Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

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wagtunes
KVRAF
14881 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:02 am

Like I said, with compressors, it doesn't matter. You should see some of the compressors that came with Cubase. I can still use them. With so few controls, I don't even have to be able to read them. And if I absolutely have to, I can use the generic editor that Cubase let's you switch to.

Bottom Line: The sound is exactly what I'm looking for and with a plugin with so few controls, I can deal with the GUI's shortcomings. If it was a synth, sure. No way. But for compressors, not a problem. I've worked with some pretty bad ones.

Funkybot's Evil Twin
KVRAF
6048 posts since 16 Aug, 2006

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:16 am

wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:02 am
Like I said, with compressors, it doesn't matter. You should see some of the compressors that came with Cubase. I can still use them. With so few controls, I don't even have to be able to read them. And if I absolutely have to, I can use the generic editor that Cubase let's you switch to.

Bottom Line: The sound is exactly what I'm looking for and with a plugin with so few controls, I can deal with the GUI's shortcomings. If it was a synth, sure. No way. But for compressors, not a problem. I've worked with some pretty bad ones.
You've always got the generic editor in a Cubase too I guess.

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wagtunes
KVRAF
14881 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:19 am

Funkybot's Evil Twin wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:16 am
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:02 am
Like I said, with compressors, it doesn't matter. You should see some of the compressors that came with Cubase. I can still use them. With so few controls, I don't even have to be able to read them. And if I absolutely have to, I can use the generic editor that Cubase let's you switch to.

Bottom Line: The sound is exactly what I'm looking for and with a plugin with so few controls, I can deal with the GUI's shortcomings. If it was a synth, sure. No way. But for compressors, not a problem. I've worked with some pretty bad ones.
You've always got the generic editor in a Cubase too I guess.
Yep, and as boring as hell as it is to work with, it gets the job done.

My need to get this sound just right outweighs any problems with a GUI. And so far, no compressor I've tried gives me what Townhouse will. So I'll deal with it.

SoundPorn
KVRian
558 posts since 24 Jul, 2018

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:55 am

I know that feeling when you find a compressor that gives you the exact sound you're looking for and you then go through you 100 other compressors playing with settings trying to replicate the sound so you don't have to buy another compressor only to find that nothing sounds like it.
In my case it actually happened when I demoed Soundspots Firefly compressor, for whatever the combination of the extra punch buttom, with the analog button, gave me a heavy, warm, hard hitting sound that I just couldn't emulate with none of my other compressors/transient shapers combined so I just bought it. Everybody's different and is searching for a different sound in they're head tho.
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:19 am
Funkybot's Evil Twin wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:16 am
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:02 am
Like I said, with compressors, it doesn't matter. You should see some of the compressors that came with Cubase. I can still use them. With so few controls, I don't even have to be able to read them. And if I absolutely have to, I can use the generic editor that Cubase let's you switch to.

Bottom Line: The sound is exactly what I'm looking for and with a plugin with so few controls, I can deal with the GUI's shortcomings. If it was a synth, sure. No way. But for compressors, not a problem. I've worked with some pretty bad ones.
You've always got the generic editor in a Cubase too I guess.
Yep, and as boring as hell as it is to work with, it gets the job done.

My need to get this sound just right outweighs any problems with a GUI. And so far, no compressor I've tried gives me what Townhouse will. So I'll deal with it.

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plexuss
KVRAF
2695 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:56 am

wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:19 am
Funkybot's Evil Twin wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:16 am
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:02 am
Like I said, with compressors, it doesn't matter. You should see some of the compressors that came with Cubase. I can still use them. With so few controls, I don't even have to be able to read them. And if I absolutely have to, I can use the generic editor that Cubase let's you switch to.

Bottom Line: The sound is exactly what I'm looking for and with a plugin with so few controls, I can deal with the GUI's shortcomings. If it was a synth, sure. No way. But for compressors, not a problem. I've worked with some pretty bad ones.
You've always got the generic editor in a Cubase too I guess.
Yep, and as boring as hell as it is to work with, it gets the job done.

