Ocean Way Studios

Ocean Way Studios


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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

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

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

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

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.

Key Features

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

Customer Reviews

Ocean Way Studios


O. Debby

February 23, 2016


Do yourself a favor...
Buy this.
It's good for everything.
You can play it - million ways.
It's one of those plugins you're waiting for a chance to purchase... A coupon... Something like this...
This plugin is the 1st or 2nd most important on my list.
I'm just sorry for doubt it year ago when I started with UAD...
Go for it!

y. cho

February 16, 2016


Sound is really awsome for orchestra samples. With other reverb (for example emt or lexicon) it will be great !

L. Ericsson

February 11, 2016


Finally I got rid of reverb-issues! There are so many options with this plug, from small to great rooms. I used a setting with distance stereo as only reverb on a recording and the results were great. I got the dry intimate vocalsound mixed with the rest of the band further back in the room without artefacts. Thank you UAD!

R. Conway

February 5, 2016

Perfect for midi drums

This plugin's remic feature is superb on making midi drums sound like live drums. That's why I got it. My studio space is too small for a full set, so I have to go midi, but I like having a realistic sound, so I tested this and was blown away. It does so much more than a mere reverb could ever do. It makes the kick sound deeper, the set have a room mic additional sound. I love it. Great for the pro project studio.

C. Cederberg

January 28, 2016

Realistic, blends well

Realistic, blends well. Can't beat the Bricasti's but the best plugin out there for this use.

K. de Wit

January 22, 2016

Very specific uses

I tried this plugin several times before I decided to purchase it. Every time I tried it I struggled between loving the sound and not finding a real use for it. Even after purchasing it I still don't use it as much as I should. I think at this stage I will mainly use it for re-micing digital instruments to make them feel more real, but do it offline to save DSP. I would like to use it more as a reverb unit but it is so heavy on DSP one or two instances is all you will get.

P. Marriott

January 21, 2016

The Re-Mic is my new weapon of choice!

As a producer who specializes in the boom bap sub-genre of hip hop music I use a lot of vinyl based samples in my music, especially when it comes to the drums. Ocean Way's Re-Mic function allows me to create fresh and interesting drums that still has that vintage breakbeat vinyl sound underground hip hop fans still love. I also use it with live drums, piano, brass and string samples. This is a great plugin and thank you for creating it. Please do more studios!

D. Compton

January 19, 2016

So far so good

I'm still finding my way around this one. I've used it as a reverb to get more of a real "room" sound for fiddle and guitar, and with a bit a tweaking one of the presets I've hit on something I really like. Many more possibilities to be explored, surely. Good job, lads.

D. Talma

January 19, 2016

Really great, but miss multiple outputs

This is a really cool plugin, love the re-mic mode, which is like being in the studio, moving mikes around. Only reason it doesn't get 5 starts is that unfortunately the big difference with a studio situation is that you cannot process the mid and far mikes separate (except for volume/pan/phase). I hope UA will update the plugin with multiple outputs like a lot of VI have.

P. Matthews

January 16, 2016

Room tone, the Oceanway

I love this plugin. I put my drums through one instance and my guitars through another. Coupled with a great unison guitar plug, you may never need to mic up another guitar cabinet ever!

D. Barrington

January 16, 2016

Natural Sounding

This is the most natural sounding room reverb I've every heard. I like the H9 Room for guitars, but for a plugin in a DAW, this can allow post processing for anything, vocals, guitar, drums, etc.

Most Reverberations sound somewhat fake, but this is so natural I can't tell it's a fake reverberation.

Haven't tried top end Eventide's or anything, and am a hobbyist, but I have played piano in a large room and this is indistinguishable to me.

Maybe a lot of recordings use Plate or some other type of reverb that is expected for commercial production. But for those seeking a real sounding room, Demo this plugin.

G. Booker

January 15, 2016

It couldn't be better !!!

