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A Roundup of Black Friday Deals

Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve gotten a number of emails in the last few days with all sorts of early holiday promotions. Here in the U.S., these typically begin the day after Thanksgiving, a.k.a. Black Friday. Here’s a partial list of discounts. Go get yourself some cheap merch!

  • Native Instruments is offering 50% off all Komplete instruments and effects, 50% off Maschine expansions and 50% off Traktor Pro 2, through November 26.
  • EastWest also has 50% off most of their virtual instruments, everything but the Complete Composers Collection and Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds. Their sale lasts all the way until December 31st.
  • Waves is having a Black Friday sale but are keeping the details secret until November 23rd is giving away their One Knob: Louder compressor/limiter for free and offering up to 80% off the rest of their collection. Looks like most bundles and plugins are 40% off.
  • Sweetwater’s 8 Days of Black Friday Sale has lots of great deals on hardware and software. Highlights include Toontrack EZdrummer for $29.99 and 70–75% off select Alesis products.
  • Slate Digital is offering all their products for 20% off throughout November, including their new Virtual Tape Machine, which is getting great reviews. Plus, if you own other qualifying Steven Slate products you’ll get an additional $50 off VTM.
  • Lastly, Plugin Alliance is having a sale this week: 30% off one or two plugins and 50% off three or more. Follow them on Facebook for even more deals.
  • EDIT: Look for other deals from Ilio, Soundiron, McDSPeSoundz and Vintage King Audio (for those of you looking for hardware).

Again, this is just a small sampling of this weekend’s sales. If you know of any other good ones, leave a comment below.

The Art of Music L.A.

Diego Stocco, one of the presenters at Sound=Music.

First, apologies for not posting in a while. I’ve got a symphonic debut at Benaroya Hall (Seattle’s version of Lincoln Center) on March 18th, and I’ve been incredibly busy proofreading the score and editing parts. But it’s generated a lot of post ideas, so there’s some good stuff coming down the pike.

I just heard about an awesome-looking series of events called The Art of Music that take place a few times a year at the Bleicher Gallery in Santa Monica. The next installment of this educational and networking event, entitled Sound=Music, focuses on composers whose work blurs the boundaries between sound design and music. Special guest Diego Stocco, famous for making instruments out of trees and flaming pianos, will lead a “master class” on sonic innovation. And at precisely 7:14, composer Nat Evans, known for his mesmerizing and evocative soundscapes, will perform a poetic accompaniment to the Santa Monica sunset.

The event will also feature excellent networking opportunities, an open bar, a raffle (allegedly with prizes you actually want), and some great giveaways. The event is limited to 150 attendees and usually sells out, so reserve your ticket now.