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Invite Only Studios Open in NYC With Ocean Way Audio Monitors

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Pictured is Studio A featuring an SSL Duality console and Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 monitors.

New York City, January 2020 – Invite Only Studios have opened in New York City featuring design by 2020 TEC Award-nominee Malvicino Design Group and massive Ocean Way Audio speakers for stereo and 5.1 monitoring. Germany’s Sommer Cable was used throughout the studio and in the OWA monitoring system. Studio A houses a 48-channel SSL Duality console, while Studio B has as its centerpiece a custom Slate Raven Z3C MTX console, the only one of it’s kind in the world.

Both Studios A and B feature full Ocean Way Audio 5.1 surround monitoring with three HR3.5 speakers in front and two HR4 speakers in the rear channels. State-of-the-art A-4100 amplifiers power the monitors with both analog and digital inputs, 96 kHz and 24-bit sampling, tri-amped delivering 3,400 watts per channel of pure power. At the heart of the acoustic design is OWA’s geometrically complex, composite dual/hybrid waveguide system.

Invite Only producer and founder Angelo “Doc” Velasquez commented on the studio design and the performance of the two massive Ocean Way Audio monitoring systems, “We have a very demanding clientele working on all genres of music from classical to hip-hop. Horacio’s design and his integration of these monitors into our studios is a very dynamic combination. Every producer, engineer and musician who has come through has remarked on the quality, the clarity, and the sheer power of these speakers.”

Designer Horacio Malvicino added, “Doc made it clear from the beginning that they like high SPLs and a smooth low frequency response. Ocean Way’s HR 3.5 monitors are extremely powerful, and the addition of the subwoofers gave the added desireable low-end punch. The biggest challenge in the acoustic design was to achieve total isolation between the two adjacent studios and also from the other tenants in the building.”

Traditional mixers who prefer an “old school workflow” will feel comfortable at Invite Only, as will mixers who wish to leverage the best features of analog mixing as well as DAW control via the console. On hand is a variety of traditional and boutique outboard gear from industry leading manufacturers such as Manley, Avalon, Pultec, Universal Audio, and numerous others.

Studio B 5.1 Ocean Way Audio monitoring with HR3.5s in front and HR4s rear.

Studio B features the Raven console’s batch automation technology, giving quick access to “in-the-box” efficiency. Studio C functions as a writer’s room and boutique project studio with iso booth. A few key pieces of outboard gear complement the SSL AWS 948 console, offering a unique experience overlooking midtown Manhattan.

The monitoring systems include Ocean Way Audio Ultravoice® amplifiers and voicing modules. Sommer Cable is used both internally for the cabinets and also from the amps to the cabinets, respectively Elephant Robust SPM440 cable and SC-Twincord cable.

“We’re using Sommer Cable’s Mistral Multicore cable throughout the studios,” explains Malvicino. “It’s amazing that this cable can actually run analog audio and digital audio, so when I’m wiring a facility I don’t have to worry about using separate analog or digital cable runs.”

Invite Only includes three recording/media Studios, a 12.5 ft. Cyclorama Wall, a 14 ft. bar, full kitchen, VIP Room with a flight simulator, zero gravity massage chair, 100-inch media screen and event space that can accommodate approximately 100 people. Invite Only studios

Learn more about the Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 monitoring system here.

Learn more about Sommer’s Mistral cable here.

Elephant speaker cable here.

Multi-Grammy award-winning engineer/producer and studio owner Allen Sides is the designer of Ocean Way Audio monitor systems. Sides has been a die-hard audiophile since the age of 13 and his new high-resolution monitors are the culmination of almost 40 years of experience designing systems for his many studios as well for a wide variety of commercial installations, including George Lucas’s 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 such as Gwen Stefani, Dave Grohl, and Beck. Today, Ocean Way Audio products are in use in many of the world’s most respected recording studios, sound stages, and personal audiophile listening environments.

Malvicino Design Group is a design and consulting firm specializing in innovative architectural, acoustical, and technical systems design. With nearly two decades of experience in the corporate, broadcast, multimedia, entertainment, and consumer industries and markets, MDG has established industry trust with a solid reputation for creative yet practical designs, integrated with sound engineering and close interaction with clients. MDG’s foundation in architectural, acoustical, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as music, recording engineering, and studio business guarantees a uniquely custom approach to each project.

