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


D. Range

July 14, 2017

Sleeper plug in

I had demo this before and didnt get excited but when I need a 3rd plug in I said why not even though its a dsp hog its a nice plug in-I have a quad and I freeze tracks but I defiantly need an octo card

UAD User

July 14, 2017

classical guitar glamor

you have to be careful, using this plugin with subtle changes here and there, like you would move a real microphone in a real room, which sound's amazing. I use it for post production of classical guitar duo recordings which were done in a dry ambience. Then just give a tad ocean way to it and you have that "glue" and glossiness you need for a delicate classical sound. But beware of overdoing it, because you can get seduced by the sound ;-.) The EQ is a bit "frugal"...
Just my 2cents.

C. Lambros

July 14, 2017


Very nice sounding reverb! I can't say it replicates Ocean Way Studios cause I never been there but this sounds great and has various options. I use it on a bus because it can kill the cpu and you can't add to many of these at once. But that goes for many plugins today. Overall great for drums, vocals, fx and keys. If your looking for a a real sounding reverb this is classy.

S. Makarov

July 13, 2017

Ocean Way Studios

Спасибо большое! Всё отлично!

C. Domenico

July 10, 2017

Ocean Way Studios

this plugin makes me happy ... one hears immediately at the sound color that was invested here much time for the programming, thank you very much for this beauty :-)

w. valentine

July 8, 2017

Must Have!!!!!!!

Excellent plugin! A must have,you won't be disappointed!!!!

S. Orr

July 4, 2017


It's not a reverb. It's something different. It's incredible!

S. Hammel

July 4, 2017


This has nifty reverb and solid special processing to get good sounds. However, this is a super fun version of convo reverb taken to a whole other level. I'd buy up a lot more cool environmental dynamic models as fast as you can make them. I bet other post people would too. Cheers!

j. edwards

June 30, 2017


This is simply excellent! Now my drums don't sound like they were recorded in a basement

I love the multiple mic choices
Best room modulation I own by far

B. Daniel

June 27, 2017

amazingly realistic

I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't on sale, but I had demoed it enough times. I use the re-micing on digital keys, horns, vocals. Anything that needs to be in a different room than it was recorded in or anything that needs a little more pop.

s. kgr

June 22, 2017

Love ! Ocean Way Studios

My best Plug-in of all uad2. Greatest room sound !!

UAD User

June 17, 2017


What his does to a recording of a Senn 416 and AKG C414 XLS when re-miked to an U47 is nothing short of stunning. Recordings in my dining room and a soundbooth all of a sudden sound like gold. the Ocean Way Studios plugin has simply left me speechless. This is the best money I have ever spent. Period. (FYI - I use an iMac thunderbolt with 32GB RAM. All projects and recordings to external USB 3 drives. Never so much as a hiccup using 24 tracks in Protools. One word of advice: BUY.

D. Dake

June 16, 2017

Marvelous !

This plugin does what a beautiful job. I've never had the pleasure of recording in ocean ways studios , but my basement studio now sounds pretty damn close. This plugin has many things to offer and lots of tweakability . I love it and use it for drums vocals and guitars often , it's also great to add realism to synthesized piano . Get it !

E. Toews

June 12, 2017


The sound ist just amazing. I did not recognize it as I was trying it for the first time.
This unit and the lex and you don´t really need another reverb plugins anymore.
The downside is the DSP usage and some latency compensation issues with logic.

S. Gough

June 10, 2017

Small Studio Lifesaver

When I'm forced to work in a smaller room, the Ocean Way Studios plugin allows me to put my instruments in a bigger space than I have. It's very useful to add the perception of air in a larger space. Sounds very natural. I've recorded drums in a bedroom-sized space and been able to make them sound like I booked the A-room at a big shot studio.

M. Benson

June 5, 2017

Unbelievable Potential

This plugin gives so much life to every instrument. It genuinely makes it sound like drums were recorded in a huge room rather than in the small studio where they actually were. It wakes up boring guitar tracks. It kicks ass.


June 3, 2017



UAD User

May 31, 2017

a classic for a reason

try it on your drums. nothing like it. gives it that other worldly feel... does eat up processing power though so use as needed

L. Gilpin

May 29, 2017

My new Jam room!

I track drums in a small room , but when I throw the Ocean Way Room sound on them it sounds like they were recorded in a huge perfectly tuned room!

G. Christiansen

May 14, 2017

My new goto ambience and damping plugin

The title says it all!

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