For those of you who partake in Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping, going out in public may not be as convenient for you as online shopping is. Fear not, there are thousands of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, especially for those interested in music production.
The popular musical instrument and audio gear retailer, Sweetwater, has a ton of deals up to 70% off until November 28th! This article gives you the scoop on the hottest online deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2020 from Sweetwater. If you’re looking for deals on guitars, plugins, DAWs, microphones, and more, this is the perfect time to get something. Read on to find the best deals Sweetwater’s got!
Here are the best deals of 2020:
1. iZotope Holiday Bundle – 95% Off
Original Price: $895 – Sale Price: $49
Black Friday always has some great plugin deals, and this is one of the best deals of the year as far as plugins go if you like to use iZotope’s plugins for music production. The Holiday Bundle aims to give you iZotope’s major plugins. With the iZotope Holiday Bundle, you get a large suite of plugins made by the company.
Featured in the Holiday Bundle are all four of iZotope’s Elements plugins (Ozone Elements for mastering, RX Elements for audio restoration, Neutron Elements for mixing, and Nectar Elements for vocal processing), Trash 2 to add distortion and grit, and iZotope’s synth called Iris 2. You also get 3 plugins from Exponential Audio: PhoenixVerb, R2, and Excalibur.
This deal is perfect for producers; getting this many plugins for only $49 is insane, and it would be wise to check this bundle out if you are an audio engineer who needs some new plugins. iZotope has very professional plugins so this deal is fantastic.
2. Slate Digital VMS ML-1 – $300 Off
Original Price: $799 – Sale Price: $499
The Slate Digital VMS ML-1 is a modeling microphone that can digitally model several classic microphones like the Neumann U 47 and more through Slate’s included software. Slate Digital has a lot of pro audio gear and plugins, and the VMS ML-1 is a microphone that will save you a bunch of money even if you don’t buy it on sale, so buying it when it’s on sale is a real treat. If you like classic mics but don’t want to spend the money on them, get this microphone.
This is a deal worth snagging because the microphone’s value is far larger than the price you’ll pay for it considering it can do so much. The VMS ML-1 is a powerhouse and a workhorse of a microphone that artists, musicians, and producers will love.
3. D’Angelico Guitars – $200 Off Select Models
Original Price: $899 – Sale Price: $699
If you’re in the market for a new guitar this holiday season, D’Angelico Guitars has a sweet deal on a couple of their models of guitars (Premier Mini DC XT Electric Guitar and Excel Gramercy Acoustic Electric Guitar). With this deal, you get $200 off these guitars with pricing starting at $699 D’Angelico has some great guitars and I definitely recommend that you check them out if you want a great sounding guitar for an incredible price.
At this price point, these D’Angelico guitars would be most suitable for someone who is intermediate to advanced at playing guitar, but beginners and pros will find them easy and fun to play as well.
4. ddrum Dios 522 Maple Shell Pack – $300 Off & Free Matching Dios Snare Drum ($549 Value)
Original Price: $1,599 – Sale Price: $1,299
This flagship Dios 522 drum kit from ddrum gives you 5 maple drum shells (kick drum, two rack toms, two floor toms) in an emerald green sparkle colorway to get your kit started. With this awesome Black Friday deal, you also get a free, matching ddrum Dios maple snare drum, which is valued at $549.
On top of this, the whole kit is $300 off, making this deal a no brainer for drummers everywhere, no matter their skill level. Stock Evans drum heads are used with this kit and provide fantastic tone right out of the box. Unfortunately the drum shells are the only things that come with this deal, so as long as you’re okay purchasing drum stands, cymbal stands, and cymbals for your kit, you’ll be pleased with this Dios 522 drum set.
