LinPlug stops plug-in development after 15 years

Independent instrument and effect developer LinPlug of Berlin, Germany, is stopping the development of their plug-ins after over 15 years in the business.

LinPlug was one of the earliest developers of VST plug-ins, later followed by Audio Units for OS X. In a newsletter sent out June 2, 2017, company founder Peter Linsener wrote:

[But] at some point I found that there is already everything available thats needed. I found the market to move into the newer, bigger, crazier direction to gain attention and sales.

Existing licenses are still valid, but there will most likely be no more updates.

Over the years there have been some solid performers from the LinPlug stable, like Alpha, CrX4 (née CronoX), RM IV and RM V, and of course their biggest hit, the venerable Albino, developed in cooperation with sound programming legend Rob Papen.

Currently all available plug-ins are priced at US $49 in the LinPlug webshop, so there is still a chance to get any of the current synths at a bargain price. For the older ones, LinPlug advises you to download the installers just in case the website goes away some time in the future.

Since discovering LinPlug in 2005 I have bought almost all of their synths and updated them regularly. They are used in almost every piece of electronic music I have published, so I would like to personally thank Peter and all other involved in LinPlug operations for the great sounds and inspiration.

It is sad to see LinPlug cease development. As an indie developer it must be hard to compete against the marketing muscle of Native Instruments or Ableton (both also from Berlin), but also with smaller companies like U-He (also from Berlin — what do they put in the water there to have all this music software come out?).

I personally would have liked to see LinPlug expand their Audio Unit offering to iOS through the App Store with Audio Unit v3, and to also beef up the macOS side and maybe market Audio Units in the Mac App Store. The LinPlug synthesizers sound great and offer versatile sound manipulation options, and they would be right at home in any iOS DAW. Also, Reason just recently gained VST support, so there could be another market to tap into.

Black Friday software deals for iOS and macOS musicians

Should you? Of course you should – namely fill up your iPad, iPhone or Mac with sweet synths, effects and maybe even full DAWs, but use only the best software and take advantage of only the best bargains.

Here are a couple of choice examples of Black Friday deals on music software, in effect right now and extending days or weeks ahead. You don’t need to be American to appreciate the shopping madness that precedes Thanksgiving on Black Friday, and follows it on Cyber Monday.

The usual disclaimers apply: prices are quoted at the time of writing, and they may change in the future. Any deals are subject to the terms and conditions of the manufacturer or retailer. I’m not responsible for any errors or lost deals.

I will update this list occasionally if I hear from other good deals. You’re welcome to report some in the comments below.

IK Multimedia

Half price discounts on iOS apps (from $/€ 6.99 to 11.99 per app) until December 4th, 2016. This includes the following apps:

There are more, when I get the time to edit the list. Some in-app purchases for sound sets are also half price.



The great Arturia vintage synth emulations for iPad – iProphet, iMini and iSEM – are on sale for US $4.99, as is their iSpark drum machine for US $9.99.


The Cubasis 2 mobile DAW for iPad is on sale for US $24.99 (half price; seems like the launch sale is still going on, but I won’t complain: Cubasis 2 – Mobile Music Creation System


The amazing Animoog for iPad, Animoog for iPhone, and the new Model 15 for iPad and Model 15 for iPhone are on half-price sale at US $15.99 each.


The DM2 drum synth, a kind of successor or sibling to the DM1 drum machine, is just US $1.99.


KORG’s Happy Holidays Sale gets you their iOS synths and computer plug-ins for 50% off, and additional items from 33% to 50% off, until January 5, 2017:

  • KORG Gadget is US$19.99, and the Kamata, Gladstone, Madrid, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi gadgets are on sale.
  • KORG Module is US $19.99. The add-ons 80s Electric Piano, Mellow Tape Keyboard, TRITON Best Selection, PREMIER Vintage Organ, Ivory Mobile Grand, and Wurley Electric Piano are also discounted.
  • The iPad version of legendary M1 workstation synth, KORG iM1, is US $14.99. The M1 and T1 sound card packs are US $2.99 each.
  • KORG iPolysix for iPad is also US $14.99.
  • Another legend reproduced, KORG iMS-20, is yours for US $14.99.
  • KORG iELECTRIBE for iPad – KORG INC. is US $9.99.

