Announcing the Ocean Way Mic Collection for Sphere

Townsend Labs is pleased to announce the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in, exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces, which expands the capabilities of the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone system* with faithful emulations of the 12 “best of the best” vintage mics from Allen Sides' world-renowned mic locker at Ocean Way Studios.

A natural addition to the Sphere L22 Microphone, the plug-in is available from the UAD plug-in store for $249 and runs with near-zero latency performance when used with a Universal Audio Apollo recording interface. The Ocean Way Mic Collection plug-in is included in the UAD v9.4 release which can be downloaded from Universal Audio's website.

Ocean Way® Microphone Collection — Key Features:

  • Track through Allen Sides’ hand-picked vintage mics, including icons from Neumann, Sony, RCA, AKG, and more*
  • Realtime UAD Processing with Universal Audio’s Apollo interface for extremely low latency
  • Multi-dimensional modeling emulates proximity effect, polar patterns and other off-axis characteristics of vintage microphones with stunning accuracy
  • Re-Mic Sphere tracks and select mic type, polar pattern, proximity effect, and other settings before or after tracking

A Legendary Collection

This legendary collection has been used by countless A-list artists, including Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Beck, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Alanis Morissette, Eric Clapton and Neil Diamond. Every model in the plug-in is based on what multi-Grammy winning producer and engineer Allen Sides has chosen as the very best representations of classic mics from Neumann,™ Sony,™ RCA,™ AKG,™ and more.*

The plug-in is the result of two years of collaborative development between Allen Sides and Townsend Labs. Chris Townsend, founder of Townsend Labs, states:

We are honored that Allen chose Townsend Labs to capture the sound of his vintage microphones. Having access to a microphone collection of this caliber, which Allen built up over decades, is a dream come true for me. And maybe just as important, Allen's ear has been invaluable in helping us refine the models to best capture the essence of these classic mics.

For more information visit the Ocean Way Microphone Collection web page.


*The Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in must be used only with two-channel audio recorded from a Sphere L22 microphone (purchased separately). All trademarks are property of their respective owners and used only to represent the microphones modeled as part of the Ocean Way Microphone Collection software.


About Townsend Labs

Following more than three years of technical development, Townsend Labs was founded in 2015 by thirteen-year Avid alum and DSP architect Chris Townsend, together with Erik Papp, previously CEO of Summit Audio Inc. Townsend Labs Inc. is a professional audio company in the San Francisco Bay Area region of California. In July 2016, Townsend Labs debuted their world-class patented microphone modeling technology, Sphere. Sphere’s analog hardware directly captures spatial and distance information in the sound field, allowing for unprecedented control and multi-dimensional modeling of vintage microphones from within the Sphere plug-in.

For further information, review requests, or any questions, please contact Townsend Lab’s President Erik Papp at