Sommer Cable Germany is an enterprising development and manufacturing company of innovative and unique cable, connector and electronic products for the Studio, A/V Installation, Live Sound, Broadcast, Video, Music, IT and HiFi markets, with business partners in over 50 countries. In 2015, Sommer Cable America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sommer Cable Germany, was established in Santa Rosa, CA. Jed Larson is COO of the new company, which supplies the North American markets with Sommer’s wide range of innovative and high quality products. 707.200.4020

Ocean Way Audio To Introduce New HR5 Monitor at Winter NAMM

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Designed to deliver performance greater than any speaker of its size, Ocean Way Audio’s new HR5 reference monitor system will make its public debut at the 2020 Winter NAMM Show (Ocean Way Audio Booth #16316).

One of the most powerful qualities of the HR5 is the ability to provide a perfect 100 degrees of horizontal dispersion. No matter where the listener stands, the speaker sounds the same, resulting in the biggest sweet spot of any speaker system available today. If the engineer is sitting in the perfect position in front of the speakers, everyone in the room will hear the same balance and tonal qualities.

Ocean Way’s exclusive technology utilizes patented twin constant directivity HF and low-band horns with exceptional driving elements. This gives the listener superb imaging and the ability to position and set the level of every instrument and vocal in a mix with complete confidence, knowing that it will translate no matter where the mix is played.

The HF and low-band horns are milled out of solid blocks of wood and are totally non-resonant, resulting in greater efficiency in their respective bands as compared to conventional direct radiators. This extra efficiency means the respective bands don’t have to work as hard, even at the loudest levels, and require half of the power of conventional direct radiating components. This translates into very low distortion even at high volume levels.

The high frequency driving element utilizes a 1-inch silk dome with aluminum voice coil in a magnetic structure so unlike conventional horn drivers it has no phasing plug and hence significantly lower distortion. With 1 watt in at 1K the HF section produces 104 dB at one meter. The HF section is driven by a separate 90 watt amp.

Another important aspect to the HR5’s exceptional performance is the ability of each of its HF and LF components to all produce excellent performance well above and below their respective crossover points. This and the fact that the HF and LF band components are in exact physical time alignment and have horns with identical flare rates provides a virtually perfect transition between all ranges. Even if the listener is one foot from the HR5, the transition between the components is inaudible, resulting in one unified congruent sound.

Ocean Way Audio’s HR5 offers the largest sweet spot of any speaker system available today, along with incredibly precise imaging, wide frequency range, and ample power with very low distortion and no traces of harshness or coloration.

Also available soon is a small companion Ocean Way Audio subwoofer, transforming the HR5s into a 3-way monitor system and extending the bass response to 25Hz. The HR5 becomes Ocean Way Audio’s most affordable reference monitor system ever released, with a list price of under $3,000/pair (USD). Learn more and get detailed specifications on the HR5 product page.

Noisematch Studios Feature Ocean Way Audio Monitor System

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Pictured is the Noisematch control room featuring Ocean Way Audio HR2 Monitors. Photos by Alexander Campos, Jr.

Miami, FL, November 2019 – Noisematch Studios is an enterprising new facility designed by the Malvicino Design Group and built from the ground up in Miami, Florida. It features an SSL Duality SE 48 console and the massive Ocean Way Audio HR2 Tri-Amplified monitoring system. Noisematch is a 2020 nominee for the TEC Award in the Studio Design Project category.

Studio designer Horacio Malvicino worked closely with producer/engineer Alex J. to create the new facility in the heart of Wynwood, Miami, popular for its booming art gallery scene and high-end restaurants. The studio features a recording environment suitable to a wide variety of musical styles, with complete video production available on site.

“Horacio is very exacting when it comes to the integration of the gear and the acoustics,” says Alex J. “In the live room, it’s all about the design that creates the best sound you can get from that space. And in the control room you want that perfectly clear reproduction of the music that you are working on.”

