Built in 1978 by the legendary Townhouse studio engineers, this unique compressor was created using console components supplied by Solid State Logic (SSL). The only hardware unit ever made was now perfectly recreated by Brainworx.

The bx_townhouse Buss Compressor is the ultimate companion for your mix buss, offering just a touch more vibe and mojo than a standard British console buss compressor.

The original unit was built in a time when there simply wasn't an external console buss compressor available for sale, and was used heavily during the 80s and beyond by some of the biggest names in rock, including Queen, Sting, Muse, and many more.


  • Unique Buss Compressor built using SSL console parts
  • Hand-built by the technical staff at London's Townhouse Studios
  • Smooth, cohesive compression for you master buss and subgroups / stems
  • Plugin-only features by Brainworx include internal sidechain and Dry/Wet mix control

Audio Examples

Customer Reviews

  • Indispensable

    by MonsterOhm
    This is one of those perfect compressors. Super versatile and it works its mojo on a vast array of sounds, but where it truely shines to me, is on my drum overheads. I could not picture doing a drum… Read More
  • Better than API 2500

    by Naji
    I compared it to demo of Waves API 2500. I could match exactly some API presets on drums. Truely speaking Townhouse is even better, Waves tends to affect high end in a negative way sometimes. I use… Read More
  • Great

    by Matt Roling
    Love it
  • Oh yeah!!! It’s got “IT”

    by Les Paul 2550
    Yep. I like this better than any other SSL G Bus Comp plugin I’ve got. It’s become my go to. Beats Slate and Waves. I just got a Warm Audio Bus-Comp and end up using this plugin instead. Sound… Read More
  • bx_townhouse Buss Compressor

    by Alex Mumbee
    Excellent buss compressor! Smooth SSL dynamics and a very pleasing analog-like color.


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 10.9 through 10.15
Windows 7 through 10

Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM


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bx_townhouse Buss Compressor

Brainworx bx_townhouse Buss Compressor - Changelog

Version 1.5 (May 27, 2020)
- General: Qualified for use with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
- General: VST3: Fixed potential hangs in a DAW upon loading
- General: Fixed logical issues in undo / redo behavior
- General: Fixed UI resizing issues in Ableton Live on Windows
- General: Fixed audio processing initialization issues on amp and delay products
- Added scalable UI feature

Version 1.4 (Nov 06, 2019)
- General: Qualified for use with macOS 10.15 Catalina
- General: Qualified for use with Windows 10 November 2019 Update
- General: Fixed plugin validation in Logic under macOS Catalina
- General: Fixed preset name restore in Logic when reopening a session
- General: Fixed opening authorization dialog triggering automation
- General: Improved instantiation times for plugins
- General: Improved license functionality and branding for subscription
- General: Removed 32-bit support on macOS and Windows

Version 1.3 (Jul 10, 2019)
- General: macOS 10.14.5 Update compatibility
- General: Windows 10 1903 Update compatibility
- General: Fixed activation issue in Windows hosts set to non-English language (e.g. Cakewalk)
- General: AU: Fixed issue with increased CPU and memory on reopening UI
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with adapting to host knob mode, and now prioritizing linear
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with VST3 preset permissions
- General: VST3: Improved synchronization between parameter states and some UI functions, e.g. toolbar reset
- Fixed various usability issues with Auto Fade

Version 1.2 (Mar 29, 2019)
- Fixed Auto Fade not working in VST3
- Fixed Fade Time callout display
- Fixed Reset/Bank Change/Undo-Redo/Power On-Off/Playback Start-Stop behaviour when AutoFade involved

Version 1.1 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)
- Fixed Mono to Stereo AAX DSP instance not loading in Pro Tools

Version 1.0 (Jul 9, 2018)
- Release version