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Black Friday plugin deals for guitarists 2021: everything a guitar player needs for perfect production

Black Friday plugin deals for guitarists
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Nowadays, guitarists are required to do a whole lot more than just play the guitar. We need to fill every other part of the musical conveyor belt, from writing and production to booking shows and doing graphic design. Luckily, for those who do their own production, we have a wealth of plugins and software at our disposal to make the job a whole lot easier - and as it's Black Friday, we are seeing some epic Black Friday plugin deals for guitarists that will make it cheaper, too. With up to 92% off 80 plugins in the Waves Black Friday sale and a downright crazy deal on AmpliTube 5 SE - which has $110 off - you are sure to find a plugin - or two - that will take your production to a whole new level. 

Now, don't be under any illusions that dropping some major coin on plugins will turn you into the next Rick Rubin, but that said, picking up the right plugin can take the stress out of recording your demos or mixing your latest EP. For example, grabbing an easy-to-use compressor may be just what your guitar tone needed, a lush-sounding reverb may help you tie the mix together, and a powerful mastering console may bring your home recording up to radio standard. 

As well as traditional plugins, there are a number geared specifically for guitar players, such as amp and pedal simulators. This allows you to turn your laptop into the ultimate guitar rig, and wouldn't you know it... they are on sale as well! 

Below we’ve hand-selected some of our favorite Black Friday plugin deals that are live right now, and if recording isn’t your thing, be sure to check out our Black Friday guitar deals page for the latest news and the best offers on all things guitar related.

Black Friday plugin deals for guitarists: Quick links

Today's best Black Friday plugin deals for guitarists

Waves Black Friday: Plugins from $29.99

Waves Black Friday: Plugins from $29.99
Use the coupon code BF21 at checkout to get huge discounts on plugins and bundles. Spend $50 or more and you'll receive an email after checkout to select your FREE plugin (any plugin with a “with coupon” price of up to $29.99). Spend over $90 and you can make that two, or over $120 for THREE FREE PLUGINS!

Get a free Black Friday plugin from Waves!

Get a free Black Friday plugin from Waves!
Sign up now to guarantee your place at the front of the queue. Waves has dropped its brand-new free plugin, the Lofi Space!

Positive Grid BIAS Software: Up to $180 off

Positive Grid BIAS Software: Up to $180 off  
Save big on a range of BIAS software. Everything from FX 2, Experience Jimi Hendrix, BIAS Pedal and FX 2 Metal Edition are all heavily discounted right now.  

AmpliTube 5 SE: was $149.99, now $39.99

AmpliTube 5 SE: was $149.99, now $39.99
One of the biggest names in guitar amp & FX modeling software has dropped the price to only $39.99! Bag yourself, 80 essential gear models, for less than a single overdrive pedal. 

AmpliTube 5 MAX: Was $599, now $349

AmpliTube 5 MAX: Was $599, now $349
Save a huge 42% off IK Multimedia's AmpliTube 5 MAX. Included are 107 stomps, 107 amplifiers, 101 cabinets, 31 speakers, 44 rack FX, 18 microphones and 8 rooms - more than enough for most guitarists or home producers. Save $250 this Black Friday.

iZotope Gold Package: $1,342

iZotope Gold Package: $1,342, now $49, save $1,293
Everything you need to bring professional levels of craftsmanship and creativity to your guitar production and more. You get iZotope Elements 6, which comprises entry-level but very capable versions of RX, Nectar, Neutron and Ozone. In addition, you get Trash 2 to mangle and distort your creations. On top of that, there's Exponential Audio's R2 reverb, Phoenix reverb and Excalibur effects. All for just $49.

Native Instruments E-Instruments: Save up to 67%

Native Instruments E-Instruments: Save up to 67%
Add some new members to your virtual band with Native Instruments. This bundle includes keys, strings, horns and more, and is currently available for £359, (down from £1,109), while individual instruments are also available with a 50% discount.

Soundtoys plugins and bundles: up to 70% off

Soundtoys plugins and bundles: up to 70% off
There’s everything from mic preamp emulations to delays, reverbs, dynamics, modulation, filtering, vocal effects and more in this Soundtoys Black Friday sale! And with prices starting at just £24.95, you'll be sure to find something to get excited about. 