Noisematch’s monitors include the Ocean Way Audio tonal balance equalization system and electronic crossover with a frequency response of + /- 2dB 18Hz – 20kHz. Featured are High Frequency horns with 120 degree by 40-degree dispersion, Mid Bass horns with 120 degree by 40-degree dispersion, and High Frequency 1″ drivers with aluminum voice coils and 1″ throats. The Mid Bass woofer is 15″ with an aluminum voice coil, and the Sub Bass woofer is 18″ with aluminum voice coil.

“We designed and tuned the control room for the HR2’s as the main set of speakers,” says Alex J., “because the fidelity is so high and the frequency response is clear all across the whole spectrum. The sound is bold, but it’s a very natural, transparent, and after long hours of working, it’s not fatiguing.”

Ocean Ways’ hefty HR-2A top cabinets weigh 250 lbs., while the HR-2B bottom cabinets weigh 150 lbs. The system includes custom Ocean Way electronic equalizers with tuned and aligned electronic crossover. Sommer Cable is used both internally for the cabinets and also from the amps to the cabinets, respectively Elephant Robust SPM440 cable and SC-Twincord cable.

“If I’m doing something like acoustic jazz, I’m very demanding about the mid-range and the presence,” Alex J. continues, “or the depth and the bass I’m going for in hip hop or urban music and making sure that there’s nothing that sounds muddy. It’s like working with a really high-end surgical tool when it comes to the audio.”

Additional gear includes ATC and Yamaha NS-10M nearfield monitors, vintage McIntosh MC250 power amplifier, Lynx Aurora DAW Interfaces, Universal Audio, Empirical Labs, API, and Bricasti. Also onsite is a Yamaha C7 grand piano, Fender Rhodes, and Yamaha drums.

“I totally trust these HR2’s,” concludes Alex J. “If I listen to them and I make a decision in that room, I don’t have to do any retouching whatsoever after the fact.”

Learn more about Noisematch Studios here.

Steven Slate Installs Ocean Way Audio Monitor System

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Steven Slate is pictured with his Ocean Way Audio monitors in his Los Angeles studio. Photos by David Goggin.

Los Angeles, CA, October 2019Steven Slate, producer, engineer, and CEO of Slate Digital and Slate Pro Audio, has installed the Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 monitor system in the recording/mixing/testing studio of his LA headquarters.

“This is where every Slate Digital product gets tested and approved,” says Slate. “It’s is a really important listening environment for us because this is where the tools that the industry uses are finalized. We needed an exceptional monitoring reference because the tweaks we make on our products here are going to be essential and critical choices for our products worldwide.”

The Ocean Way Audio HR3.5 stand-alone or soffit-mounted monitor speaker system delivers a frequency response of 20 Hz to 22 kHz with a solid SPL of 120db. The HR3.5 Reference Monitor incorporates an integrated 2-way dual-horn system with a l” HF and 8″ MF drivers, mechanically time-aligned with twin 12″ sub-bass drivers per channel.

Slate elaborates on the details, “For one thing, we actually have a true low end. It’s important for me to make sure I hear what our plug-ins are doing in the 40-100kH range, a very critical area. It needs to be delivered in reference quality. It has to have the proper dynamics, the proper detail, and the Ocean Way 3.5’s really deliver in that area. If I’m tweaking how the transformer harmonics and a certain plug-in sound, that is a critical area which has to be accurate, and it has to be trustworthy. The top end is pleasant and not overly accentuated. It’s accurate, dynamic, and it’s reference quality. I need to trust what I’m hearing, and the top and the bottom on these speakers deliver just what I need.”

State-of-the-art A-4100 amplifiers included by OWA power the HR3.5 with both analog and digital inputs, 96 kHz and 24-bit sampling, tri-amped delivering 3,400 watts per channel of pure power. At the heart of the acoustic design is OWA’s geometrically complex, stone-casted dual/hybrid waveguide system.

“Tweaking and calibrating our plug-ins requires a truly accurate monitoring system,” Slate continues “I love my HR 3.5’s and they come with a guarantee, that Allen Sides legacy, designed not just by a technical designer, but a creative designer who’s worked extensively and made fantastic records. An important part of the decision to install these monitors was knowing the designer behind them.”

