Ocean Way Studios
Welcome to Ocean Way Studios — the world’s first dynamic room modeling plug‑in.
Developed by Universal Audio and Allen Sides, the Ocean Way Studios plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces rewrites the book on what’s possible with acoustic space emulation.
By combining elements of room, microphone, and source modeling, Ocean Way Studios moves far beyond standard impulse response players and reverbs — giving you an authentic replication of one of the world’s most famous recording studios.
Now You Can:
Record live or mix through Ocean Way Recording’s legendary Studio A and Studio B
Use “best of the best” vintage microphones from Allen Sides’ world-renowned collection
Choose among Allen Sides’ favorite room positions with 8 source types, for stunningly accurate sound dispersion behaviors
Position, blend, and process three mic pairs (Near / Mid / Far) in real time
Retain mic bleed, proximity, and other naturally occurring behaviors for realism far beyond other reverb/ambience plug-ins
Re-mic loops and soft synths to bring them to life
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Ocean Way Studios plug-in
The Legendary Rooms of Ocean Way
From the opening of Bill Putnam’s United Recording in 1957, to the annexing of neighboring Western Studio in 1961, to their reinvention as Ocean Way Recording under Allen Sides — the famed “Studio A” and “Studio B” at Ocean Way Studios have shaped the sound of countless classic records. From Ray Charles and the Beach Boys, to the Rolling Stones, and Radiohead, music creators have sought out the sound of these beautifully balanced rooms for more than five decades.
Dynamic Room Modeling
Ocean Way Studios reinvents ambience processing with UA’s proprietary Dynamic Room Modeling technology, an exclusive combination of signal processing and advanced measurement techniques. Whereas standard convolution reverbs only provide a sonic snapshot, Dynamic Room Modeling offers the full spectrum of a studio’s ambience possibilities. Specifically, Dynamic Room Modeling provides the unique dispersion properties of various sources, as recorded through various vintage microphones that can be positioned in each room — in real time — via a simple click-and-drag interface. This technology gives the Ocean Way Studios plug-in a shocking level of sonic realism.
An Unrivaled Microphone Collection Under Your Control
With virtual access to $250,000 of hand-picked, vintage microphones, Ocean Way’s microphone setups and Distance controls are the centerpiece of the plug-in. The setups capture the ideal microphone selections and placements for each room and source type.
Up to three vintage microphones pairs (Near, Mid, Far) are available in each setup, allowing for creative sonic blending. Click-and-drag the microphones to position them in the room, then EQ and filter their sound as desired — complete with mic bleed and proximity effects.
Transform Tones With Reverb and Re-Mic Modes
Ocean Way Studios offers two modes of operation: Reverb mode, using send/return paths to mix wet and dry signals; or Re-Mic mode, to fully immerse the original source audio within Ocean Way’s rooms. Re-Mic mode is by nature “fully wet,” and can be used to entirely replace your original room and microphone sounds with the fabled sound of Ocean Way.
“Ocean Way Studios instantly adds incredible depth, size, width, and vibe to your music. It's like owning a re-amp box for one of the best sounding studios in the world.”
– Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Shinedown, Train)
“The Ocean Way Studios plug-in sounds so good and has the right amount of flexibility. The workflow mimics the actual choices at the studio very nicely…it sounds authentic and rich — like those rooms with those mics.”
– Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Beck, Other Lives)
“The Ocean Way Studios plug-in lets me mix with a new sense of space, adding a whole new level of depth to my mixes.”
– Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Fun.)
“Every session I've done at Ocean Way has been an unparalleled experience with amazing results. The plug-in offers an incredible opportunity to realistically add those sonics to any musical project with stunning realism.”
– Richard Chycki (Rush, Aerosmith, Dream Theater)
“It’s great to finally be able to add a real room vibe to sounds that otherwise didn't have one. The Ocean Way plug-in helps bring a mix together with depth and space.”
– Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers)
“I assumed the UAD Ocean Way Studios was a reverb, but it's way more than that. I've been down the rabbit hole since I installed it and I'm not ready to come out yet.”
– Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Duke Spirit)
“Hearing drums through Ocean Way Studios plug-in is like being transported to Ocean Way! The true sound of Studio A or Studio B applied to anything I want.”
– Chris Dugan (Green Day, Iggy Pop, U2)
September 10, 2013
this is amazing! it can bring life to synths / drum machines like nothing else...gives it a real room vibe using the re-mic and makes it sit in the mix like magic sometimes... also...Read More
September 10, 2013
Rework Those Home Studio Tracks
I've used the Ocean Way Studios Plug-In on tracks sent to me by artists with Home Studios. This Plug-In used in Re-Mic Mode has allowed me to rework tracks (particulary lead vocals) and to...Read More
September 10, 2013
More than a plug-in
Being able to put yourself and your idea into a room and mics that gives a new dimension to the music is much more than a plug-in.Read More
September 9, 2013
I can't say how much I appreciate this plug-in! Finding that on true acoustic sounds it is 'hands down' the best thing to add to the mix. I've always wanted to add the effect of 'room'...Read More
September 5, 2013
I've yet to explore everything this plugin can do, but let me relate one instance where it made itself well worth its cost. I had a DI electric guitar track that needed some space around...Read More
September 3, 2013
wow.. a real drum room.
i used the demo for a few days and was impressed with how i finally got my drums to sound like they were in a real room.. no, im not a mix engineer.. i convert midi tracks.. but 1 thing is...Read More
Breakthrough acoustic emulations of Ocean Way Recording’s legendary Studio A and Studio B
Dynamic Room Modeling combines room, microphone, and source models for unprecedented realism
Incorporates sonic profiles of vintage microphones from Allen Side’s world-renowned collection
Includes mic bleed and mic proximity effects for stunning accuracy
Choose from eight instrument / vocal source types with unique dispersion patterns
Position and blend between three vintage mic pairs (Near / Mid / Far) in real time
Use in “Reverb” mode, mixing wet and dry signal; or “Re-Mic” mode, replacing your original room and mic sounds altogether
Preset mic selections, placements and creative direction by Ocean Way’s Allen Sides
Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide
Ocean Way Studios
this is amazing!
it can bring life to synths / drum machines like nothing else...gives it a real room vibe using the re-mic and makes it sit in the mix like magic sometimes...
also great when some realistic room is needed for more acoustic material like vocals strings guitars etc...
truly one of a kind highly recommended!
Rework Those Home Studio Tracks
I've used the Ocean Way Studios Plug-In on tracks sent to me by artists with Home Studios. This Plug-In used in Re-Mic Mode has allowed me to rework tracks (particulary lead vocals) and to develop a much improved sound on the mixes. I am currently experimenting with using the Reverb Mode with track sends to the Verb Buss and the results have been very good. An expensive tool, but one very much worth having.
More than a plug-in
Being able to put yourself and your idea into a room and mics that gives a new dimension to the music is much more than a plug-in.
I can't say how much I appreciate this plug-in! Finding that on true acoustic sounds it is 'hands down' the best thing to add to the mix. I've always wanted to add the effect of 'room' rather then processed 'reverb'. And if you are looking for real 'room' in your recordings, this is where it's at!
*Word to the Wise - check out UA's Instances Chart and your processor before using. Tends to pull on the system pretty hard so don't say I didn't warn you ;)
I've yet to explore everything this plugin can do, but let me relate one instance where it made itself well worth its cost. I had a DI electric guitar track that needed some space around it, being a lead instrument in a sparse mix. I ran it through an amp sim, and then into the OWS in "Guitar" mode. The result was the most convincing image of a real guitar being played in front of me that I've ever heard from my DAW. Amazing.
I've also had this plugin do nice work on drums, vocals, and keys. A game-changer? In my case, yes, since it changed the way I play this game we call music-making. Now, whenever I need a natural room sound, I reach for the OWS. Bravo, UA!
wow.. a real drum room.
i used the demo for a few days and was impressed with how i finally got my drums to sound like they were in a real room.. no, im not a mix engineer.. i convert midi tracks.. but 1 thing is true.. this plugin gave me results.. and i am happy with my putchase...
