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
September 27, 2023
Excellent Room Sim
Diggin it for drums and guitar. Opens them up.Read More
July 26, 2023
Finally a reverb software that helps me get a realistic room sound. Just mind blowing to use after years of using "regular" reverb plugins.Read More
July 15, 2023
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...Read More
July 5, 2023
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...Read More
June 29, 2023
My New Vocal Secret Sauce
Adds that extra dimension to vocals. A new must have in every mix ✨Read More
May 24, 2023
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...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
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.
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, good Plugin
Depth of room effects without exaggerated resonances.
I have achieved good results in the Drums Room (even simulating a "fake Room" through the overheads, when necessary). In effect, this makes the effects less plastic, making the reverberations more natural. Also, I imagine the tool is very useful on Strings in general.
Great plugin but REALLY needs an update!
The GUI of this plugin reminds me of early 2000s Waves products. The plugin is very slow to respond and uses WAY TOO much DSP. A great plugin that we all love in great need of an update PLEASE.
If you record at home like I do...
...you're probably sitting at a desk close-micing instruments to get the best signal-to-noise ratio. This plug-in is the best way to move tracks back into a beautiful acoustic space. Awesome on percussion, background vocals, strings.
Room molto realistica
Lo uso quasi esclusivamente in re-mic, sono finalmente riuscito a non rimpiangere altiverb per le room di batteria, ma è molto bello anche per le chitarre elettriche, difficilmente sono riuscito a creare un ambiente realistico come con questo plug!
Cool for guitars voice and synths
Love to set my guitarrecordings apart from the rest of the mix. Beautiful.
Now THIS is a great plugin. More of a space creator than a reverb, although it does add 'Verb in a real world sense.
I just used this on a pair of drum room mics and (Room B) in re-mic mode and it gave an amazing sense of space.
Then I smashed it with an 1176 in all-buttons-in "British Mode" and raised the fader to taste. Added a lot of energy and excitement to the drum track.
Really looking forward to using this more on other instruments really soon!
Just try it...
I place my value in plugins strictly on a need them or not basis. I ran the demo and after using it on just one record I purchased. There is not a single plug-in out there can do what Ocean Way does. Get that plush ambiance from any source in a zip. These type of plug-ins really stand the test of time. Money well spent.
Perfect for drums
Best for sounding my drums huge in my home studio !
Adds depth and a realness i couldn't get from reverbs. puts my tracks in a great sounding room , with a great engineer setting everything up perfectly. U can also switch back and forth between several expensive microphone emulations. great plug in.
Haven't found another plugin that does the Remic feature. Insanely cool and useful for small home studios.
A unique one of a kind plugin that works on everything.
I'm sure it's been said before. The Ocean Way Studio plugin is truly a one of a kind deal. From ambient reverb, mic placement, room sound and other things I have yet to try. Who thought of making a plugin like this? Great for vocals, instruments, everything!!
Definitly gives a realistic ambiance to your recording
Didn't have the time to plunge into all the settings yet, but just with the preset the magic is there : my flat tracks sounds like projected in a real room and gain 3D. It reminds me the kind of recording you had in the 60/70's, very lively and warm, when you hear the room, not just the instrument.