My need to get this sound just right outweighs any problems with a GUI. And so far, no compressor I've tried gives me what Townhouse will. So I'll deal with it.
Exactly what is it that Townhouse is doing for you, wag? What do you hear it do that other don't? :phones:

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wagtunes
KVRAF
14881 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:14 am

plexuss wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:56 am
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:19 am
Funkybot's Evil Twin wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:16 am
wagtunes wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:02 am
Like I said, with compressors, it doesn't matter. You should see some of the compressors that came with Cubase. I can still use them. With so few controls, I don't even have to be able to read them. And if I absolutely have to, I can use the generic editor that Cubase let's you switch to.

Bottom Line: The sound is exactly what I'm looking for and with a plugin with so few controls, I can deal with the GUI's shortcomings. If it was a synth, sure. No way. But for compressors, not a problem. I've worked with some pretty bad ones.
You've always got the generic editor in a Cubase too I guess.
Yep, and as boring as hell as it is to work with, it gets the job done.

My need to get this sound just right outweighs any problems with a GUI. And so far, no compressor I've tried gives me what Townhouse will. So I'll deal with it.
Exactly what is it that Townhouse is doing for you, wag? What do you hear it do that other don't? :phones:
A roominess and trashiness without losing the transients. The others simply don't give me that sound. As soon as I heard it on Warren Huart's video I knew right away what was missing from my hard rock tracks.

Now granted, the guy is a professional who does this for a living and has worked with some really big names, but he got the sound he did without doing any fancy tweaking. He just cranked it up and let it rip. It was amazing.

My first rock track with it, you'll hear the difference.

original flipper
KVRAF
2424 posts since 14 Sep, 2003 from Essex

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:28 am

Hi Wagtunes

Just giving some advice - sorry it sounded disagreeable to you!

reggie1979
KVRist
119 posts since 26 Nov, 2018

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:23 pm

OMG, those tiny knobs. Does it at least have a "pop up" giving the values? My eyes are not that bad but that is insane. No wonder the OP is put off!

Aren't they aware of this? Seems it should be easy to fix.

simon.a.billington
KVRAF
1539 posts since 12 Nov, 2014

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:56 am

wagtunes wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:24 pm
I'm not spending $300 on a buss compressor but I do love what that thing does. Big sound without demolishing the transients all while annihilating everything else if you abuse the crap out of it. Great for big rock band sound.

I have Brainworkx E or G, that I got second hand. Not sure which one. All I know is it doesn't quite get me to where the townhouse seems to go.

So what are the alternatives (if any) that don't cost an arm and a leg?
Keep your eye out and get on their mail list. They often do sales and you never know your luck.

As for an alternative, well a regular SSL buss compressor should get you close, but you’lol want to add some low mid harmonics to that. If you have the right kind of saturation plugin you could probably get close. But you’ll need to hear it side by side with original so you can fine tune those harmonics.

Unfortunately it’s a one of a kind plugin and I think this is the only way you’re going to b able to get close to it.

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wagtunes
KVRAF
14881 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Buss Compressor Alternative To Brainworx Townhouse

Post Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:24 am

simon.a.billington wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:56 am
wagtunes wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:24 pm
I'm not spending $300 on a buss compressor but I do love what that thing does. Big sound without demolishing the transients all while annihilating everything else if you abuse the crap out of it. Great for big rock band sound.

I have Brainworkx E or G, that I got second hand. Not sure which one. All I know is it doesn't quite get me to where the townhouse seems to go.

So what are the alternatives (if any) that don't cost an arm and a leg?
Keep your eye out and get on their mail list. They often do sales and you never know your luck.

As for an alternative, well a regular SSL buss compressor should get you close, but you’lol want to add some low mid harmonics to that. If you have the right kind of saturation plugin you could probably get close. But you’ll need to hear it side by side with original so you can fine tune those harmonics.

Unfortunately it’s a one of a kind plugin and I think this is the only way you’re going to b able to get close to it.
Thanks. I got it 2nd hand from the Marketplace for a good price. All is well.

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