Just buy it.
Stop reading reviews and just buy this. Its so good its not even worth wasting time reading about. There is nothing else out there that does what this does. Its indispensable.
OCEAN WAY STUDIOS
how the hell did you do this. this plug is INSANE! thanks for making space for me!
Try to forget your mic modeling experience in the past and just USE THIS PLUG
I tried using this plug-in on 2 cues and I thought: "what a rip-off. Could UA really put something this crap on the market?"
On the third cue I tried it using the mic modeling and I realized that I was an idiot.
This plug-in is a game-changer. I think a lot of people using Altiverb etc. and combining multiple types of verbs (convolution, algorithmic), will be blown away by this plug. Hey if you are a hobbyist and you have all the time in the world to tweak your verbs to get close to the sound you want, more power to you. For me, this is out of the box magic which equals immediate purchase.
Clearly they can do magic so...
Where's our Lexicon 480/Bricasti emu Santa Claus?
Amazing sound, intuitive plugin!!!
One of the best UA release!
The ReMic function is very helpful but.......
is a cpu killer.... ;-)
A True Room Sound
I have never been in Ocean Way so I don't how well it is reproduced in this plugin. What I do know though is that if you record in neutral rooms and need the sound to come alive this plugin will do it. There is no end to the possibilities but it's importsnt to understand that it's a room simulator not a reverb.
If you mic up drums in a neutral room and want to use room mics you will normally not have much room/depth effect on those mics because the room is acoustically treated to have very few early reflections. Run them through the Ocean Way plugin and you're suddenly in a much larger place.
It really does wonders, I can't get my arms down
Great room sound, without this fantastic plugin, all sound going to flat, 2D feeling. after 10min testing, buy it!
Together with k-stereo, can make a realistic and detailed 3D sound image.
It ain't cheap but I really like the re-mic. It's become a valuable tool. On some mixes, I'm finding myself not using a reverb at all - just the room sound (re-mic).
Ambience that works
This plug in quickly became the residing bus must have in my DAW
To my ears it absolutely fabulous to have, it adds a space to a mix, like no other plug in I auditioned.
I have my share of reverbs that might help some tracks, but if seldom do I use the whole master buss mix to send to a reverb buss, they work well in subtle sense. The reason being is the bass spectrum or vocals become washed, if directly sent from a master bus.
However, this Plug-in has the ability to add dimension to a mix, yet the controls can easily focus your idea of how your song could sound in Ocean Ways Studio, which is total virtual sweetness.
"What I've been looking for"
I'm not much for words but all I can say is, "AWESOME"! Just what I've been waiting for!!!!
Make it real without adding reverb
The more I learn about this the better the application . I like to use it on real drum overheads , Its like I booked Oceanway for a day of drum recording. It makes a vocal track sit more 3 dimensionally in the Mix . It does use a lot of resources so I like to use it in a Buss loop wet or remike mode.
This Plug-In its a absolutly must have! The sound of my drums, ac-piano or strings and brass winnimg 100%! I love it and i want not more missing this Plug-In!
I miss the analog days of creativity in a studio, but universal audio has change everything. The Ocean Way Studio Plug-in gives you that fill, the weight of a live room recording and mic placement. You actually can hear the difference in mic replacement.
Sounds Very Close To Recording In A Room
I haven't been to Ocean Way, but have worked in places that have a great room sound such as RAK Studios in London, and the re-mic mode on this plugin sounds as close to putting a bunch of mics up in a room, recording and mixing them as you can get without actually being there in my opinion. It does use a lot of DSP, but I guess that's inevitable and a price worth paying.
Say Hello to Happiness
I was resisting purchasing this plugin. What was I thinking? As soon as I tried it on drums that where recorded in a very small and dry room the tracks sprung to life! I hate to say it but it helps give my studio a little boost with the sounds I can get with my limited space. Needless to say I own it now and highly recommend it!