There are loads of deals floating around this Black Friday for DJs and music producers. It’s more common to see savings for plug-ins and software, but this year there’s also a good chunk of hardware available with slashed price tags. So, this could be the time to splurge. From Serato, Moog, Pioneer DJ, V-Moda, Native Instruments, and more, here are the best picks to beef up your studio at a discount this holiday season.
DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS (DAWS)
Bitwig is offering up to $100 off its standard DAW package, $30 off the upgrade price from Bitwig Studio 1 to Bitwig Studio 2, and $90 off the upgrade price from Bitwig 8-Track to Bitwig Studio 2.
PreSonus’ deal gives you 50 percent off both its DAW Studio One and music notation software Notion. This includes upgrades, but excludes crossgrades and educational licenses. There are also some other deals scattered around on the site, like $20 off any StudioLive Series III plug-ins.
Propellerhead is offering up to 86 percent off over 400 products, including the company’s Reason 10 DAW. Save $100 on Reason 10, $30 off your Reason 10 upgrade, and $100 off the upgrade from Reason 10 Intro. As a bonus, all purchases are bundled with Reason’s Europa synth plug-in, worth $99.
Ableton itself is not offering any deals (that we’re aware of) but Reverb has a software bundle that includes Ableton Live 10 Standard, 50 volumes of drum machines, sample collections and more for the low price of $299 (plus $15 shipping). Check out Reverb’s other software bundles here.
PLUG-INS, SOFTWARE, SOUNDWARE, AND MORE
Sample marketplace and music collaboration platform Splice is offering two free months of Splice Sounds (normally $7.99 a month). The code is 2FREE18 and must be redeemed before Tuesday, Nov 27th.
Software and hardware company iZotope is offering up to 89 percent off products. This includes 70 percent off its mix and master bundle with Ozone 8, Neutron 2, and Visual Mixer, and $50 off portable wireless recording unit Spire Studio.
Native Instruments has an extended Black Friday sale that will go through December 2nd. Grab 50 percent off tons of instruments, mastering and mixing plug-ins, and effects. The sale includes some newly released items, like DJ software, Traktor Pro 3, and sampling platform Kontakt 6.
Universal Audio is doing a new deal every day through November 30th. Some deals currently live include the SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection for 50 percent off and the EP-34 Tape Echo for 50 percent off.
Roland has an unusual holiday deal. Buy either the RP102 or RP501R Digital Piano through December 31st, 2018, and get a free refurbished iPad mini with a one-year warranty. Similarly, if you buy the Roland Boss GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor through December 31st, 2018, you’ll get a free refurbished iPad.
Waves is giving away software for Black Friday. If you sign up for the company’s mailing list you’ll get their new plug-in for free, which will be debuted on Friday.
Arturia’s V Collection is 50 percent off for the holidays, making it only $249. The bundle includes 21 classic synths and keyboards with over 6,500 presets.
Plugin Alliance is offering big discounts on plug-ins from Brainworx, Lindell Audio, elysia, and more. Sample deals include amp emulator bx_rockrack V3, which is slashed from $199 to $39, and 3D audio plug-in dearVR music priced at $99, down from $199.
IK Multimedia is applying up to a 50 percent discount to all its software and apps through the end of 2018. This includes virtual instruments like Syntronik, plug-ins like virtual amp AmpliTube, and a range of iOS apps.
Black Octopus has steep discounts on sample packs, Kontakt instruments, and plug-in presets, with some as much as 60 percent off.
Other software companies with Black Friday sales:
Sonnox’s entire plug-in line is 50 percent off, minus education pricing.
Lennar Digital Sylenth1 is 25 percent off with code BLFR2018.
FabFilter ProQ2 is $106.79.
Loopmasters sample packs are up to 90 percent off.
Eventide is offering up to 75 percent off all plug-ins.
Syntorial will be 50 percent off starting November 23rd.
Plugin Boutique is offering plug-ins from Soundtoys, Celemony, Antares, Reveal, and more at up to 80 percent off, some with exclusive software bundles. As part of the sale, you can nab a free copy of mix assistant plug-in Neutron Elements, which normally costs $129.
Separately, Soundtoys is having its own sale and there’s one deal there not on Plugin Boutique — EchoBoy is $79, down from $199.
