This is your up-to-date list for fantastic audio plugin deals. The Summer Sales for a few big music plugin companies are now underway, so it’s a great time to snap up a deal while prices are low.
Music plugins can often be found at great discounts because their makers can afford to temporarily lower their prices a lot more than physical products.
We’re going to go through some of the best options available to you:
Before we get into our hand-picked deals. Some fantastic places that you should check out for plugin deals are:
- PluginBoutique – This is one of our favorite places for plugin deals. They regularly offer premium plugins for free when you buy anything. In some cases, you could get a plugin worth a lot of money for free when you buy a cheap plugin for a few dollars. Just make sure to check what current deals are running. They are an authorized reseller of plugins for many manufacturers. They also have a nice loyalty where you earn virtual cash and reward tokens that you can use against future purchases.
- Sweetwater – You may know them for their large inventory of great music gear, but they also have a big selection of music plugins. They often have great deals, so they are well worth checking out.
- VST Buzz – A great place for music software deals, with a major new deal on plugins, samples, or sound-sets every week. They offer up to 80% off plugins, sound sets, and sample libraries.
- AudioPlugin.Deals – Another legitimate company that includes limited-time promotions from a different music plugin developer every 2 weeks. For each purchase, you also get reward points that you can use to reduce the price of future purchases in their plugin store.
Our Pick of the Best Music Plugin Deals 2020
1. Heavyocity Summer Sale (Up to 74% OFF)
Heavyocity are a very well respected plugin developers, particularly when it comes to film scoring tools and effects. The sound quality from many of these plugins is top-notch, and they certainly could take a great place in genres of music that require massive depth of sound.
They also develop Kontakt instruments and Reaktor ensembles. Heavyocity's products can often be a little on the expensive side, so if you are planning for an upgrade to your collection, then you shouldn't miss out on these!
Have a listen to the sound that comes out of novo essentials by Heavyocity (which is included in this sale) in the video below:
2. Sonnox Summer Sale (50% OFF)
Sonnox are well known for having a large collection of top-quality audio plugins.
You might already recognize some of their well-known plugins, such as the Oxford Limiter V3, the VoxDoubler, and the Sonnox Inflator V3.
Sonnox plugins are generally not cheap, so if you want to save a lot on some great plugins, then have a look at these!
3. Virtuoso Ensembles by Kirk Hunter Studios (80% off)
Virtuoso Ensembles is an impressive-sounding virtual orchestral collection for Kontakt, with many different types of sounds spanning all elements of the orchestra.
Check out the video below to see it in action. If you are into cinematic productions and want a great deal on great sounding ensembles, this is something worth checking out.
4. Waves Codex Wavetable Synthesizer ($10.00 Price Drop)
Based on an advanced granular wavetable engine and Waves' Virtual Voltage technology, Codex lets you easily create sounds that range from organic acoustic and analog emulations to wonderfully rich, evolving textures.
The Deal of the Week from VstBuzz
VstBuzz are always worth checking out for their weekly deals. Check out their current deal of the week:
Difference Between Buying From Plugin Producers and Resellers
On the deals page, we often list deals from resellers. Licensed resellers (such as PluginBoutique or Sweetwater) have an agreement with plugin producers to sell their products. They provide you with valid license codes and often provide you with updates to the software when necessary.
How the updates are released depends on the manufacturer of the plugin. The plugin maker (such as iZotope) may provide you with plugin software updates directly via their iZotope Windows or Mac application. For some other cases, they will be available directly from your reseller account.
Why do Plugin Makers Discount their Products So Much?
Music plugins are software, so the makers so not have to worry about physical inventory or shipping. This makes it a lot more feasible for them to heavily discount plugins from time to time.
Plugin producers may also offer you discounted plugins for the following reasons:
- They want you as a customer: They want you to start using their plugins, in the hope that you will purchase others in the future. This is a win-win because you get cheap or free plugins, and if you really like them, you can buy others later.
- They may want you to upgrade to higher-featured plugins later: Some plugin manufactures also have multiple versions of their plugins. They might offer a limited feature version of the plugin for cheap, and keep the more expensive priced one as-is. This is certainly not always the case, but it’s worth checking out the product catalog of your plugin provider before purchasing.
- They want hype for their plugins: There are so many music plugin producers offering their products online. Plugins are sometimes offered at a low price in order to generate some hype and get positive customer reviews.
There are quite a few exceptions to this rule, however. It’s great to buy music plugins at a bargain, but some plugins are simply never on sale. This is often the case for ones that are already seen as industry-standard or already have gained a lot of traction in the community.
So there you have it, we hope that you’ve found some great deals to freshen up your creative process and workflow. Make sure to check back here often, because we update this page very regularly.