The Cheapest Way to Buy FabFilter Plugins

The Cheapest Way to Buy FabFilter Plugins

Offers, deals, and other ways to buy Fabfilter plug ins - cheap and legal

Christof Baer
Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
May 31, 2022
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March 31, 2021

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How to buy FabFilter plugins with up to 70% discount

FabFilter have an extensive range of plugin effects. They are well regarded and enjoy strong reviews, including our 5 star review of FabFilter Pro Q3. But they are expensive. Many cost $199, and the FabFilter Total bundle nearly $1000. So what are the best options to get your hands on those expensive plugins for the lowest possible price? And legally - without downloading a cracked version?

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TL;DR: The quickest and best way to buy FabFilter at the cheapest price

Step by Step guide to buying any FabFilter plugin at the lowest price

We researched all options and listed them in order. Just follow the step by step guide to find the best option for you:

  1. Do you want to try Fab Filter for free for up to 60 days? Then use the FabFilter trial.
  2. Do you own 5 or more Fab Filter plugins? Use your personal discount offer to save up to 60%-70%.
  3. Are you a student? Use the educational offer to save 50%.
  4. Are you comfortable buying a license from someone else? Then buy a used license and get it transferred to save typically 50%.
  5. Can you wait until the next Fab Filter Sales? Then you can usually save 25% during FabFilter sales.
  6. Are you OK to do some research on the cheapest reseller? Then our research showed that you can save up to 20% in some countries on some Fab Filter products, compared to the FabFilter Shop.
  7. Don't or can't do any of the above, and still want a 10% discount you can use at any time? Then request a referral coupon code from musicmanta for 10% off at any time for anyone to redeem in the FabFilter shop.

Bonus Tip: You can double up any Sales discount with Existing User discount for even bigger savings.

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FabFilter Pro Q 3 is their flag ship plug in, your for discounts from 10% all  ear
There are several ways to buy FabFilter Pro Q 3 and other FabFilter plugins for up to 60% discount as a user

1. FabFilter Trial: up to 60 days for free

Before any potential purchase, we recommend you try any software first. But not every manufacturer offers this. Native Instruments, for example, does not offer trials of their plugins. And others limit functionality severely, such as intermittent white noise.

The company however offers a generous 30 days fully functional trial of all its products, including the FabFilter Total bundle. Just head to the download page and install the plugins.

At the time of writing during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can get a free 30 day extension for all plugins, extending the trial to 60 days in total.

2. FabFilter Personal Offers: up to 70% discount

50% off updates to FabFilter plugins you own

For major updates, such as FabFilter Pro Q 2 to Pro Q 3, or Timeless 2 to Timeless 3, a 50% discount applies. Log into your account to see the offer.

Up to 60% off for additional plugins you buy from FabFilter

Once you have bought your first FabFilter plugin, you are eligible to a personalised discount between 14% and 60%, which increases with every incremental purchase:

  1. The first discount depends on you - whether you buy at full price or at a sales discount from FabFilter, or another retailer. From the 2nd purchase onward, the following FabFilter personal discounts apply:
  2. 14%
  3. 40%
  4. 45%
  5. 50%
  6. 55%
  7. 60% - from 7th purchase onwards, a 60% discount applies

FabFilter orders the plugins from most expensive to cheapest, but you can select any combination for the best discount for you. Just log into your account to find out your personal discount offers.

Up to 70% off during FabFilter sales (during Black Friday and Summer Sale)

You can double up your personalised discount for existing users during Sales for even bigger savings. When FabFilter offers at 25% discount, your personalised discounts increase as follows:

  • 2nd plugin: 35.5% off (was 14%)
  • 3rd plugin: 55% off (was 40%)
  • 4th plugin: 58.75% off (was 45%)
  • 5th plugin: 62.5% off (was 50%)
  • 6th plugin: 66.25% off (was 55%)
  • 7th plugin onwards: 70% off (was 60%)
Check out the musicmanta In-Depth Review of FabFilter Pro Q 3, with pros and cons, practical examples, alternatives, meta reviews, artist users, and much more.

3. FabFilter Educational and Student Discount: 50% off

FabFilter offers a 50% student discount/educative discount on all its products.

How can I get a student discount from FabFilter?

  • Scan your educational proof document (such as a student card or enrolment letter).
  • Complete the application form, attach your document and submit the form.
  • The company will assess your application and, if granted, create a FabFilter account marked Educational for you.
  • If you log in to that account, your prices in the shop will show the 50% discount.

What restrictions apply to FabFilter plugins bought with an educational discount?

