Tips and tricks to buy Native Instruments plug ins at the cheapest price

The Cheapest Way to Buy Native Instruments

Tips and tricks to buy Native Instruments plug ins at the cheapest price

Christof Baer
Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
January 17, 2022
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TL;DR: The quickest way to save $400 (or 66%) on Native Instruments Komplete 13: How to buy Komplete 13 legally for around $200 (66% off the $599 full price).

How to buy Native Instruments plugins with up to 66% discount

Native Instruments has an extensive range of software plugins and hardware*, which is one of the most popular brands in music production. Plugins such as Massive* were revolutionary, and the Komplete bundles* have grown into a comprehensive package for producers and musicians across most music genres. But they are expensive. The Komplete Ultimate* bundle costs $1,199.

So what are the best options for you to get your hands on Native Instruments plugins at the lowest price? And legally, without downloading a cracked version?

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Step by Step guide to buying Native Instruments plugins at the lowest price

Whether you want to buy Massive, Reaktor, Guitar Rig or the full Komplete bundle. We researched all options we could find to buy Native Instruments at a discount, and listed them in order. Just follow the step by step guide to find the best option for you.

Step 1: Download the free Native Instruments Komplete Start bundle

Download the free Native Instruments bundle Komplete Start, which comes with 18 synths, samplers and effects, 2,000 presets and 6GB of samples.

Step 2: Try most Native Instruments plugins for free - for 30 minutes at a time

Download any of the available demo versions, which you can use for 30 minutes. You can close and open the plugins to have another 30 minutes.

Step 3: Upgrade or update your Native Instruments plugins to save up to 66%

Do you already own a Native Instruments plugin?

Use your personal upgrade and update offer to save up to 66%.

Step 4: Students save 50% on Reaktor 6

Students can use the Reaktor 6 educational offer to save 50%.

Step 5: Buy a used license to save around 50%

Are you comfortable buying a license from someone else?

Then buy a used license and get it transferred to you, to save typically 50%.

Step 6: Save 50% in the next Native Instruments sale

Can you wait until the next Native Instruments Sales?

Then you can get typically 50% off individual plugins during Native Instruments sales.

Step 7: Choose the cheapest retailer to save up to 7%

Are you OK to do some research on the cheapest reseller?

Then our research showed that you can save up to 7% compared to the Native Instruments Shop, from official resellers. Even better, you can buy special bundles exclusively from Plugin Boutique, which save you up to 79% off individual plugin prices.

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TOP TIP: Clever but legal way to buy Komplete 13 for around $200 (or 66% discount off $599 full price)

Komplete 13 could be yours for only $200, saving you 66%, if you follow our guide.

You can supercharge your Komplete discount by combining a few tips above:

  1. First, buy an older version of a used Komplete license (Komplete version 2-12 is eligible).
  2. Second, update your Komplete license to the latest Komplete 13.
  3. Third, save even more when waiting to upgrade in a sale period for updates (such as Summer of Sound).

For example, I found the following pathway to buy Komplete 13 for $200:

  1. Buy Komplete 2-12 used with a license transfer from the existing owner, which costs around $100. I found Komplete 7 with a license transfer sold for $103 in May 2021 on eBay.
  2. Update to Komplete 13 for $199, or save even more during Summer of Sound to update for $99.50.
  3. TOTAL cost to buy Komplete 13: around $300, or only $200 (during Summer of Sound).

1. Free Native Instruments plugins & samples: Komplete Start

Komplete Start is a comprehensive bundle that includes 18 plugins encompassing synths, samplers and effects. 2,000 presets are included, as well as 6GB of samples. All for free. That is what I call a great deal.

7 Free Synth Plug Ins

9 Free Sampled Instruments

2 Free Effect Plug Ins

Video: Getting Started with Native Instruments Komplete Start

You can find more video on Komplete Start on the Native Instruments YouTube channel.

2. Native Instruments Demos: try plugins for free

Before any potential purchase, we recommend you try any software first. Native Instruments offer demo versions of some of their plugins for free but not for all.

The demo versions are limited to 30 minutes. You can save presets, but cannot open them again.

Free Native Instruments Synths Demos

Free Native Instruments Sampler Demos

Free Native Instruments Effects Demos

Free Native Instruments Drums Demos

Native Instruments do not offer a demo version for their Play Series instruments, Solid Mix Series, Mysteria, or any of the Expansions, Keys, Drums, Guitars, Strings, Brass/Woodwinds, or World sample based plugins.

