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


P. Favati

March 5, 2014

Ocean Way Studios Plug-In

Favoloso, emulazione oltre ogni aspettativa. Ocean Way Studios Plug-In è un ottimo investimento per tutti coloro che non dispongono di un ambiente per la registrazione. Voto 10!

T. Trimble

March 3, 2014

You have to hear it...

Hard to explain. You just have to hear it. Stunning on Steven Slate drums in room B with Slate Room turned off. I now track everything through my apollo quad-_oceanway-_api vision strip-_studer and then print wet to cubase. You have to commit this way, but it's worth it. It does require playing around with and I always find I prefer much closer positioning on the first mic than Sides' recommends. A fantastic plugin!

R. King

February 20, 2014

Really amazing tool! Sound quality is spot on too.

I just finished a mix on this album yesterday using the OWS plugin on the horn section. I recorded the band in a huge cabin in Big Bear and the recording was huge, open and beautiful. My personal studio only has a 10x9 vocal/overdub booth. I tracked three horn players all with mic's about 3' off the horn bells. Using superb mic's and pre's the recording was good but obviously very close sounding and definitely wasn't working in the mix. After some adjustments on the OWS plugin I got the horns to not only sit perfectly in the recording but they sounded absolutely fantastic! I was skeptical about this plugin upon its initial release but it has turned out to be an amazing tool. Sound quality is very good as well. Highly recommended.

D. Smith

February 18, 2014


Amazing to have this room modelling at your fingertips. Can be a beautiful subtle enhancement or totally transformative.

L. Pimentel

February 12, 2014

Unbelievably Accurate!

First of all, I have done dozens of sessions at Ocean Way Hollywood for the past 3 years. I've spent a lot of time in both studio A/B and when I saw this plugin I thought "yeah right, this gotta be a joke!" HOWEVER, after playing with it and comparing it side by side to other tracks that were actually recorded at Ocean Way, I could not believe my ears! Oh boy, with my eyes closed I felt like I was back at the studio. This is an amazing product! It will make any of your takes to sound unbelievably accurate to one of the best studios in the world. BUY IT NOW! You will not regret doing it!

R. Stern

February 12, 2014

Having a virtual live room is a beautiful thing

Best plug I have ever purchased, I use it on all my mixes. Love it on string sections, really brings out the magic of a true live take. I've also been using it to open up my guitars. I track through an iso cab due to volume regulations and the remic feature absolutely transforms the cab to something I'm not afraid to keep in a final mix. That confidence is worth the price alone, good show UA, good show.

R. Boyce

January 21, 2014

Swiss Army knife of room sounds!

I use this on almost every mix I do, always on the drums and been using it more to replicate room sounds for vocals , horns, and acoustic guitars. Does something different than reverbs, it adds depth a reverb doesn't.

A. Habib

January 16, 2014

Go for it , it goes for you

Definitely this plug-in brought unlimited colours and enveloppes to my mix . I forgot for a while that I am in a "home studio" and felt myself projected in a more sophisticated world of "Takes". It reflects more and more the professionalism and awareness of UAD people to offer the best.

C. Hayes

January 14, 2014

This is a very nice fit for my rig

Our "Family" room does triple duty as tracking, control and TV viewing area. The basement worked great for disco sounding drums and pretty well for lead vocals, but I really missed the ambient sound of my old tracking room. After hearing the recorded examples of OWS on the UA site, I had high hopes for what OWS might do for my situation. I invited a couple of drummers over and tracked a 4-piece kit with every drum close-mic'ed and a pair of overheads. Afterwards we rushed to the other side of the room, played back what we recorded through OWS, and I smiled! I don't have a clue what the real Ocean Way sounds like. I do know that since I probably won't move the studio again, I am so happy that UA and OWS released the OWS plug-in. Thanks UA!

