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Black Friday plugin deals 2022: the official dates and everything you need to know

Black Friday plugin deals 2022
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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. 

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

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iZotope Gold Package: $1,342, now $49, save $1,293
Last year you could grab everything you needed to bring professional levels of craftsmanship and creativity to your production all while saving $1,293! 

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Download Waves' free new plugin, Lofi Space
This was the Black Friday deal that didn't cost you a penny or a dime. Last year you could bag this all-new delay/reverb for nothing, but only for one day.

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Waves Black Friday sale: Save $$$ & get free plugins
You could find everything from reverbs and delays, to compressors and virtual instruments in last year's epic Black Friday sale. 

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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! 

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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 - and last year it was only $29.99.

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CLA MixHub: was $199, now $29.99
Last year you could get Chris Lorde Alge's SSL 4000 mixer channels in your DAW for a measly $29.99. There's mic pres, filtering, EQ, dynamics and metering on tap, and it really is like having a 64-channel SSL inside your computer. 

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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. 

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BIAS FX 2 Elite: was $299, now $149
BIAS FX 2 enables you to create and endlessly tweak your entire dream rig using an extremely intuitive signal path GUI - and it was only $149 last year.

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Ableton Live 11 Suite: was £509, now £379
Last year you could save £130 on the download version of Ableton's flagship Live 11 bundle at Thomann. 

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Guitar Center: 15% off FL Studio
Last year Guitar Center  offered 15% off products worth $199 or more, and that included software-  meaning you could pick up FL Studio Signature or Studio editions for only $170.

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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. 

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I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. It's my job to manage the buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear and the best prices. I'm a guitarist and a drummer and I've worked in the music gear industry for 18 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance writer working with many of the world's biggest musical instrument brands including the likes of Roland, Boss, MusicRadar and Natal.