Ocean Way® Microphone Collection
Vintage mics, hand-picked from Ocean Way, for the Sphere L22 microphone.
The Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in, exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces, expands the capabilities of the acclaimed Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone system with 12 ultra-precise emulations of the “best of the best” vintage mics from Allen Sides’ world-renowned mic locker.
Townsend Labs’ Sphere is the only microphone modeling technology endorsed by Grammy-winning engineer/producer Allen Sides to capture the sound of his vintage microphones. Every model in the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in is based on what he felt are the very best representations of classic mics from Neumann,® Sony,® RCA,® AKG,® and more.*
Now You Can:
Record and monitor with Ocean Way’s legendary microphone collection in real time using UA audio interfaces
Track through Allen Sides’ hand-picked vintage mics, including icons from Neumann, Sony, RCA, AKG, and more*
Change the proximity effect in real time and after the recording, in order to match a vocal take
Adjust the polar pattern and other parameters to reduce bleed, room coloration, and feedback, before or after tracking
Included Mic Models
OW-47 (Neumann U 47)
OW-12 #1 (AKG C12)
OW-12 #2 (AKG C12)
OW-49 (Neumann M 49)
OW-269 (Neumann M 269)
OW-800 (Allen Sides’ prototype Sony C800G)
OW-50 (Neumann M 50)
OW-K53 (Neumann KM 53)
OW-K54 (Neumann KM 54)
OW-55 (Sony C55P)
OW-K3A (RCA KU-3A)
OW-57U3 (Shure SM57 Unidyne III)
See Included Mic Model Info
Take a Listen
Hear it yourself.
Download unprocessed tracks recorded with the Sphere L22, and audition various mic models using the plug-in.
The Mics of Ocean Way Studios
The Ocean Way Microphone Collection gives you access to the rich, three-dimensional sounds of Allen Sides’ world-renowned microphone collection — used by countless A-list artists, including Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Now you can track vocals, guitar, and more through Allen Sides’ hand-picked classic mics like the Neumann U-47, Sony C800G, RCA KU3A ribbon, and AKG C12.
Unlimited Miking Flexibility
With the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in, you can change the proximity effect and polar pattern in real time or at mixdown, as well as reduce bleed, room coloration, and feedback — before or after tracking. You can also blend two different mic models together for recordings that capture the characteristics of both microphones. Easily record a singer/guitarist with reduced bleed between the vocals and guitar, or tweak a vocal’s bass response with the adjustable proximity effect.
Instantly Audition Multiple Mic Emulations with UA Audio Interfaces
By connecting the Townsend Labs’ Sphere L22 microphone to the mic preamps on an Apollo audio interface, Sphere allows you to instantly monitor and record with a huge variety of mic sounds in real time. This ultra-low latency recording experience ensures that you can capture the emotion of a performance using the ultimate mic locker.*The Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in requires the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone. All trademarks are property of their respective owners, and used only to represent the microphones modeled as part of the Ocean Way Microphone Collection software.
May 31, 2020
There is indeed some overlap on some microphones, but after demoing the plugin you quickly hear the differences on the overlapped models. On vocals it’s even better than the core...Read More
May 10, 2020
I bought this because I wanted to see how it would compliment my Sphere L22 Microphone, and WOW it is an amazing Addition to the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling system.Read More
May 8, 2020
I use this with the Sphere Microphone and the AKG and Neuman get used regularly on vocals in my mixes. Excellent companion to the Townsend plug in.Read More
March 29, 2020
Amazing as expected
I really wanted to get the emulation of the AKG C12 and Neumann M249 and I am super impressed with the quality of the emulations. If you have the Sphere L22 mic, from all the uad emulation,...Read More
March 5, 2020
I’m blown away by how great these sound. I also own the Putnam Collection and the main Sphere collection, this one is so wonderful and I’m glad I bought it.Read More
February 3, 2020
You know you want to buy that Townsend Labs Sphere mic
If you have a Sphere mic, you want this. Easy as that.Read More
Accurate emulations of vintage microphones from Allen Sides’ world-renowned collection, including mics from Neumann, Sony, AKG, RCA, and more
Realtime UAD Processing with Universal Audio’s Apollo interface for extremely low latency
Polar pattern modeling for the three-dimensional response of target microphones, polar patterns, and other off-axis characteristics of vintage microphones
Re-Mic Sphere tracks and select mic type, polar pattern, and other settings before or after tracking
Adjustable proximity effect for tweaking bass response
Simultaneous mic models for phase coherent mixing of multiple virtual mic models from the same physical microphone before or after tracking
Included Mic Models
For over 70 years, the Neumann U 47 has stood the test of time as the ultimate studio mic. Allen Sides has acquired — and sold — more than 400 U 47s, and the OW-47 is based on his favorite, serial number 2679. The OW-47 expertly emulates the original mic’s large condenser K47 capsule and a VF14 tube, giving you the same mind-blowing detail and legendary sonics for acoustic instruments and vocals.
