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.



The bx_townhouse Buss Compressor will have an MSRP of $299, but will be sold at discounted intro pricing of $199 until the end of July.

You will get a massive discount if you belong to any of these user groups:

  • You're a PickPacker?
    If you own an active PickPack, you will be able to buy bx_townhouse for $99.
    No more waiting for Xmas.
    We will send you a voucher code via email before your trial runs out!

  • You own a bx_console?
    If you own ANY of our bx_consoles (E/G or N!) at launch date, you can buy bx_townhouse for $149.
    We will send you a voucher code via email before your trial runs out!

  • You're a Heavy Hitter!
    You own more than 20 commercial Alliance plugins (any brands) on launch day and have proven to be a loyal customer? Thank you for that! To reward you we will give you the new bx_townhouse plugin for just $99!
    No more waiting for Xmas.
    We will send you a voucher code via email before your trial runs out!

These promotional prices are valid until the end of July!


  • 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

  • ★★★★★
    bx townhouse bus compressor
    by Bishop
    Played with it for 20 minutes and knew I had to have it
  • ★★★★★
    Bus Comp
    by JimHam70
    Everybody asked for this compressor and Brainworx delivered not just another SSL Bus Comp, but a unique.. one of a kind legend. Great work!!!!
  • ★★★★★
    The Who? The Magic Buss!
    by Finck von Finckenstein
    As we all know, a good compressor can make the difference between a mix that is okay and a mix that is perfect. I threw the bx_townhouse compressor at a few tracks and smiled. I used it on drums and… Read More
    Plugin Alliance response
    Awesome review, thanks a lot!
  • ★★★★★
    Townhouse Compressor
    by Perry
    Excellent compressor! great for Drum Overheads and many other stereo applications. Certainly gives me a nice compressor with a distinct sound
  • ★★★★★
    bx_townhouse bus comp
    by DC2Light
    Ok in the USA we call a buss a bus. Townhouse studio didn’t and I don’t care. They made a compressor that is very dear to my heart. Only the early SSL consoles/desks like I first used had the… Read More


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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts running on a supported operating system

Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

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


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