Ocean Way® Microphone Collection

Ocean Way® Microphone Collection

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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

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

Take a Listen

Hear it yourself.

Download unprocessed tracks recorded with the Sphere L22, and audition various mic models using the plug-in.
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The Mics of Ocean Way Studios

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

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

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.

Key Features

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

OW-47
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.

OW-12 #1
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.

OW-12 #2
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."

OW-49
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.

OW-269
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.

OW-800
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.

OW-50
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.

OW-K53
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.

OW-K54
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.

OW-55
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.

OW-K3A
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.

OW-57U3
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.

Customer Reviews

Ocean Way® Microphone Collection

Overall Rating

J. CARPENTER

November 30, 2017

I thought i loved the emulations before..

THESE SOUND AMAZING....PERIOD!! Now that I've got that off my chest, back to my point.. Ive been a Townsend Sphere for almost a year now so I've gotten quite fond of this system, i was blown away by the sound of the mic alone let alone the pristine emulations. I've compared it to the direct competition and the sphere had a certain "weight" to the tone. It sounded "expensive" not thin and brittle to my ears. i didn't think it could get better until i heard this plugin. it sounds even fatter. just comparing the 800 to the townsend's version theres just a little more "booty" to the bottom end that sounds even more pleasing to me. and the k53, wow! it has a nice top end "sizzle" that sounds nice for what im doing. shoot,just for the additional mics you get for your arsenal its a no brainer! for all sphere owners this is a MUST. don't believe me? try it for yourself, the proof is in the pudding.

H. Way

November 28, 2017

Simply Amazing!

I am totally blown away by the commitment of this company to so quickly add to my already nice repertoire of microphones. This is such an amazing collection! The collection that came with the microphone excellent but this definitely widens the pallet.

UAD User

November 23, 2017

This has changed my view of what a microphone system can be

I was quite happy with the mic collection that came with my Sphere mic. They all sounded great and the notion that you could dial in the perfect tone during mix was quite an amazing experience. Well, I was at the end of a modern pop type mix and THIS additional 'pedigree' collection from Ocean Way came out. The mic that worked best for the record I was working on was the c800g and I was curious to hear a variation on the record. Holy cow....Uhmmm.....THIS collection is pure magic! There an additional degree of energy, presence and resolution that creates such a classy high end sound. These mic models just sound and feel right. Purists will probably hate, and some will doubt. I for one am sold (literally). This is now a new era in mic technology and it is a joy to get to experience it!

UAD User

November 23, 2017

This has changed my view of what a microphone system can be

I was quite happy with the mic collection that came with my Sphere mic. They all sounded great and the notion that you could dial in the perfect tone during mix was quite an amazing experience. Well, I was at the end of a modern pop type mix and THIS additional 'pedigree' collection from Ocean Way came out. The mic that worked best for the record I was working on was the c800g and I was curious to hear a variation on the record. Holy cow....Uhmmm.....THIS collection is pure magic! There an additional degree of energy, presence and resolution that creates such a classy high end sound. These mic models just sound and feel right. Purists will probably hate, and some will doubt. I for one am sold (literally). This is now a new era in mic technology and it is a joy to get to experience it!

S. Chahley

November 21, 2017

An even bigger reason to love the Sphere system...

Even though some of the 'usual suspects' here have different emulations in the standard Sphere pack (U47, C-12, etc), these models taken from Allen Sides' collection are an incredible sounding collection of some of the rarest 'golden units'...all with a pedigree. I can't believe how great these sound - and with the flexibility of the Sphere system it makes this a no-brainer for those of us who love having classic tones at our fingertips. I can't say enough about the quality of these emulations - and love the fact that some lesser known classics that many of us may never have come across (KM-53, KU-3A) are included. CLASSY sounds, and an education in tone...in a plug in. If you own a Sphere mic, I don't recommend you demo this pack unless you have the cash to buy it. Trust me.....
My only complaint is that we need a 180 (stereo) version of this pack. PLEASE!!!