  • The discount will apply for one year, but you can extend this by submitting a new document.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of plugins you can buy at a discount. There is nothing stopping you from buying the FabFilter Total bundle of all plugins at half price.
  • There are no restrictions on creating commercial music, and you don't have to upgrade to a full license once you have left education.
  • Licenses will be Not For Resale (NFR), preventing you from selling the plugins by license transfer.
Our musicmanta 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

4. "Used" FabFilter plugins via License Transfer: typically 50% discount

FabFilter allows license transfers, thereby enabling the selling and buying of "used" or second-hand plugins:

  • The seller must initiate the license transfer from their account to the buyer via email, and pay a £9 license transfer fee.
  • The license is then automatically transferred to the new owner's account (if he or she already has one) or will receive an email to set one up.

You can find offers to sell and transfer FabFilter licenses on forums such as KVR, VI Control, or Sound on Sound. Prices vary, but I have noticed offers at around 50% discount. Make sure you 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 account.

You could also try out knobcloud, a website that facilitates the buying and selling of plugin licenses. I discovered this website thanks to an email from a reader. knobcloud is a marketplace where sellers can list their licenses for sale, and buyers can purchase them using PayPal. knobcloud does not change 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 appealing 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 KVR, VI Control, or Sound on Sound. For example, I noted that FabFilter Pro Q 3 was offered for sale at €115, about a 22% discount off the usual €149 price.

You can buy FabFilter plugins, such as Pro L 2, for up to 60% discount.

5. FabFilter Sales: predicting 25% discount in Summer 2022*

What discounts were offered during a FabFilter sale in the past?

FabFilter have offered a 25% discount on all their plugins during one of their sale periods in the past. How much can you save? For example, when the FabFilter Pro Q 3 Sale is live, you can buy their most popular EQ plugin for 25% off, reducing the price from $179 down to $134.

In recent years, the company has run two main sales periods: Summer Sale for 2 weeks in July or August, and Black Friday Sale usually from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday for 5 days.

  • Black Friday 2018 (22 to 26 November 2018): 25% off all plugins and bundles.
  • Summer Sale 2019 (15 August to 1 September 2019): 25% off all plugin bundles.
  • Black Friday 2019 (30 November to 2 December 2019): 25% off all plugins and bundles.
  • Summer Sale 2020 (15 August to 1 September 2020): 25% off all plugin bundles.
  • Black Friday 2020 (26 to 30 November 2020): 25% off all plugins and bundles.
  • Summer Sale 2021 (12 July to 1 August 2021): 25% off all plugin bundles.
  • Black Friday 2021 (25 to 29 November 2021): 25% off all plugins and bundles.
  • Holiday Sale 2021 (15 December 2021 to 1 January 2022): 25% off all plugin bundles (only on the FabFilter website).

Bonus Tip: You can double up any FabFilter sales discount with the Existing User discount for even bigger savings.

When is the next FabFilter sale?

We predict the next FabFilter sale will be in Summer 2022, starting in July 2022, with 25% off bundles only. Set your alarm now. Or even easier, to get notified of future discounts and sales, why not sign up to the musicmanta newsletter.

Will there be a FabFilter Black Friday sale?

We predict that FabFilter plugins and bundles will be reduced by 25% during FabFilter Black Friday 2022. Black Friday 2022 will start 25th November 2022.

Check out our guide of Black Friday 2022 predictions, which includes our research on Black Friday 2022 predictions for the most popular VST plugin and DAW brands, such as Ableton, Protools, Auto-Tune, iZotope, Soundtoys, and Arturia.

6. Research the cheapest FabFilter retailer: up to 23% discount

Some retailers choose to sell FabFilter plugins at a lower price than the FabFilter shop. This may take a bit of time to research.

In our own research, we compared prices across the following retailers:

Most retailers matched the MRSP (Manufacturer Recommended Retail Price). The few that chose to undercut MRSPs were:

1) Thomann*: Up to 23% off

This German retailer is one of the largest in Europe. They have offered discounts on FabFilter plugins and bundles of up to 26% every day for months since we started tracking them. That is why they have been our no.1 recommendation for many months to buy FabFilter plugins.

FabFilter Bundles: up to 23% off*
FabFilter Plugins: up to 22% off*

(Prices last checked: 5 April 2022)

2) Reverb*: up to 20% off

This music instrument market place is best known for selling used and vintage gear. However, they also sell brand new software. Not directly, but as a market place where retailers can list their products.

We found Studiocare Professional Audio, a UK retailer, which offers two FabFilter products at a substantial discount on Reverb (29th March 2022):

3) Plugindiscounts: up to 13% off

This retailer is cloaked in secrecy, and only reveals prices once you register and log in. To start with, they claim to be "The world's largest plugin superstore".

