Ocean Way Studios
Ocean Way Studios
Good on live recording
In mixing a live recording where everything was closed miked this plugin was really useful.
The organ was a bit edgy and in my face so I tried to use a re-mic setting which took some of the edge of and placed the organ on the stage instead of in the speakers. Good result from little effort.
I tried the reverb setting on the drums. I printed the room to a new track to save dsp and mixed it in with the drumbus and the result was that the drums took the place a bit behind the other instruments and gave the mix depth and a nice glued live sound.
A must have tool
I have been working with it for a few months now, and it's been a wonderful tool. It does require a lot of DSP but it's worthy. It's easy to use, very simple and it does an amazing job. If you don't have a wonderful room this can clean up the mess. It sounds real, big or small, close or far as you need it to be and in deed recolors the sound to the room and mics. It does everything they promise you it'll do. To be fair, it does require you to do your job by working with the tool settings, but since its a very simple interface, it's not difficult to achieve great results in a few minutes.
Absolutely amazing for ITB acoustic instruments
Drop any of your emulated acoustic instruments from Drums to Piano to Guitar into the remic'd room and it will bring a tear to your eye. It is just stunning to hear an otherwise sterile sampled acoustic guitar made real.
Superior Drummer and Ivory II italian grand sound fantastic as well but I am still trying to find a good way to do multiple outs with SD and create a virtual set of overheads to accompany it without phase issues.
Better than bleach for your crappy room.
When getting tracks with either cruddy room sounds or only overheads, this plug is the fix all!
Re-mic for room mics -- this will turn a couple of 57s in a rehearsal room to sound like it was recorded at Western with $10k of mics.
The regular reverb application is the best solution to add the appearance of room micing when there was originally none.
Thanks to Allen Sides & UA for doing something very special with this one!
this is amazing!
it can bring life to synths / drum machines like nothing else...gives it a real room vibe using the re-mic and makes it sit in the mix like magic sometimes...
also great when some realistic room is needed for more acoustic material like vocals strings guitars etc...
truly one of a kind highly recommended!
Rework Those Home Studio Tracks
I've used the Ocean Way Studios Plug-In on tracks sent to me by artists with Home Studios. This Plug-In used in Re-Mic Mode has allowed me to rework tracks (particulary lead vocals) and to develop a much improved sound on the mixes. I am currently experimenting with using the Reverb Mode with track sends to the Verb Buss and the results have been very good. An expensive tool, but one very much worth having.
More than a plug-in
Being able to put yourself and your idea into a room and mics that gives a new dimension to the music is much more than a plug-in.
I can't say how much I appreciate this plug-in! Finding that on true acoustic sounds it is 'hands down' the best thing to add to the mix. I've always wanted to add the effect of 'room' rather then processed 'reverb'. And if you are looking for real 'room' in your recordings, this is where it's at!
*Word to the Wise - check out UA's Instances Chart and your processor before using. Tends to pull on the system pretty hard so don't say I didn't warn you ;)
I've yet to explore everything this plugin can do, but let me relate one instance where it made itself well worth its cost. I had a DI electric guitar track that needed some space around it, being a lead instrument in a sparse mix. I ran it through an amp sim, and then into the OWS in "Guitar" mode. The result was the most convincing image of a real guitar being played in front of me that I've ever heard from my DAW. Amazing.
I've also had this plugin do nice work on drums, vocals, and keys. A game-changer? In my case, yes, since it changed the way I play this game we call music-making. Now, whenever I need a natural room sound, I reach for the OWS. Bravo, UA!
wow.. a real drum room.
i used the demo for a few days and was impressed with how i finally got my drums to sound like they were in a real room.. no, im not a mix engineer.. i convert midi tracks.. but 1 thing is true.. this plugin gave me results.. and i am happy with my putchase...
Just buy it.
Stop reading reviews and just buy this. Its so good its not even worth wasting time reading about. There is nothing else out there that does what this does. Its indispensable.
OCEAN WAY STUDIOS
how the hell did you do this. this plug is INSANE! thanks for making space for me!
Try to forget your mic modeling experience in the past and just USE THIS PLUG
I tried using this plug-in on 2 cues and I thought: "what a rip-off. Could UA really put something this crap on the market?"
On the third cue I tried it using the mic modeling and I realized that I was an idiot.
This plug-in is a game-changer. I think a lot of people using Altiverb etc. and combining multiple types of verbs (convolution, algorithmic), will be blown away by this plug. Hey if you are a hobbyist and you have all the time in the world to tweak your verbs to get close to the sound you want, more power to you. For me, this is out of the box magic which equals immediate purchase.
Clearly they can do magic so...
Where's our Lexicon 480/Bricasti emu Santa Claus?
Amazing sound, intuitive plugin!!!
One of the best UA release!
The ReMic function is very helpful but.......
is a cpu killer.... ;-)
A True Room Sound
I have never been in Ocean Way so I don't how well it is reproduced in this plugin. What I do know though is that if you record in neutral rooms and need the sound to come alive this plugin will do it. There is no end to the possibilities but it's importsnt to understand that it's a room simulator not a reverb.
If you mic up drums in a neutral room and want to use room mics you will normally not have much room/depth effect on those mics because the room is acoustically treated to have very few early reflections. Run them through the Ocean Way plugin and you're suddenly in a much larger place.
It really does wonders, I can't get my arms down
Great room sound, without this fantastic plugin, all sound going to flat, 2D feeling. after 10min testing, buy it!
Together with k-stereo, can make a realistic and detailed 3D sound image.
It ain't cheap but I really like the re-mic. It's become a valuable tool. On some mixes, I'm finding myself not using a reverb at all - just the room sound (re-mic).
Ambience that works
This plug in quickly became the residing bus must have in my DAW
To my ears it absolutely fabulous to have, it adds a space to a mix, like no other plug in I auditioned.
I have my share of reverbs that might help some tracks, but if seldom do I use the whole master buss mix to send to a reverb buss, they work well in subtle sense. The reason being is the bass spectrum or vocals become washed, if directly sent from a master bus.
However, this Plug-in has the ability to add dimension to a mix, yet the controls can easily focus your idea of how your song could sound in Ocean Ways Studio, which is total virtual sweetness.
"What I've been looking for"
I'm not much for words but all I can say is, "AWESOME"! Just what I've been waiting for!!!!
Make it real without adding reverb
The more I learn about this the better the application . I like to use it on real drum overheads , Its like I booked Oceanway for a day of drum recording. It makes a vocal track sit more 3 dimensionally in the Mix . It does use a lot of resources so I like to use it in a Buss loop wet or remike mode.