With so many Black Friday deals being announced over the coming days, it’s easy to miss or lose track of some of the very best offers out there right now.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll probably appreciate the short list we’ve put together to highlight a few of the most exceptional deals we’ve noticed for musicians and producers this weekend in the realms of world-class software effects, synths and bundles. Whatever your budget or style, there are some real bargains to be had:
20 Nov – November 29, 2017
Sugar Bytes do a great line of fun and original creative instruments, effects and sequencers, all moderately priced but with a difference in functionality and approach that guarantees a fresh perspective on your sounds and production processing. Some of our favourites: Effectrix (a secret weapon), the Factory synth and Looperator.
7 Nov – November 26, 2017
Waves are offering their massive Diamond bundle – that’s 65 professional plugins! – for one tenth of the normal price.
They also have a whole host of other big savings on virtually all of their best plugins, so it’s time to stock up on some of the best compressor plugins and best EQ plugins that have featured heavily in our roundup articles. Our tips: the API 2500 compressor is incredible on the drum buss, and everyone should own the legendary CLA-2A comp-limiter, one of the original studio workhorses and currently yours for just $29!
1 Nov – December 1, 2017
Some of Softubes best effects and processor plugins are now on sale: standouts for us are the TSAR-1 Reverb and the Heartbeat drum machine, both of which utilise Softube’s knowledge and brilliance at building emulations of classic hardware units to create unique new instruments that take a “best of analogue” approach rather than replicating specific hardware models.
Now is also a great opportunity to get the legendary Tube-Tech CL 1B and it’s partner EQs, some of the classiest, smoothest and most useable mix processors made in software.
23 Nov – Novemeber 29, 2017
The Soundtoys 5 bundle includes many of the best plugins of their type available from any developer, such as the distortion/saturation Decapitator, Echoboy delay, FilterFreak dual analog filter, PhaseMistress analog phaser, Pan-Man auto-panner and Crystallizer pitch-shifter, amongst others.
Usually $499, you can upgrade from any individual Soundtoys plugin to the full bundle for a mere $229 until Nov 29 (with the recently released Little Plate reverb thrown in for free as well). Highly recommended!
14 Nov – December 1, 2017
MangledVerb combines reverb and distortion, and is ported directly from the award-winning H9 Harmonizer, MangledVerb is capable of creating lush reverbs, ripping distortion leads and sound-sculpting musical chaos. Guitarists have used it for years to create signature sounds and now you can have it in your favourite DAW.
6. DAWs Galore: Deals On Presonus Studio One 3, Bitwig Studio 2, Cakewalk SONAR… and Ableton Live 9/10
20 Nov – November 28, 2017 (Presonus Offer, others vary)
If you’re in the market for a new DAW, there are several deals to tempt you this weekend. First, take a look at our guide to choosing the best DAW for your requirements, and then take your pick from Presonus Studio One 3 at half-price, 20% off Bitwig Studio 2, several deals on all versions of Cakewalk SONAR, or invest in Ableton Live 9 , saving 20% and with the promise of a free upgrade to Live 10 when it’s released early next year.
14 Nov – December 3, 2017
Loopmasters is our one-stop shop for samples, stocking their own range of sample packs alongside packs from the best boutique labels around, all under one roof: Artisan Audio, Black Octopus, CAPSUN, Sample Magic, Wave Alchemy and ModeAudio.
Now’s the time to completely revitalise your personal sample library for the months ahead, for relative peanuts!
1 Nov – January 3, 2018
It’s been a busy few months for iZotope with a major update to version 8 of their flagship Ozone plugin that provides undoubtedly the best all-in-one mastering solution for bedroom producers and professionals alike, and the release of Neutron 2 for analysing, balancing and polishing mixes with ease. Our tip: the O8N2 Bundles includes them both, with a big saving.
Also check out the brilliant (and to our minds underrated) Iris 2 synth, certainly one of the coolest, most distinctive and fun soft synths around, and now incredibly good value with 68% off the usual price.
21 Nov – November 29, 2017
Some of our favourite and most characterful plugins, and incredibly affordable – and even more so right now. We recommend: Frostbite multi-effect, Phase Motion 2 phaser, and the Roland Space Echo-inspired Outer Space delay.
24 Nov – December 1, 2017
Of course it would be remiss of us not to mention that you can also currently get our Ultimate Guides series of ebooks for a full 50% off the usual price – including the entire Complete Bundle for the best price we’ve ever offered!
The most thorough guides on the fundamentals of making and mixing your music to a professional standard, focusing on the key principles and concepts that you can start using in your productions right now: whether it’s the holy mixing triumvirate of Compression, EQ and Reverb, or learning to tame and maximise a powerful low-end for all your tracks, there’s a wealth of timeless knowledge right here.
Head over to the Ebook Store for details of what’s included in each guide, and simply enter the coupon code “BF2017” at the checkout to activate your savings!