We have no contact or experience with the company, so cannot vouch for its legitimacy. We contacted them to answer a few questions, and if they are willing to be interviewed. We emailed them in March 2022 and have not heard back. So we are keen to hear from anyone who has bought from them.

When we did some research, the experiences that people posted in forums were generally positive. But we could only find a few posts from 2016 to 2020:


When we registered and logged in, we saw decent discounts of around 12% on FabFilter plugins (29th March 2022):

  • FabFilter Pro R reverb: $174.79 (12% off $199)
  • FabFilter Pro L 2 limiter: $174.79 (12% off $199)
  • FabFilter Pro MB multi band compressor and expander: $174.79 (12% off $199)
  • FabFilter Pro Q 3 EQ: $154.99 (13% off $179)
  • FabFilter Pro C 2 compressor: $156.79 (12% off $179)
  • FabFilter Pro DS de-esser: $156.79 (12% off $179)
  • FabFilter Pro G gate/expander: $156.79 (12% off $179)
  • FabFilter Saturn 2 distortion/saturation: $137.97 (10% off $154)
  • FabFilter Twin 2 synthesizer: $140.79 (9% off $154)
  • FabFilter Timeless 3 tape delay: $115.79 (10% off $129)
  • FabFilter Volcano 3 filter: $115.79 (10% off $129)
  • FabFilter One synthesizer: $59 (no discount)
  • FabFilter Simplon filter: $59 (no discount)
  • FabFilter Micro filter: $33.81 (micro discount off $39)

Plugindiscounts.com offered similar discounts on FabFilter bundles:

  • FabFilter Total bundle: $869 (13% off $999)
  • FabFilter Essentials bundle: $352.99 (12% off $399)
  • FabFilter Mastering bundle: $447.99 (10% off $499)
  • FabFilter Pro bundle: $647.00 (12% off $739)
  • FabFilter FX bundle: $787.00 (12% off $899)
  • FabFilter Mixing bundle: $589.00 (13% off $679)
  • FabFilter Creative bundle: $339 (10% off $379)

FabFilter Prices Comparison Table (last updated: 5th April 2022)

7. FabFilter Referral Code/ Coupon: 10% discount

What if you don't want to wait and do not qualify for education discounts? You can still receive a 10% discount at any time via a referral. If you would like a 10% referral discount code/ coupon code, simply send a message to musicmanta with* "FabFilter Discount" in the title, and we will send back a personal discount code to you.

What are the limitations for the 10% FabFilter referral code?

  • Existing FabFilter customers cannot use it - but use the much better Existing Customer Discount instead.
  • You can only use one referral code per account/email. That means if you have already been invited on your email, you cannot again use another referral code. However, you can open a new account with a new email address.
  • The referral code has a 2 month expiry.
Keen on buying FL Studio with up to 50% off? Then find out the cheapest ways to buy FL Studio, one of the most popular musicmanta articles.

Buying FabFilter: Questions and Answers

Does FabFilter ever go on sale? When does FabFilter go on sale next?

We predict the next sale is 25% off from July 2022 in the Summer Sale. Why? In recent years, FabFilter has always offered 25% during Black Friday, and every Summer. Our predictions are:

  • Summer 2022 Sale: We predict 25% off all bundles, likely to start in July or August 2022, for two weeks.
  • Black Friday 2022 Sale: We predict 25% off all plugins and bundles, but for 4 days only, starting Black Friday 25th November 2022.

If you sign up to the musicmanta newsletter, we will let you know of future sales.

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

Yes. You can apply for an educational discount of 50% on all FabFilter plugins by completing a form.

What is Fab Filter?

Fab Filter, a brand generally spelled together "FabFilter", is a software company that creates audio plugins. The company was founded in the Netherlands, and is used by many famous musicians, such as Disclosure, Flux Pavillion, Hardwell and Sigala. Fab Filter is best known for their Fab Filter Pro Q 3 EQ plugin, Fab Filter Pro L 2 limiter plugin, and Fab Filter Pro R reverb.

When can I get a deal on FabFilter? When does FabFilter have sales?

Wait until July 2022, as we predict 25% off all FabFilter bundles in the annual Summer Sale. Why? In recent years, FabFilter has always offered 25% every Summer. After that, we predict 25% off everything during Black Friday. Our predictions are:

  • Summer 2022 Sale: We predict 25% off all bundles, likely to start in July or August 2022, for two weeks.
  • Black Friday 2022 Sale: We predict 25% off all plugins and bundles, but for 4 days only, starting Black Friday 25th November 2022.

