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

  • Townhouse

    by Mange
    I have searched for the best buss compressor that fits me and my needs a long time and have demoed several SSL style ones.
    This is the compressor that I had to have. It is so cool. Perfect!
  • Townhouse

    by Alfredo
    what an analoge flavor have this compressor. Is incredible for instruments, and even on a master session. Rock, and rock, screaming rouge sound, really impressive plugin
  • Great addition to my Arsenal...

    by Samy
    Just LOVE it! It is all over my mix buses. I like what it does... Great work PA.
    Plugin Alliance response
    Happy mixing!
  • Navy tech

    by Alex Hepting
    Like already announced by the creators this baby is a good addition to add more glue and grind to all brittle consoles. Hey man on this one the designer had his fun drawing more bolts than ever been… Read More
  • A real beast

    by Alex Picciafuochi
    Try it once on the Drum Bass and you will buy it instantly, really great compressor!


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

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

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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bx_townhouse Buss Compressor

Brainworx bx_townhouse Buss Compressor - Changelog

Version 1.4.1 (Feb 04, 2020)
- General: Processing performance improvements for all formats and platforms

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