I'm a student,... I've been recording for 35 Years,... I've recorded 17 CD's,... I play Drums and Perc., Bass, All Bass cleft Insturments, and mediocre, guitar, sing, And if thats not enough I'm getting my audio for media degree in May,... Soooo........ we use this in school, Its the only in the box reverb I use, its Mind blowing, Its on the freaking money, if I could I'd marry it. Seriously it is the link between real and sci-fi. There are emulations and then there is this. I have a pretty good project studio without this, with this I might as well be Ocean Way, my drums are now insane , my vocals are the same and everything else is just crazy through this. You know how I feel JUST GET IT!!!!!!!!

UAD User

January 15, 2016

Better than all other rooms!!

I am using it on every mix to give it depth and width! It's blewing my mind to have access to those excellent rooms! If you haven't tried it yet, give it a chance and you'll be amazed!

M. Brown

January 12, 2016

My room in my Mac just got bigger

To have Ocean Way studio rooms in my Mac. Wow!

My small room though well tuned is no match for the 2 rooms at Ocean Way California. IR/simulation is the closes I can get.

I have never been there, but Its the effort made tracking the 2 rooms that has my attention and tells me how useful the sim will be for me.

Thanks Allen and UAD, I have some line level gear that have benefited from your effort.

My Music Life is much better

M. Brown

January 12, 2016

My room in my Mac just got bigger

To have Ocean Way studio rooms in my Mac. Wow!

My small room though well tuned is no match for the 2 rooms at Ocean Way California. IR/simulation is the closes I can get.

I have never been there, but Its the effort made tracking the 2 rooms that has my attention and tells me how useful the sim will be for me.

Thanks Allen and UAD, I have some line level gear that have benefited from your effort.

My Music Life is much better

T. Labisch

January 12, 2016

two-trick-pony: Reverb & ReAmping

The special sale plus a coupon convinced me to demo this plugin and finally buy it for 175.-€, although I could only scratch the surface of it. After a few weeks of use it made it's way to one of my fav's:
- for "reamping" guitar/s,
- on the drums bus,
- as a reverb on reverb insert,
- as "glue" on the master bus.
The presets work fine for me as a starting point. It helps to put your mix into "one defined room". But to get deeper I will have to invest some time to experiment with all the features.
So I think the money is well spent (although the original price of 349.- would have been too high for me)

H. Luton

January 10, 2016

Ocean Way

So far it's proving yo be really nice i'm not sure about some of the re micing claims and how accurate they are but if it sound good then job done, i find myself using it a lot more to be creative and twist sounds around which it is fantastic for, however its still early days so i would need to live with it a lot longer to be fair....The price is quite hefty so i can't really be sure of value for money that being said i am a total UADer so i guess i'm trapped and like a lot of the other reviewers a little biased

D. Hrivnak

January 9, 2016

My Favorite Plug-In By Far

In my opinion, this plug-in has set the bar for what computer code can do for audio production. In that regard, I think it's second only to DAWs. I'm primarily a hardware man, but I this plug-in always makes at least one layer in every track sound better, and I use it all the time.

If you take this plug-in as seriously as you should, and you learn how to use it well, you will add an incredibly powerful tool to your studio.

D. Fa

January 7, 2016

Ocean Way Studios Rocks!!!

I've been using the Ocean Way Studios plugins in my latest mix (Hard Rock Band), and I inserted it iinto the drum room mics and was very impressed. It brought the drums to life and when I bypass it I feel I can't live without it. I've also used it to re-mic some of the guitars using the 44 8 model and I love how it brings out the mid-range without stepping over the Vocals. I'm still getting to grips with it but I'm very satisfied with the results. Highly recommended.

T. Bronner

January 5, 2016

Ocean Way Studios Plug-In

Great plugin for drums to give them a superb over all room sound or to have just a luxury reverb bus.
Remiking clean guitars works like charm too - i really love the airy, bloomy sound!

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