The 15 best Black Friday deals for music production (2020)

The best time of the year for music producers is here – Black Friday.

…Or the worst time, if you’re someone who gets overwhelmed by all of the emails, notifications, and texts with all-caps subject lines. While there are some extremely comprehensive Black Friday resources for music producers out there, we decided we wanted to put together a tight and curated list for those who want to block out the noise and know about the deals that are among the best of the best. From huge mark-downs on the latest plugins to solid discounts on long-time industry staples, below we’ve identified 15 Black Friday (2020) deals for music producers.

1. Splice Sounds

Kicking things off with a deal of our own – between now and December 2nd, 2020, we’re offering new users one completely free month of our royalty-free sounds library Splice Sounds via the code blogbf20. If you already have a Splice Sounds subscription, you can also check out some of our exclusive free downloads, including Ableton Live Lite.

2. Ableton

Speaking of Ableton, the non-Lite editions of the renowned DAW are all currently 20% off. With Ableton Live 11 right around the corner (which you can get a free upgrade to), now is a great time to pick up the workstation if you were considering upgrading from Lite or trying it out for the first time.

3. iZotope

In addition to various discounted plugin and bundle offerings, iZotope is giving out their vintage effects plugin Vinyl for absolutely free. If you miss the sale period on their paid products or simply prefer the flexibility of incremental payments towards ownership, we also feature many of their most popular plugins such as Ozone 9, Neutron 3, VocalSynth 2, and RX 8 on Rent-to-Own.

4. XLN Audio (ended)

Between November 24th – November 30th, XLN Audio is offering discounts of various degrees on their most popular product lines including XO, Addictive Drums, and Addictive Keys. Whether you’re looking for software instruments or effects, XLN Audio makes some incredible plugins that are definitely worth checking out if they weren’t already on your list. If you don’t end up pulling the trigger or want to experiment with a free trial, XLN Audio’s RC-20 Retro Color is also available on Rent-to-Own all year round.

5. Soundtoys

Soundtoys is a manufacturer that’s known for their collection of effects plugins that do simple things really well – EchoBoy, Decapitator, and Little AlterBoy are some highlights that are seen across many producers’ workflows. Until December 3rd, they’re offering some pretty great deals that range from 55% off to 70% off.

6. Spitfire

Dubbing their sale “The Black Weekend,” world-class virtual instrument company Spitfire are offering sales that range from 40% all the way up to 80%. Spitfire’s orchestral libraries are absolutely top-tier, and for that reason typically come with a relatively high price tag – so, capitalizing on this sale could be the way to go if you’re someone who dabbles with the more cinematic side of composition.

7. 8dio

Another quality option to consider for your string, horn, and choir emulations is 8dio. Their sale is straightforward: 55% off of everything with the code LOVEU55. What’s more, they’re throwing in their multi-instrument library Symphonic Shadows for free (typically priced at $298) for purchases exceeding $48.

8. Steinberg

Between now and December 7th, Steinberg are willing to give you 50% off on Dorico, Absolute Collection, SpectraLayers, Iconica, Nuendo Live, and Cubasis. While their virtual instrument libraries also sound great alongside Spitfire and 8dio, if you’re into sheet notation, Dorico in particular might be of interest.

9. Celemony

Few plugins have had as much impact on the world of popular music as Celemony’s Melodyne. This Black Friday, you can grab Melodyne 5 Essential for just half the price, at $49.

10. Output

Output is a software manufacturer that has been gaining a lot of traction in recent years, for their unique-sounding and diverse array of effects and software instruments (which have been used by the likes of Rihanna, Coldplay, and Diplo). From now until December 6th, Output are offering 35% off of all of their software. Note that like iZotope and XLN Audio, a handful of their plugins (PORTAL, THERMAL, and MOVEMENT) are available on Rent-to-Own if you miss the sale period or want to experiment with free trials.

11. Positive Grid

Positive Grid is a software and hardware manufacturer known for making some great amplification and effects products for guitarists. For their Black Friday sale, they’re offering 60% off of their BIAS line, which consists of high-quality amps and effects emulations for next-level guitar tones.

12. NeuralDSP (ended)

Another awesome toolkit for guitarists is the virtual amps made by NeuralDSP. Priding themselves as being “algorithmically perfect,” NeuralDSP distinguish themselves by teaming up with renowned guitarists (including the likes of Vulfpeck’s Cory Wong and Animals as Leaders’ Tosin Abasi) to make signature amps and effects. Until November 30th, they’re offering 50% off of all of their products, which puts most of their offerings in the $60 – $70 range.

13. Focusrite

We also wanted to cover a few highlights for hardware deals, starting with Focusrite. They’re the creators of the iconic Scarlett audio interface, Launchpad sequencers, and Launchkey controllers, which are among the most omnipresent tools across bedroom setups and professional studios alike. This Black Friday, they’re offering sales across these products and more – you’ll also get three months of Splice Sounds with a Scarlett 3rd Gen, which is a great bonus.

14. Reverb.com

Reverb.com have a history of being an incredible marketplace for new and used instruments and gear, spanning guitars, microphones, analog synths, and more. For Black Friday, they’re offering up to 67% off on select inventory across every category. Whether you’re looking for an entire DJ setup or an extra splash cymbal, consider seeing if Reverb.com is offering any deals that might save you some cash.

15. Sweetwater

Last but not least we have Sweetwater – the Amazon of instruments and music production gear. If you’re on the market for any physical instruments (or even software), definitely consider reviewing their deals before you make a purchase. While the discounts are as high as 70%, their sale only lasts until November 28th, so don’t delay too long.

Hopefully we were able to help you make a new discovery or purchase that’s going to become an invaluable part of your music creation process! Are there any key deals or steals we missed? Let us know in the comments below.


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November 26, 2020

Harrison Shimazu Harrison Shimazu is a music composer, content strategist, and writer who's passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog.