It seems like a fitting time to look at all of the best plug-in deals and freebies for musicians and producers stuck at home. At this point, some creative distractions in between news updates and worrying about if you have enough essentials stocked up can go a long way. Companies like Moog and Korg were some of the first out of the gate to offer up free musical distractions for folks stuck at home in the form of all-digital, downloadable iOS synth gear. But since then, plenty of premiere plug-in and effects makers have launched wide-ranging sales and rare freebie offers to promote social distancing. Head below for everything.
Last week, as health officials and major corporations continued to strongly encourage social distancing in the wake of COVID-19, Moog and Korg offered up rare freebie offers on iOS synth/production gear to help do their part with a positive creative distraction for folks stuck at home. And other developers have followed suit.
Moog said the first-time ever free offer on the Minimoog Model D iOS emulation is a “gift to spread positivity, creativity, and expressivity…and experience the uplifting power of sound.”
Korg and software instrument giant Native Instruments echoed that sentiment with the now free iKaossillator app and 80’s-inspired Analog Dreams sampler instrument for your Mac.
Those offers join a growing list of plug-in deals and freebies to help keep folks busy and inspired during self-isolation. Down below, you’ll find a collection of free digital gear for your Logic Pro system along with accompanying iOS instruments and even some other interesting gems that won’t cost you a nickel:
FREE Plug-ins, Effects, More:
- Native Instruments Analog Dreams FREE for limited time
- Cherry Audio Voltage Modular Nucleus synth now FREE
- Includes 22 modules, over 130 presets
- Moog Minimoog Model D Synthesizer for iOS FREE (Reg. $15)
- Korg iKaossillator for iOS FREE (Reg. $20)
- AudioKit iOS Synth One Synthesizer FREE
- iOptigan iOS Optical Organ FREE ($6 for complete package)
- 25 of original 40 content discs included free
- SynthMaster One iOS wavetable synth FREE (Reg. $5)
- IK Multimedia samples, amps, synths FREE starter packs
- All Plugin Alliance Plug-ins are FREE for one month
- Download the manager and install all plugs
- FREE for 30-days
- Spitfire Audio Labs FREE software instruments
- Trumpet Fields, Rare Piano Grooves, much more
- Waves OneKnob Wetter FREE for Loopcloud Users (Reg. $50)
- “easy-to-use reverb plugin, adding instant depth and dimension to any track”
- Wavesfactory Cassette Transport FREE
- “audio plugin effect that simulates the sound of tape speeding up and slowing down”
- Cinematique Instruments Grained Violin now FREE
- Requires NI KONTAKT 5.6.8. or Later
- Hainbach Isolation Loops sample pack FREE (Name your price)
From Arturia and Waves to McDSP, Spitfire Audio, Audio Damage, and Output, loads of our favorites have serious plug-in deals and freebies running right now as well. The entire Arturia V Collection 7 is $250 off while Waves just launched a gigantic plug-in bundle sale on just about its entire lineup. You’ll find our growing list of plug-in deals for Logic Pro X users and more below:
Plug-in, Instrument, and Effect Deals:
- Arturia V Collection 7 $249 (Reg. $499)
- Incl. 24 unique synths, keyboards, pianos, and organs
- 800+ ultra-modern presets
- vintage, historically important keyboards as software instruments
- Also available direct from Arturia
- Massive 1-day Waves Plug-In Bundle Sale up to 92% off
- iZotope Music Production Suite 3 Sale $499 (up to 50% off)
- iZotope Tonal Balance Bundle Sale $349 (Reg. $650)
- EventidePhysion Multi-Effect $49 (Reg. $179)
- Eventide Reverb and Delay sale from $39 (Up to 60% off)
- McDSP March Sale from $29 (Up to 77% off)
- Channel Strips, Compressors, EQ, Bundles
- Spitfire Audio OLAFUR ARNALDS STRATUS $249 (Reg. $299)
- The Piano, Reimagined: “…multidimensional tool bends space and time through an intricate network of polyrhythmic piano performances.”
- Rob Papen Sale up to 20% off
- Delay, Distortion, EQ, Reverb, more
- Audio Damage Discord4 $24 (Reg. $49)
- Audio Damage CONTINUA Analog Synth $79 (Reg. $99)
- Output Movement Multi-Effect $99 (Reg. $149)
- IK Multimedia Studio Month Sale up to 50% off
- AmpliTube 4, T-RackS 5, Hammond B-3X and more.
- Radio Utility by Plugin Boutique $15 (Reg. $30)
- “Radio lets you stream and sample from a diverse list of internet radio stations, both inside and outside of your DAW.”
- KRFT iOS creative production surface $4 (Reg. $15)
We will be updating this list throughout the week as more developers offer up social distancing plug-in deals and freebies. While it sometimes feels like there are more questions than answers these days, anything we can all do to stay in good spirits, promote self-isolation, and save some money doing it seems like the right move at this point.
Find any interesting freebies/deals out there? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to the lists so everyone can get in on the action.
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