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Our pick of today's best plugin deals
PuigTecEQs: was $299, now $35.99
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).
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PreSonus Studio One 4.5 Pro: was $399.95, now $279.97
Studio One 4 takes another step forward with the addition of Harmonic Editing, Patterns and the XT instruments. Get over $100 off this hugely popular DAW right now.
Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter: was $299, now $69.99
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.
Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain: was $199, now $69.99
Now is your chance to get hold of five independent mixing and mastering modules, modelled after the EMI TG12410 Transfer Console used in all Abbey Road's mastering suites since the early '70s to this day.
Vengeance-Sound VPS Avenger: was $220, now $176
Vengeance-Sound VPS Avenger is intense and perhaps the most versatile - and certainly one of the best-sounding - synth plugins the folk at Sweetwater have seen. Hence why they given it such a hefty saving, no doubt.
Chris Lord-Alge Signature Series: down to $99.99 from $399
Six easy-to-use audio plugins for mixing vocals, guitars, bass, drums and more, created with Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, U2).
Waves REDD: now $49.99 down from $249
Another Abbey Road Studio icon can be yours for just a mere snip of its original price. Based on the legendary REDD.17, REDD.37 and REDD.51 consoles, Waves REDD plugin delivers the classic British sound of the 1960s.
Waves API 2500: was $299, now just $59.99
Modelled on API's vintage compressor, the 2500 boasts a wide range of incredibly musical parameters which have made it a favourite of engineers the world over.
C6 Multiband compressor: was $299, now $59.99
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.
Reel ADT: was $249, now $59.99
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.
H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb: was $349, now $59.99
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.
Abbey Road Reverb Plates: was $249, now $69.99
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.
Smack Attack: was $69, now $49.99
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.