5. GrooveTech GTDMT1 Drum Multi-Tool – $9 Off
Original Price: $18.95 – Sale Price: $9.95
To go hand in hand with the drum options in this list, something incredibly useful that no drummer should go without is a drum multi tool. The GTDM1 Drum Multi Tool from Groovetech features 9 hex wrenches (3/32”, 1/8”, 5/32”, 3/16”, 2 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm), 3 screwdrivers (Flat, Phillips, and 5 mm Slotted), and a tuning key for your drums, and a ruler.
This multi-tool is a smart thing to have around whether you’re drumming in the studio, on stage, or practicing at home, for changing drum heads or tuning your drums. At almost 50% off, this deal is one worthy of checking out if you’re a drummer.
6. Sabian Cymbal Sets – Free Cymbal Bag ($115 Value)
Sabian is a very well known cymbal manufacturer, and Sweetwater offers several different cymbal sets from them spanning between the HHX Evolution Crash Cymbal Set for $509 and the FRX Performance Cymbal Set for $1,599. While the several Sabian cymbal sets Sweetwater has aren’t on sale, they do come with a free cymbal bag from Fast 22, valued at $115. The cymbal bag has a luxury feel to it, and it will hold several large cymbals in its main pouch and smaller cymbals in the front pocket.
This deal is definitely a good one to snag if you don’t have anything to store your cymbals in and want to keep them safe and protected from scuffs or humidity when not in use.
7. JBL Bluetooth Headphones & Earphones – Select Models Up to $100 Off
If Bluetooth headphones are something you’ve been planning to purchase this Christmas, check out Sweetwater’s deal on JBL’s Bluetooth headphones and earphones during this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Available are 14 different models of wireless headphones, and they come in different styles, including closed back over ear, closed back on ear, in ear, earbud style, and there are even active noise cancelling headphones available. These models feature hands free calling, easy volume and track control, and high quality audio all in a wireless package.
Featured headphones include the JBL Lifestyle Live 650BTNC, the JBL Lifestyle Tune 125TWS, and the JBL Lifestyle Live 400BT. The different models vary from anywhere from $20 off to $100 off, and this deal can really save you some good money depending on the model of headphones you choose.
8. Ableton Push 2 with Live 10 Suite – $399 Off & Free Upgrade to Live 11
Original Price: $1,398 – Sale Price: $999
For those who are into digital and electronic music creation, the Ableton Push 2 is a great portable MIDI and audio sampling device. The Push 2 can play everything, from drum hits to loops, and more, and features a 64 velocity and pressure sensitive pads to create your beats. Ableton Live 10 is one of the most popular DAWs for making music and is an intuitive software with many great tools and features.
With this deal, the Ableton Push 2 is $399 off and you also get a free upgrade to Ableton Live 11. This deal is a great money saver if you are wanting to get a shiny, new Push 2 and also are due for an upgrade to the latest version of Ableton Live.
9. Soundtoys Plugins – Over 70% Off
Soundtoys is a music production plugin company that has gained a lot of popularity over the past 5 years due to their high quality plugins that are creative yet very easy to use, and this Black Friday and Cyber Monday you can get all of their plugins at an absolute steal. At up to more than 70% off, you can either purchase the plugins individually, or you can buy the bundle of all Soundtoys plugins.
Some of the featured plugins available for purchase with these deals include: Little AlterBoy, Decapitator, EchoBoy, Little Plate, PhaseMistress, and MicroShift. I highly recommend Soundtoys plugins if you haven’t used them before while mixing, especially Little AlterBoy and Decapitator.
10. Antares Plugins – Up to $150 Off Select Plugins
You may know of Antares from their widely known Antares Auto Tune plugin. With this deal, you can get Antares Auto Tune, Harmony Engine, and Mic Mod at a hefty discount. If you’ve been wanting to try Antares vocal plugins or switch from WavesTune, Logic Pro’s autotune, or FL Studio’s stock autotune plugin, now is the perfect time to do that with this very generous sale. Auto Tune and Mic Mod are both half off with this deal and Harmony Engine is, so in this case I would especially recommend Antares’ vocal plugins for music producers who are on a budget.
