Over the holiday season, developers of software and hardware for music making are offering steep discounts. Here’s where to find them.
First, it’s really a no-brainer to pick these big sales to load up your iPad, iPhone, or other mobile device with apps cheaply.
Mobile shopping: Our very own Ashley Elsdon, he of Palm Sounds, has an absolutely insane list of music apps, covering the gamut of tools from experimental soundscape generators to DJ software, instruments and effects, drums and synths, and powerful sequencers and production tools. It’s worth a skim just to see if there’s anything you’re missing that you wanted:
Black Friday means some seriously good discounts on excellent apps
Shopping for everything: Another great place to start is a thread on Reddit tracking different deals (including our MeeBlip, so thanks!):
Holiday Sales Thread! (self.synthesizers)
As seen on CDM: A few products we’ve written up recently are also discounted.
That includes Reason 10 at 25% off and Ableton’s ongoing 20% off Live sale (which includes a free upgrade to Live 10 early next year).
Cakewalk’s excellent z3ta+ waveshaping synth is just US$35 – which might be your last chance to snap it up now that Cakewalk are going the way of the dodo.
Native Instruments have a huge sale on – including a great time to buy Reaktor, which I’ve been talking about lately (and, genuinely, using sort of nonstop). See discussion.
Isotonik’s stuff is on sale, including their tools and add-ons for Ableton Live, etc.
More tidbits: Moog apparel and merch is on 20% discount with code TURKEYMOOG in the USA only.
Soundtoys has 50% off everything, including upgrades.
DJ Tech Tools have discounts on their store, including their Midi Fighter hardware (thanks to comments for this one).
And if you’ve written a Christmas song, these folks are offering a competition and free mastering.
PCAudioLabs tell us they’ve got $100 off and free shipping/free warranty upgrades , 20 free minutes when signing up at OBEDIA
CDM deals: Back here in CDM territory, we’ve got deals on the stuff we’re producing.
Our MeeBlip hardware is available now for US$119.95, with all the cables you’ll need – power plus MIDI plus audio.
And our record label Establishment has its whole catalog available for 50% off. Use code “cybersale” when you check out, through tomorrow Tuesday evening:
Have a great Monday, and do remember the reason for the season – we purchase gear and apps now because the superior race of Cybermen overlords demand it of us. They’re already using the Gravitron on Berlin, where I haven’t seen the sun in eons, and I suspect if we don’t do their bidding, we will soon face full conversion to cyberpeople and see our home planet destroyed entirely as we’re hauled back to the planet Mondas. Now, happy cyber-holidays! Go shopping, because resistance is futile … especially when it comes to the need to acquire synthesizers!