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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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.

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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


UAD User

December 21, 2015

Ocean Way Reverb

It's the best sounding reverb plugin out there.
Well crafted and easy to use.

F. Walbrun

December 21, 2015

great tool

I really do like the ocean way plugin. Turns your digital stuff into a fat analog sounding world.

F. Sonnauer

December 17, 2015

Ocean Way/perfect room replacer

I have the Ocean Way Rooms for three weeks now and I´m goin to love it. It`s a perfect tool for replacing, as example drums, if u don`t like your drum room mics, take your close mics and build your own room, great.
But sometimes if you don`t have a perfekt equalized signal it`s not so easy to find a good sound, I think room A is a bit muffly and then I´m getting problems in the midrange of the mix. But you can fix that easy with a eq or maybe you guys don`t have that kind of problem, but I like to control the room frequencies with a Multiband behind the ocean way, it becomes more dynamic.
At least I have to experiment much more with this tool, it`s a must have Room plugin.
Have fun
Greatings Franz
Raum20 Tonstudio München

c. yeorae

December 13, 2015

i love uad

i love uadi love uadi love uadi love uad

A. Crowley

December 6, 2015

Feels like you are there, moving the mics around in the room

Used re-mic mode with a 414 - close your eyes with headphones on and you are there in the room, moving the mics around. You can hear the surface of the walls and the cab at the end of the room. I've heard good convolution etc. reverbs which create ambience etc. before but never felt I was there in the room moving the mics around. Fancy a C12, omni maybe? Just click the switch.

The way the phases change and interact and really give a true three dimension to the sound.

One thing, using re-mic mode, on the presets the close mic is often a metre or two away from source, so they can seem very wet. I think this may confuse people at first. Just pull that first mic close and it springs into life :)

T. Vines

December 2, 2015

Space without having space

In a home project studio acoustics is always a fight. This plugin, when used on a very dry signal, gives the illusion of having been recorded in a fine acoustic space. It's a wonderful choice to have available in your DAW.

E. Halterman

November 27, 2015

Nice space!

Overall I liked it and used it with some success in certain situations. For sure better than the DreamVerb, but please UAD, take it to the next level and give us a convolution reverb that will be #1 on this planet... thanks!

J. Escalona

November 17, 2015

Exciting to an extent.

A beast on drums. Doesn't work on everything though. Use it sparsely. Takes up a lot of DSP and space in a mix.

S. Muscio

October 15, 2015

Very Impressive

I demo'd this plugin and wasn't so impressed at first. Then bought a new apollo and was able to demo it again. For whatever reason I was shocked at how well it "glued" my drum tracks together. It does it so well it's the only thing I've used it on. I love the control over the mic placement. It's very easy to fine tune your room to your liking. Two thumbs up

E. Sevmont

October 14, 2015

Great on virtual instruments!

This reverb sounds amazing with the re-mic setting on virtual strings and pianos, I haven't had the chance to use it as a faux room tone for drums, but I have a hunch it will be great, particularly for virtual drums or drums recorded in a not so great room. It hasn't worked for me so great on vocals and real instruments yet, not bad but not what I was looking for, perhaps in the future after I purchase it I'll spend more time experimenting different alternatives! Looking forward to hear how it sounds great with cabs too!

M. Ferreira

October 2, 2015



A. Gamez

September 22, 2015

Small Live Room? No problem

If you are like me, chances are your live room for tracking is not as big as you would want it to. You have to learn how to use it adequately but when you do, you will never have the small live room problem again. It is great to add a "REAL" depth to your sound, I love to use it in re amp mode inserted on my room mic track. I can easily tweak the distance to get the desire space I want. FANTASTIC, this thing on drum room is a beast!

J. Barriuso

September 15, 2015

Superb ambience plugin

Hi, it´s been about a month since I´m using Ocean, and I have two main things to comment.

As a reverb I´ve used in some tracks, and feel it´s very good, but could not tell the difference with other superb reverbs, I just think it sounds great and does its job, but using a significant DSP power.

BUT the main thing I´m using Ocean with, and I would really recommend, is as an ambience generator in the master. Anything you put inside the rooms, playing a bit with mic combinations (I really like the far distant ones) carries your song, or whatever you play; instantly into a live performance. Just add claps and you feel you are into a great sound medium sized room live performance. I feel it´s superb with classic and jazz music.

UAD User

September 1, 2015

No more Dry Season

This plugin will add color and tone to whatever you put it on. With so many variations and presets to choose from, you'll have the ability to make something sound like it's "Straight Outta Heaven." You can't get a fresh natural room sound effect unless you have this plugin.

Shout out to Universal Audio for making superb plugins.

V. Manoukian

August 22, 2015

The best room emulation I have ever heard!

My drum room is well treated and fairly dry. Adding this plugin took it to another level. I have altiverb and thought it was grainy sounding in comparison. I demoed the the Ocean Way plugom it sounded like a real room. Great job!!

C. Soto

August 4, 2015

A Life Saver for Untreated Rooms

Despite its DSP hunger, this plug-in gives any closed mic'd source a sense of space that is hard to achieve any other way. I use it in everything I track now. Being o a duo chip from my Twin, I have to bounce every channel to save resources, but it really shines at transforming a dead sound into a lively track full of vibe and space. It is worth every penny it costs.

s. kgr

June 30, 2015

Best of uad2 plug-ins

The one interested most in uad2 is ocean way studios plug-in. The special quality of the microphone and a sense of distance can be operated, and space can be produced. A string and a horn section can use it for the tone of the drum and the guitar amplifier at all parts. It can't be managed again yet. It was wonderful as expected.

C. vonSneidern

June 24, 2015

Room tone on your tracks

It's a great option in one plug-in to have an adjustable room emulation on your tracks. The "cabinet" emulations in the iso room on OWS B are another level of manipulation, great on tracks you just want to take "somewhere else" in character and bandwidth. The room puts another dimension into placement of otherwise static dry signals.

UAD User

June 14, 2015

outstanding rooms!

This was recommended to me and I bought it... I didn´t really get into it in the beginning, and thought it was a waste of money - but that changed!
I learned mixing with berklee online and everybody got super crazy about my reverbs - always! All I ever used was the lexicon 224 for halls, chambers and plates, as well as the oceanway plugin for rooms and small halls. This combination is killer! The rooms of this plugin sound extremely natural! It´s so fresh! I really use it on every mix!

A. Link

June 8, 2015

Best UAD plugin: stupid easy to use and sounds great. Fun too.

This is just a fancy convolution reverb plugin, right? So why does it sound so much better? It's because it is extremely easy to use and the right microphones were placed in the best possible places. That, and when you move the microphones closer or further away it still sounds good. My mono acoustic guitar recordings (mono-stereo creates incredible depth), background vocals, synths, electric guitars, and drum machines need this plugin more then any other on my system. Fantastic design with the mixer and microphone placement - I would love to see more plugins with this kind of design, please!!

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