These days, you no longer need masses of gear and hardware to get a studio-quality sound. The quality of the today's software and plugin options is astounding, and with all the killer Cyber Monday guitar deals going on at the moment, there's never been a better time to upgrade your computer.
We here at Guitar World have made it our mission to round up the best guitar plugin deals from across the web, and deliver them to you in this straightforward, no-nonsense guide.
Whether you're after a real-life sounding amp simulator, or an all-inclusive guitar, amp and effects emulation suite, we're sure we've got the very thing for you.
We've even rounded up a few of our favorite general music plugin deals, too, so you can get busy with drum programming and production over the holidays.
The top guitar plugin deals of Cyber Monday so far
Cyber Monday guitar plugins
Line 6 Helix Native plugin: was $399, now $279, save $120
Get all of Line 6’s flagship Helix amp models and effects for a fraction of the price of its standalone floor units with this killer plugin deal, which includes over 60 guitar and bass amps and over 100 different effects. If you buy now, you can save a whopping $120, and arm yourself with every guitar tone you could possibly need.
JST Misha Mansoor Toneforge plugin: was
$149, now just $19
This massive reduction on Misha Mansoor's acclaimed signature amp sim software with Joey Sturgis Tones is one of the biggest discounts we've seen this year. You can grab this killer deal now at Plugin Boutique.
AmpliTube Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection:
$99.99, now $49.99, save $50
Based on Dimebag's Cowboys From Hell tone, this pack was developed under close collaboration with the guy who knew Dime's tone better than anyone: his former guitar tech, Grady Champion. Included are two amps (based on Dimebag's Randall RG 100 ES and Roland JC-120), two matching cabinets and five stompboxes based on Dimebag's MXR graphic EQ, Furman parametric EQ, Cry Baby wah, MXR Flanger Doubler and Rocktron Hush noise gate. Check out the tones to hear how authentic they are! Available right now from IK Multimedia.
AmpliTube Brian May: Was $99.99, now $69.99, save $40
How do you model a unique tone such as Brian May's? You work with the man himself! Amplitube Brian May comes with two amps - the all-important AC-30 and Brian's 'Deacy' amp (built by Queen bassist, John Deacon). As well as this, you get three cabinet models and five stompboxes including a Treble Booster, May Wah (based on Brian's Cry Baby), Fox Phaser (emulation of a fOXX Phaser), star Gate noise gate, and even a Red Special module to impart Brian's prized guitar tone on your own guitar.
Amplitube Joe Satriani: Was $99.99, now $79.99, save $20
IK Multimedia has packed three amps, (Marshall, Peavey and Rockman emulations) three cabs and five stompboxes into the Joe Satriani signature edition pack. Pedal-wise, you get Satch Wah (Vox wah), Distortion (Boss DS-1), Overdrive (Boss OD-1), Tube Overdrive (Chandler Tube Driver) and Satch Octaver (Ultimate Octaver). It's the closest thing you'll get for $79.99!
Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 |
$299, now $119
BIAS FX 2 gives you an arsenal of virtual amps, pedals, rack effects, and cabs to shape your sound with. It's one of the best software modelers out there, and with versions available at different price points, there's something for everyone here. Choose Elite, Pro or Standard when you add it to your basket.
Positive Grid BIAS Amp 2 Elite |
$299, now $119
BIAS Amp 2 gives you complete freedom over your amp's design, and with this deal, you can get 50% of the Elite and Pro versions, plus $40 off the Standard tier too. Click on the link to make your selection!
BIAS FX 2 Elite All Access Bundle |
$399, now $159
BIAS FX 2 is also available on mobile devices (iOS only), and this deal lets you unlock the software for both desktop and mobile. Choose from Elite (was $399, now $159), Pro (was $249, now $99) or Standard (was $119, now $47).
BIAS FX 2 & Amp 2 Combo |
$399, now $199
If you want the deep-dive amp editing of BIAS 2 plus the full range of sounds from BIAS FX 2, select the FX 2 & AMP 2 Combo deal. This gives you desktop versions of both, and is structured across the same three tiers: FX 2 and AMP 2 Elite for $199, Pro for $139 and Standard for $69.
Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Metal Edition |
$329, now $139
BIAS FX 2 Metal Edition turns things up a notch with FX 2 Elite, but it’s also bundled with the Metal Signature Pack which includes amp and pedal models from Ola Englund, Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow. You'll also get the BIAS Pedal Distortion, Delay and modulation effects. Get heavy at half-price!
