This page is the place to find the best Black Friday plugin discounts on software from the big brands, including Plugin Boutique (opens in new tab), Waves (opens in new tab) and Native Instruments (opens in new tab). So, if you’re on the hunt for a new compressor, to update your DAW, load up on soft synths or get stuck into the latest music-making apps, you'll find some amazing Black Friday plugin deals right here. Of course, if you miss out, then the Cyber Monday plugin deals are just around the corner!
With stock of physical products being a little unpredictable over the last few years, we believe software could be the way to go if you're looking to get your music gear fix. There's no drama with software. Spotted something you like? Download it straight away and start creating – no waiting for a delivery driver to drop it at your door!
Looking for a new machine to load up with cut-price plugins? Take a look at our round-up of the best Black Friday laptop deals.
Black Friday plugin deals: Quick links
The Black Friday plugin deals haven’t kicked off just yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t savings to be had. Below you'll find stellar sales that are running right now at a few of our favourite retailers.
- Plugin Boutique: Save big on plugins from SoundToys, iZotope, SSL and more (opens in new tab)
- Waves: Buy two plugins, get two free! (opens in new tab)
- Sweetwater: Save big money with Sweetwater's Guitar Month sale (opens in new tab)
- Amazon: Shop early Black Friday deals on guitars, mics & more (opens in new tab)
- Guitar Center: Shop Guitar Center's top deals (opens in new tab)
- Musician's Friend: These are the hottest deals at Musician's Friend (opens in new tab)
- Walmart: Shop the latest deals on beginner guitars and beyond (opens in new tab)
- Positive Grid: Save big on BIAS software and the Spark amp (opens in new tab)
- Thomann: In the UK or Europe? Save on big-name guitar gear (opens in new tab)
- Fender Play: Save 50% on an annual guitar lessons subscription (opens in new tab)
When do the the Black Friday plugin deals start?
Black Friday isn't 'officially' until Friday 25 November, but last year Waves actually kicked off their Black Friday plugins bonanza at the start of October by offering up a sneak peak at the deals they planned on launching in November.
That preview ended late in October and was replaced by their Early Bird Black Friday plugin deals. Discounts applied to a mixture of Waves classics, sought-after analogue outboard emulations as well as signature plugins from some of the world’s biggest producers, including Chris Lorde Alge, Joseph Jack Puig, Butch Vig and Andrew Scheps to name just a few.
Will we see more Black Friday plugin deals sooner than the day itself in 2022? If previous years are anything to go by, that answer is a resounding 'yes'. We'll be reporting all the latest news right here.
You can also expect the deals to continue through the weekend after Black Friday before transforming into Cyber Monday plugin deals three days after Black Friday.
Black Friday plugin deals: What to expect
Loads of plugin and music software sites will be taking part in the Black Friday plugins bonanza, so we'd recommend signing up to mailing lists of your favourite retailers now 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 on this page.
We’d recommend bookmarking this page - as well as our main Black Friday music deals hub page - while you remember.
Seeing 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 to just a day or two, or perhaps only a few hours, so we’d recommend you don’t ponder a purchase for too long.
Discounts can range from a few $/£ off a cool sample pack to massive percentage discounts off huge swathes of music production software.
Last year, Waves knocked up to 93% off some of its most popular products, while Sweetwater offered a massive 70% off select software from iZotope, Eventide, Reason, Toontrack, Baby Audio and loads more.
Whichever deals you go for, you can guarantee there will be silly savings up for grabs, 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 this year's Black Friday plugin deals.
Black Friday plugin deals: Free plugins?
Yep, you read that right. While the Black Friday plugins bonanza is a great opportunity to bag big-name software at reduced prices, it's not uncommon to land software for free, too. Last year, Waves gave away the epic Waves LoFi Space, reverb plugin absolutely free. All you had to do was head to the Waves website and register your interest.
Elsewhere, Slate Digital released a brand new plugin, Fresh Air specifically for Black Friday, and gave it away for free. You can still pick it up for nothing today (opens in new tab).
We'll be reporting on any free Black Friday plugin giveaways for 2022 right here.
Black Friday plugin deals: How to prepare
Our biggest tip is to 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 fill your basket with stuff you'll never load. Has there been a raft of new software launches lately? If so, perhaps the old version will be massively discounted for Black Friday? You could start by checking out our guide to the best Waves plugins.
What are your music production goals for the next 12 months? Is there software that will help you achieve them? Or do you have an unfinished track that needs some extra sauce? Now could be the time to invest.
Something else you should consider ahead of time is whether you have enough space on your machine to account for all these additional downloads! Get rid of any unnecessary bloat on your laptop or PC now, or you might want to consider picking up one of the best external hard drives in our guide.
The best Black Friday plugin deals last year
Soundtoys plugins and bundles: up to 70% off
(opens in new tab)Soundtoys offers a range of plugins that will serve as go-to effects in your DAW (opens in new tab), and last year you could save 70% off the price! There was everything from mic preamp emulations to delays, reverbs, dynamics, modulation, filtering, vocal effects and more!
Steven Slate Drums SSD5:
Was $119, now $99
Who wouldn’t want better-sounding drums for only $99?Last year you could build your tracks on solid foundations with SSD5 at an unbeatable price. You’ll have access to hundreds of precisely sampled sounds from some of the biggest names in drum gear, as well as 1,000 preset grooves.
Pro Tools and Pro Tools Ultimate: up to 50% off
For studio professionals and mix engineers, there's no more powerful tool than Pro Tools. This DAW is an essential for anybody working with audio - it's no coincidence that it can be found in professional recording studios the world over, and is considered the industry standard by producers big and small - and last year you could save a mammoth 50% off a subscription.
Find more epic deals on a range of music gear below
- Our pick of the best Black Friday music deals
- View our guide to the best Black Friday guitar deals
- Or all the early Black Friday drum deals
- These are the best Musicians Friend Black Friday deals
- See what Guitar Center Black Friday deals are available this year
- In the UK/Europe? Check out the best Thomann Black Friday deals