A/B’ing Microphones In Ocean Way Studios

I was recently mixing a track for a client of mine and wanted to add a bit of depth and space to some hand drums. I pulled open one of my favorite Room Reverb plugins, Ocean Way StudiosΒ from Universal Audio.Β As many of you know from using this plugin, its one of their most DSP intensive plugins they make. Maneuvering around this plugin quickly is difficult due to just how DSP intensive it is. Quickly changing room positions and microphones is often met with delay and audible artifacts. This previously made it impossible to quickly toggle through mic selections to compare and contrast mic tones… or so I thought…

While mixing, I figured out a neat way to bypass this obstacle and wanted to share it with you in this video. Firstly, determine which distance (in feet) is appropriate for the track you’re sending to Ocean Way (in this case 15 feet was what I liked). Second, set the “Near, Mid, and Far” columns to the same distance. Third, load the desired microphones you wish to A/B into the “Near, Mid, and Far” columns. Once you’ve done all 3 steps, simply use the “mute” buttons above the pan knobs to breeze through the different microphones you’ve loaded all at the same distance. Voila. No audible artifacts, latency, or any bugginess when auditioning mic tones on the fly using Ocean Way Studios.

I hope this helps some of you out! Don’t hesitate to shoot me an email (pete@mixbetternow.com) if you have any questions, and please feel free to leave a comment below (let me know if you guys have any special or cool ways you like to use Ocean Way Studios). Don’t forget to SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTERΒ to stay up to date with new mix tutorials and to grab your Swag Bag full of FREE GOODIES

Happy Mixing and have a great day! πŸ™‚

– Pete