HARDWARE, HEADPHONES, AND MORE
Roli has deals across the board with its product line. The Lightpad Block M, Seaboard Block, and Beatmaker Kit, Seaboard Block Bundle (without Equator), Songmaker Kit, and Seaboard Rise 49 are all 20 percent off. The Seaboard Rise is 25 percent off.
Roland is knocking $100 off its SE-02 analog synthesizer through the end of the year, available at a variety of retailers.
Subpac has a limited amount of wearable subwoofer M2x units it will be selling with $100 knocked off the price from November 23rd to November 26th. No discount code is required, but they do go fast.
Denon DJ is offering a whopping $900 discount on the professional DJ media player it’s been pushing over the past year or so, the SC5000. That puts it at $999, but the deal is only good for US customers (for now). If that’s a little pricey and you need to set aside some cash, the sale will be going on through the end of December. The deal can be found at any online retailer that carries Denon.
Also for US customers, Korg is offering synthesizer-based production machine Electribe for free with any purchase of a Prologue synth. To claim the deal, the Prologue must be purchased between November 15th and December 15th, new (not used or refurbished), and through an authorized Korg dealer. You can then submit proof of purchase to Korg to get the Electribe shipped to a US address. Separately, Korg is also offering a free stand with the purchase of a Konnect speaker.
Pioneer DJ is shaving prices off some of its most popular products from November 22nd through November 26th. Both the CDJ-2000NXS2 multi player and DJM-900NXS2 four-channel digital mixer will be reduced by $200 to $1,999. Additionally, Pioneer DJ’s DM-40BT and DM-40 speaker series (in both black and white color variants) are going to have $50 knocked off the price for a set. The deals will be on Pioneer DJ’s website via the DJ Gift Guide link.
Moog has hefty discounts on several of its synths. Save $250 on the Subsequent 37, $120 on the Sub Phatty, $100 on the Mother 32, and $100 on the DFAM. The deals are not specific to any one site, and can be found at many retailers.
Universal Audio has a deal for two of its Apollo interfaces, good in the United States, Canada, Japan, the UK, and many European Countries. Buy the Apollo 8 Quad and get the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP for free (worth $699) or buy the Apollo FireWire Interface and get the UAD-2 Satellite FireWire QUAD for free (worth $699). Offer is good through December 31st.
Yamaha has a few deals going on right now, including one where you get a pair of HS5 studio monitors for free when you buy a Montage synth. That’s about a $400 add-on, and the offer is good through December 31st.
V-Moda has a modest Black Friday sale, with 10 percent offered site-wide on all its headphones, speakers, and other products. Use promo code V-HOLIDAYS10 through November 26th to get the discount.
Shure has discounts on three items from November 23rd through the 26th. The bronze and the red limited edition SE535 Sound Isolating Earphones (models V+BT1 and LTD + BT1) will be $399, while the MOTIV MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone will have a holiday price of $99.
Avid is offering up to 55 percent off refurbished items and bundling them with Apogee plug-ins with select purchases. Some of these items can be had at the same price or a little less on other sites (used, not new), but buying direct with Avid does get you a one-year warranty and some plug-in bonuses. The Apogee Duet bundled with ModEQ and ModComp plug-ins is $499, the Apogee Element 24 bundled with Apogee FX Rack plug-ins is $399, and the Apogee MiC 96k is $149.
Reverb’s holiday sale includes a blanket 15 percent off a large amount of items, with some brands that aren’t on sale in other stores. And, their holiday sale includes free shipping. There are also some deeper discounts if you dig around for used items (the site marks the condition of these used items). For brand-new toys, here are some selects:
DJ Tech Tools requires you be a member to access their deals, but signup only takes a second and they have some of the steepest discounts this Black Friday. Some choice picks are below, but see all their deals here.
Guitar Center’s deals aren’t as impressive as some other sites, but there are a few goodies hidden among the laundry list of things on sale for Black Friday. Plus, they offer free shipping.
Sweetwater has hundreds of items on sale right now, but there are two that are worth specifically pointing out:
Musician’s Friend is offering free shipping along with 10 percent off select items over $49 and 15 percent off select items over $99 (and up to $500) via code BLACKFRIDAY. This means you can grab discounts on pricey things that don’t normally go on sale. Some examples:
Perfect Circuit has loads on sale for those specifically looking into synths and Eurorack modules. Here are a few deals not spotted anywhere else, but peruse the site to find more: