Cyber Monday 2023: Best deals for music producers, DJs, beatmakers and musicians

Synths, headphones, virtual instruments – you’ll find all the best deals right here.

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It’s getting colder and colder, right? For many, this freezing time of the year points to the Christmas holidays. However, for producers, beatmakers and musicians, it means Cyber Monday is upon us.

Today on 27 November 2023, we kick off the Cyber Monday sales. Following Black Friday, it’s a time when tons of music tech manufacturers and retailers slash their prices, offering an array of limited deals, with many starting their offers weeks ahead.

Perhaps there’s been a specific hardware or software product that’s been on your radar this year, or maybe you’re just on the lookout for something new to freshen up your setup. Whatever you’re after, nabbing some juicy Cyber Monday sales might help keep your studio fresh, so it’s worth keeping an eye out.

To help you navigate through the sea of deals today, we’ve created a one-stop shop for the best Black Cyber Monday deals on the market. Be sure to check back here and save your time and money.

Best Black Friday music tech deals at a glance

Editor’s Picks

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Native Instruments: Up to 90% with Black Friday plugin bundles – each only £44

Native Instruments’ Cyber Season sees the brand drop prices on loads of its plugins created by NI itself as well as its umbrella brands, iZotope and Plugin Alliance. You can take advantage of 50 per cent off Komplete 14, up to 66 per cent off with Kontrol S-Series MK3, and a selection of Plugin Alliance plugins for $29 each till November 28, 2023.

Find this deal at Native Instruments.

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Cableguys: 73% off Cableguys Shaperbox 3 bundle

Cableguys’ Shaperbox 3 is something else. More specifically, it’s a tool that lets you manipulate audio in really cool ways. In our review of the third version, MusicTech wrote, “It was already a fantastic plugin, but the new additions, especially the Audio Triggering mode, make it a joy to work with. It’s powerful and inspiring. Whether we’re working on technical mixing tasks or wild sound design, we can’t imagine producing without it.”

Find this deal at Cableguys.

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AIAIAI: 30% off all headphones when you subscribe to its newsletter

AIAIAI specialises in innovative modular headphones, offering customisable solutions so you can shape your setup to your needs, save money – it’s good for the planet, too. Their TMA-2 series allows users to personalise headphones by choosing different speaker units, ear pads, headbands, and cables, catering to diverse preferences in sound, comfort, and style. Don’t sleep on this offer from AIAIAI!

Find this deal at AIAIAI.

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Arturia: 50% off selected plugins

If you know, you know. Black Friday and Cyber Monday is always an exciting time for fans of Arturia’s plugins. The brand delivers year on year with new high-quality software plugins that cater for music producers of many levels. Its range includes virtual instruments, synthesizers, and effects plugins that emulate classic analogue gear.

Find this deal at Arturia.

More Cyber Monday deals for musicians

Producer working in a music studio, photo by wundervisuals via Getty Images
Producer working in a music studio. Image: wundervisuals via Getty Images

What is Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are related annual events that kick off the holiday shopping season. Originating in the United States, it’s a weekend for brands to offer massive discounts and exclusive promotions that are only available for a limited amount of time.

The tradition began in the early 20th century. The term ‘Black Friday’ was coined to describe the chaotic Friday after Thanksgiving each year – a day when shops would offer their products for low prices. The term was officially used in the 1950s, but it was in the 1960s that it really turned into a global shopping phenomenon. It’s called ‘Black’ Friday because businesses would see their revenue transition from making a loss (‘in the red’) to making a profit (‘in the black’) during this period.

The term ‘Cyber Monday’ was later coined in 2005. It’s a follow-up day of deals after traditionally taking place on the Monday after thanksgiving and Black Friday, with offers exclusively taking place online. Arguably as important as Black Friday, Cyber Monday acts as an extra day to grab deals but from the comfort of your own home, meaning you don’t have to face the chaos of high street shoppers during the holiday period.

Black Friday sales sign at Walmart, photo by Samuel Corum/AFP via Getty Images
Black Friday sales sign at Walmart. Image: Samuel Corum/AFP via Getty Images

When are Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday takes place on 24 November 2023, with Cyber Monday following on 27 November 2023. Sales usually start at midnight on Friday but, as the event has expanded across the globe, many companies extend their Black Friday sales over the course of several weeks, starting as early as October. So, even if you think you might miss a Black Friday drop, you can still keep your eyes peeled throughout November to cop yourself a deal.

Typically, Black Friday and Cyber Monday fall annually on the final weekend of November, just a day after Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday marks the end of most of the price cuts, so you’ll want to head to the virtual checkout with those synths in your cart before midnight on Monday 27 November, or you might miss out.

Who has the best Cyber Monday deals for music producers, DJs and musicians?

Generally, retailers will have the most varied and extensive Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Some brands will host stellar offers directly, so it’s worth shopping around if you have time.

To help you out, we’ve listed the best music retailers hosting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals below.

Don’t forget that these are just online sales. Cyber Monday is historically a brick-and-mortar affair. If you can brave the chaos of the in-person sales, try heading to your local music gear store on Cyber Monday to see what else you can get your hands on.


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