change the threshold, compression ratio and makeup gain.


    Compression as an effect is a form of dynamics control; that is to say controlling the difference in volume between loud parts and quiet parts.

    Often, the transients (i.e. the attack, the very beginning) of a signal will be the loudest, and that limits how loud you can set your amplifier before there is distortion. Compression allows you to make the transients less loud, therefore allowing you raise the volume at the amp, making your signal louder, beefier, and depending on the amount of compresison, perhaps quite dirty.

    The way this works is that everytime your signal is louder than a certain level, called the threshold, the compressor will automatically lower the volume. The Accountant has a fixed threshold, which cannot be changed. This volume change doesn’t happen instantly however. The time it takes for the compression to be applied is dictated by the attack and release. These parameters are fixed to 5 ms and 500 ms respectively.

    The PAD and RATIO controls, together, will determine how much compression actually happens. First in the chain is PAD, simply attenuating your signal before the compression. Remember that the louder the signal, the more compression happens, so in effect with the PAD setting you can change at what level the compression happens.

    Then comes RATIO, which determines how strongly loud parts are compressed. For example, a setting of 6:1 means that, when the signal is above the threshold, it takes 6 dB at the input to make the output change by 1 dB. Remember that parts below the threshold will not be affected.

    Finally, with VOLUME, you can control the level at the output. It doesn’t affect the compression at all, as it is post-effect