I read a review somewhere about this plugin, and looked forward to trying it so I could put my tracks in the famous Ocean Way sound. I loved the sound on strings, a piano, guitars and especially drums, but when I ran a poorly recorded vocal track through the plug in its "REAMP" mode I discovered the best unexpected benefit imaginable. The track, with its poor tone, came to life as it was "reamped" through Ocean Way's AKG C12. The resonance of my room, accenting certain lower mid frequencies, disappeared and the tone got sweet and silky. A useful plugin suddenly became indispensible. Love it.
The plug-in makes dead Drum machines alive (as opposed to real drummers that always die at the end)! ;-)
Also dry speaking voices finally get a great home. Dry/Wet level to 1-2% is enough in my case.
Because I use a 27 "screen it would be great if I could zoom the Plug-In for a better view. In the evening my eyes are sometimes very tired when I have to adjust things so small on the screen.
really nice, three-dimensional use it a lot with great effectiveness
Some say you can get similar results by messing around with convo verbs. Not sure, haven't tried myself. But I do know that this thing gives EXCELLENT results, very quickly, and that means a lot in my world. I don't want to have to TRY. I want my tools to "do stuff" for me right out of the gate and this thing does that. Put it on drum overheads and it's as if those drums were done in that room. Very realistic IMO and a powerful tool in the right hands.
In my opinion this is UA's best offering yet via the powered plug in world. Teaming up with Ocean Way was more then genius or any word close for that matter. The warmth, the room molding, mic ability... the list go's on & on but I don't want to list too much more because I have to get back to Ocean Way via my Home Studio!
The re-mic option is insane! I used one of the most advanced piano sample libs in my track that was VERY busy and wanted to have a solo piano and NOTHING I had worked so I picked the closest one to match the overall sound and it still stuck out of the mix... After I used this plug in a remic function, I was able to reposition this piano in a way that it became a part of the song like it was supposed to, and it took a minute of tweaking! I think it's a one of a kind plugins, there's nothing out there that can fool you and make u think it was meant like this!
I thought long and hard before i demoed this plugin as I use IR reverbs already and wasn't sure that this would offer much more. I have most UAD plugs and felt that i probably had most situations covered, although I would say UAD guys if you are reading this - 'Please make a mutronics mutator plugin!'
This plugin actually adds a lot to my sonic arsenal and has been used mainly this week on drum bus, but we also used on vocs. It adds something to the sound more than a reverb and an EQ or even a mic IR. Perhaps its voodoo or alien technology, but however this was created this has become an indispensable mixing tool, more than paying for itself this week alone as clients love its sound so much!
Excellent plugin for 2013! I cannot believe how much detail UAD have put into this plugin. For the price they're asking, It's worth it!
You can re-mic or reverb the Room according creating chambers to suit what you're trying to achieve in a mix.
When I use this plugin, I mainly use it in context of reverb of a room.
Sonic albums like 'Birds of Tokyo' have that nice big and open drum kit which I feel this plugin has enabled me to recreate, that room ambience one would dream of!
I highly recommend this plug-in if your trying to achieve reverb ambience or re-mic feature treating dead spots in an untreated room.
Love it guys!
Mick | Slightly Left of Centre
OMG UA has done it again! We finally got our Room back up and running again after Sandy. We had a great session then moved into the control room. brought our tracks up with only UA plugs inserted and got it sounding great. Then I authorized the Ocean way Plug and inserted it, my partner played with it for 2 minutes and turned to me and said
"You realize this is our new secret Weapon Right"? I just smiled, shook my head and said yeah I know. I hadn't even run the Demo, I know better, any time I run the Demo's I end up buying the plug anyway, so I'm like, Why Bother!
Big Thumbs UA! Were off to Ocean Way without an airline ticket! Just Awesome!!!!!!
