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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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)
a simply great reverb,no more wordsRead More
Ocean Way Gold
Love this plugin. Not over the top verb, just 3D sweetness.Read More
This plugin sound great. I like Remic Mode making more space but It use more dsp . I can use one or two plugin in one session . If it use little dsp , so great plugin .Read More
When using it I feel I am in a very pro ambience!! Worth every penny!Read More
A fine refreshment!
I struggled a lot about this plug-in trying to understand if it would be useful for my work and also if the bill wast worth of it... Well, now I finally got it and I'm quite surprised as it delivers...Read More
Tight studio - big studio
Makes it easier to work with a tight studio, knowing that OW can create air in the mix if needed!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 plugin sound great. I like Remic Mode making more space but It use more dsp . I can use one or two plugin in one session .
If it use little dsp , so great plugin .
A fine refreshment!
I struggled a lot about this plug-in trying to understand if it would be useful for my work and also if the bill wast worth of it...
Well, now I finally got it and I'm quite surprised as it delivers so much and in a totally new refreshing way!
Surprisingly useful, great sounding and very innovative tool! No regrets at all!
Tight studio - big studio
Makes it easier to work with a tight studio, knowing that OW can create air in the mix if needed!
Great for DX bus
As a room modeler I did a test of this against some of the other reverbs I use for room verbs on a film I just did. It went up against Reverberate, TL, Phoenix, and Lex. It tied for room reverbs with Reverberate, but won out easily on usability. Lex is more musical (to me) so it wasn't a fair comp. Phoenix had more specialized presets, but as to day to day rooms on my dialogue bus I found Ocean Way to be the easiest to mix into a standard interior room conversation between characters in a film.
Fantastic and Unique Plugin
I didn't think that I was going to like this, but it is great. I use it on every track, to varying degrees, and it really helps to shape the song in a way that I just can't do with conventional reverbs.
My project studio has now got a live room! Stunning!
After doing lot's of research I decided to go down the Apollo/UAD plugins route.
I'm so glad I did. I'm now finding my recording have more life.
Recording a new Blues Album this year and will be calling UAD for sponsorship!
Keep up the great work!
I've recorded in a lot of rooms that are big and small. No reverb I've tried has come close to the nuances and tonal qualities of a good room.
This thing comes close. Close enough for me to say it's ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.
Great they make something like this
I got the "Ocean Way Studios" just a month ago, but it's already the plugin I go to for drum and vocal room sounds. It just adds that extra space and sounds so realistic. I always wonder how they do it. I recorded a vocaltrack with my Neumann U47 and compared it to the U47 simulation and the sound was so close, I would almost say identical, but on the "Ocean Way Studios" I had also that great room. But that was the only difference I could hear. I guess I have not checked out all the possibilities "Ocean way" offers, but I don't want to miss it. Like the LA-2A and the Neve 1073 and the 1176s.
Get it and have fun with it.
My drum kit sound more realistic than ever before
I don't have much to add to the many positive reviews already logged here. I simply want to agree that the Ocean Way plug-in is truly groundbreaking, exceptionally exciting, and will become one of the true workhorses in my UAD collection. I have used the stellar EMT140 plug, Space Designer convolutions, etc, with good success. But the OW plug makes the drums come ALIVE. Being able to mix and match 3 sets of room mics, at variable distances in a choice of spaces and orientations, is wonderful. I admit I have not worked inside Ocean Way or other such world-class recording spaces, but my ears tell me this is pure magic. Looking forward to trying on vocals, guitars, horns... everything. One of the best plug-ins out there.
Magic or Aliens?
My first test of the Ocean Way Studios plug-in was on an older mix that I was not pleased with. In particular, the drum room from a particular drum library sounded absolutely horrid. I used OWS in reverb mode just to see how it would work, and after plugging in Room B - Drums 2, it sounded like a brand new set of drums. It replaced the bombastic noise with musical qualities. It actually made a rotten drum library sound amazing. I keep having to listen to the new mix almost in awe of the new drum sound going, "how did it do that? Was it magic or aliens?"
This should be a must-have in any UAD owner's toolkit.
I appreciate lots of UAD plugins - but this one's a jaw-dropper! It transforms tracks from my project studio, or recorded on locations, to sounding like they were made in great rooms. I particularly love what it can do with a group of voices, adding presence, resonance, depth and integration. I don't think this one can be topped for the dramatic improvement it brings to a mix.
In this modern digital age of sampling, it is often the clinical sounds of the samples of instruments that you can quite often say that they are too raw and more often than I would like to admit the synthesized versions sometimes have the edge... However with this plug in all of my very expensive libraries have taken on a new dimension, to the point clients are bemused at how I am able to get such resources of musicians for their recordings, of course that is not the case... Using the Mic settings and the natural ambience of the studios really enhances the samples and certainly give a quality of resonance to the recordings having been processed through this plugin... This is by far a plugin that I reach for every time... I could write more!!
Very special plugins
Gives presences and depth to anything you put on especially drums,bass gtr , acoustic gtr, lead vox and percussion. Just spend little time with it and you will happy you got it.
My "every session" plug-in
Wow. I don't know what is going on in there, and I probably don't want to. I haven't been to Ocean Way, though I *have* driven past it! I'm 100% confident that the sound of a recording of me driving put through this plugin sounds exactly like it did when I drove by (Ask Alan Sides) LOL. Seriously though, I love this plug-in, and I'm still exploring the many options that it has. I'm really glad that it is flexible enough to noodle with but also has great presets. I've heard a lot of people describe it as great "glue" plug-in, and I agree. It kind of gives you that opportunity to put everything in the same space in a really natural sounding (to me) way. This plug-in is to software what the SPL Transient Designer was to hardware - pure magic.