Bus Compressor


Like the 2019 TEC Award-nominated Bettermaker Mastering Equalizer and the rest of the award winning Bettermaker product line, the Bus Compressor combines a pristine stereo analog signal path (newsworthy in its own right!) with digital recall and parameter control, and/or automation from a cross-platform plug-in. In other words, Bettermaker users get all of the unmatched sonics of a boutique analog signal path with all of the convenience of a plug-in.

The Bettermaker Bus Compressor is designed for critical tracking, mixing, and mastering work. Think of it as an awesome stereo analog compressor first and foremost, one that’s in league with all of the most revered manufacturers in the industry. Then add complete digital control of all parameters for instant recall from the front panel and recall and automation from the Bettermaker plug-in.



Bus Compressor Plugin View



  • 100% analog audio signal path
  • LED matrix display and six encoders with push-button action for ease of control
  • Advanced analog stereo VCA compressor with PEAK detection
  • Sidechain high pass filter with hardware insert and preview function
  • HPF and Listen function
  • Adjustable THD for harmonically rich sound
  • Dry/Wet mix for parallel compression
  • Multi-function display for metering and parameter setting
  • All parameters are digitally controlled via front panel and/or DAW via dedicated plugin
  • On-board measurement of PEAK/RMS levels
  • Total recall and A/B comparison from your DAW
  • USB connectivity with MAC/PC
  • Made in Poland


Note: When the Bus Compressor was initially revealed, expansion packs were announced to accompany the Bus Compressor.  This is no longer the case.  Bettermaker has decided to add more built-in functionality to the Bus Compressor and all the aforementioned expansion packs are pre-loaded into the Mastering Compressor.


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Threshold: -35dB / +5dB (40dB range)
Attack: 0.1 – 60 ms
Release: 10 – 2000 ms
Ratio: 1.5, 2, 4, 6, 10:1
Knee: 20dB
Output: -5dB to +15dB
Sidechain HPF: off – 370Hz
Sidechain Feed: Forward
Sidechain Type: PEAK
Frequency Response: 10Hz to 22kHz (+/- 0.2 dB)
Dynamic Range: 106dB (+23dBu, 22kHz BW)
S/N Ratio: 87dB (A-weighted, +4dBu, 22kHz BW, unity gain)
Crosstalk: -83dB @ 1kHz, +18dBu, channel-to-channel
CMRR: max 85 dB @ 3 kHz, min 52 dB @ 20Hz, 20 kHz BW
THD: 2nd: < 0.06%, 3rd: < 0.01%; 4th: < 0.006%; (+4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, THD and CLIP disabled)
Balanced Stereo Input (XLR): 23dBu max input level (THD < 0.2%)
Balanced Stereo Output (XLR): 23dBu max output level (THD 2kohm)
Input Impedance (differential): 48kΩ (for balanced signal)
Output Impedance: 50Ω + 50Ω (electronically balanced)
Power Supply: Universal 100 - 240V power supply designed by Bettermaker
Maximum Power Consumption: 25W
Dimensions: 1U enclosure, 230mm / 9.05in deep
Shipping Weight: 5kg / 11lbs