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.
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.
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 14 Standard, compared to update and upgrade offers:
Komplete Standard 14: $599
Update from Komplete 2-13: $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.
4. Native Instruments Educational/Student Discount: 50% off Reaktor 6 only
The only Native Instruments product with a student 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
(Prices last checked and updated: 23 January 2023)
As prices change, here are the best selling Native Instruments products with live prices from Thomann*:
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. In addition, the Native Instruments Summer Sale called Summer of Sound has been running in June for many years. 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.
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