Today is your last chance to grab Waves's bonkers distortion plugin Berzerk for free - exclusive to MusicRadar readers

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There’s nothing better than getting new music gear for free, so we’ve teamed up with Waves to offer MusicRadar readers Waves Berzerk, completely free of charge for 48 hours - but the offer is due to expire at 1400 BST/0900 EST so you don't have long at all to claim yours. 

Berzerk is a killer distortion plugin that can completely destroy your original signal with distortion, providing you with loads of creative options to twist your sounds in both stereo and mono.

Waves usually only gives away free plugins as part of their Black Friday plugin deals, so this is a proper score. Berzerk is currently on sale at $29.99, but claim it today via our link and you'll pay absolutely nothing - it's not often you get something truly free, but there really is no catch with this. 

How to claim your free plugin

Follow our link, then simply sign into your Waves account and your license will be added to your Waves Central app.

If you don’t have a free Waves account already, you’ll be prompted to create one and the license will be added once you're signed up. Simple!

Don't forget to claim before 1400 BST/0900 EST today (Sunday 9 June).

Waves Berzerk: $29.99 Claim your free plugin!

Waves Berzerk: $29.99 Claim your free plugin!
Berzerk is a creative distortion plugin that allows you to saturate your sounds, increasing their harmonic content without raising the volume. If you’re after vintage tube saturation, this isn’t the plugin you’re looking for, but if you want to add some fresh sounds to your arsenal it’ll definitely float your boat. From smashing drums to creating harder-hitting 808s and even mid-side processing it’s an amazing plugin - and it’s totally free!

Waves best sellers sale: Just $35.99 each

Waves best sellers sale: Just $35.99 each
While you're picking up your free plugin, you can also grab some of Waves best-sellers including Waves Tune, Vocal Rider, Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain, and the always useful SSL G-Master Bus compressor for just $35.99 or less. From EQs to AI tools, this selection of Waves’ most popular plugins is incredible value for money.

5 reasons to download Berzerk (for free) today...

When Waves presented MusicRadar with the list of plugins we could offer our readers for free, Berzerk was the unanimous choice. If you’re not convinced by a free plugin - seriously? - then we’ve listed five reasons we love Berzerk, and why you'll love it too:

1. Did we mention it’s free?

Even if you’re not sure you’re going to use it every day, a free plugin is a free plugin. Plugins take up minimal space on your hard drive and having some choice is always nice when you’re putting together your latest mix. You never know when you might want to try something a little more left-field to get that song over the line, and we love having new toys to experiment with. 

2. It livens up 808s

Whack Berzerk on an 808 and you can change it from a dull lifeless tone to something super grimey. Berzerk can add a sine wave to your original source via the feedback section, drastically changing your sound, all pitched to the same note your 808 is in. You can even get a really cool divebomb sound by setting a high and low octave, as well as adding different shapes from some properly out-there sounds. 

3. It can process in stereo

Berzerk features stereo, mid, and side modes so you can add distortion to certain elements rather than processing the whole sound. If you have a melody that’s not quite hitting, some side processing can really help push it forward without necessarily killing the original vibe of the sample. You can take it a step further by combining it with the dynamics processing, so the distortion is only applied when your mid or side frequencies cross a certain volume threshold. 

4. It'll give you thicker basslines

Berzerk isn’t just for mangling sounds, it can also be used more subtly to help a certain element cut through. It works great on basslines, allowing you to make your low end more present on smaller speakers without having to crank the gain. The dynamics processing works well here again, as you can apply the distortion to only the high or low frequencies of your signal, as well as using the mix knob to blend with your original sound for even more flexibility.

5. Morphing distortion

With ten different waveforms to distort your sounds, plus the ability for them to morph, Berzerk lets you get really creative no matter what your source sounds are. It’s a versatile plugin that will work on pretty much anything, great when you need a little extra to make a sound stand out. Plus if all else fails, you can just hit the ‘Go!’ button and dial up the intensity knob to completely mangle your sound. 

So, what are you waiting for. Add Berzerk to your arsenal for free today

Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at MusicRadar. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on audio interfaces, studio headphones, studio monitors, and pretty much anything else home recording-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping musicians find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including Guitar World, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. 

A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and producing bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his home studio recording new songs or downloading new plugins, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS

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