Black Friday 2019 Is Upon Us!
Unless you live under a rock then you’re probably aware of the (sometimes infamous) Black Friday sales.
Yes, it’s that time of year again where brands of all kinds reduce their prices resulting in utter carnage at shops across the world.
It’s kind of like the movie ‘The Purge’, once a year all common sense goes out the window and it becomes acceptable to fight over a T.V. in a supermarket.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday generally symbolize a huge reduction in audio products where everyone from sound engineers to DJs to guitarists to bedroom producers can get their hands on bits of kit (both physical and digital) at a much bigger discount than the rest of the year.
What Can I Get In The Black Friday Sale?
The great thing about the sale is that it isn’t restricted to one type of item. We’d be here until the next Black Friday sale if we were to list everything.
Probably the most wallet-emptying items in the Black Friday sales tend to be plug-ins.
Of course, it’s not uncommon to find deals on plug-ins year round but during Black Friday you’ll be able to find rock bottom prices on EQ’s, compressors, modulations and loads of hardware/software.
If there’s anything you’ve had your eye on, keep on the lookout as chances are you’ll find it cheaper during Black Friday than the rest of the year (and you won’t even need to leave the comfort of your home or studio to get it!).
Expect to find deals on:
- Hardware synths
- Rack gear
- Mastering gear
- And more.
Prepare thy wallet…
Tips For Nabbing Black Friday Audio Deals
We’d suggest keeping tabs on Waves (undoubtedly the kings & queens of plug-in sales!), iZotope and Plugin Boutique for some great savings this year.
For those of us wanting to get our hands on something physical, most music instrument and equipment retailers will reduce their rates for Black Friday too.
We’ve seen some crazy savings from Amazon in previous years so if you’re a guitarist or bassist in need of a new axe, effects pedal or anything else then we’d suggest keeping your eyes peeled there.
Amazon’s also a good one to scout because of their ridiculous variety and free (Prime) shipping.
In fact, Amazon reduced their iPads by a huge amount back in July for Amazon Prime Day so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more heavy discounts this year for this year’s Black Friday audio sales.
There are usually great offers to be found with manufacturers selling bundles for Black Friday as well, where rather than discounting an item they will throw in a selection of extras with any purchase instead.
Previous Black Friday Audio Deals
Some of our favorite Black Friday audio deals last year included Universal Audio’s offerings:
- SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection
- Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb
- Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor
- Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
If you’re a synth fan keep a lookout for discounts both from manufacturers direct but also from third party sites such as Sweetwater, who last year offered $100 off any purchase of a Roland Roland SE-02.
Korg also gave us a big offer in the form of an Electribe with any purchase of their Prologue synth in 2018.
This offer was valid until December 15th as well so hopefully this year we’ll have a chance to take advantage of these offers in the lead up to Christmas.
When Does The Black Friday Sale Start?
The Black Friday sales fall on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which will be the November 29th this year.
Following that — Cyber Monday will fall on December 2nd.
Chances are we’ll be seeing discounts running from Black Friday until then.
It’s not uncommon for retailers to get a little over-excited about the sales, however, so expect to see some discounts applied before these dates (in the past these have even begun in October).
Black Friday Best Audio Deals
If you can’t wait until then however, don’t worry as we’ve compiled a few of the best current discounts for you.
Waves Tune Real Time
Intended for both live and studio production Waves Tune Real Time instantly corrects inaccuracies in a singers performance in real time. If you don’t have a huge amount of time for vocal correction then this plug-in is great to get you at a ‘ready to go’ point.
Universal Audio Empirical Labs Distressor
A staple in many recording studios, Empirical Lab’s Distressor is a go-to compressor. In fact UAD claim it’s the world’s most popular compressor – and currently at 50% off now is your chance to own one in plug-in form!
Air Synth Sale (Up to 88% off)
iZotope Ozone 9 (Up to 40% off)
Ozone 9 brings the latest advances in audio technology to the world of mastering. Now with the new Master Rebalance and Low End Focus modules, it’s easier than ever to balance your track and make it ready for release.
Find the perfect modern or vintage vibe with an expanded Master Assistant, or match to your favourite reference track with the new Match EQ.
Made in conjunction with Paul Reed Smith, the Supermodels plug in offers three high end amp models – the coveted PRS Archon, the legendary PRS Dallas, and the ultra-rare PRS Blue Sierra/V9. This is a great option for those of us with neighbours who don’t have the luxury of being able to mic up a guitar cabinet!
StereoSavage (30% Off)
Achieve the stunning stereo your mix deserves. StereoSavage provides an innovative stereo toolbox, combining tried and tested studio techniques with emulations of modern and classic tools that will bring your mix to life.
Generate stereo from mono with the ‘Vox’, ‘Delay’, ‘Expand’ and ‘Split’ programs. Place sounds precisely in the stereo field with the ‘Width’, ‘Pan’ and ‘Rotation’ adjustment tools. Create movement and chorus-like effects with the ‘LFO’ function, and retain a solid low end with the adjustable ‘Bass Bypass’ tool.
StereoSavage includes all of these features in a single plugin for the first time, offering the flexibility to enhance your track with dramatic effects, or add the perfect subtle finishing touches.
Glitchmachines Sound Designer Bundle
If you’re a sound designer, or even looking to get into sound design, then the Glitchmachines Sound-Designer Bundle is currently offering over 94% off at Plugin Boutique. You’ll be able to purchase 4 items in a bundle for this price.
For more deals on a huge range of plugins, head to PluginBoutique’s sales page.