Black Friday microphone deals 2023: Our pick of epic mic savings that are still live

Black Friday microphone deals 2023: Our pick of epic mic savings that are still live
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Black Friday microphone deals 2023: Our pick of early deals, in one place

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2. Editor's picks
3. FAQ

Well, the biggest shopping day of the year has come to a close, but thankfully, the Black Friday microphone deals are still very much alive and kicking. This year was one of the best yet, and there's still plenty of time to get involved. From Sweetwater's mega up to 75% off Black Friday sale, the Waves plugin sale and the Musician's Friend up to 50% off sale, there are plenty of Black Friday offers still very much in play.  

Picking the right mic can be a tough call, so we've taken the time to walk you through the process. From handy shopping tips to answering frequently asked questions and even hand-picking a selection of our top microphone deals for you. 

Traditionally, this is the best time of year to start expanding your microphone collection, as all the major music retailers get in on the Black Friday action. 

So whether you are looking for a cut-price condenser, a cheap-as-chips podcast microphone, or a seriously discounted live mic, you'll find it this Black Friday. 

Of course, we'll also be looking ahead at this year's Cyber Monday music deals, so be sure to check out our deals hub page to see what we uncover.

Black Friday microphone deals: Quick links

Black Friday microphone deals: Editor's picks

Lewitt Condenser Mics: Up to $200 off

Lewitt Condenser Mics: Up to $200 off
We're big fans of the Lewitt mics here at MusicRadar, and recently gave the Lewitt LCT 540 four and a half stars out of five and the Lewitt LCT 640 received the same score. There are three mics with up to $200 off at the moment, so it's a great opportunity to add a quality addition to your mic locker.

Shure Beta mics: Up to $150 off

Shure Beta mics: Up to $150 off
Built for robust performance with excellent noise rejection qualities, Shure Beta mics are excellent value whether you need a live vocal mic or a small diaphragm condenser for studio duties. There's a huge selection of Beta mics on sale at Sweetwater at the moment, with up to $150 off select mics and discounts on popular models like the Beta 58A vocal mic, Beta 87A handheld condenser, and the Beta 52A kick drum mic.

Samson Q9U: Was $199.99, now $149.99

Samson Q9U: Was $199.99, now $149.99
Looking to take your podcast to the next level? Well a good quality microphone is what you need - and with $50 off, you can't go wrong with the Samson Q9U. Featuring both an XLR output to plug directly into your mixer or audio interface and USB-C connection this mic is ready for any setup. 

AKG C414 XLII: Was $1,319, now $1,119

AKG C414 XLII: Was $1,319, now $1,119
With its 9 switchable polar patterns, sensitivity options, and four-stage low-end roll-off there are few tasks this awesome condenser mic can’t handle. It also comes with a rugged case, shock mount, and pop filter so if you’ve only got the budget for one microphone, this would be our pick as a do-it-all studio workhorse.

Black Friday microphone deals: FAQ

A selection of microphones for recording

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When is Black Friday

For 2023, the Black Friday microphone deals will officially arrive on Friday, November 24 - the day after Thanksgiving and less than a month before Christmas. As usual, the deals will extend across that weekend (also known as Cyber Weekend) before the Cyber Monday music deals finish the event with a bang on Monday 27 November.

Now, we've covered Black Friday for long enough to know that many of the best Black Friday microphone deals will emerge in the weeks leading up to the big day, some as early as mid-October - and better yet, many deals stick around well after the event and into December.

If you're using Black Friday to save money on Christmas gifts, our guide to the best Christmas gifts for musicians is great for inspiration.

What Black Friday microphones deals should I expect?

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the big music retailers throughout October and November, scouring the internet for the very best Black Friday microphone deals we can find. 

Based on last year's evidence, the Thomann Black Friday sale, Guitar Center Black Friday sale, Sweetwater Black Friday sale, and Musician's Friend Black Friday sale are the places to go if you are looking for a tasty deal on a new microphone. Every year we see stellar discounts applied to all categories of mics, from studio stables to stage-ready workhorses and even podcast mics. 

The Amazon and Walmart Black Friday sales will be massive as always, too. Here you'll be able to pick up everything from cheap wireless headphones and Amazon Echo devices, to top music gear – we’ll be bringing you the best deals we can find across these events.

We've been covering the Black Friday music deals for years now, so you can rest assured our teams will be hunting down the best offers before anyone else and sharing them with you first.

Black Friday microphone deals: Shopping tips

1. Create a wishlist early - If you really want to win big when the Black Friday microphone deals start flowing, our biggest tip would be to get your research done early. That way you know exactly what you're looking for once it's time to strike. 

The good news is that we can help you with that...

To help you create your dream shopping list, take the time to explore our expert and up-to-date buying guides and reviews. These will arm you with everything you need to know about buying the best audio interface, acoustic guitar strings, guitar tuners and so much more.

2. Work out what you actually need - Check out your favourite brands, and see what you need and will genuinely use - don’t waste your cash and fill your basket with stuff you'll never use. Has a popular model just received an update? Well, if so, perhaps the old version will be massively discounted for Black Friday?

3. Consider your guitar goals - What do you want to achieve with your singing or recording goals for the next 12 months or so? Is there gear out there that will help you hit them? Are you looking to join a band? Now could be the time to invest in a giggable microphone. 

4. Clear some space - Something else you should consider ahead of time is whether you have enough space in your studio. Now might be the best time to get rid of any unnecessary gear that is taking up space - and better yet, if you sell it, you could put that extra money towards your Black Friday purchase. 

How we choose deals

Here at MusicRadar, we are experts in our field, with many years of playing and product testing between us. We live and breathe everything music-making, and we draw on this knowledge and experience of using products in live, recording and rehearsal scenarios when selecting the products we recommend.

First and foremost, we are players and creators, and we want to match like-minded folk with the right products for them, at the best prices.

For us to recommend a deal on guitars or anything else it has to be a product we rate that’s a genuinely great price or part of a truly fantastic bundle. It’s also important that we only recommend retailers where you will have a positive shopping experience.

Why you can trust our choices

We spend a lot of our time scouring music retailers for fantastic deals on our favourite guitars, amps, pedals and accessories. Not only is it our job to research and recommend the best gear in our buyer’s guides and reviews, but we’re also dedicated to helping musicians get the best deals on the stuff they need, too. After all, the only thing better than new gear day is a hearty discount.

We cover a lot of the big sales events throughout the year, including Memorial Day4th of July sales and Amazon Prime Day, and we have a good view on which products are likely to receive the biggest discounts and when, the prices they’ve been in the past and which deals are genuinely worth a look.

Find more epic deals on a range of music gear below 

Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

I'm a Senior Deals Writer at MusicRadar, and I'm responsible for writing and maintaining buyer's guides on the site - but that's not all I do. As part of my role, I also scour the internet for the best deals I can find on gear and get hands-on with the products for reviews. My gear reviews have also been published in prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines, as well as Guitar World.

I have a massive passion for anything that makes a sound, particularly guitars, pianos, and recording equipment. In a previous life, I worked in music retail, giving advice on all aspects of music creation and selling everything from digital pianos to electric guitars, entire PA systems, and ukuleles. I'm also a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.

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