The HR3.5 system delivers accurately matched and detailed imaging with Ocean Way’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 the unique speaker system construction.

Scott Litt Remixes R.E.M.’s “Monster” for 25th Anniversary Reissue

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Litt Installs New HR4S Ocean Way Audio Monitoring System

Los Angeles, CA, September 30, 2019 – Renowned engineer/producer Scott Litt recently installed Ocean Way Audio’s HR4S monitor system in his Venice, CA recording studio. Litt, who works mainly with artists in the alternative rock genre, is best known for producing six R.E.M. albums during the band’s most successful period.

R.E.M. have announced a massive 25th reissue of their 1994 album “Monster”, the latest in the band’s ongoing series of 25th anniversary archival reissues. The six-disc reissue will be released on November 1 and includes a new mix of the album by its original producer Scott Litt.

“In the many years I worked with R.E.M., the most difficult album for me personally to complete was ‘Monster’,” says Litt. “Which is ironic because in many ways it was the simplest musically. Through the passing years I’ve always wanted to take another shot at mixing it, and I thought the 25th anniversary would be the perfect time to do so. The original mixes are included in the package — I thought of this as an added bonus. I tried to take a simpler approach on the remix, to let the music speak for itself, without added effects and overdubs. The first album I was lucky enough to do with the band was ‘Document’ and I believe the new mixes are a throwback to that era. And the monitoring system in my studio helped me to achieve that.”

Litt’s new Ocean Way Audio HR4S monitor package includes HR4 speakers with the 800-watt two-way, side-ported S12A studio sub for extended low frequency monitoring, resulting in an ultra-wide horizontal sweet spot.

“I’ll give you a little background about these speakers and my experience with Allen Sides and Ocean Way,” explains Litt. “I started as an engineer at Power Station in New York in the late 70s, a very famous studio in its day. Bob Clearmountain was our chief engineer, while Neil Dorfsman, James Farber, Larry Alexander, myself, and a number of great engineers came through there.”

At the heart of the acoustic design of Litt’s HR4S is a dual/hybrid waveguide system delivering a 100×40 degree window. Its proprietary design is realized with the aid of high-grade, 3D solid modeling. This process allows for creating geometrically complex surfaces that produce accurately matched and detailed imaging within the system.

“When I decided to relocate to California,” Litt continues, “I did the rounds of a number of studios, and as soon as I walked into Ocean Way it felt like home to me. I was a little bit of a sound snob, coming from what you think is the best studio in the world, but Ocean Way became my new home. The first project I did there was the first Indigo Girls record.”

Litt is also well known for his work with Nirvana, for whom he mixed the singles “Heart-Shaped Box” and “All Apologies” from the 1993 album In Utero, and the posthumous release “MTV Unplugged” in New York (1994).

“Ocean Way became my home for a number of years, even to the point where the guys actually built a room for me there, and I put in a Neve 8068 console. I did a number of projects there, including some REM and Nirvana mixing. I have a long history with Ocean Way, and so it was par for the course for me to make the jump to this HR4S system.”

The prolific Litt has also worked with Bob Dylan, Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, Indigo Girls, Paul Kelly, New Order, The Replacements, Patti Smith, Counting Crows, and Ziggy Marley, among numerous other influential and respected artists.

“I am absolutely delighted with the HR4S speakers,” Litt concludes. “They sound perfect for this room. They adjust well. People love them. What’s great is that the splay of them is just perfect for a room this size, where one walks around and it sounds even throughout the room. They’re just bright enough, and loud enough, that you can work a nice long day without fatigue. I am super pleased.”

Sweetwater Adds New Ocean Way Videos: RM1-B and Pro2A

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Let’s face it; there are few success stories in the musical instrument and pro audio retail environment like that of Chuck Surack and Sweetwater Sound. Per a recent article in CNN Business, the company, which just passed its 40th year in operation, was started by Chuck in a VW bus in 1979. Today, Sweetwater is a $725 million empire that delivers not only the best in pro audio gear, but offers excellent service along with all the music and audio tools they sell.