3. Native Instruments Upgrades and Updates: up to 66% discount

Native Instruments offers highly discounted updates from older plugin versions to newer ones. For example, here are the prices of the full version of Komplete 13, compared to update and upgrade offers:

  • Full Version: $599
  • Update from Komplete 2-12: $199 (66% off)
  • Upgrade from Komplete Select: $399 (33% off)
  • Upgrade for owners of Komplete Audio 6, Komplete Kontrol A Series, Maschine Mikro Mk3: $499 (17% off)

Similar update and upgrade paths are available to owners of individual plugins, such as Guitar Rig Pro, Massive X or Kontakt.

During the Summer of Sound Sales, updates and upgrades are 50% off. This sales event has been running every summer for a few years now, in 2020*, most recently in 2021* (from 1 to 30 June). If you can wait until next summer, that is a big saving.

4. Native Instruments Educational/Student Discount: 50% off Reaktor 6 only

The only product with an educational discount is Reaktor 6*. With the 50% discount, Reaktor 6 $199 full price is reduced to $99.

None of the Komplete range, Traktor, Komplete, or Maschine hardware is offered at a student discount.

How can I get a student discount for Reaktor 6?

You can simply purchase the education version of Reaktor 6 at 50% discount in the Native Instruments shop*. As part of the purchase process, you will need to register for student status.

Find out more about the Native Instruments Education Program.

Our Ultimate Guide to Student Discounts lists top brands offering up to 66% discounts, including AVID Protools, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor, FL Studio, Antares Auto-Tune and many more

5. "Used" Native Instruments plugins via License Transfer: typically 50% discount

Native Instruments allows license transfers, thereby enabling the selling and buying of "used" or second-hand plugins.

How do you transfer Native Instruments licenses?

  • The seller logs into their Native Instruments account* and selects the products they want to deactivate and transfer in the Transfer a License section.
  • Their request will be sent to the registration support team, which will check if the transfer is eligible/possible.
  • If yes, the product(s) with its serial(s) will be removed from their account, and they will receive a Transfer ID, which they can provide to the new owner.
  • The new owner can log in to their account and import this Transfer ID on the Import Licenses page, which will import the products and serials to the NI account. The user can then activate the product(s) with the provided serials.
  • Note that Native Instruments is not responsible for providing the product itself to the new user. Nevertheless, for most products, there is a download available in My Account.
  • It is impossible to sell licenses under a single Transfer ID to multiple persons. If you need to split the products, generate separate Transfer IDs for each buyer.

Once Native Instruments has approved your license transfers, you can see a list of all Transfer IDs in your account.

What are the limitations of Native Instruments license transfers?

  • Hardware that comes with software can only be sold as a whole. For example, you cannot sell Komplete Select, which comes with Komplete Kontrol keyboards separately. You have to sell both as one bundle, and the software activation required hardware activation first.
  • Educational and not-for-resale (NFR) licenses cannot be transferred.
  • If a product is removed from your account, any upgrades based on that product become invalid.

Where do I find used licenses offered for sale?

First of all, check the seller's credentials before you part with your money, and ensure the buyer pays for the license transfer fee, which is essential for the legitimate transfer via their FabFilter account.

Forums

You can find offers to sell and transfer Native Instruments licenses on forums such as KVR, VI Control, or Sound on Sound. Asking prices by sellers typically offers at around 50% discount.

Examples of offers for I found at the time of writing included:

  • Replika XT for $35 (50% off $69)
  • Electric Sunburst Deluxe for $75 (50% off $149)
  • Komplete 13 Standard for $350 (40% off $599)
eBay

eBay obviously is a vast market place to buy pretty much anything. This includes used music software. You should find Komplete licenses on auction, including license transfer from the existing owner.

You need to take some precautions, such as checking out the listing detailed description, the buyer's feedback, confirming with the seller they own the full version (not an update version or not-for-resale version), and that Native Instruments have authorised a license transfer.

Bear in mind, the eBay Money Back Guarantee can provide some redress if the deal turns sour.

knobcloud

You could also try out knobcloud, a website that facilitates the buying and selling of plugin licenses. knobcloud is a marketplace where sellers can list their licenses for sale, and buyers can purchase them using PayPal. knobcloud does not charge a fee for the service, but the seller is still accountable for the accurate description and smooth transfer of licenses. That means the vigilance I advised above still applies.

