The official Sweetwater Black Friday sale is still live with up to 80% off a massive range of music gear (opens in new tab)! The music retail giant has slashed loads of prices on great music gear, knocking hundreds off everything from Schecter guitars and Egnater amps to Behringer mixing desks and Roland V-Drums. And the best news is that the Black Friday savings don't officially end until 27 November.
We've had a quick look to see what's still available and you can get an absolutely amazing deal on D'Angelico guitars, with $150 off Sweetwater exclusive models (opens in new tab). There are some excellent savings on Universal Audio, with up $200 off audio interfaces (opens in new tab), and for all the producers out there be sure to check out savings of up to $300 (opens in new tab) on Native Instruments Maschine and Komplete Kontrol keyboards.
We’ve been covering sales at Sweetwater for a while now, so we can spot killer Sweetwater Black Friday deals a mile off. To make your life easier, we’ll continue to work round the clock over the weekend to find great Sweetwater Black Friday deals - sharing them all right here on this page as soon as we spot them.
There are already loads of great deals available right now, and we're keeping a beady eye out for anything else that drops. If you want to save some serious dough then check back regularly to find today's top deals on electric guitars, drum sets, the best acoustic guitars, premium studio headphones, and loads more.
For more fantastic offers, keep your eyes on our Black Friday music deals page. If you don't find what you're looking for on Black Friday, don't forget there will be some mega Sweetwater Cyber Monday sales dropping soon after this sale ends too.
Sweetwater Black Friday deals 2022: Quick links
Shop the Black Friday Sweetwater sale by category:
- Guitar deals: Save big on guitars, amps and effects (opens in new tab)
- Drum & percussion deals: From sticks to e-kits, these deals can't be beaten (opens in new tab)
- Recording deals: Rig up your studio with cut-price interfaces and monitors (opens in new tab)
- Live sound deals: Save big on a PA for your band or busking rig (opens in new tab)
- Keys & synth deals: Beginner keyboards, synths and MIDI controllers for less (opens in new tab)
- DJ deals: Update your controller and bag killer accessories for peanuts (opens in new tab)
- Software deals: Featuring money off iZotope, Soundtoys, Waves & more (opens in new tab)
Sweetwater Black Friday deals 2022: Today's top deals
Universal Audio Apollo Twin X:
$1,499, now $983.24 (opens in new tab)
Widely regarded as one of the best audio interfaces money can buy, the UAD Apollo series uses a unique blend of powerful hardware processing and software integration to seriously beef up your home production. Now with $515.76 off, you also get a bunch of UAD’s most famous plugins totally free, including the Teletronix LA-3A and Fairchild Tube Limiter.
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro:
was $159, now $129 (opens in new tab)
Regularly included in ‘best of’ lists for studio headphones, Beyerdynamic’s DT 990s deliver the true sound of your mix with minimal coloration. We use a pair of these regularly in our own mixing and mastering, so can attest to the wide frequency response and rugged construction.
was $699, now $559 (opens in new tab)
Perfect for drum overheads, acoustic guitars, or stereo micing loud sources, this pair of small diaphragm condensers will give your recordings a serious upgrade. The built-in filter lets you cut low end rumble, whilst a three way pad switch offers plenty of gain reduction so you can get nice and close to pretty much anything. With Sweetwater offering an excellent $140 off this pair, pro studio sound can now be yours for a lot less.
Korg microKEY Air-25:
$169.99, now $89.99 (opens in new tab)
If you need to make music on the go, a portable MIDI controller is an essential item. The Korg microKEY Air-25 is small enough to fit in pretty much any bag, meaning you can work on your productions wherever you are and with a massive $89.99 off, we’d say this is one seriously good deal. It features Bluetooth compatibility in case you forget your USB cable, allowing for minimal latency wireless manipulation of all your VSTs and drum machines with up to 30 hours of life.