R. Raschner

January 14, 2014

Ocean Way Review Roald Raschner

Dear UAD Team,

i just can say that i am very happy with the Ocean Way Plug In. It makes exactly, what i expected and also more, than i expected.
The ambience in my mixes sounds more natural and also in combination with algorithmic reverbs Ocean Way works great.
And I´m surprised about the remike part of the plug in. Never heard that in such a quality. Very useful.

Just one Question. This was the second time i tried to pay and to use the coupons, that were 75 Dollars, whn i ordered.
What can i do to use the Coupons next time, when i buy something. Gimmie a hint, please.

Thank you und all the best,
Roald Raschner
Munich, Germany

A. Anyn

January 14, 2014

Ocean Way Studios Plug-In

It that I looked for! Fast and intuitive. Great for adding width using the panning.Brightness, and space are independently adjustable All the real things that happen in a room...can be achieved and way more. It's nice to be able to tweak mics, distance, etc... Simply and cool!

P. Weisenburger

January 12, 2014

Ocean Way "ALL THE WAY"

A++This plug-in was so exceptional that I reopened mixes that were ready to be sent for mastering so that I could remix: drums/guitars/group vox-- anything that would be enhanced by a real room sound. I've used combinations of rooms, delays, and reflection engines for a while now, but the realism here is bordering on ridiculous. For the vast majority of project studios we, out of necessity, try to record things dry and add ambience digitally. A great room always separated the "real studios" from the basement project studio. This plug-in closes the gap. If you're using a great front end (mic/pre/converter) this plug will help you capitalize on your investment by adding a marvelous room.

M. Eigenmann

December 27, 2013

Incredible round sound

I used the Ocean Way Studio Plug-in for a production of voice and piano, using a digital piano and generating room sound by bypassing the piano's own reverb and sending it to Ocean Way. This created so much body to the sound, I could hardly believe this was still my digital piano and not a real Bösendorfer Grand. I also used the Plug-in for the vocals, where the result was equally stunning. I can recommend this fantastic tool very warmly to anyone producing acoustic music, even if you already have a great sounding environment. This Plug-in will give an extra touch of beauty and professionalism to your production!

J. Jönsson

December 25, 2013

Very versatile plug-in

I just love this one! My main use of this plug-in would definitely be on drums. You can get so many different characters on the same drum kit just by switching between the different microphones, microphone placements OR drum kit / instrument placement.

If you´re recording allot of drums and don´t have a great acoustic room to record them in, then this might be the plug-in you've been looking for.

I. Bueckert

December 19, 2013

awesome for Drummer

These really make Drummer in Logic Pro X sound awesome! Haven't tried it on much else yet. But it really shines on sampled drums.

A. Card

December 19, 2013

A true must-have plug

There's not much to say: I just did a little quickie folm for a client, and the Ocean Way plug made my pre-production studio sound like a very expensive studio recording. When you can spend just a few hundred and sound like every recording cost you thousands more to produce -- that's a must-have tool.

F. Massa

December 19, 2013

the way to place a reverb

this plugin is incredible! you can do a lot o things until you find the best reverb you need for your mix. pretty easy to use and fast to reach a good result.

N. Pitloglou

December 19, 2013

OWS - A revolutionary tool

At first I was very skeptical about this guy. I said: Ok and now what? One more room reverb... Ok, lets try it...
After some hours I realized that by using it in REVERB mode, it's simply THE BEST plugin room reverb (compared with great hardware units). It's just amazing!
But OWS it's not only this. Experiment (as much as better) REMIC mode and you will see... or better, you will hear. Great depth manipulation and instruments' separation in the mix. A revolutionary tool!

J. Corirossi

December 19, 2013

Oceanway is amazing!

This plugin is jaw dropping. A fantastic reverb, and an awesome reamp plugin.

B. Mackewich

December 18, 2013

Ocean Way or the Highway!

I was looking for a reverb that was unique and easy to use for a quick demo mix. I started the 14 day demo, and never looked back. This reverb was not only a great sounding tool, but fun to tweak. That may sound weird, but it is true. Got a great deal, used a coupon. What could be better?

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