BIAS Amp 2 Elite: was $299, now $149

BIAS Amp 2 Elite: was $299, now $149
Already know the amp tone you're looking for? BIAS Amp 2 can match the sound of any miked amp or audio file, so if you have an example of what you're after you've already nailed it. But, where's the fun in just copying something else when you can make that tone your own? Swap out tubes, customise preamps, change those transformers, A/B open-backed cabs vs closed and experiment with multiple mics in every position possible. Then upload your masterpiece to ToneCloud or download other guitarist's creations. The possibilities are endless.

BIAS FX 2 Elite: was $299, now $149

BIAS FX 2 Elite: was $299, now $149
BIAS FX 2 enables you to create and endlessly tweak your entire dream rig using an extremely intuitive signal path GUI. Yes, you could buy the Standard or Pro packages but at this price the Elite version makes much more sense. You get 100 amps, 122 effects, 20 Guitar Match models, 18 HD rack units, and the three new fuzz, time and harmonizer modellers. Significantly, Positive Grid has also thrown in all three modules of its BIAS Pedal software, which has a $297 value (currently discounted to $147).

BIAS Pedal: $99 per module

BIAS Pedal:$99 per module, $49
If you've already invested in a BIAS FX 2 Standard or Pro version then this is an obvious add-on that, at this price, it's silly to overlook. Essentially, BIAS Pedal enables you to build your own custom pedals and add them to BIAS FX's pedalboard, but there's so much more to it than that. Three modules are available at a price of $147 for all three – distortion, delay and modulation – and you can change everything from the colour of the pedal box through to circuit board components.

BIAS Platinum Collection: $799 per module

BIAS Platinum Collection: $799 per module, $469
Here's the BIAS Platinum Collection at a $330 saving. Not quite 50%, but still a healthy amount off. In terms of value, you get pretty much everything – BIAS FX 2, BIAS AMP2, Metal Signature Pack, Bass Expansion Pack, Acoustic Expansion Pack, BIAS Pedal Distortion, BIAS Pedal Delay, BIAS Pedal Modulation, Pro Series Compressor, Pro Series EQ, Celestion Classic Pack. It's a complete guitar studio.

Metal Signature and Bass Expansion packs: Were $79 each, now $39 each

Metal Signature and Bass Expansion packs:
Were $79 each, now $39 each
You can never have enough bass, right? Or quality metal tones. These BIAS FX expansion packs are too cheap to ignore right now. The Metal pack adds six new pedal tones from artists Keith Merrow and Jeff Loomis, everything from drive to delay. It also includes a similar number of amp tones. The Bass Expansion pack fleshes out BIAS FX with half a dozen stomp box effects, including absolute must-haves such as octave, chorus and envelope. This is a very inexpensive way to invest in some indispensable sounds.

40% off Toontrack EZX Expansions: was $79

40% off Toontrack EZX Expansions: was $79, now $47
As guitar players, we know how hard it is to find a good drummer. Well with discounts on Toontrack at Sweetwater, now you don't need one. From blues and jazz, rock and metal, funk and soul there's a style here for everyone. 

Waves Platinum: Was $1,999.99

Waves Platinum: Was $1,999.99, now $269.99
Ok, so you were probably never going to spend full whack on this package, but right now Platinum is at a great price. Get your hands on 60 killer plugins for less than $270, which works out at $4.50 apiece. To get your hands on those plugins individually would cost the earth, so strike now while they’re criminally cheap.

IK Multimedia FAME Studios: pre-order and save $20

IK Multimedia FAME Studios: pre-order and save $20
Get the sound of the iconic Muscle Shoals studio in your DAW for less by pre-ordering IK's new plugin for $130/€130 (the regular price will be $150/€150).

Daryl Robertson

First and foremost, I'm a guitar enthusiast – a fanatic, some might say. I'm a firm believer that most of the world's problems can be solved with a Gibson SG and a catastrophically loud amp. As Junior Deals Writer on Guitar World, I write about guitars for a living, but in a past life, I worked in music retail for 7 years, advising customers on the right guitars, basses, drums, pianos, and PA systems for their needs. I also have a passion for live sound; I'm a fully qualified sound engineer with experience working in various venues in Scotland, where I live with my wife and dog.