I have not used knobcloud myself but it looks like an interesting concept, saving some effort to trawl through forums. Reviews on KVR generally report a positive experience from both buyers and sellers, but prices seem a bit more expensive than less what sellers ask for on forums. For example, I saw Native Instruments Komplete 11 offered for sale for €399, a 32% discount off the usual €589 price. You can always update to the latest version.

6. Native Instruments Sales: typically 50% discount

Native Instruments has had two major sales periods per year for many years, Summer of Sound, and Black Friday/Cyber Monday. The plugins included vary:

  • Black Friday 2020: 50% off most individual plugins and expansions, but bundles such as Komplete were excluded.
  • Summer of Sound 2021*: 50% off updates and upgrades, including bundles such as Komplete.
  • Black Friday 2021: 50% off most individual plugins and expansions, but bundles such as Komplete were excluded.

We predict the next Native Instruments sales will be Summer of Sound 2022, starting around July. Native Instruments is likely to offer 50% off updates and upgrades only. To get notified of future discounts and sales, why not sign up to the musicmanta newsletter, and we let you know of future sales from Native Instruments.

Beyond those annual sales, Native Instruments have extra sales for specific plugins. For example, during September 2021, Native Instruments offered 50% their Kontakt 6 sampler*.

Check out our article on the Best Black Friday Deals 2021 with 2022 Predictions for Native Instruments and beyond - selected, rated, and predicted.

7. Research the cheapest Native Instruments retailer: up to 22% discount - and special bundles up to 79% off

Some retailers choose to sell Native Instruments plugins at a lower price than the Native Instruments shop.

Thomann* - up to 7% off

At the time of writing, we found Thomann* to be the cheapest official Native Instruments reseller. Here is an example we found for Komplete 13 in our research.

As prices change, here are the best selling Native Instruments products with live prices from Thomann*:

Plugin Boutique* - up to 79% off

In September 2021, Plugin Boutique started to sell two special bundles of Native Instruments plugins. These bundles contain 3 synth plugins and one effect plugin, assembled into two flavours, Classic and Future.

Komplete Classics Collection* - £89 | $99 | €99 (79% off individual plug ins)

  • Massive* needs no introduction. A classic wavetable synth plug released in 2007, which has been credited for massively contributing to the dance music, and used by Skrillex.
  • Absynth* is a semi modular synth great for evolving sounds, pads and inventive sound design.
  • FM8* is a FM synth plugin that reinvented and boosted the seminal frequency modulation engine, made famous by the Yamaha DX7, also used by Skrillex.
  • Replika is a delay effect and offers tempo-synced vintage, modern and reverb-like diffusion delays, which can be modulated.

Komplete Future Classics Collection* - £89 | $99 | €99 (79% off individual plug ins)

  • Super 8* is a modern analog polysynth with vast modulation capabilities and effects.
  • Form* is a sample mangling granular plugin enabling producers to create ethereal pads, vocal chops, cut up beats and much more.
  • TRK-01* contains two modules, Bass and Kick. TRK-01 Kick is one of my favourite kick plugins, which is simple enough to craft your own kicks, combining samples and analog sound sources. TRK-01 Bass take the same concept and blend both sample and analog modules into one bass sound, which can be modulated with the built-in sequencer.
  • Mod Pack* is a bundle of three effect plugins, Choral (a chorus), Flair (a flanger) and Phasis (a phaser).

Buying Native Instruments plugins: Questions and Answers

Do Native Instruments plugins ever go on sale? When does Native Instruments go on sale?

We cannot predict the future, but in recent years Native Instruments has always offered a sale, reliably around Black Friday in November every year, and around July for Summer of Sound. Discounts have always been around 50%, but did not include all plugins and bundles. Just sign up to the musicmanta newsletter and we will let you know when the next sale is on.

Does Native Instruments offer a student or educational discount for students and teachers?

Yes, but only for Reaktor. You can simply purchase the education version of Reaktor 6 at 50% discount in the Native Instruments shop*. As part of the purchase process, you will need to register for student status.

Do you have a question not covered here, or found another way to buy Native Instruments plugins at a discount? Help us help others by letting us know.

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