Ocean Way Audio HR4 and Pro2A MonitorsAllen Sides was showing off two new lines of pro monitors, with new president Rick Plushner and mic designer Cliff Henrickson on hand. Based on the legendary sonic performance of the Ocean Way HR2 speaker, the HR4 is a two-way, self-powered monitor that is at home on a console’s meter bridge or free-standing speaker stands. The large horn-based wave guide design delivers 100 degree dispersion. The Pro2A has been adapted from the hi-fi designs of Bruce Marien and refocused for the studio mixing environment. It offers a unique trapezoid design and reproduces frequencies from 38 Hz to 22 kHz delivering an SPL of 110 dB.
Company continues to position itself for long-term growth with key staff appointments
BURBANK, CA, June 29, 2015 — Ocean Way Audio (OWA), a leading manufacturer of reference monitors for the audiophile and professional audio market sectors, announces a strategic alliance for the creation of new Ocean Way Audio products and technologies.
Allen Sides, Founder and CEO of OWA, announced a newly formed strategic business alliance with Cliff Henricksen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_A._Henricksen), joining the team as OWA’s Director, New Technology. In this new position, Henricksen will work closely with company founder Allen Sides and OWA President Rick Plushner to expand Ocean Way’s acclaimed range of premium speaker systems, as well as work to create a line of market-driven professional outboard audio equipment.
Allen explains, “Cliff has held numerous senior technical positions at many elite companies, such as Altec Lansing, Community Professional Systems, Electro-Voice and Bose Corporation – organizations where he was a key contributor to the invention, development and commercial launch of breakthrough technologies for over 40 years. He’ll be heading up our new products development team, building on the platform established with our No Limits HR series, to increase the range of products that deliver our remarkable sound.”
Cliff Henricksen comments, “I’m thrilled to collaborate with Allen, aligning our companies’ strengths for the creation of enhanced sound systems and new recording products. Combining Allen’s sense of audio aesthetics with advanced electro-acoustical engineering will result in something uniquely powerful. We will offer an assurance that our speakers will sound amazing, even ‘shocking,’ to quote Allen, in the customer’s listening space. This is the real core competence of the entire venture. No one has it but us, with a beyond-impressive track record of accomplishments to back it up.” Read More
Company begins next phase of growth with new strategic business plan that includes expanding Ocean Way’s range of acclaimed speaker systems, the launch of a line of professional outboard audio equipment, unparalleled acoustical designs and a strategic alliance with the Malvicino Design Group for full studio integration.
BURBANK, CA, June 2, 2015 — Ocean Way Audio, a leading manufacturer of reference monitors for the audiophile and professional studio market sectors, has positioned itself for its next round of expansion and growth. Allen Sides, founder of Ocean Way Audio, announces the appointment of industry veteran Rick Plushner as President, adding considerably to the level of expertise at the company’s management level with his experience in the professional audio industry. In his new position, Plushner will be responsible for guiding the direction of Ocean Way Audio while capitalizing on his unique skill set of product development, merchandising, vendor relations, distribution, supply management and direct marketing. Read More
Nothing comes close to the feeling Steve Aoiki experiences when he’s creating music. Guitar Center is only selling the greatest feeling on Earth, no big deal.
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Allen Sides has engineered iconic recordings at historic Ocean Way Studios, as well as designing and voicing notable recording gear. Don’t miss this special webinar featuring Allen’s insights on recording vocals and guitars and a demonstration of the Sterling ST6050 Ocean Way Edition microphone. This webinar aired live on April 4th, 2014 at 12 PM PT. Any promotional content may no longer be valid. Click here for webinar.
Scott Wilkinson, online editor of UltimateAVmag.com and HomeTheaterMag.com, interviews Allen Sides to discuss his philosophy of speaker design.
If you want a slice of studio history, this is for you. To coincide with the anniversary, Focusrite have created a fascinating documentary which sets out to track down the last surviving Focusrite Studio Consoles. Having developed modules for the world’s leading mixing consoles, the company’s first recording console, the Focusrite Forté, was launched, before a streamlined version called the Studio Console was put into production. Only 10 Studio Consoles were ever made, and six remain in operation to this day – the documentary tells the stories of these consoles and the people who used them.
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Ocean Way Studios Plug-In
Welcome to Ocean Way Studios — the World’s First Dynamic Room Modeling Plug-In.
Imagine having access to one of the world’s premier recording studios, with full use of its vintage microphones, working alongside the man who has spent decades recording in its rooms, shaping your sounds in real time… with stunning results.
Developed by Universal Audio and Allen Sides, the Ocean Way Studios plug-in 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.
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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 Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones, to Michael Jackson, U2, Tom Petty, Green Day, and Radiohead, music icons have sought out the sound of these beautifully balanced, performance-inspiring rooms for more than five decades.
Dynamic Room Modeling — an Audio Processing Breakthrough
Over three years in the making, Ocean Way Studios reinvents ambience processing with UA’s proprietary new Dynamic Room Modeling, an exclusive combination of signal processing and advanced measurement techniques. Eclipsing standard convolution reverbs — which can only provide a sonic snapshot — Dynamic Room Modeling opens up the full spectrum of a studio’s ambience possibilities.
Specifically, Dynamic Room Modeling provides the unique dispersion properties of various sources, as recorded through a selection of vintage microphones that can be positioned in each room — in real time — via a simple click-and-drag interface. This technology, with the guidance of Allen Sides, 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 — exactly as used to record some of the biggest acts of all time. 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.
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.
Match Microphones and Musical Instruments For Best Sound
Steve Vai has produced the new Ocean Way Microphone Locker app, based on the renowned CD-ROM created in the 90s, and long unavailable. Utilizing Allen Sides’ microphone collection at Ocean Way Recording studios in Hollywood, this new app allows the recording engineer to easily find the right microphone for the right instrument .
“When the app revolution hit, I remembered that great CD-ROM and knew it would make an extraordinary app,” explained Steve Vai. “I acquired the rights for the Ocean Way Microphone Locker CD-ROM contents and worked with Allen Sides, who is a very good friend, and Metal Sidecar, LLC to build an app from the material. Metal Sidecar did a fabulous job and the app is phenomenal. You can actually access Allen’s mic collection and match them with a complete range of musical instruments. You get tips on the best miking techniques and can listen to samples played by top session cats like Hal Blaine on drums.” Read More
The high end trade show in Munich offers world-class sound experiences, but also a lot of ear tearing sound from horn and ceramic speaker systems sharp as a poor Bavarian Schnaps.
After a few hours it felt good to relax and take a timeout in the room where the Danish Vitus and French Focal jointly offered an organic, ear friendly and highly melodious music approach. Several systems presented a similar sound signature, including D’Agostini / Sonus Faber and TAD, Pioneer’s cost no object initiative.
“Everybody” seems to rank TAD, MBL or other multi-million systems as the best sounding at the show. And it may be good reason – at least in terms of TAD. However, it was a completely different listening experience that gave me goose pimples and good feeling: Ocean Way Audio from Burbank, CA.
For those of us who grew up with JBL, Altec Lansing and Infinity (when this was still an independent American brand), it was like coming home. On offer here was bold California sound from black boxes with large woofers and horn tweeters completely without sharp edges. Delicious!
Being exposed to this would have seriously frightened any Swedish ceramic cone speaker designer. The snares did not hit the ears as knife stabs, cymbals did not etch the ear drums and it was not a matter of ferrari speed, either. This was more like cruising along the U.S. Highway 1 in a huge V8 while the sun sinks in the Pacific and the world is gentle. The Ocean Way. Say no more.