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.
NOTE: This is the 2016 list. The deals here have expired almost a year ago, so please take a look at the Black Friday 2017 deals instead!
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.
Half price discounts on iOS apps (from \$/€ 6.99 to 11.99 per app) until December 4th, 2016. This includes the following apps:
- AmpliTube for iPhone
- AmpliTube for iPad
- UltraTuner - Ultra Precise Chromatic Tuner for Guitar, Bass, Strings, Brass and More
- SampleTank - IK Multimedia
There are more, when I get the time to edit the list. Some in-app purchases for sound sets are also half price.
- Quantiloop - Live Quantizing Looper for iPad is half price (US \$4.99)
- As seen on Jimmy Fallon, Loopy HD for iPad and iPhone
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 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.
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!).
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 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.
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 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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