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Mix Magazine Reviews the RM1-B Ribbon Microphone

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In the May 2017 issue of Mix Magazine, reviewer Barry Rudolph — a respected Los Angeles-based audio engineer and educator — gave an excellent review of our RM1-B Ribbon Microphone. Barry took the RM1-B through its paces on a number of sources, including voiceover recording, acoustic guitar/vocal performance, electric guitar cabinet miking, and as room mics for drums.

After setting up two RM1-Bs in a Blumlein coincident stereo pair array, Barry reported, “This setup produced one of the best room sounds I’ve ever heard. I got a complete drum sound with loads of low frequencies – much more than using a condenser. The 24-inch kick sounded like it did in the room, and the toms and snare were all in balance and present.”

He concludes, “I was impressed by the ultra-realistic capture provided by Ocean Way Audio’s RM1-B Active Ribbon microphone. It is excellent for instruments or vocals — close in for medium to soft sources or for the ambient pickup of distant loud instruments such as drum kits or guitar/bass cabinets.”

You can see the entire review by enlarging the images below, or by seeing this month’s Mix Magazine issue online.

Introducing Monterey, Our New Flagship High-Fidelity Loudspeaker

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BURBANK, CA (May 4, 2017) – Expanding their line of acclaimed loudspeakers for high-fidelity listening environments, Ocean Way Audio has announced Monterey, a highly-efficient 3-way speaker with a dual/hybrid waveguide system.

“We’re tremendously proud of Monterey,” says Ocean Way Audio founder and CEO Allen Sides. “This is a system that delivers accurately-matched and detailed imaging with an unusually wide horizontal and vertical dispersion, yielding a massive sweet-spot across a broad area of the listening environment. Even from the far corners of the room, you’ll get a highly consistent listening experience. The Monterey has virtually unlimited dynamic range with phenomenally low distortion, an extremely important trait that’s critical for accurate sonic reproduction, and completely missing from most audiophile loudspeakers.”

“Monterey represents one of the finest loudspeakers ever created for the experience of listening to music in the way it was meant to be heard,” adds Rick Plushner, Ocean Way Audio president. “It’s the ultimate combination of detail and power.”

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Monterey with its grille removed to show the twin 12″ LF drivers.

Ocean Way Audio Monterey was designed by five-time Grammy® Award-winning engineer, producer, and recording studio designer Allen Sides. Many of the thousands of recordings created by Mr. Sides have become audiophile classics. He has worked with a list of the most respected and popular musical artists of the last 30 years. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides’ studios have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

Monterey offers a proprietary three-way geometrically-complex, stone casted dual/hybrid waveguide system. The system delivers a very wide (100-degree horizontal × 40-degree vertical) dispersion with highly-consistent directivity response. The speakers incorporate an integrated two-way dual-horn system with a 1” high-frequency and 8” mid-frequency driver, mechanically time-aligned with twin 12” sub-bass drivers per channel. Their frequency response at 20Hz to 25 kHz surpasses the limits of standard human hearing.

Monterey’s design incorporates internal bracing, minimizing cabinet flexing and reducing baffle reflection, resulting in minimum low frequency resonance. The cabinet’s sleek, contemporary design beautifully maintains time alignment. The system is driven by twin analog amplifiers. Monterey is available in many custom finishes, from piano high gloss to fine woods.

Visit the Monterey detail page for more information and complete specifications.

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Allen Sides to Hold One-on-One Demo Sessions at Vintage King Nashville on May 10, 2017

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— Event is a collaboration between Ocean Way Audio, Vintage King, Focusrite and House of Blues Studios, and the evening session at House of Blues Studios serves as an official pre-party for the annual AudioMasters Golf Tournament —

BURBANK, CA, April 24, 2017 — Ocean Way Audio (OWA), a leading manufacturer of high-resolution reference monitors for the professional audio and audiophile market sectors, is hosting a special event on May 10, 2017, at Vintage King Nashville and House of Blues Studios in Nashville’s historic Berry Hill neighborhood. The event will feature Ocean Way founder Allen Sides, a five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer and mixer.

 

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T Bone Burnett’s studio space at House of Blues Studios in Nashville’s Berry Hill neighborhood.

