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Ocean Way Studios Plugin

Hey guys, what’s up? I’ve got a new video for you this week.

I wanted to take a look at the Ocean Way Studios plug-in from Universal Audio. This is one of my new favorite toys I’ve been playing with. It’s such a warm, authentic sound, which is really hard to come by with digital plug-in reverbs, I think.

They modeled Ocean Way Studios Studio A and Studio B. I’ve worked in these studios, and so it’s nice to sort of have those sounds in my computer. I’ve got them on some drums here. It sounds like this.

[drums with Ocean Way reverb]

A big rock drum sound. I’m using this plug-in on an aux in reverb mode. It works in two different modes, and — well, let’s just break it down first. I’ll kind of give you a tour of the plug-in.

So you pull it up, it looks like this. You’ve got here on the left — obviously, you can read Ocean Way Studios. You can select either Ocean Way room A or room B. Right? And then they’ve set this up in a way where it’s sort of like the most common places they track these instruments, right? Within this.

Because these are all big ass rooms. This is what, 45 feet by 52 feet. So really large space. So your drums one, drums two, we’ve got strings, horns, pianos, in this corner here, vocal group, and then these positions change depending on which room you’re in.

And then it’s got acoustic guitar, and guitar cabs. So let’s go back to — I was in A, drums 2. Alright, cool.

So that’s sort of setting up the instruments, right? Then below that, you can switch between a GUI for the master EQ. It’s got a little image of the room, a little information on the plug-in. Some help.

A positioning chart is really handy. Below that you’ve got a master EQ you can kick in or out. It’s got two shelves on it — a low shelf and a high shelf, obviously, gain controls, and frequency controls. Which correlate on this master EQ GUI.

On the right side of the plug-in, this is where a lot of the fun stuff happens. You have three sets of mics to choose from. You’ve got near, mid, and far, and they each kind of have their own channel strip.

The top, you can select what microphones you want. So they’ve modeled C12s, C12A, cardioid and omni, C or O. Mids. You get the C12s, the K3As and the KM54, and an MKH20, which is a really cool omni ribbon mic.

We’ll listen to these in a second. On the fars, a lot of the same. You get U67s though, which are pretty cool. Cardioid and omni, depending on what you want to use.

You’ve got distance control, so right now I have the mids unmuted, so that’s what you’re seeing, but as you can see, you can drag them in, you can drag them out, and you’re going to get those changes.

You’ve got low and high pass filters on each channel. Phase flipping. Mute controls, obviously it turns off the mics. Panning, and then you have a fader. So you can blend these. So you can open them all up, mess with the distance, like something like that, and then all the way on the right, you’ve got our modes. We can switch it between re-mic and reverb.

Reverb mode, this thing is going to work like every other reverb plug-in you’ve ever used. Leave it on 100% wet and use it on an aux and send into it feathered out with that send, whatever you want to do.

Re-mic mode goes on the channel itself. So like, you could use it on a completely dry acoustic guitar. Because this thing doesn’t take away ambience, it’s still adding ambience, so the best way to use it is on a completely dry source. Completely dry vocal, completely dry acoustic guitar, or guitar cab, or something like that.

Then you’re able to sort of play with it that way. I typically just use it in reverb mode. It’s also going to save you system resources. This thing is pretty powerful. It takes a good chunk of your DSP out.

So below the mode buttons, you’ve got predelay. We all know what predelay does. We’ve got a bypass, we’ve got an L and R swap, so you can swap left and right. You’ve got a mono switch and wet solo, and then dry/wet. Looks like a mix knob, and then a master fader.

Pretty basic.

Let’s listen to it. I’ve got this thing pre-fader on my drum buss. I’m going to exaggerate this and I have just the middle microphones on.

[drums with Ocean Way]

Take the EQ out.

[drums with no EQ]

Alright, so lets — I’m going to mute this buss.

[drum reverb]

So that’s just the plug-in. Which sounds like some pretty bad ass room mics on a drum set. Let’s listen to the C12s. Omni.

[drum reverb with omni C12s]


Here’s in the cardioid.

[drum reverb with cardioid C12s]


[drum reverb with K3As]


[drums with reverb]

And I mean, we already have some pretty okay room mics on this kit.

[room mics]

Alright. That’s not bad.

[drums with reverb]

But this just adds width, and it adds warmth, and you just get that, you know, that big, roomy sound you like.

[drums with reverb]

Let’s throw in the far.

[drums with far reverb mics]

So those are U67s.

You can play with this thing for hours. You get some really great spatial stuff. You can really tweak your room sounds with these different mic combinations. EQ on it, super handy, because a lot of times, you can get a lot of low end information that builds up.

[Ocean Way reverb]

So you can kick in this master EQ. Here we go. If you kind of want that mid-rangey sound.

[Ocean Way reverb]

[drums and reverb]

Obviously, there’s a lot of combinations you can do with this.

Let’s look at — let’s go to Ocean Way Room B. So here we are in B.

[drums and reverb]

Just adds that depth you want, you know? That’s hard to get.

If you’re recording drums in a bedroom, in a smaller room, and the key to drums is a big room. It just is. Not everybody has, what is this, 35 foot by 45 foot room. Who has that? Not a lot of people. Even a lot of studios don’t have that. So to have access to a room this size is amazing.

And again, strings, horns, piano, vocals, guitars, it’s game over, right?

But yeah. That’s it. That’s the Ocean Way Studios plug-in. This is great. It’s warm sounding, it’s authentic sounding, which is tough to find in a reverb.

So that’s it guys. Check out this demo, you’ll probably fall in love with it like I did. Subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already. New videos every week. Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, all of that stuff.

I will see you guys in the next video. Thanks a lot. Bye.




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