If you sign up to the musicmanta newsletter, we will let you know of future sales.

Does FabFilter have Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales?

In the last years, including the most recent 2021 Black Friday sale, FabFilter had offered 25% off the entire plugin range and all bundles. Sign up to the musicmanta newsletter to get notified when the next sale takes place for individual plugins or Fab Filter bundles.

Is FabFilter the best EQ?

Well, the honest answer is "it depends". There is no question that FabFilter Pro Q 3 is a high quality EQ VST plugin. If you want to know why, read our Pro Q 3 in-depth review. We awarded Pro Q 3 5 stars.

But if you are a beginner, or short of money, I would not recommend you invest $179 into Pro Q 3*. Or if you want to add more character to your sounds, there are other EQ plugins I would recommend first, such as Maag EQ.

What plugins does Fab Filter offer?

  • Fab Filter Pro R reverb
  • Fab Filter Pro L 2 limiter
  • Fab Filter Pro MB multi band compressor and expander
  • Fab Filter Pro Q 3 EQ
  • Fab Filter Pro C 2 compressor
  • Fab Filter Pro DS de-esser
  • Fab Filter Pro G gate/expander
  • Fab Filter Saturn 2 distortion/saturation
  • Fab Filter Twin 2 synthesizer
  • Fab Filter Timeless 3 tape delay
  • Fab Filter Volcano 3 filter
  • Fab Filter One synthesizer
  • Fab Filter Simplon filter
  • Fab Filter Micro filter

What are the best FabFilter plugins?

Here are our top 5 FabFilter plugins:

  1. FabFilter Pro Q 3 EQ: the industry standard EQ plugin
  2. FabFilter Pro L 2 limiter: adds loudness while adding few artefacts
  3. FabFilter Pro R reverb: from subtle to spacious, this reverb has it all
  4. FabFilter Saturn 2 distortion/saturation: nuanced warmth when you need it
  5. FabFilter Simplon filter: the easiest to use filter

What products are included in the FabFilter bundles?

The FabFilter Total bundle includes all their plugins:

  1. FabFilter Pro R reverb
  2. FabFilter Pro L 2 limiter
  3. FabFilter Pro MB multi band compressor and expander
  4. FabFilter Pro Q 3 EQ
  5. FabFilter Pro C 2 compressor
  6. FabFilter Pro DS de-esser
  7. FabFilter Pro G gate/expander
  8. FabFilter Saturn 2 distortion/saturation
  9. FabFilter Twin 2 synthesizer
  10. FabFilter Timeless 3 tape delay
  11. FabFilter Volcano 3 filter
  12. FabFilter One synthesizer
  13. FabFilter Simplon filter
  14. FabFilter Micro filter

The FabFilter FX bundle includes:

  1. FabFilter Pro R reverb
  2. FabFilter Pro L 2 limiter
  3. FabFilter Pro MB multi band compressor and expander
  4. FabFilter Pro Q 3 EQ
  5. FabFilter Pro C 2 compressor
  6. FabFilter Pro DS de-esser
  7. FabFilter Pro G gate/expander
  8. FabFilter Saturn 2 distortion/saturation
  9. FabFilter Timeless 3 tape delay
  10. FabFilter Volcano 3 filter

The FabFilter Pro bundle includes:

  1. FabFilter Pro R reverb
  2. FabFilter Pro L 2 limiter
  3. FabFilter Pro MB multi band compressor and expander
  4. FabFilter Pro Q 3 EQ
  5. FabFilter Pro C 2 compressor
  6. FabFilter Pro DS de-esser
  7. FabFilter Pro G gate/ expander

The Mixing bundle includes:

  1. FabFilter Pro R reverb
  2. FabFilter Pro Q 3 EQ
  3. FabFilter Pro C 2 compressor
  4. FabFilter Pro DS de-esser
  5. FabFilter Pro G gate/ expander
  6. FabFilter Saturn 2 distortion/ saturation
  7. FabFilter Timeless 3 tape delay

The Mastering bundle includes:

  1. FabFilter Pro L 2 limiter
  2. FabFilter Pro MB multi band compressor and expander
  3. FabFilter Pro Q 3 EQ
  4. FabFilter Pro C 2 compressor

The Essentials bundle includes:

  1. FabFilter Pro R reverb
  2. FabFilter Pro Q 3 EQ
  3. FabFilter Pro C 2 compressor

The Creative bundle includes all plugins:

  1. FabFilter Saturn 2 distortion/saturation
  2. FabFilter Twin 2 synthesizer
  3. FabFilter Timeless 3 tape delay
  4. FabFilter Volcano 3 filter

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