From 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Vintage King, Sides will be holding a series of one-on-one demonstrations of the Ocean Way Audio HR4S and Pro2A speakers and the new RM1-B Ribbon Microphone. He will be playing specially recorded classic tracks from his rich history of recording and mixing. Sides has personally worked on over 1,000 albums, many of which have become audiophile classics. Albums recorded in Mr. Sides’ Ocean Way Studios have sold in excess of one billion copies.

From 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., the day’s proceedings will move to House of Blues Studios, where OWA, Focusrite and Vintage King Nashville are co-sponsoring an official pre-party for the annual AudioMasters Golf Tournament – a yearly highlight for Nashville’s audio community. Sides and Rick Plushner, President of Ocean Way Audio, will demonstrate the custom 415T monitors, built for T Bone Burnett, in Burnett’s studio space. Attendees will get an in-depth look at these reference monitors. Food and drink will be provided, along with a Q&A session with Sides and Plushner.

Vintage King Nashville: 2826 Dogwood Pl, Nashville, TN 37204.
House of Blues Studios: 518 E Iris Dr, Nashville, TN 37204
RSVP here: http://oceanwayaudio.com/rsvps/

About Ocean Way Audio (OWA)
OWA speakers deliver the sound of Ocean Way. Products include the Hi-Res series – self-powered monitors that offer an integrated dual-horn design, providing an exceptionally accurate monitoring experience. The geometrically-complex waveguide creates accurately matched, detailed imaging with a wide horizontal and vertical sweet-spot, yielding a stunning 100×40 degree dispersion pattern. The consistency of OWA monitors’ stereo imaging is due to the highly consistent directivity response of the speaker. Models include the HR4 (2-Way), HR4S (3-Way), and HR3.5 (3-way with twin 12-inch sub-bass drivers per channel). Self-powered Pro2A speakers are modeled after our award-winning HiFi designs, voiced for professional applications and offering superb high-frequency response with exceptionally low bass.

See Ocean Way at High End 2017 in Munich (May 18-21)

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Ocean Way Audio will be exhibiting at the 2017 High End show in Munich from May 18-21. This convention features the very best in audiophile equipment and music. Visitors to the show will find Ocean Way in Hall 4, Cabin V06.

In the tradition of our award-winning Sausalito high-fidelity loudspeaker, we’ll be introducing our new speaker, the Monterey. Details and photos of the Monterey will be revealed soon. Like our loudspeaker products used in some of the world’s leading recording studios, these designs are the brainchild of five-time Grammy award-winning engineer, producer, and studio owner Allen Sides.

Bringing together audiophiles from across Europe and around the world with the latest innovations in hi-fi, High End is a trade fair founded 35 years ago, and has continued to grow in size and importance ever since. Get more information on High End here, and contact us at Ocean Way Audio to learn more about our outstanding hi-fi products.

Ocean Way Audio (OWA) Unveils RM1-B Ribbon Microphone

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141st AES Convention, Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2016 Ocean Way Audio (OWA) (booth 106), a leading manufacturer of high-resolution reference monitors for the professional audio and audiophile market sectors, is unveiling the RM1-B Ribbon Microphone. Like its acclaimed predecessor the RM1, the RM1-B was designed for Ocean Way Audio by noted microphone designer Cliff Henricksen. With dozens of RM1 mics in the field, high-level audio engineers have adopted the RM1 and are using it for symphonic recordings and vocals.

Utilizing the same unique ribbon design as the RM1 – offering matched, ultra-low-noise phantom-powered pre-amplification and an output level of 36db, 20Hz to 20 kHz – the RM1-B has a redesigned outer perimeter “clad” in archival stainless steel. The new knurled cylinder knobs provide superior hand-torque; the RM1-B’s design allows for an even more open and detailed response.

Laser-etched graphics with jet-black lettering against the stainless steel deliver a clean, very attractive appearance. The mic comes packaged in a waterproof, airtight “Pelican” case for safe transportation and storage.

