Ocean Way Studios
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
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
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
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
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.
“Ocean Way Studios instantly adds incredible depth, size, width, and vibe to your music. It's like owning a re-amp box for one of the best sounding studios in the world.”
– Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Shinedown, Train)
“The Ocean Way Studios plug-in sounds so good and has the right amount of flexibility. The workflow mimics the actual choices at the studio very nicely…it sounds authentic and rich — like those rooms with those mics.”
– Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Beck, Other Lives)
“The Ocean Way Studios plug-in lets me mix with a new sense of space, adding a whole new level of depth to my mixes.”
– Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Fun.)
“Every session I've done at Ocean Way has been an unparalleled experience with amazing results. The plug-in offers an incredible opportunity to realistically add those sonics to any musical project with stunning realism.”
– Richard Chycki (Rush, Aerosmith, Dream Theater)
“It’s great to finally be able to add a real room vibe to sounds that otherwise didn't have one. The Ocean Way plug-in helps bring a mix together with depth and space.”
– Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers)
“I assumed the UAD Ocean Way Studios was a reverb, but it's way more than that. I've been down the rabbit hole since I installed it and I'm not ready to come out yet.”
– Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Duke Spirit)
“Hearing drums through Ocean Way Studios plug-in is like being transported to Ocean Way! The true sound of Studio A or Studio B applied to anything I want.”
– Chris Dugan (Green Day, Iggy Pop, U2)
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...Read More
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...Read More
June 5, 2017
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...Read More
June 3, 2017
自分のベースをオーシャンウェイスタジオで弾くことができる それだけで価値があると思うRead More
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 neededRead More
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!Read More
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
Ocean Way Studios
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
My new goto ambience and damping plugin
The title says it all!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
good reverb for acoustic sound
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.
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 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 !
DID IT AGAIN
The remicing and reverb tool I have always waited for!! Great sound, especially the room reverbs are amazing!! Love it. Highly recommended!!
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