Ocean Way Recording was a series of recording studios established by recording engineer and producer Allen Sides with locations in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Saint Barthélemy. Ocean Way Recording no longer operates recording facilities, but Ocean Way Nashville continues to operate under the ownership of Belmont University.

Ocean Way Recording
IndustryRecording studio
PredecessorUnited Western Recorders
FoundedLos Angeles, United States (1984 (1984))
FounderAllen Sides (*1953)
Defunct2015 (2015)
Los Angeles
United States
Number of locations
Area served
Sunset Boulevard





In 1972, Ocean Way founder Allen Sides opened a studio he had built in a 3 1/2-car garage on Ocean Way in Santa Monica, California, for the purpose of demonstrating tri-amplified loudspeakers of his own design. In 1977, Sides, who had worked as a runner at United Western Recorders in the late 1960s, purchased enough equipment from Putnam's company UREI to completely fill the garage space for just $6,000, attracting the attention of Putnam. Sides and Putnam became friends and business partners, and Putnam offered Sides exclusive rights to sell UREI and United Western Studios' surplus equipment, providing Sides and his studio with a wide variety of studio equipment.[1]

Ocean Way Hollywood


In 1976, after the lease on Sides' garage studio was abruptly canceled, Putnam provided space at United Western Recorders, leasing United Studio B to Sides. Six years later, Sides lease at United Western expanded to include United Studio A. When Putnam sold his companies to Harman in 1984, Harman sold the Western building and its contents to Sides, who later also acquired the United building.

Sides renamed the United Western Studios complex Ocean Way Recording after the location of his former garage studio.[2] Ocean Way Studios operated the two-building complex from 1985 until 1999, when the former Western Studios building at 6000 Sunset Boulevard was partitioned, sold, and renamed Cello Studios.[3] In 2006, the studio again changed ownership, and has since been in operation as EastWest Studios.

Ocean Way Studios continued operations in the building at 6050 Sunset Boulevard until 2013, when it was sold to Hudson Pacific Properties. Since 2015 it has been known as United Recording Studios.[4]

Ocean Way Nashville


In 1995, Sides and Gary Belz purchased the 1911 Church of the Advent, a 100-year old Brownstone church building in Nashville's Music Row district, converting it to open Ocean Way Nashville the following year. In 2001, Sides and Belz sold the studios to Belmont University for use by the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB). The university continues to operate the commercial studios, while also utilizing them as hands-on classrooms to teach audio engineering. Belmont University maintains license of the Ocean Way name and Sides remains a consultant.[5][6][1]

Other Ocean Way studios


The Ocean Way Studios Group also included Record One studios in Sherman Oaks, California, which was acquired by Sides in 1988, and another Ocean Way Studio location in Saint Barthélemy.[7]

Ocean Way Recording no longer operates recording facilities.

Other Ocean Way companies


Sides is also the founder of Ocean Way Audio, a manufacturer of speaker systems.[1][8] Ocean Way Drums, a partnership between Sides and producer Steven Miller, produces virtual instrument software.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Crane, Larry. "The History of Ocean Way Studios & Beyond: Allen Sides' Endless Quest for Quality". Tape Op. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ Walsh, Christopher (5 October 2002). "Ocean Way Mixes Latest Gear With 'A Vintage Vibe'". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  3. ^ Bieger, Hannes. "Studio File: Ocean Way, Los Angeles". Sound On Sound. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  4. ^ Seetoo, John (29 March 2021). "United Recording Studios: An Industry Legend". PSAudio.com. PS Audio. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Sides Signs–Belmont to Retain Ocean Way Name". ProSound News. Future Plc. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  6. ^ Flynn, Katherine (28 November 2017). "Nashville's Music Row Is Waiting for You". savingplaces.org. National Trust for Historic Preservation. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  7. ^ a b Jennings, Steve (1 February 2011). "On the Cover: Ocean Way Recording's Allen Sides". Mix. Future Plc. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  8. ^ Starr, Tamara (12 May 2021). "View from the Top: Allen Sides, CEO, Ocean Way Audio". ProSound News. Future Plc. Retrieved 18 November 2021.

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