Cliff comments, “The RM1 is a no-compromise bidirectional ribbon microphone that has all the ‘ribbon mic qualities’ I admired but with unprecedented low noise and true high-fidelity tone. This was done as a complete mechanical, acoustical, magnetic and electronic system design. The RM1-B has a variety of refinements, making it easier to use as well as sonically prettier, especially in the upper octave.” 2

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Photo Caption: Ocean Way Audio RM1-B Ribbon Microphone

About Ocean Way Recording and Allen Sides

Five time GRAMMY® Award winning Allen Sides has personally worked on over 1,000 albums, many of which have become audiophile classics. He has worked with the finest and most famous artists of the last four decades. Albums recorded in Allen’s studios have sold over a billion copies. Allen’s hearing capabilities enables Ocean Way Audio engineers to translate every sonic nuance, bringing a new dimension and understanding to what is possible in high-end speaker design. His ears are our final design tool.

Ocean Way Audio is exhibiting at booth 106 at the 141st AES Convention in Los Angeles, CA.

Ocean Way Audio (OWA) Displays HR4S Reference Monitors

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141st AES Convention, Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2016 Ocean Way Audio (OWA) (booth 106), a leading manufacturer of high-resolution reference monitors for the professional audio and audiophile market sectors, is displaying the acclaimed HiRes4S Studio Reference Monitor, also known as HR4S. Ocean Way Audio founder Allen Sides, a five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer and studio owner/designer, will be demonstrating the HR4S at the AES convention, booth 106.

The highly successful HR4 and HR4S released in March of 2016, are now in their second production run. Recording and mixing clients from studios in NYC, Japan, Europe, South America and even Russia have expressed amazement about the sonic clarity and ultra-wide 100×40 degree of dispersion profile. The speaker’s one-inch HF driver, coupled with an eight-inch LF geometrically reinforced aluminum cone driver, delivers dramatic performance. Combined with its sealed cabinet and stone-casted dual/hybrid waveguide system, the HR4 delivers a near seamless transition between the drivers, creating a massive sweet spot with amazing imaging.

The HR4’s two-way self-powered design delivers an unprecedented level of performance, allowing for flexibility of placement in the room with a matched uniform frequency response of 35 Hz to 25 kHz. HR4S with optional twin sub-bass cabinets, 12” drivers and 800 watts per channel of built-in amplification are very unique delivering a 25 Hz-to-25 kHz frequency response with 118 db SPL.

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Photo Caption: Ocean Way Audio’s HR4S Studio Reference Monitor, also known as HiRes4S.

About Ocean Way Recording and Allen Sides

Five time GRAMMY® Award winning Allen Sides has personally worked on over 1,000 albums, many of which have become audiophile classics. He has worked with the finest and most famous artists of the last four decades. Albums recorded in Allen’s studios have sold over a billion copies. Allen’s hearing capabilities enables Ocean Way Audio engineers to translate every sonic nuance, bringing a new dimension and understanding to what is possible in high-end speaker design. His ears are our final design tool.

Ocean Way Audio is exhibiting at booth 106 at the 141st AES Convention in Los Angeles, CA.

Ocean Way Audio (OWA) Debuts HiRes3.5 (HR3.5) Studio Reference Monitor

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141st AES Convention, Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2016 Ocean Way Audio (OWA) (booth 106), a leading manufacturer of high-resolution reference monitors for the professional audio and audiophile market sectors, unveils the new HiRes3.5 Studio Reference Monitor, also known as HR3.5.

HR3.5 is based on the highly acclaimed HR4 studio monitor first shown at the 139th AES Convention in 2015 and released March of 2016. With dozens of HR4 speaker systems in use today, Ocean Way Audio has now created the HR3.5, a larger free-standing or soffit-mounted version. This monitor system delivers a frequency response of 20 Hz to 22 kHz with an SPL rating of 120db.

The HR3.5 Reference Monitor incorporates an integrated two-way dual-horn system with a one-inch HF and eight-inch MF drivers, mechanically time-aligned with twin 12” sub-bass drivers per channel. Three built-in state-of-the-art amplifiers power this speaker, featuring analog and digital inputs, 96 kHz and 24 bit sampling and tri-amped 3,400 watts per channel of pure power.

At the heart of the acoustic design is OWA’s geometrically complex, stone-cast dual/hybrid waveguide system. The system delivers accurately matched and detailed imaging with OWA’s signature, unusually wide 100×40 degree horizontal and vertical dispersion, yielding a massive sweet-spot across a broad area of the listening environment. The consistency of its stereo image, even at the far corners of the room, is due to the highly consistent directivity response of this unique speaker system. 2

Dimensions are: 43”H x 17.5″W x 25.5” D. Remote rack-mounted amplification is available for soffit-mounted installations.