KORG is also running a special launch sale on their brand new ARP ODYSSEi (see what they did there) for iPad and iPhone, a reproduction of the legendary ARP Odyssey hardware synth. Your piece of synth nirvana to be had for US $19.99 until 30 November, 2016.


LinPlug are having a 40% off seasonal sale on synths like Spectral, MorphoX and CRX4, and soundware. See the LinPlug website for eligible products and cart code.


Korvpressor – smart dynamic hotdog device, or adaptive compressor/limiter with a neat user interface for the iPad, is US $2.99. The AU/VST version for macOS is also 63 % off.


Fugue Machine, multi-playhead sequencer for iPad, is 50% off or 4.99 € until 29 November, 2016, and so is Arpeggionome Pro. To top off the Alexandernaut Autumn Sale, Arpeggionome for iPhone is just 0.99 €.


Until November 30, iZotope Trash 2 is US $29, bundled with DDLY.


VirSyn has their iPad synths for 40% to 50% off:


Arturia’s Sense of Sound promotion runs until January 10, 2017. Special price for V Collection 5, individual instruments 50% off, and special offers for existing customers (mine was good, so thanks Arturia!).

Propellerhead Software

Propellerheads have good deals on Reason ReFills and Rack Extensions in their Rack/Black Friday campaign until 27th November.

There is also a Holiday Offer on Reason 9: buy it and get €/$ 430 worth of Rack Extensions.

Native Instruments

Native Instruments wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving with 50% off of selected products, like MASCHINE expansions, synths like Massive and Battery, and soundware like Alicia’s Keys and Studio Drummer, until December 5th, 2016.

Sugar Bytes

Black Friday Madness has Sugar Bytes’ iPad apps for 33% to 50% off until Monday:

Their VST/AU plug-ins are all $69 for a limited time, except for the brand new Factory synth.

Nucleus Soundlab

Nucleus Soundlab has Black Friday prices for some of their Reason ReFills and virtual instruments like Viral Outbreak, until December 2nd, 2016.

…aaand stay tuned for more. Did we miss a deal? Probably! Report it in the comments below!

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LinPlug siivoaa mallistoaan

LinPlug on yksi vanhimmista edelleen toiminnassa olevista virtuaali-instrumenttien valmistajista, joka on jo 15 vuoden ajan tehnyt tinkimättömään indie-tyyliin hyviä ja arvostettuja VST- ja AU-liitännäisiä. Berliiniläisfirman perustaja Peter vastaa Windows-tarjonnasta ja Pavol Mac-puolesta. Aiemmasta yhteistyöstä soundisuunnittelija Rob Papenin kanssa syntynyt Albino on edelleen yksi virtuaali-instrumenttien klassikoista.

Nyt LinPlug on siivoamassa talliaan ja laittaa monta vanhaa työhevosta pois päiviltä. Firman lokakuun uutiskirjeessä ilmoitetaan koruttomasti, että lopetettavat syntesoijat saa verkkokaupasta loppuunmyyntihintaan lokakuun loppuun saakka, ja sen jälkeen ei tule päivityksiä. Tukea kuitenkin riittää vielä vuodeksi. LinPlugilla on vertaistukifoorumi KVR:ssä, jossa myös oli pantu merkille tämä siivous ja ale.

Lopetettavat syntesoijat ovat Alpha, Octopus, Organ, relectro ja RMV. Suurin osa näistä on syntynyt jo LinPlugin alkuaikoina eli 2000-luvun alussa. Ainoastaan Octopus ja relectro ovat hieman uudempaa kaartia (vaikka Octopuskin on jo vuodelta 2007, kuten myös Alphan viimeisin versio 3). Kaikki ovat silti saaneet päivityksiä tasaiseen tahtiin, joko ongelmien korjaamiseksi tai uusien ominaisuuksien ja parannuksien tuomiseksi.

Jatka artikkeliin LinPlug siivoaa mallistoaan