$1,349.99, now $999.99 (opens in new tab)
With a realistically weighted piano hammer action and a plethora of great sounding presets, this 88-key synthesizer will suit a variety of keys players - whether you like traditional piano sounds or the more unusual timbre of a custom synth. It’s got some great features for performing players, such as vocal effects, an 8-track sequencer, and a built-in interface and with a huge $350 off, you can get some serious depth and breadth for less.
Korg Minilogue XD Synth:
$729.99, now $599.99 (opens in new tab)
This powerful little synthesizer packs a hell of a lot of features into a compact package and it’s now got an epic $130 off. Great for creating ethereal soundscapes and kinetic soundtracks, it's equally at home doing smooth synthwave sounds as it is the churn and grind of drum and bass. A handy oscilloscope lets you see the characteristics of your sound and with the number of knobs on this thing, you’re not going to run out of sounds any time soon.
NI Komplete Kontrol S49:
$699, now $599 (opens in new tab)
This smart MIDI keyboard controller from Native Instruments integrates with all the major DAWs with a few clicks of your mouse, meaning you can use various transport controls straight from the controller itself. The 49-key Fatar keybed offers the perfect balance between a realistic piano feel and the rapid response required of a synthesizer. With a cool $100 off, you can now get a complete home studio tool for less.
Blackstar HT Club 40 MkII:
$999.99, now $649.99 (opens in new tab)
One of the most popular guitar amps on the gigging circuit, this versatile, all-tube tone machine now has a massive $350 off. The HT Series has made a name for itself as one of the best mid-priced tube combos, and this particular model comes in a distinctive Vintage Blue finish - sure to stand out on stage.
Egnater Tweaker-15 Stack:
$949.98, now $499.99 (opens in new tab)
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, this really is a boutique tube head and cab for less than $500! With the Egnater Tweaker head pumping out 15 watts via two 6V6 tubes and a matching 1x12 cabinet with a 12” Egnater speaker, this super versatile amplifier setup has a whopping $449.99 off.
Vox amPlug 2 Lead:
$59.99, now $39.99 (opens in new tab)
This perfect practice partner makes keeping your chops a breeze. We find having a headphone amp for guitar around the house invaluable for late-night writing sessions and keeping up our practice regimens. With upgraded analog circuitry, excellent battery life, and superb sound - this sub $40 bargain should be in every guitar player’s basket.
EZX Expansions for EZdrummer:
Was $89, now $53 (opens in new tab)
EZdrummer is Toontrack's core beat making platform that enables you to create incredible drums with ease, and across any genre. It features sequencing, 15GB of sounds, a huge MIDI file library plus features like Tap2Find and Bandmate which turn your simple drum ideas into fully-fledged drum tracks in no time. The EZX sound expansion packs take the software into different genres, exploring areas like metal, Latin, jazz, electronic and a lot more. With 40% off, now is the time to take your EZdrummer ambitions up a level. With titles like Dream Pop, Hop-Hop, Metal Machine and Drumkit From Hell, you know that Toontrack has your stylistic ambitions covered, whatever they may be. Simply choose your genre and save $36 per title!
SDX Expansions for Superior:
Was $179, now $107 (opens in new tab)
Superior Drummer is Toontrack's high-end beat making platform, essentially a full DAW designed for creative, detailed and exceptional drum production. It features seven kits, over 230GB of audio, effects and a vast MIDI library, with all recordings overseen by production maestro George Massenburg. The SDX expansions for Superior Drummer feature additional drum kits recorded in iconic studios like Blackbird in Nashville and The Hit Factory in New York. Now you can expand your virtual drum kits without costly studio time or air fares for an amazing 40% off. Titles like The Rock Warehouse and Custom & Vintage will take you to studios across the world and deliver the best recordings of the most iconic drum kits without you lifting a drumstick. Grab $72 off each expansion pack now!