You get a lot of flexibility and creativity with ease of use with these plugins, and they easily rival WavesTune and other autotune plugins. If you haven’t felt comfortable purchasing Antares plugins at a higher price, it’s definitely a good move to make now.
11. Native Instruments Individual Titles & Expansion Packs – Up to $499.50 Off
This year Sweetwater has some very nice Native Instruments libraries and software instruments available for purchase. Available on discount up to $499.50 off include their individual virtual instruments and sound expansion packs like the Grandeur Piano, Studio Drummer, Picked Acoustic Session Guitarist, and the Symphony Essentials Collection. The best deal out of all of them is if you buy the Symphony Series Collection, which is about half off with the normal price being $999.
All of these sound banks and virtual instruments are extremely professional sounding. Native Instruments sets the bar for realistic sounding virtual instruments and the ones made available with this sale are well worth checking out. I would recommend these virtual instruments to anyone who can use them. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need Native Instruments’ Kontakt plugin before being able to use them.
12. Boss Products – Free 20’ Instrument Cable with Select Products ($40 Value)
If there was any time to stock up on a bunch of new guitar pedals, now is that time. Sweetwater has a ton of Boss products available for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and with select products you also get a free 20 ft long instrument cable, valued at $40. Some of the Boss products available with this free instrument cable include the GT-1000CORE Multi Effects Processor, the Nextone Artist 80 Watt Combo Amp, and the RC-300 3 Track Looper Pedal.
All of these are great purchases if you want to add to your guitar rig or retire some of your other gear to make room for some new stuff. If you’re in a band, this deal is great if you want to get some instrument cables without spending the extra money on them.
13. Shure Wired SM57 & SM58 Microphones – $10 Off
Starting at $89.99, Shure has a couple of their most famous microphones, the SM57 and SM58. If you have yet to use these microphones in your songs, podcasts, or streams, I definitely recommend them for their classic warm Shure sound and high durability.
While this discount isn’t the deal of the year or anything super special, it’s definitely nice to get a few dollars off of some already cheap audio gear. The SM58S microphone is also available on discount as well as the SM58 Vocal Bundle that comes with a microphone cable and mic stand. Shure microphones will sound great with whatever instruments (or vocals) you use them on, which makes them a solid choice to use in the studio or on stage.
14. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Gen 3 & sE Electronics X1S Bundle – Bundle Savings
Price of Items Sold Separately: $409 – Bundle Price: $379
For beginner to intermediate producers and musicians, the 3rd generation Scarlett 2i2 audio interface from Focusrite is the perfect solution for solo musicians and singers looking to record. Along with the audio interface, you also get sE Electronics’ X1 S cardioid condenser microphone.
Also in this bundle you’ll find an isolation filter to prevent reflections from vocals and instruments, a shock mount, pop filter, and a 3 meter long microphone cable. The only missing piece you need here after buying this bundle is a microphone stand. If you need a simple purchase that has just about everything you’ll need, this is the deal to take advantage of this Black Friday.
15. Shure BLX Wireless Microphone Systems – $50 Off
For those of you who are into the live audio scene, whether you’re a front of house engineer or are the one on stage performing, Sweetwater’s got something for you. All of Shure’s BLX Wireless Microphone Systems are $50 off and they start at $249. The mics featured here include your average handheld wireless dynamic microphones, wireless lapel/lavalier microphones, and wireless headset microphones.
There are 94 mic system deals from Shure with this $50 discount offer, mainly due to the variation in models thanks to their differences in channel frequencies. If you do take Sweetwater and Shure up on these offers, make sure to check that the microphone system you choose uses channel frequencies that are compliant with the FCC’s rules and regulations. This deal is a pretty good one considering microphone systems can get very expensive.