This plugin sounds great. Very flexible and easy to use. The room sound reacts very realistically and dynamically, it even sounds good with compression. It is not the real thing, but in a mix, it gets a hell of a lot closer than anything I've tried. I just finished recording a trumpet player do multipe overdubs. This plugin was able to give me incredible results in remic mode to make it sound as if it was a horn section playing live together in a room. Gorgeous on drums too. I think UA nailed it on this.
As an old analog engineer (many years in a good sized room with a 24 track 2 inch) I developed a taste for real spaces. Now I live in a great sounding but small space and have tried "everything" to turn digital reverb (IR and Algorithmic) into real rooms. With varying results, especially on drums. It always sounds like "dry + wet" to me.....
Re Mic mode as an insert on the drum bus is astounding. There are enough options of mics and placements that you can really evoke a space that fits almost any production that is supposed to sound like players in a real room. Digital pianos, vocals, guitars all really benefit but the drums.... the drums.... did I mention the drums? Now I find myself adding back a LITTLE dry.... :^)
I am a pro user with more than 10 years of experience, and most of the time I mix stuff that was recorded in poor treated rooms so with this plugins I can "make it better" in a way that with classical reverbs is more way more difficult. Kudos to the UA team!
Just think this...
You are in OCEAN WAY STUDIO a or b and rigging microphones and then record in that atmosphere...
Because of this pluggin we don't set room mics anymore. I just did a mix using it on a ogran pluggin and it came a life to the point nobody can tell if it's a real organ or not !!!
This is an amazing plug in. It really transforms OHs and Room mics into the Ocean Way room when in remic mode and gives that classy sound instantly, very sweet sounding top end and multiple mics to switch through until happy. Very versatile, as you can blend the close mics very close and mix in far mics very far if you like, creating the perfect drum sound for your mix. I love this plug in. Works great on organ, acoustic guitars and anything you need to have that extra room sound. It is a must for every mix now.
I work in electronic music - Mainly dance/house ( now called EDM for some unknown reason) and for years we've all been trying to solve the problem of obtaining that perfectly Dry(ish) drum sound and yet still have enough ambience around it for us to tickle our eardrums ( and aural recepting mechanisms) just right.
Well basically this is it - just a little of this tucked away on claps, hats and loops makes everything glue together perfectly .. We've been through everything - convolution , old vintage units, springs, you name it - it's not worked.
And then we put some piano through it - it seemed to instantly solve the phase nonsense that usually goes on with sampled pianos . it goes on and on.
This is currently un-touchable !!
I downloaded the OWS Plug In the day it was released. I tried it mainly on drums, piano and vocals....fantastic! Then I started reading reviews. Some were positive others were mixed. I knew what I was hearing was great and would add value to my studio but I also wanted to know what others thought. Thank you for your opinions. This is a great plug in. The sound is fantastic and the ease of use is appreciated. It's right for what I'm doing.
I have been cautious about buying UA plugs and making sure I buy the right ones and not something that can be done with another plugin already. After demoing this for a few days, this is definitely a plugin I HAVE to buy. I don't think I could live without it now unless I was able to just record for $350 for life at Ocean Way. There is nothing ITB that sounds this amazing and this simple to use. Just try this on a vocal or acoustic guitar and you'll hear what I'm talking about. It brings in life and you can still have a dry sound.
PS I have been to Ocean Way.
This is simply jaw dropping...so far have used it on drums and guitar which are fantastic...I have used the re-mic option with both and on the kit it takes my small live room sound and completely transforms it with a few mouse clicks into a really classy and high end finish on the room mics and overheads. Sure you may be able to get close with a combination of eq and reverb plugs...but this takes the strain away and just gives you a perfect sound. I particularly liked all three mikes on the kit with the far mikes the maximum distance away and then blending that wit the close up mikes. I have a decent number of UAD pluginsnow but this one simply has to be added...not matter whet else you have.
My world just got blown wide open. The best natural room sounds i've had so far ITB.
Been bringing up small drum room records ive done then throwing this up in reverb mode and getting fantastic 3d quality, something i could never get before from other room verbs. Might not need that pzm in the hallway anymore.