Recently, Sweetwater has created two videos on Ocean Way Audio products that they sell. Check them out below, and get in touch with Sweetwater to purchase any Ocean Way product they offer.

T.H.E. Show 2018

June 7-9: See Ocean Way at T.H.E. Show (Long Beach, CA)

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If you’re in Southern California and consider high-end music and home entertainment systems important in your world, we have a tip for you. The T.H.E. (The Home Entertainment) Show is happening in June, and it’s open to the public (tickets are available here). T.H.E. Show connects music, entertainment and tech aficionados, trade professionals and media from around the world in an integrated state-of-the-art exhibit showcasing the latest products and innovations from industry-leading brands.

As we did last year, we’re teaming up with our friends at AGD Productions, makers of high-end amplifiers products. You’ll find us both in Room 408 at T.H.E. Show, where Ocean Way Audio will be showing our Monterey loudspeaker system. Monterey offers a proprietary 3-way dual/hybrid waveguide system, with an ultra-wide horizontal sweet-spot and rich detail across a broad area of the listening zone. Monterey’s twin 12” LF drivers with ported enclosure deliver solid, ample and tight bass response, and these audiophile-quality speakers are available in many custom finishes, from piano high gloss to fine woods. For more information on Monterey, call us at 818-847-8757 or email

T.H.E. Show runs from June 7-9, 2019. Makes plans to come by Room 408 and get a demo!

T.H.E. Show
June 7-9, 2019
Hilton Long Beach
701 W Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90831

OWA Receives “Best Room” Award at AXPONA 2019

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Ocean Way Audio is proud to have been named a “Best Room” at the 2019 AXPONA Show. Held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL from April 12-14, AXPONA is the Audio Expo North America show, and is considered one of the key international events for the community of high-fidelity audio enthusiasts, showcasing more than 185 listening rooms. At the show, Ocean Way was demonstrating our Monterey loudspeaker system.

Monterey being exhibited at AXPONA 2019. Photo courtesy of

Per a report by Rick Becker at, the Monterey system was one of the highlights of the entire event. “Music through the Ocean Way Audio horn loaded Monterey speakers ($34,000) created by multiple Grammy Award winner Allen Sides was dynamic, transparent and very well focused producing a “you are there” experience. This was certainly one of the most interesting and probably one of the Best Rooms at the show.”

Monterey offers a proprietary 3-way geometrically-complex, stone casted dual/hybrid waveguide system. It gives listeners an ultra-wide horizontal sweet-spot with rich detail across a broad area of the listening zone. At the show, Monterey demos were given by Ocean Way Audio founder and speaker designer, multiple Grammy winner Allen Sides.

April 12-14: See Ocean Way at AXPONA 2019

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If you’re in the Chicago area and are an aficionado of the finest audio products and technologies, head over to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center this weekend for the Audio Expo North America show, also known as AXPONA. You’ll find Ocean Way Audio at Booth 1418, with multiple Grammy-winning audio engineer and loudspeaker designer Allen Sides showing some of our finest high resolution monitoring systems including Monterey.

Monterey offers a proprietary 3-way geometrically-complex, stone casted dual/hybrid waveguide system. It gives listeners an ultra-wide horizontal sweet-spot with rich detail across a broad area of the listening zone.

Tickets for AXPONA are available onsite, and more info is available on the AXPONA web site here.

Axpona 2019 Show
April 12 – 14, 2019
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

April 2-5 2019: OWA at Musikmesse 2019

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Musikmesse, Europe’s biggest trade fair for the music industry, is coming right up at the start of April, and Ocean Way Audio will be there in a big way! If you’re planning on attending the show, you’ll find us at Halle 8.0, Stand G25.

What can you expect to see when you come by our booth? Allen Sides, Ocean Way Audio founder and CEO, will be there in person, doing demos of our acclaimed line of studio loudspeaker products including the Pro2A, the HR4S, and the HR3.5 System. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Ocean Way Audio’s RM1-B Ribbon Microphone, which offers the greatest magnetic field strength ever available in a ribbon mic.

We welcome you to come by and ask Allen your questions about these fine products, or to chat with him about the studios he’s designed and the long list of hit records he’s worked on. We look forward to seeing you there!