16. Roland RP102 – Free V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Headphones ($149 Value)
For pianists, the Roland RP102 digital piano is one of the incredible pianos you’ll find on Sweetwater’s website for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. With this 88-key digital piano you get 200 built-in songs and Bluetooth connectivity for your wireless devices. With the Black Friday deal here, thanks to a mail in rebate you also get a free pair of V-Moda Crossfade LP2 headphones, which are durable, closed back headphones ideal for use in the studio or on stage.
I would recommend the RP102 deal for those who want to own a piano that is compact and never needs tuning. It is a perfect first timer’s piano but will feel (and sound) great under the fingers of a professional as well.
17. Squier Contemporary Basses – $80 Off Select Basses
If you’re looking to save on a bass this holiday season, you can save $80 on Squier’s Contemporary Bass Guitars. These select basses on discount are specifically their Squier Contemporary Jazz Basses with active pickups. Out of the basses that are available, each model has a four string version and a five string version with controls for volume, pickup blend, tone, and treble or bass boost. These Squier basses boast a sweet, professional tone in a super easy to play design and also come in some gorgeous finishes.
This deal is actually a Sweetwater exclusive, so you won’t find it anywhere else online; in this case it would definitely be smart to grab one of these beautiful contemporary bass guitars while they’re available at this price.
18. Select Acoustic Guitars – Get Up to $2,500 in Bonus Bucks
Sweetwater has something called Bonus Bucks. Bonus Bucks are essentially rewards points that you get every time you make a purchase during a promotional period with your Sweetwater Credit Card, or when you purchase a Bonus Bucks deal. You can then use them to get money off on your purchases online or in store. This deal here is a Bonus Bucks deal, where you can get up to $2,500 in Bonus Bucks when purchasing one of the acoustic guitars listed under this deal.
Some of the acoustic guitars here include the Gibson Acoustic 1939 J-55 ($800 in Bonus Bucks), the Takamine P6JC-12 Jumbo Acoustic ($600 in Bonus Bucks), and the Taylor Winter NAMM 2020 Custom Grand Auditorium Acoustic ($2,500 in Bonus Bucks). This deal is great because if you are willing to make a big purchase now, you can use your Bonus Bucks later for something else during a time of the year when there isn’t a sale or promotion going on, and it’ll help save you money.
19. Focal Professional Studio Monitors – 10% Off
Any good music studio, whether it’s in your bedroom or in a rented space, needs a reliable, accurate pair of studio monitors that reproduce audio in a flat, transparent way. Focal’s Professional Studio Monitors are 10% off this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can get an Alpha 50 5-inch studio monitor starting at $269.10, which is pretty good considering Focal’s studio monitors get really expensive really quickly. However, they’re expensive because they’re extremely accurate and transparent, and they have an incredible soundstage.
I’d recommend any of these Focal studio monitors to anyone at an intermediate to pro skill level when it comes to music production or musicianship in general.
20. Supro Blues King 12 Amp – $270 Off & Free Cable, Cover, & Footswitch
Supro amps are known for their classic Chicago Blues tone from the 60s, and the Supro Blues King 12 is a tube combo amp that’ll help make your guitar sing. It features a 3 band EQ, effects loop, and real spring reverb, while a high gain mode is perfect for playing lead.
The Black Friday deal with the Blues King 12 is that it’s on sale for $270 off, and you get a free 15 ft instrument cable, an amp cover, and a Blues King footswitch to beef up your single coil sound. If you don’t want to have to buy the accessories needed for your amp, this deal is a pretty good solution for that. I would recommend this deal to those who need or want to upgrade their gear.
With all of these deals, you’re bound to find something you’d like to purchase for this year’s Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Sweetwater has payment plans for the majority of the products they sell, so if you don’t feel comfortable dropping a large amount of money at one time, consider opting for a payment plan on more expensive purchases like guitars, microphones, or drum kits. With up to 70% off on many of their products, you will definitely be able to save a large amount of money compared to their other sales held throughout the year. Be sure to check back with Consordini soon to find out all the latest info on the top music production gear and more!