Waves has released the Nx Ocean Way Nashville plugin, which is optimised to replicate the acoustics and monitoring system of the Ocean Way Nashville control rooms over any pair of studio headphones – allowing users to create better mixes, anywhere, anytime.
Ocean Way Nashville’s studio control rooms are regarded as the pinnacle of acoustic design and studio monitoring – an audiophile sound engineer’s dream, if you will. Designed from the ground up by Ocean Way founder Allen Sides, the studios were painstakingly planned and built to meet his vision of the ultimate recording, mixing and monitoring environment.
Supervised and fine-tuned by Sides himself, the Nx Ocean Way plugin recreates the studio’s acoustics and famed HR1/HR5 monitors, in immersive spatial audio, over any headphones.
With Nx Ocean Way Nashville, users can create better mixes, anywhere, anytime, using their favourite reference headphones. According to Waves, mixes monitored on headphones through the Nx Ocean Way Nashville plugin are more likely to translate accurately to multiple audio systems and platforms – without the issues that often plague mixes created on headphones.
The plugin is designed to deliver faithful representations of the control room’s finely tuned acoustics, as experienced through the Allen Sides-designed Ocean Way Audio HR1 and HR5 far-field and near-field monitors.
With Nx Ocean Way Nashville inserted on the master bus of a session, the user has the ultimate acoustic reference environment over any headphone model, allowing them to better judge mix depth, panning, reverb amount, low-end response and more – all the aspects of a mix that are normally so difficult to assess on headphones.
Nx Ocean Way Nashville is powered by Waves’ Nx technology for immersive spatial audio. Waves’ Nx uses channel crosstalk, inter-aural delays (ITD), filters (ILD), early reflections and head motion tracking to replicate the immersive experience of hearing audio in the real world.
All these are coupled with precision measurements of the acoustic response at the original Ocean Way control rooms to deliver a faithful three-dimensional ‘out-of-head’ representation of the original experience.