BIAS Platinum bundle |
$699, now $319
Sometimes it's easier to just get the lot, and that's where the BIAS Platinum Bundle comes in. If you bought everything included here individually, it would cost you $1,429. Normally the bundled price is a decent saving at $699, but Positive grid has carved another 50% off, making this deal for the Elite versions of both BIAS products, plus all associated bundles $319! Rude not to, we say.
BIAS Complete bundle |
$549, now $259
Positive Grid is offering BIAS FX 2 and BIAS Amp 2 Pro editions, the Metal Signature, Bass and Acoustic Expansion Packs plus BIAS Pedal Distortion, Delay and Modulation models for For $259. This level bags you the very respectable Pro-tier versions of both for just over the regular price of one BIAS Pro title, making this a very tidy deal indeed.
BIAS Essential bundle |
$399, now $179
If you want to keep your budget below $200 you can still get a cracking deal. With a total value of $635, and a regular price of $399, you get everything in the Complete Bundle here, except for the BIAS Pedal models. Plus, you’re still saving half the normal price!
PRS SuperModels: Was $129, now $39.99
Created in collaboration with Paul Reed Smith, the Waves PRS SuperModels plugin models three high-end PRS guitar amps: the PRS Archon, Dallas, and Blue Sierra/V9.
Cyber Monday music plugins
iZotope Holiday Bundle:
Was $895, now $49, save 94%
Nine iZotope plug-ins, including Trash 2, Exponential Audio R2, Exponential Audio Phoenix Verb, Exponential Audio Excalibur and more, up for grabs at a not-to-be-missed price. Grab this absolute steal right now at Sweetwater.
IK Multimedia: Check out IK Multimedia Happy Holideals
Save 50% off a host of IK Multimedia titles, including MODO Drum (was $299.99, now $179.99), T-RackS Sunset Sound Studio Reverb (was $149.99, now $99.99) and Hitmaker: EDM (was $49.99, now $24.99).
IK Multimedia Total Studio 2 Max: Was €999, now €249
All the software your studio could ever need, plus a whole lot more, with up to 75% off this Cyber Monday. IK Multimedia’s Total Studio 2 Max has it all, and for just €249 it’s the perfect time to add it to your roster.
Steven Slate Drums SSD5: Was $149, now $59
Build your tracks on solid foundations with SSD5. You’ll have access to hundreds of precisely sampled sounds from some of the biggest names in drum gear, as well as 1,000 preset grooves. Who wouldn’t want better sounding drums for only $59?
Toontrack EZdrummer 2: Was $149, now $79, save $70
Get some hugely impressive studio drum sounds that can be played from your electronic drum set over MIDI. Or, if you're a guitarist, make use of the MIDI grooves to create the perfect drum part for your latest idea. We can't think of a better set of sounds for $79
Toontrack Superior Drummer 3
Get a free SDX Expansion pack worth $149
Invest in one of the most comprehensive collections of drum sounds this Cyber Monday, and Sweetwater will give you a free SDX Expansion pack! Choose from the list at checkout.
Waves Silver plugin bundle: Was $599, now $49.99
For Cyber Monday 2020 you can get your hands on 16 professional award-winning plugins for music production, mixing and mastering all for an insanely low price of $49.99.
Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain: Was $199, now $29.99
Now's your chance to get hold of five independent mixing and mastering modules, modelled after the EMI TG12410 Transfer Console used in all Abbey Road's mastering suites since the early '70s to this day.
Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter: Was $299, now $29.99
Modeled on one of only a few tube-powered units ever made, the Aural Exciter delivers all the unique character of the original hardware unit, with all the advantages of software.
These Cyber Monday deals are live now
- Sweetwater | Save 70% off guitar gear in their Cyber Monday sale
- Musician’s Friend | Up to 15% off qualifying gear with the code CYBER
- Sam Ash | Up to 15% off with the code BF15 in the Black Friday Now sale
- Reverb | Save up to 60% on thousands of pieces of gear all week long
- Pro Audio Star | Get up to 20% off new gear with the code BF20
- Zzounds | Shop the latest time-limited Cyber Monday deals
- Amazon | Explore all their latest guitar gear deals!