Black Friday 2018: Best deals for DJs and producers
Although Black Friday and the questionaly-named Cyber Monday were first introduced to capitalise on the good will generated over a hefty Thanksgiving dinner, it's evolved into a global smash-and-grab, with overwhleming offers and discounts thrown at us from every corner of capitalism. Cool!
For most people, it's an opportunity to save some cash on their Christmas shopping, but for life-hackers, it's the perfect time to stock up our studio, fill up our hard drives and upgrade our booths with the best production and DJing hardware and software.
This is our guide to the best deals over the next week – we'll be updating the list regularly as the deals are announced so make sure you bookmark and come back and visit us as the big day approaches. Happy shopping.
Native Instruments – 50% off 175 products
Native Instruments have come out of the gates with a bang, offering a half-price saving on 175 products, including the newly-released Traktor Pro 3 and Kontakt 6, as well as Guitar Rig Pro 5, Reaktor 6 and plenty of Kontakt instruments. There's no hardware included for now, but it's a great time to stock up on NI goodies, with many products coming in at under £50.
Plugin Boutique – Save up to 90% and get Neutron Elements for free with any plugin purchase
VST and AU marketplace Plugin Boutique are going all out for their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, offering up to 90% off (!) on a whole range of plugs and tools including FabFilter, Reveal Sound and their own plug Scaler. They're also offering iZotope's Neutron Elements for free when you purchase any other plugin, even if it only costs £1! Neutron Elements is a cut-down version of their mix assitant tool that will highlight potential problems within your mix.
Output Sounds – 25% off all products
Creators of excellent instruments like Analog Strings, Substance and Rev, Output Sounds are a firm favourite among pro producers and studios. Their instruments usually cost $199, but you can now pick them up for $149, with extra savings on bundles.
Arturia – 50% off V Collection
Arturia's V Collection has grown to become a hugely impressive package of classic synths and instruments. With version 6 introducing the legendary DX7 and CMI Fairlight, as well as updating some of their more long-running VSTs. Pick it up now for half price.
UAD Plugins – 12 Days of Discounts
If you're lucky enough to own UAD hardware and plugs, they'll be offering various discounts for 12 days, right up to November 30th. So far it's included buying two custom bundles and getting one free, as well as 50% off SSL plugins – keep an eye on it here for more deals.
Propellerhead – Up to 86% Off
The Scandinavian makers of Reason and a whole heap of other software bundles and samples are offering up to 86% off across their online store. This includes a £70 discount on Reason 10. Get involved here.
Waves – Daily deals
While it may appear that Waves plugins are never off sale, their Black Friday offer is stepping things up with huge discounts on some of their classic plugs as well as bundles, including 20% off your second purchase on top of a discount plug. Not everything has been announced yet, so we're expecting a lot more from the plugin behemoth. Find out more here. They're also offering a free new plugin for everyone who registers on their site – pick it up here.
Denon DJ – Get SC5000 for $999
It might only be for US customers for now, and be running way beyond Black Friday til the end of December, Denon DJ are offering their award-winning SC5000 media player for only $999, a huge saving of $900. Pick it up while you can!
Plugin Alliance – Up to 75% off
Plugin Alliance have grown from selling the excellent Brainworx plugs to a whole catalogue of tools including SPL. They're running differnt offers every week, with up to 75% off certain plugins. Get involved here.
ROLI – Up to 25% off
Flexi multi-touch hardware interface creators ROLI are offering up to 25% off their Rise keyboards, Lightpad Blocks and Songmaker Kit and Beatmaker Kits. The innovative keyboards can now be picked up for as little as £524. The deal kicks off on November 21st and runs into November 27th.
Bitwig – Up to $100 off
The DAW upstarts are offering up to $100 off their flagship Bitwig Studio, as well as $30 off the upgrade price to Bitwig Studio 2. Recently announced version 2.4, Bitwig Studio has added lots of new features to their ever-expanding DAW. Get the offer here.
Splice – Two free months
Sample service Splice are offering two months access to their millions of samples – redeem the code 2FREE18 before Tuesday November 27th.
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