Released in 1953, the AKG C12 is almost always Sides’ choice as a drum overhead. It’s also his prefered mic for lush, breathy vocals. One of the most complex and intricate large-diaphragm condenser capsules ever made, the OW-12 #1 emulation is an exacting model of this classic, even capturing its classic 10 kHz-ish “bump” and high-end sheen and sparkle without accentuating sibilance.
This AKG C12 is warmer and smoother than #1, highlighting the varying flavors of this classic, as it could be custom-tuned at the AKG factory to achieve different sensitivities and frequency response curves. The OW-12 #2 captures this favorite, the same one Sides’ used to record Frank Sinatra’s vocals on his 1984 album, LA is My Lady, as well as the all-star choir for 1985’s "We Are The World."
Based on the Neumann M 49 — a slightly smoother, less-colored sounding U 47 due to a more transparent headbasket — the OW-49 faithfully emulates this late-’50s Ocean Way favorite. This mic has been used to track vocalists from Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand to Phil Collins and Joni Mitchell.
The Neumann M 269 was designed for the German broadcast market and is a variation of the Neumann U 67, using a AC701k tube instead of an EF86 and offering a variable pattern switch. Notable artists that recorded with the M 269 at Ocean Way include Kenny Loggins, Little Richard, Alanis Morissette, and Johnny Rivers.
Allen Sides and Ocean Way were involved in the very early development of the famed Sony C800G mic, and Sides was given two C800G prototypes for listening tests. The OW-800 emulation captures the prototype’s slightly warmer character than a production C800G. Notable vocalists that have recorded with this mic include Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, and Brian Setzer.
The Neumann M 50 is a very unusual omnidirectional small-diaphragm condenser mic that features a capsule mounted on a plexiglass sphere. This design produces a nice high-frequency rise and an off-axis response which becomes more directional at higher frequencies resulting in the sound the M 50 is known and loved for. The OW-50 model is based on the earlier M 50a variant with serial number 294. Allen Sides chose this as the best M 50 specimen in his collection, as many famous movie scores have been recorded at Ocean Way Studios using this mic including E.T., Superman, 1941, Jaws II, Star Trek, Taxi Driver, and countless others.
Released in 1953, the Neumann KM 53 is an end-address small-diaphragm condenser that uses the Telefunken AC701 subminiature triode tube. The KM 53 has an omnidirectional capsule derived from the M 50, but has a very different sound due to the body configuration. The OW-K53 emulation, when set to an omni pattern, is based on a KM 53 from Allen Sides' personal collection and captures the original’s unmatched transient response.
Introduced in 1954, the Neumann KM 54 is a cardioid, end-address small-diaphragm condenser, and utilizes the Telefunken AC701 subminiature triode tube. The OW-K54 model, when set to a cardioid pattern, is based on Sides’ favorite KM 54, and sports an amazing transient response. At Ocean Way the KM 54 has been put to great use recording acoustic guitar and strings for the likes of Larry Carlton, Ry Cooder, Yo Yo Ma, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, and Eric Clapton.
The Sony C-55P might just be the most underrated mic of all time. Allen Sides has said it’s one of the best microphones he has ever used, and one point Ocean Way owned about 30 Sony C-55P mics! Especially wonderful on acoustic guitars, Sides has used the Sony C-55P on virtually every album he's recorded a stereo acoustic guitar. A cardioid small-diaphragm condenser, it’s unique in that the capsule swivels 90° inside the headbasket so it can be used either side-address, end-address or any point in between. The OW-55 model emulates the sound of the C-55P in Sides’ prefered side-address mode, but also allows for other capsule orientations.
