Freakshow Industries’ Black Friday plug-in anti-sale will charge you more, but you can also steal

Oh, they aren’t kidding when they say “anti-sale.” In honor of Black Friday, plug-in maker Freakshow Industries (“audio effects for the end-times”) has increased their prices. But you can also pirate the plug-ins directly from their site.

The best Black Friday deals for music software

Black Friday, Black month, Black November – whatever time span this now means, here are hand-picked examples of some of the best deals on music-making software.

Futility is a shortcut-packed answer to working faster in Ableton Live, and it’s just four bucks

Futility v4, developed in Max for Live, has just arrived. And it’s an incredible timesaver – get channel strip, mixing, arming, and device settings right under your fingertips, anywhere in Live, even in the Arrangement. Cost: 4EUR+.

V Collection 8.2 – Apple M1, faster GUIs, tuning support, and it’s 50% off for Black Friday

It doesn’t cover everything Arturia makes, but the V Collection 8.2 update shows a ton of modernization for their software synths – including tuning support, faster GUIs, faster presets, and for the Mac folks, that all-important M1 native compatibility. That coincides with their Black Friday sale pricing, too. New in this release: M1 native compatibility […]

Bespoke, free modular – jamming – livecoding – production tool, looks serious at 1.1.0

If you need a break from big monolithic production environments, Bespoke wants to be your alternative – for free. Plenty of you liked that idea and responded, and the result hits this month with the major 1.1.0 milestone.

Synthesizer cakes keep getting more deliciously realistic

Have your synth and eat it, too. Redditers are on top of enough synth cakes to practically give you sugar shock right through the screen.

1978’s synthesis-stuffed ARP Quadra gets a plug-in; here’s Nadia Struiwigh to show it to us

Few instruments have ever crammed as much tasty goodness into one bit of hardware as the rare ARP Quadra. And now Cherry Audio is doing a plug-in version – US$39 intro price.

Gen Z: Moog reimagines its software instrument as Animoog Z

Ten years after its first entry into software instruments, Moog is back with the next generation – a 16-voice wavetable/vector successor with three-axis navigation called Animoog Z. (Since this is a website, not radio, I kindly remind you that Moog is in the United States. Therefore, in your mind, say “OP-Zed” when talking about Sweden’s […]

This sound library lets you use 56 amps, 4 subs, and Lyndhurst Hall as your speaker system

Sure, you might not want more samples of drum machines, vintage synths, modular, and guitars. But Spitfire Audio are betting you might want them through 56 guitar amps, 4 subs, 4 levels of rigging, and one of the world’s largest recording rooms. Aperture is too ridiculous not to notice – and it’s free if you buy enough stuff this week (plus there’s a free demo).

Watch Larry Cuba explain how he animated the computer graphics for the original Star Wars

While you justify that new Mac or NVIDIA, here’s graphics animation legend Larry Cuba talking about how he used 1970s tech to make a Death Star animation that still looks stylish today.