The designer, Allen Sides
The designer of the Ocean Way monitor systems, multi Grammy award winning engineer /producer and studio owner Allen Sides, has been a die-hard audiophile and musician since the age of 13. The HR2 is in some ways the culmination of almost 40 years of his experience designing high resolution studio speaker systems for his many studios as well a wide variety of commercial installations including George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch scoring stage, Trevor Horn’s Sarm studios in London, and Walt Disney’s Hollywood Records as well as private installations for musical artists like Gwen Stefani, David Grohl and Beck.
Mr. Sides has also personally recorded over 500 albums many of which have become audiophile classics. Mr. Sides designed, built and owns Ocean Way Studios Hollywood, Ocean Way Studios Nashville, Ocean Way Studio St Barth’s at Eden Rock and Record One Studios Sherman Oaks. Together these comprise the most award winning and successful music studios in the world. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides’ studios have sold in excess of 1 billion copies.
A brief list of artists Mr. Sides has worked with would include Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Faith Hill, Mary J Blige, Alanis Morissette, Neil Diamond, John Williams, Andre Previn and Ry Cooder. Mr. Sides brings a new dimension and understanding to what is possible in high end speaker design and the HR2 is the realization of this experience.