The RCA KU-3A, sometimes referred to as a 10001, is an extremely rare cardioid ribbon microphone from the 1940s. The microphones were reportedly hand-built in Hollywood, California by RCA technician, Charles Gant, specifically for the motion picture industry. The OW-K3A emulation faithfully captures the original’s fixed-cardioid design and smooth, very controllable, off-axis response.
The now ubiquitous Shure SM57 was introduced in 1965 and utilized the relatively new Unidyne III capsule which had first been used in the Shure 545. A fixture on guitar amps and snare drums, their sound has slightly changed over the years, with some preferring the older US-made SM57s. The OW-57U3 emulation is based on a US-made version from the late ’60s.
Ocean Way® Microphone Collection
There is indeed some overlap on some microphones, but after demoing the plugin you quickly hear the differences on the overlapped models. On vocals it’s even better than the core collection! I couldn’t be more happy about this purchase!
I bought this because I wanted to see how it would compliment my Sphere L22 Microphone, and WOW it is an amazing Addition to the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling system.
I use this with the Sphere Microphone and the AKG and Neuman get used regularly on vocals in my mixes. Excellent companion to the Townsend plug in.
Amazing as expected
I really wanted to get the emulation of the AKG C12 and Neumann M249 and I am super impressed with the quality of the emulations. If you have the Sphere L22 mic, from all the uad emulation, I really recommend this one.
I really wasn’t aware you had a buy a $1500 Mic plus the software
I’m blown away by how great these sound.
I also own the Putnam Collection and the main Sphere collection, this one is so wonderful and I’m glad I bought it.
You know you want to buy that Townsend Labs Sphere mic
If you have a Sphere mic, you want this. Easy as that.
Amazing mic model
Sweet Mic Models but some redundancy with other UAD Mic Collections
Was hesitant on purchasing this collection because some of the mics offered are also available in the Townsend and Putnam collections. But I had a coupon and opted for the purchase.
The mic models in this collection that don't exist in neither the Townsend or Putnam collection are really excellent but having models that exist in the other 2 collections (if you own them) kind of makes this purchase a little less of a bargain.
5 stars for great models but I'm giving 4 stars because I didn't get much over what I already had for the money.
Excellent, but overlaps other similar plugins
At the time of this review, there are 3 UAD plugins that are designed for use with the Townsend L22 (Sphere) microphone. In addition to Ocean Way's plugin, the Putnam and the Townsend plugins control the sound of the modeling mic. So, caveat emptor...there is some redundancy here. On its own merits, the Ocean Way is the one I have started using the most. So if the Townsend plugin is not quite in agreement with your ears, I would recommend the Ocean Way over the Putnam plugin.
Grande emulazione di fantastici mics
Ho apprezzato l’emulazione dei 47. Buone anche le altre
Warm tone especially the 47’s
A stunning addition to the Sphere universe. Absolute magic.
Make sure to grab!
I have to say that I do use the default mic emulation very often, especially the ribbons and AKG models. However, this particular collection of Large Diaphragm mics is extraordinary and worth adding to your collection.
One of my biggest concerns with LD mics is capturing a detailed sound, but avoid having a harsh top end. I don't know how and what sort of magic is happening here...but the 47, 49 and 12s do exactly what I described by default as soon as you bring the plug-in up.
Dull sounds back to life!
This is a great plugin to revive dull sounds!
As with the Townsend Plugin.
These sound great.
that's it. the best mics on the planet.
Tecnología Townsend, cambio de juego!!
Tengo toda la colección de Townsend y es una gozada disponer de esta colección de micrófonos de ensueño, con una gama tonal de lujo.
No te arrepentirás, seguro!!
Perfect Imaginings ...
Paired with the L22 mic, Ocean Way Studios reverb plus various other UAD console emulations you can conceive of and then realize a fantasy recording experience in your DAW. The Neumanns are my favorites.
I was happy with the stock Townsend models and really didn't want to have to buy this...but had no choice. Even with the same mic (M49, C12) there's an extra bit of richness and depth to the Ocean way versions. The C800 is killer, the KU-3A ribbon has a great midrange character, and KM-54 is a useful addition. I have even more tonal options now.