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Photo Caption: Ocean Way Audio’s new HR3.5 Studio Monitor, also known as HiRes3.5.

About Ocean Way Recording and Allen Sides

Five time GRAMMY® Award winning Allen Sides has worked on over 1,000 albums, many of which have become audiophile classics. He has worked with the finest and most famous artists of the last four decades. Albums recorded in Allen’s studios have sold over a billion copies. Allen’s hearing capabilities enables Ocean Way Audio engineers to translate every sonic nuance, bringing a new dimension and understanding to what is possible in high-end speaker design. His ears are our final design tool.

Ocean Way Audio is exhibiting at booth 106 at the 141st AES Convention in Los Angeles, CA.

Ocean Way Audio HR4 Nominated for Prestigious TEC Award

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tec32_logoJust a year after its introduction, the Ocean Way Audio HR4 Reference Monitor has received a nomination for the highest honor offered for professional audio technology equipment design: the TEC Award. The HR4 has been nominated for the 2017 TEC Award in the “Studio Monitors” category. The awards will be announced in January 2017 at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.

“We’re honored that the HR4 is being considered for a TEC Award,” says Rick Plushner, president of Ocean Way Audio. “Just receiving the nomination is an outstanding recognition of the efforts that went into the design and manufacturing of a truly world-class studio monitor.”

Introduced at the AES Convention last Fall, the HR4 is a two-way, self-powered monitor that is at home on a consoles meter bridge or free-standing speaker stands. Designed by OWA CEO and founder Allen Sides, who is a multiple Grammy award-winning  engineer, producer, and studio owner, the HR4 reproduces a frequency range of 45Hz to over 20kHz with an SPL of 115db; therefore, no sub-woofer is required. However, for those who want to play their mix exceptionally loud, the company offers a companion self-powered sub, the S12A, which pushes levels beyond 118db and frequency response down to 30Hz. Read More

Ocean Way Audio (OWA) Displays HR4S Reference Monitors

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141st AES Convention, Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2016 Ocean Way Audio (OWA) (booth 106), a leading manufacturer of high-resolution reference monitors for the professional audio and audiophile market sectors, is displaying the acclaimed HiRes4S Studio Reference Monitor, also known as HR4S. Ocean Way Audio founder Allen Sides, a five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, producer and studio owner/designer, will be demonstrating the HR4S at the AES convention, booth 106.

The highly successful HR4 and HR4S released in March of 2016, are now in their second production run. Recording and mixing clients from studios in NYC, Japan, Europe, South America and even Russia have expressed amazement about the sonic clarity and ultra-wide 100×40 degree of dispersion profile. The speaker’s one-inch HF driver, coupled with an eight-inch LF geometrically reinforced aluminum cone driver, delivers dramatic performance. Combined with its sealed cabinet and stone-casted dual/hybrid waveguide system, the HR4 delivers a near seamless transition between the drivers, creating a massive sweet spot with amazing imaging.

The HR4’s two-way self-powered design delivers an unprecedented level of performance, allowing for flexibility of placement in the room with a matched uniform frequency response of 35 Hz to 25 kHz. HR4S with optional twin sub-bass cabinets, 12” drivers and 800 watts per channel of built-in amplification are very unique delivering a 25 Hz-to-25 kHz frequency response with 118 db SPL.

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Photo Caption: Ocean Way Audio’s HR4S Studio Reference Monitor, also known as HiRes4S.

About Ocean Way Recording and Allen Sides

Five time GRAMMY® Award winning Allen Sides has personally worked on over 1,000 albums, many of which have become audiophile classics. He has worked with the finest and most famous artists of the last four decades. Albums recorded in Allen’s studios have sold over a billion copies. Allen’s hearing capabilities enables Ocean Way Audio engineers to translate every sonic nuance, bringing a new dimension and understanding to what is possible in high-end speaker design. His ears are our final design tool.

Ocean Way Audio is exhibiting at booth 106 at the 141st AES Convention in Los Angeles, CA.