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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.

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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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.

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      Ocean Way Studios plug-in

      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

      Overall Rating

      A. Vonavi

      September 3, 2022

      The best 3d room sound I ever heard!

      This literally the best plugin to put any instrument in a room that sounds natural and 3d!
      So amazing!!!

      w. gonsoulin

      July 29, 2022

      Love it, love it, love it!

      Welcome to the future! Only wish it were more DSP friendly.

      D. Seaver

      June 27, 2022

      Such realism !

      I have only ever been used to using more traditional reverb sounds with the very popular decay sounding. This is something very different and stands alone. The best way to describe this plugin is that is sounds REALISTIC.

      M. Bigelow

      June 19, 2022

      Very interesting

      As a concept, this is the future we hoped for. Turn your room into the best room? Yes.
      Sometimes there’s too much info displayed.
      Get it for your room to sound like a better room.

      M. McCoy

      June 14, 2022

      Ocean way

      The only way

      B. Sancez

      June 13, 2022

      Being used on nearly all my melodies now

      Gives life to vst instruments. Presets arent great but after tweaking to taste you can get amazing room modeling and verbs definitely plugin to save your preset templates on. The remic is something that just isn't available with other plugins on the market right now. Ocean Ways is more than just a reverb and in the best possible way.

      D. LEANZA

      June 13, 2022

      best room plug in ever

      It sounds real and organic! best room plug in ever

      C. Jaeggi

      June 9, 2022

      Hyper Enough!

      Ok, so I bought myself a couple of huge, perfect sounding studios today then. That was cheap, didn't need to buy property or anything hehe.
      It's SOOO nice, it's obviously not a normal reverb or anything. Dunno how, but it's like standing IN the studio(s).
      Can actually put it on the whole mix, sounds like the band is recorded in there. Completely nuts! As for drums, can't explain it.....gotta write a song to try to explain.
      Gotta re-think & re-do everything now, seems I hit the big leagues guys ; )

      C. Bergström

      June 3, 2022

      Nothing like it

      Really puts your source in the room, there’s nothing like this - try it on everything but with guitars this one kills, a DI electric and this plug (in stereo) is just amazing

      D. Gonzalez

      May 25, 2022


      Not only does this works well for reverbs and space, but I recently had a client who wanted a better sound from his LIVE performance at a bar. With the remicing option, this did the trick. Sounded like a totally NEW space when mixed well.

      G. Castle

      April 24, 2022

      Great Room Sound

      Great plug-in for giving your mix a recorded in a professional studio sound.

      G. Levermann

      April 13, 2022

      Latency and worse than 25 - Waves Abbey Road Chamber

      Did you know rhat every UAD Plugin introduces 12ms Larency? And most plugins have 0ms latency.
      I think UAD is great for recording vocals with a processed, realtime headphone signal And for pure mixing.
      For the creative process of writing and production uad plugins are useless due to latency and totaly overpriced. A money machine due to its closed system. Not a fan.

      J. Mengis

      April 8, 2022

      Essential for remote drum sessions

      My name is Joe Mengis and I playe drums for the band Eels. When the band is not on the road, I do a lot of session drumming and have a home studio for remote sessions. I have built an isolation room that sounds fantastic with the x8p. Ocean Way has been essential for delivering drum set and percussion tracks that need an added great sounding room. When I have delivered tracks with and without Ocean Way, my clients have chosen to use the tracks with Ocean Way every single time.

      E. Anthony

      April 7, 2022


      I send my string tracks that I perform for film scores to this plug-in and it makes the ensemble sound incredible. 10/10 recommend for people with limited space in their studio room.

      M. Schroer

      March 21, 2022

      For Strings

      At the moment I use Ocean way studios mainly for strings and they sound incredible, but I will try other instruments later.

      B. Bachhuber

      March 19, 2022

      OW Studios are so far away and yet so close

      It´s such a pleasure adding those famous ambince sounds to the mix. Love it!

      P. Cavanaugh

      February 25, 2022


      Incredible plugin! Everything sounds great with Ocean Way! Once you figure it out, it's easy!

      B. Stephens

      February 17, 2022

      Ocean Way brings that something

      Have only used it on drums so far, love what it brings. Makes my snare happy and my kick thick. UAD is quality you can hear.

      h. kim

      February 16, 2022

      최고의 사운드를 안겨준다

      다른 회사에서는 감히 넘볼 수 없는 강력한 플러그인이다.

      E. Blake

      January 24, 2022

      It’s a dream

      It gets me in a creative place where I know anything is possible.Beautiful backing vocals behind me sung be me.If you want to truly create then I’d recommend Ocean Ways.I already have top flight mics too Cheers