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


R. Calegari

May 14, 2017

Ambiente, no reverb!

Una gran manera de llevar tomas a una gran sala. Real y precisa, da el aire que puede dar una sala de dimensiones mas que probadas. No esperes una reverb, pero si un gran ambiente! Especial para vientos, baterias, acusticas.

A. Nabavi

May 13, 2017

Amazing, ESP for home Studio recordings !!!

I'm really amazed with the environment that it can emulate, specially for Drums, I really loved Re-Mic feature that can make everything ALIVE !!! Thank You Guys

w. lee

May 11, 2017

nice room modeling plug in

Though it is VST sound. it can add a realstic room reverb sound naturaly. i've using it on any acoustic instruments.

S. Skinner

May 3, 2017


I have been trying to get a good drum room sound from reverb units, hardware and software, for the past 30 years. They have always sounded artificial. This one sounds great! Kick, snare hat, everything sounds realistic and, well, better!

M. Diaz Velez

April 26, 2017

A reverb? or an amazing complete tool for space?

I tried this plugin on a recording with no ambience. The result was incredible, some instruments started to show some cool reflections and give to the recording a new air and shape. Amazing tool!!!! You need to sit and try which kind of configuration fits for your mix and tracks.

UAD User

April 26, 2017

Very useful

good reverb for acoustic sound

R. Panossian

April 24, 2017

Brings your dead sterile di guitar sound to life

If you could hear what this does to my Taylor direct in you would not believe it ! Another must have, to add colour or completely transform the sound of a mono boring sound and give it a 3d dimension, presence and tons of character.

A. Dingley

April 18, 2017

saved my drum tracks from their boring, boring fate.

I was at a weekend mixing workshop with Larry Crane from TapeOp @ Jackpot! recording, and showed some of my mixes where the live horn section sounded way too dry & lifeless. He recommended the 're-mic' mode of the Ocean Way plug-in, and it added all of the character and depth I'd been looking for.

Flash forward several months, and I'm working on the first big project in my new home studio. The drums are suffering from a little "small room syndrome" and needed something to put them in a realistic / bigger space. This plug-in made all of the difference. Being able to set multiple mic-placements in the virtual room and blend between "close" / "mid" / and "far" allows for so many possibilities. It doesn't feel like "added / fake reverb"... it really feels like these recordings were made in a bigger / better room. Love it!

I. Bland

April 14, 2017

Amazing !

I thought long and hard about buying this plug in , not for the product , it's one of the most expensive in the UAD range , however it was worth EVERY PENNY ! To get the sound of Ocean Way studio on my productions is sublime , the reverbs are so flexible and mic placement of the room , the C12 mic emulation in remic mode close up is a game changer on all my vocals now , do your self a favour Buy this , it's one of UADs best !

M. L

April 9, 2017



G. Asbeck

April 3, 2017


The remicing and reverb tool I have always waited for!! Great sound, especially the room reverbs are amazing!! Love it. Highly recommended!!

t. kenny

March 18, 2017

i take it all back

Tried this plugin years ago couldn't get it to sound good gave it 3 stars . Tried it again recently in a dead space and was blown away . Beautiful air and body on room mics very realistic indeed . Iam still yet to try it on drums but so far vocals and acoustic guitar are stunning. Worth the dsp load

m. hardy

March 17, 2017


Perfect ambience

S. Simpson

March 13, 2017

NOT a gimmick.....

I purchased Ocean Way a while back, played around with it a bit, thought it might be pretty useful at some point- and kind of left it at that. Well, yesterday? Mind is blown.
I needed some virtual brass for a project, and as always, was dissatisfied with the way the horns were sitting. Either, too much in front and cheesy sounding, or buried and tinny. That's when I thought, "What I need is a good sounding room.... hey, how bout that Ocean Way deal? You know that moment when you click on something and it feels like you just got a pony, a new bike, AND your favorite breakfast as a kid on Christmas morning? Yeah. It felt like that. Yes, it is a pricey plugin, and no it may not work for every little thing.... but, if you use virtual horns, strings, or drums? Worth every penny, and then some.

j. mead

March 8, 2017

works wonderfully

added this when I bought my octo, love the remike feature, takes a bit of my resources, but with the octo I still have plenty of bandwidth

P. Duffy

March 6, 2017

Make your virtual instruments sound like real instruments

I'm seriously impressed by this plugin. It's quite heavy on resources, but I use it to track instruments and if I'm looking to give a bit more life to virtual instruments it's great.

A. Dell'Olio

February 24, 2017

Impressive reverb

This is just an impressive room simulation. It gives depth, life and energy to every instrument, on every mix.

J. Morra

February 22, 2017

Not an ordinary reverb plugin

I already have several reverb plugins, satisfied with them. But I can't help buying this after trying demo. It was the re-mic processing surprises me. It not only glues several tracks and adds beautiful reverb sounds but sounds like they're really in the same space.

s. durand

February 14, 2017


Ocean Way Studios Is just the essential plugins for drums and voice applications
Stéphane Targa

W. Khin

February 9, 2017

You never know until you use it.

You will never know until you use this plugin. My programmed drum tracks now sound alive thru this Plugin.

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