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.
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
Take a Listen
Learn how to Add Ambience to Close-Miked Drums
Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather) and the Ocean Way Studios and the Neve 33609 Compressor plug‑ins.
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 (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)
“The Ocean Way Studios plug-in allows me to get the tone of two great Bill Putnam rooms, with the ability to customize the mic choices and distance options. It’s the next best thing to actually being there.”
– John Paterno (Robbie Williams, Badly Drawn Boy, Bonnie Raitt)
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Ocean Way Studios plug-in
February 1, 2024
Drums belong here! so warm!Read More
January 31, 2024
I live in the city of London studios are not always available much less somewhere to practice, i write for real string sections sometimes playing all the arrangements, i now have countless...Read More
January 19, 2024
I love this thing. If your room is crappy remic for great results.Read More
January 12, 2024
Just a amazing roomverb!
I already had soundcity but this one still must have! working beautifully on your mix!Read More
January 12, 2024
Great plugin, sounds very natural. Put in drums, recorded in a small room and BOOM: Studio sound!Read More
January 11, 2024
Feels like working in Ocean Way Studio
I prefer to work using headphones but I guess the crosstalk feature and processing input with impulse responses of Ocean Way Studio create a real studio like environment...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
Drums belong here! so warm!
I live in the city of London studios are not always available much less somewhere to practice, i write for real string sections sometimes playing all the arrangements, i now have countless options on how I want my sound which saves me time and money. five stars..
I love this thing. If your room is crappy remic for great results.
Just a amazing roomverb!
I already had soundcity but this one still must have! working beautifully on your mix!
Great plugin, sounds very natural. Put in drums, recorded in a small room and BOOM: Studio sound!
Feels like working in Ocean Way Studio
I prefer to work using headphones but I guess the crosstalk feature and processing input with impulse responses of Ocean Way Studio create a real studio like environment
It just sounds GOOD
Room modeling is such a curious art. But for anybody working with sampled drums/instruments, vocals recorded in substandard locations, or anything generally artificial sounding, this will quickly and beautifully solve your problems. Not as fancy looking as Sound City, but it’s got the ‘it’ factor. Sound City takes a chunk of your CPU too so this lets you keep the load light when needed.
Consume muchos recursos del ordenador
Great sounding - but also outdated GUI and hefty load
Undoubtedly an extraordinarily fine sound. But - UAAudio needs to make sure the plugin gets a more modern GUI. Resizable. Also, the plug requires DSP power, so don't expect an Apollo Twin to go far.
But the sound is just wonderful!
Ocean Way Studios
Great reverb room that transforms the sound of your recordings. It makes your sound to improve even if not recorded in the best conditions.
I was working on a rock mix when I purchased OWS. I immediately found good use of the plug-in. Sometimes you don't need a reverb but you need something to liven up and make bigger. I am very happy with my purchase.
Great plugin, worth checking out.
This is a great plugin.
For the price / application I think you're better off getting the new UAD Sound City plugin. It's the same concept (IR verb of a famous studio that's highly customizable) but the UI of the Sound City plugin is superior to this -- it's also native. I also prefer the sound of the Sound City room to this, but that's subjective.
Ocean Way Studios is still a great plugin and I suggestion trying the demo to see if you like it.
I used it and loved it. Now make it availabe for native please
Perfect Room Reverb
This is a fantastic reverb and perfect for when you want a great sounding room on any instrument.
Excellent Room Sim
Diggin it for drums and guitar. Opens them up.
Finally a reverb software that helps me get a realistic room sound. Just mind blowing to use after years of using "regular" reverb plugins.
Stunning Room Sounds
The best ambience plugin I've heard. I bought UAD hardware on the recommendation of a friend who told me to get it for this plugin alone. It transforms any sampled virtual instrument sound source into something organic and natural. Insanely useful if you record in a less-than perfect studio situation. This plugin is transformative for your sounds.
You are now simultaneously inside and outside of the box.
I pair this with my Ruby pedal, and it sounds like I’m micing an amp in the next room. Except the next room is the best recording studio in the world. Filled with microphones, I could never afford.
This is exactly what I was looking for, thanks UA!!
My New Vocal Secret Sauce
Adds that extra dimension to vocals. A new must have in every mix ✨
One of a kind sound with insane DSP load
I bought this because I demoed it in an empty project. That was a mistake. The sound is remarkable and I honestly have never heard a plugin resemble this one- not even the other UAD reverbs. However, when I finally started using it, it started overloading my cores, even when my DSP was not near capacity. I wrote UA and they were extremely informative and helpful. But, ultimately, they described to me that the reverb needs to exist on a single core. So, if you're already working with multiple plugins that are spread across different cores, the OWS plugin won't have any room on any one core and overload everything. That's a pain. I wish I had demoed it in a real life session before buying it. To not end on a negative note- it really is incredible sounding. Just be aware that you need to put this into your session as early as possible or else you might be locked out of using it.