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Black Friday plugin deals 2019: how and where to find the biggest savings on music-making plugins

MusicRadar Black Friday 2019 plugin deals
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As Black Friday 2019 rolls around again, it’s time for musicians to empty their wallets and pick up the best Black Friday music deals of the year. Software has always been a big draw across Cyber Weekend, so we’re particularly excited to see what Black Friday plugin deals reveal themselves during the event.

Black Friday is more than just a single day of online shopping madness. Black Friday itself takes place on Friday 29 November, stretching across the weekend and into Cyber Monday on December 2. 

But we’re expecting to see monster deals coming through well in advance of that, particularly when it comes to music software. Whether you’re looking for a new compressor, to update your DAW, load up on soft synths or get stuck into the latest music-making apps, there’s sure to be some amazing Black Friday deals to be had.

With increasing numbers of brands and retailers participating in Black Friday each year, we reckon at the very least there will be deals from the likes of Plugin Boutique, Waves, Toontrack and Native Instruments, just to name a few.

Where can I find the best Black Friday plugin deals?

Loads of plugin and music software sites will be taking part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday for 2019, so it’s worth signing up to mailing lists of your favourite retailers to get the jump on the best deals.

Of course, if you can’t be bothered with the stress of searching through the latest deals yourself, our experts will be pulling all-nighters across the event to uncover the very best Black Friday plugin deals and publishing them right here. 

In fact, we’d recommend bookmarking this page - as well as our main Black Friday 2019 hub page - while you remember. It will be mecca for the best music software and music gear deals come Black Friday.

Black Friday plugin deals: what to expect

As with previous years, the deals start rolling in early, some as early as October.

The great thing is that, as plugins are downloads rather than physical products, they won’t sell out. A more realistic consideration is that some of these deals might be time-limited, so we’d recommend you don’t ponder a purchase for too long.

Discounts can range from a few pounds/dollars off a cool sample pack, to massive percentage discounts of huge swathes of music production software. Last year, Native Instruments knocked 50% off 175 of it's best products, including the likes of Kontakt 6, Traktor Pro 3, Monark, Massive, Guitar Rig 5 and Reaktor 6. Other companies will offer bundle deals, too – the more you purchase, the more you save.

In their last sale, Waves knocked a staggering $3,450 off their Horizon plugin bundle, dropping it to just $549. For vintage fans, you could pick up the Abbey Road Vinyl plugin for just $49 (usually $249). Will we see more of the same on Black Friday?

These are a silly numbers, so if you’re planning on updating your studio or adding to your collection to boost your music production set-up, it’s well worth marking your diary for Black Friday.

How can I prepare for Black Friday?

Start your wishlist now! The most sensible way to take advantage of the best Black Friday plugin deals is to know in advance what you’re looking for. This will make searching much easier, rather than having to trawl through loads of deals you don’t want to find the ones you do.

Check out your favourite brands, see what you need and will genuinely use – don’t waste your cash and load up on stuff you won’t use. Has there been a raft of new software launches lately? If so, perhaps the old version will be massively discounted for Black Friday?

What are you music production goals for the next 12 months? Is there software that will help you achieve them? Now could be the time to invest.

The latest Black Friday 2019 plugin deals

Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter: was $299, now $41.99
Modeled on one of only a few tube-powered units ever made, the Aural Exciter delivers all the unique character of the original hardware unit, with all the advantages of software.View Deal

C6 Multiband compressor: was $299, now $23.99
The ideal tool for de-essing and de-popping in the studio or onstage. The C6 gives you all the multiband compression and dynamic equalization you need to shape your sound.View Deal

PuigTecEQs: was $299, now $41.99
A bundle of the MEQ-5 and Puigtec EQP-1A EQ, which is a replication of the original hand-crafted unit owned by iconic producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (U2, Rolling Stones).View Deal

Reel ADT: was $249, now $41.99
Waves/Abbey Road Reel ADT is the first plugin to successfully emulate Abbey Road Studios’ pioneering process of Artificial Double Tracking, putting the magic of that era in your hands within seconds.View Deal

H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb: was $349, now $29.99
Want richer, deeper reverb tails that sit beautifully in the mix while breathing crisp air into your tracks? H-Reverb is the plugin for you.View Deal

Abbey Road Reverb Plates: was $249, now $41.99
A state-of-the-art modeling of the four legendary reverb plates housed at Abbey Road Studios and used on recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Radiohead.View Deal

Smack Attack: was $69, now $23.99
Add smack and bite to drums, loops, synth hits and all percussive sounds by designing the level, shape and duration of their transients’ attack and sustain.View Deal

PRS SuperModels: was $129, now $47.99
Created in collaboration with Paul Reed Smith, the Waves PRS SuperModels plugin models three high-end PRS guitar amps: the PRS Archon, Dallas, and Blue Sierra/V9.View Deal

Black Friday 2018 plugin deal highlights

Want a flavour of what you can expect during Black Friday 2019? These are some of the hottest deals that emerged during Black Friday 2018. 

Save up to 89% on iZotope software
iZotope was offering an unbelievable 89% discount on some of its most popular plugins and software, including mixing, mastering and vocal processing plugins.

Buy a Korg Prologue and get an Electribe for free
On Black Friday, for every Prologue 8-voice, or 16-voice purchase, Korg was throwing in an Electribe groovebox for free.

Native Instruments slashes its plugins in half!
Native Instruments entered into the spirit of the season with a massive 50% off a whopping 175 products.

50% off IK Multimedia Total Studio 2 Max
94 products, 16,800 sounds, 39 high-end mixing/mastering processors and over 350 gear models for guitar and bass all for just $499.99/€599.99. This was a big one for Black Friday.

Toontrack EZkeys String Machine - 80% off
The String Machine sound library is based around a meticulously sampled mid-seventies Solina String Ensemble synthesizer and was down to just €28 for Black Friday.

Toontrack Metal EZX! - 75% off
The Metal! EZX is based on a new drum recording engineered by Daniel Bergstrand in Norway’s highly unique Tanken Studio and for Black Friday it was yours for just €17.

SoundSpot Orbit transient designer 99% off - just £1/$1
The Orbit is a simple, lightweight tool that will help boost your transients and add bite to your mixes. Under the hood you’ll find the same DSP used in the Velo limiter.

SoundSpot FireFly compressor now just £6 - 90% off
There was a jaw-dropping 90% off Soundspot’s FireFly bus compressor plugin on Black Friday, which meant you could get your copy for just £6.

SoundSpot Glitch FX, just £5 (90% off)
Glitch lets you bring rhythm and movement to your mixes, featuring a host-synced trance-gate and multi-tab delay, and the signature ‘glitch’ effect.

Save $100/£70/€90 on Propellerhead's Reason 10 DAW...
But that's not all. With this Black Friday 2018 deal you could also bag yourself a Drum Sequencer and Europa synth plugin for free!