Was $149, now $39 (opens in new tab)
EZmix 2 is your easy route to perfect mixing and mastering. It allows you to create great vocal, guitar and drum tracks with preset channel configurations to try out and tweak to perfection. You can even apply mastering settings to entire mixes to lift them to a pro standard in an instant. EZmix 2 is currently discounted by an incredible $110 so you can achieve top notch, professional mixes and mastered tracks for minimal outlay. And once you've mastered EZmix 2, there are plenty of expansion options, all heavily discounted as well. The EZmix Packs offer different guitar tones, vocal presets, mastering settings or general mix tools. You get specific mix settings for different genres - ambient, rock, blues and much more - plus the favoured mix and master settings of famous engineers and producers like Al Schmitt, Andy Sneap and Bob Rock. The EZmix packs are your easy route to instant, professional mixes, whatever your music style and with 30% off each title, there's never been a better time to mix!
Was $149, now $97 (opens in new tab)
Think of EZkeys as your virtual keyboard player. You can now pick up the original EZkeys software, with tailored sounds across a wide range of instruments - grand pianos to pads, Mellotron to electric piano - for an incredible 35% off. And once you have entered the EZkeys world, it's EZ (sorry) to expand EZkeys Expansion Packs which then deliver the same variety of other keyboard and instrument sounds, for much less outlay. Each title has been discounted by 40% so you can take your keyboard sounds into completely new realms - Cinematic Pads, Electronic Pop, String Machine and many more - for an amazing $30 off per title.
$799.99, now $699.99 (opens in new tab)
With mesh snare and tom pads, acoustic-style hi-hat mounting, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and 25 excellent kit presets, the TD-07DMK is the top of its range. Don't settle for a generic electronic set this Black Friday, this is the best e-kit deal we've seen so far.
Free throne worth $224.99: with select Roland kits! (opens in new tab)
Drumming is only as comfortable as the throne you park your behind on, which is why we love this particular deal at Sweetwater. Buy one of four select Roland kits - TD-50KV2, TD-50K2, VAD506 or TD-27KV - and get a Roland Hydraulic saddle drum throne with lush velour top, for nothing!
Free $199.99 drum mat: with select Roland kits! (opens in new tab)
Avoid the dreaded kit creep and keep your floors or carpets in good condition with a free Roland TDM-20 large heavy-duty drum mat when you purchase select Roland kits at Sweetwater - TD-17KVX, TD-17KV and TD-07KVX included.
Roland e-kit bundles: Save up to $225 (opens in new tab)
Bundles are a great way to get everything you need to start playing. In addition to the kit, bundles can include everything from sticks and a throne, to headphones, a personal monitor, upgrades bass drum pedal, drum rug and more. This year, Roland's Sweetwater bundles are awesome, including $225 off this Roland TD-27KV bundle (opens in new tab), which includes an additional PDX-100 pad and mount.
Yamaha e-kits: Get free lessons with any purchase (opens in new tab)
There are no Yamaha discounts this year, but if you purchase any kit in the Yamaha electronic drum set range from Sweetwater you will receive access to drum lessons via a free 3-month subscription to Yamaha's Melodics app (opens in new tab). What better way to kickstart your playing journey.
Alesis e-kit bundles: Save up to $215 (opens in new tab)
Bundles are a great way to get everytihng you need to start playing. In addition to the kit, bundles can include everything from sticks and a throne, to headphones, a personal monitor, upgrades bass drum pedal, drum rug and more. This year, Alesis' bundles are awesome, including $215 off this Alesis DM10 MkII Pro bundle (opens in new tab), which includes a DW pedal!
Sweetwater Black Friday deals 2022: When is it?
Stock market catastrophe aside, Black Friday is the name given to the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday, and has traditionally been the time when many online retailers kick off their seasonal sales ahead of Christmas.
Sweetwater's Black Friday sale is one of the biggest shopping events of the year for musicians, delivering epic discounts on instruments, software and so much more.
Black Friday 2022 at Sweetwater will take place on Friday 25 November, but we expect the offers to start much earlier than that and to carry on through to the following Monday. That's Cyber Monday to you (we'll be bringing you our pick of the best Sweetwater Cyber Monday deals, too).
