The Gear Gods 2014 Black Friday Weekend Software Deals Rundown

Ah, the time for rampant consumerism is finally here. In their madcap rush for your holiday dollar, every major recording software company is slashing the prices of their digital goods. So if you’re in the market for some hot new plug-ins or a DAW change, this weekend is the time to do it. Here are a few of the noteworthy discounts that you’ll be able to snag online, usually through Monday.



Have you read our review of the new Slate Virtual Mix Rack? Well if you’re excited to pick it up on your own, this weekend is the time to do it. Or just get pretty much every Slate plug ever in one big bundle.

Virtual Buss Compressors | $79.99
Virtual Mix Rack | $149.99RC Tube | $19.99
All Slate Digital Plugins (VBC, VMR, VTM, VCC, FG-X) | $499
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Of course, the biggest name in plug-ins will not be outdone. The highlights of the Waves sale are the industry-standard CLA plugin pack at a discount of more than 75% off, and the entire Gold bundle for two Benjamins.

Waves Gold | $199
CLA Classic Compressors | $129
Scheps 73 | $69
L2 Ultramaximizer | $49
API 2500 | $99…for more deals head to


Whether you keep it simple with EZ Mix or go all-out with Superior Drummer, there are some steep discounts to solve your digital percussion and amp modelling woes.

Superior Drummer | $247
Metal Foundry SDX | $107
EZ Mix 2 | $69
Metal Machine EZX  | $53
EZ Keys | $69
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I’ve never had the joys of using Universal Audio plugins myself because they require specialized PCIe DSP accelerator cards, but the clips that I’ve heard of the company’s API and Pultec models have made me jealous.

Analog Classics Pro Plugin Bundle | $349
Neve 1073 Preamp and EQ Collection | $149
Api Vision Channel Strip | $199
Pultec Passive EQ | $149
Roland RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay | $149
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On a per-plug-in basis Sonnox are on the pricier end, but the company is having a buy-one-get-one free sale on all of its wares. Plus more of the bundles are selling for 40% off. Head to to do some browsing.


And of course a major retailer like Sweetwater is going to have deals out the wazoo (credit harris). Here are a few good ones that we’ve come across.

Antares Auto-Tune EFX 3 | $49
Presonus Studio One | $49
Lexicon MPX Reverb | $49.99
Propellerhead Reson 8 | $399
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  • Also Bos digital Labs are running a sale! They might not be one of the majors but make good and somewhat unique plug ins. Their new delay plug in rules!!! I urge folks to check them out.

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