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.

Customer Reviews

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


S. Roefs

December 30, 2016


Creates depth like nothing else! Awesome plugin. I love it and use it on vocals, guitars, drums, strings, everything!! Mostly on reverb mode in parallel. Sometimes I want something really in the back of the soundscape, then it's on the channel in remic mode. I use it every mix.

M. Daley

December 29, 2016


Adds so much life to what ever u need!


December 24, 2016

Amaging Plug-in

It Just Brilliant that's all.
Natural Ambience & Reverb adjust into any source

F. Batiste III

December 22, 2016


So you tapped out this really cool drum pattern, or recorded a live drum set. Whatever. Then you run it through Ocean Way Studios. And then like Urkel you say "Wow did I do that?" Lol! All kidding aside. Every engineer, aspiring musician/producer/beat maker owes it to him or herself to try this plugin. You have to hear it to believe it.

D. Torgersbraten

December 19, 2016

Worth it!

I finally took the plunge with this and it's worth it. I only use it for drums and it adds a largeness and presence that I can't get with any other reverb. You just need to try it to understand.

G. Montecillo

December 16, 2016

More than a reverb

WOW!! I can say this is an amazing room emulator, best one I've ever used, gives life to dry drums as if they were actually recorded in a room, and running a guitar DI track it freaked me out how it sounded like it was track with microphones, can't say enough good things about this plug in.

UAD User

December 11, 2016


I wish I could say otherwise.

D. Myers

December 11, 2016


A great re amp / reverb plugin - creates a real vibe to individual instruments as well as to entire mix. Buy it - you'll be glad you did!!

O. Göransson

December 5, 2016

Very unique plug in

I have a song where the instruments sounds great but detached. Meaning they won't really gell into a nice mix because they are recorded in several different rooms. I started using the plugin's re-amping mode and the tracks really come to life, especially my midi-pianos and B3s. Couldn't the next step be other studios? Abbey Road, Muscle Shoals etc?

N. Dayan

December 3, 2016

Unlike any other reverb plugin

The Ocean Way plugin is really a one-of-a-kind. In this day and age where most processing occurs in the box, this plugin is invaluable for samples and virtual instruments. It can turn any dry and lifeless recording into a delicate and intimate snapshot of Ocean Way's studio A or B. Especially useful when trying to give a sense of space and depth to individual parts or even an entire session.

UAD User

November 27, 2016

Good, but only find myself using it for ambience

This plugin sounds great, but it is not as versatile as I expected it to be based on the price. For now I've only found myself using it to add ambience to dull close-mic'ed sources.

UAD User

November 15, 2016

Just WOW

More than just reverb.
Though it is a ressource-eater, it gives a shine and more life to almost every signal. Love it on drums & guitars.

J. Fanus

November 15, 2016

The vocal spaces I needed

This plugin provided me with a much needed reverb and tool to create spaces that I wanted and needed. Its great for experiments along side other verbs.

D. van Haarlem

November 12, 2016

OWS is the "King of Rooms"

'Ocean Way Studios' is a real gem! I mostly mix tracks that are recorded in smaller studio's and smaller rooms. This plugin "OPENS THINGS UP" and lets the tracks "BREATHE WARMTH IN SPACE AND COHESION". This plugin is an example of what poetry does with words; It shifts you to a different paradigm ;-) I have never been to Ocean Way Studio's but you immediately hear a "good sounding large room". The choice of microphones, alignments, distances, filters and mix-faders for near/mid/far-positions are so easy to use and can make all the difference. I use it on my aux-busses and always have at least two of them loaded in my mixes: one for my Vocal-sends and one for my Drum-sends. I could use convolution reverbs with studio ambiences, but somehow the Ocean Way plugin always gels more with the sources and makes it 'More Real'.

R. Beld

November 11, 2016

Adds nice depth to your tracks

Love putting this on drums, perc, vocals and guitars. Such nice flavor!

A. Kamel

November 2, 2016

Pour chercheurs d’ambiances !

J'ai hésité avant de prendre ce plug in car je n'était pas sûr du réalisme qu'il pourrais produire.
Il fut un des premiers que j'ai essayé et malgré mon scepticisme, je doit avouer que ça la fait directement !
On à bien l'impression d'être dans une salle d'enregistrement de standing et la possibilité de mixage des trois positions de micros, permet de travailler sur l'ambiance souhaité.
En mode tracking, cela rajoute une belle ambiance aux prises et permet de limité par la suite l'utilisation du DSP car assez gourmand.
Un outil agréable à utilisé et pratiquement indispensable en home studio où l'acoustique n'est pas forcément travailler.

A. Bestit

October 20, 2016

Ad space to your mix

Unlike other room and reverb plugins this room emulation don't ads a reverberant tail to your instruments. A touch of this in your instruments will ad a lot of space in your mix. Incredible in drums, acoustic guitars and other acoustic instruments but, also amazing in vocals.

You will love it!

J. Chase

October 12, 2016

MIght Use DSP However, We Used To Bounce In The Old Days

Now you simply create the ambience and or sound you need, and record to one of the near endless tracks we are graced with these days.

The Ocean Way Plugin did a very nice job of helping to add a more believable timbre to a cheesy string patch in a track I'm mixing at the moment.

Anything that helps speed a session along while improving the sounds in question is what should be considered a useful tool.

This is going to come in quite handy at times!

Thank you U.A.

UAD User

September 23, 2016

It's almost like cheating.

The way that this plugin makes in-the-box sounds not sound like they are sampled midi performances makes me feel wrong...but like with most sins I am hesitant to care because it makes me feel so good.

I've gotten so much use out of this plugin at this point that I feel almost like it's the only plugin I need for midi applications (aside from a library of sounds). Strings and drums that are canned come alive and are made anew.

Well done, UA.

R. Freeman

September 17, 2016


The Ocean Way rooms sound lovely, and there is enough flexibility (mic types, positions, EQ) to get whatever you need in the way of authentic ambience. My only gripe is that there is no level meter so you can't see what's going in or coming out. Maybe an idea for the next version?

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