If past years are anything to go by we'd put good money on some deals landing in October, giving shoppers early access to Black Friday levels of discount, without the stress of making purchases so close to Christmas. Shopping early also means people can plan their budgets better.
Sure, Black Friday at Amazon (opens in new tab) is one of the biggest online sales for stuff like headphones and TVs, it's by no means the place to shop if you're a muso. If you want discounts on musical instruments, the Sweetwater Black Friday sale is where you should be looking - we’ll be rounding up all the best Sweewater Black Friday deals here.
Sweetwater Black Friday deals 2022: What to expect
Last year’s Black Friday sale at Sweetwater was a real bumper affair, with seemingly endless offers on all types of musical instruments and accessories, from guitar amps and Black Friday plugin deals to electric guitar strings and home recording kit.
So we’re expecting this year’s Sweetwater Black Friday sale to bring more of the same, and catering to every type of musician. Sweetwater has been running all sorts of sales throughout 2022, which leads us to believe it’s gearing up for a very exciting run of offers in the lead-up to Christmas.
Based on what we have seen in previous years, you can expect to see big discounts on major and more boutique brands popping up among the best Sweetwater Black Friday deals.
Sweetwater Black Friday deals 2022: Will stock run out?
Last year, news reports suggested that Black Friday may be scuppered by shortages of stock and a lack of personnel to actually deliver the goods to you in good time before Christmas.
Over the last 12 months the majority of these supply issues - mostly created by the pandemic - have been rectified and stock is no longer an issue. Our advice would be not to panic buy, however if you see something that's been on your wishlist for a while and is at a good price, then you should go for it.
While stock shouldn't be an issue overall, some deals are limited to a certain volume of product and once they're gone they're gone. You don't want to leave it too late and risk missing out altogether.
Don't forget that returns policies for most retailers are good enough that you can get a product home, try it for size then return it if it's not right.
Sweetwater Black Friday deals 2022: Researching what to buy
One of the smartest moves you can make right now is to do some research on the kit you're hoping to buy in the Sweetwater Black Friday sale. We can help with that too, as we have a bunch of buyer's guides and reviews covering masses of instruments, software and accessories. In each guide you'll find buying advice from our exerts, plus our top picks for the latest gear you should consider.
Here's some of our top buyer's guide to get you started:
- Best audio interfaces
- Best studio monitors
- Best laptops for music production
- Best studio headphones
- Best electronic drum sets
- Best electric guitars
- Best acoustic guitars
- Best digital pianos
- Best keyboards for beginners and kids
- Best podcasting microphones
Sweetwater Black Friday deals 2022: How to find the best deals
This is an easy one: bookmark this page and keep checking back regularly, as we’ll be monitoring the site and curating only the very best Sweetwater Black Friday deals that go live in the run-up to Friday 25 November, on the big day itself, and through to Cyber Monday. They will all be listed here, and we’ll be eyeballing them across guitars, drums, software and plugins, keys and accessories so that you don't miss a thing.
In addition to us manually combing the Sweetwater sale for unmissable Black Friday offers, our shopping software will be scanning a shed load of other websites for the best prices on any products we feature here. That means, not only will you get the top Sweetwater Black Friday offers, you might also see competing deals for other musical instrument retailers, depending on the products featured.
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Sweetwater Black Friday deals 2022: Last year's best deals
Last year's Sweetwater Black Friday sale was an utterly brilliant one. As always, for guitarists it was a particularly bumper event, with big savings off an array of effects pedals from TC Electronic and more. That's before you got to killer savings on guitars from Fender and beyond.
For the studio heads there was also hundreds of dollars to be saved on audio interfaces, microphones and synths, while drummers had access to big discounts on Roland V-Drums, whether you wanted a beginner electronic drum set, or something more pro.
In addition to individual offers, Sweetwater was offering up to 80% off a whole range of guitar, drum and music tech gear, giving you the freedom to shop around the site and load your basket with loads of cut-price goodies.
For not much more than the cost of the Gold or Platinum packages, you could add Diamond to your production arsenal. This time there was an upgraded version of Nectar, which promises to fix any vocal problems and/or just add sweetness to taste. iZotope Neoverb is the other new headline act. This impressive plugin harnesses iZotope’s cutting-edge AI-assisted processing to provide an ultra-powerful, ultra-versatile reverb.
Boss Pocket GT:
Practice tools don’t come much more powerful than the Pocket GT - a comprehensive modelling unit that includes over 100 amps, stomps and effects, 99 user memories, USB, Bluetooth and Boss’ unique YouTube streaming integration. If you were looking for a do-it-all solution that you can take anywhere, this was a bargain at Sweetwater.
Squier Classic Vibe '60s Strat:
There are few guitars more iconic or versatile than the Strat, and last year at Sweetwater you could grab a piece of the action for $399, who knocked $50 off this Olympic White '60s Classic Vibe. You got all the standard Strat appointments including three single coils and synchronized trem - but with that extra touch of '60s class.
Blackstar Studio 10 6L6 1x12" amp:
A great saving on a great valve amp; this 10-watt combo will deliver full fat tones for home and stage. Jazz, blues and rock; you're confidently covered here and a 12-inch Celestion Seventy 80 speaker will help serve all the punch and clarity you need.
Westone UM Pro 30 IEM:
Westone Audio's UM 30 Pro in-ears deliver precise, balanced and rich sound thanks to their triple-driver design. The UM Pro 30s ship with sound-isolating Star and True-Fit tips in multiple sizes, and their up-and-over cable means they'll stay firmly in place - perfect for performers as well as everyday listeners. Last year you could save $150 at Sweetwater.
Behringer Poly D Analog Synth:
Behringer's Poly D is a fully analog polyphonic synth, and last Black Friday it had $270 off. It's got 37 full-size keys, 4 VCO's, a 32 -step Sequencer and more, and provide '70s and '80s vibes aplenty. The tones this thing can create are fat, and with a BBD Stereo Chorus and DS1-modeled distortion on board, they can only get fatter.
Squier Classic Vibe '60s Esquire:
The Esquire is a legend in the world of electric guitar, and last year you could get your hands on one for less than you ever thought was possible. This '60s Classic Vibe from Squier delivers the classic Esquire tone, feel and look, but with modern playability and durability. You get the best of both vintage and modern worlds, with $70 off. Thanks, Sweetwater!
TC Electronic Ditto Looper:
The Ditto Looper has become somewhat of an industry standard looper pedal (opens in new tab) for guitarists. At a killer price point, it features everything you’d want from a no-nonsense looper pedal: a single-knob design for dialing in your loops, five minutes of loop time, true bypass circuitry so your tone remains intact at all times 24-bit recording for pristine audio quality. And for Black Friday you could get it for even less. Read our full TC Electronic Ditto review (opens in new tab).
Squier Contemporary Jazz Bass HH:
Don't worry, low-end caretakers - Sweetwater doesn't forget about you. Last year they knocked $50 off their exclusive Active Squier Jazz Bass in Satin Black, so you could lay down those huge, punchy basslines knowing you've got the power to back up your playing. The 5-string version was available on sale too, if 4 just wasn't enough.
40% off Toontrack EZX Expansions:
$79, now $47
Sweetwater took its scissors to the price of 38 awesome Toontrack EZX Expansion packs in the run-up to Black Friday. Expand your sound collection with everything from blues and jazz, rock and metal, funk and soul and beyond with these fantastic deals and save while you can!
If you buy just one microphone in your lifetime the Shure SM7B (opens in new tab) deserves a place on your shortlist. It's a mic that excels at broadcast applications because it flatters any voice, even in the worst untreated rooms. It's also a superb vocal mic (opens in new tab) for singers, whether on stage or in the studio. Need to record instruments? It's great for guitar cabs and drum kits too. The word legendary is overused but it's well-deserved here.