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IK Multimedia 25th Anniversary Group Buy

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IK Multimedia has their annual group buy going on. This one has some great products in it. We're at 8200 (buy 1, get 7 free) participants right now. If it gets to 10000 by the end of the month they'll extend it another 30 days.

https://www.ikmultimedia.com/25gb/

"How to Maximize the Value of the IK Multimedia Group Buy"

1. You currently own no IK products with an MSRP over $99.
Cheapest option: buy "ARC System 3 - Software only", which is the only item in the sale with a NON-Crossgrade price of $200. Use the coupon code "GROOVE3IKM" to bring it down to $170. ARC itself won't be immediately useful to you without a measurement microphone, but you can buy that later; this is just to unlock the best value options in the Group Buy. Unfortunately ARC isn't available with Gear Credits, so you just have to buy it outright the old-fashioned way.
Better option: for only $21 more, head to https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/index.php... and buy a "Custom Shop 300 Gear Credits" pack for $225. Use the coupon code "GROOVE3IKM" to bring it down to $191. Then install Custom Shop on your computer, and use those 300 Gear Credits to buy T-RackS 5 Deluxe. That not only gets you about half of the T-RackS modules right away, but since you bought a $300 MSRP item, you'll be eligible for the few freebies with an MSRP higher than $199, namely Syntronik Deluxe and Miroslav Philharmonik 2.

2. You already own at least one IK product with an MSRP over $99.
Cheapest option: head over to https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/index.php... and buy a "Custom Shop 200 Gear Credits" pack for $160. If you have any Jampoints, use them too, which can bring it down as low as $112; or use the coupon "GROOVE3IKM" to get it for $136. Then, open up Custom Shop on your computer and use those Gear Credits to buy AmpliTube 5, SampleTank 4, Syntronik, or SampleTron 2 - any of them you don't already own will do the job. Now you can get all the other $200 items for free.
Better option: if you don't own T-RackS 5 Deluxe yet, the "Better option" above (buying 300 Gear Credits and using them to buy T-RackS 5 Deluxe) is still a great deal. If you have Jampoints, you could get the 300 Gear Credit pack for as little as $158, which is totally worth it for the additional T-RackS modules you'll get this way.

3. The super-secret best option if it works out for you!
There is another offer going on right now - if you buy the bundle of ARC System 3 with the measurement microphone ($249, or $149 Crossgrade) and register it by the end of August, you'll get T-RackS 5 Deluxe for free. That's in addition to the ARC purchase unlocking up to 24 more freebies in the Group Buy. The trick here is, it's a hardware purchase, which means shipping, and you must have the product in hand and registered with IK by August 31 to get all the fantastical goodies. You want to get the full version, even if you would be eligible for the crossgrade - as mentioned above, most of really interesting freebies are $200, so if you bought the $149 ARC Crossgrade you wouldn't be able to get those.
ARC + Microphone is unfortunately currently out of stock at many online stores. You CAN order it (with free shipping in the US and EU) direct from IK, and "GROOVE3IKM" works too, bringing it down to $212 / $126. In my experience, that gives you a little bit of slack - if it happens to arrive after the 31st, you can probably work with IK's Support to get all the good stuff. I've asked IK for confirmation about that. Otherwise, shop around - I see a few available from resellers on reverb.com for as little as $199 for the full version, which would be an even better deal - you might want to pay for the expedited shipping. Or if bhphotovideo.com gets it back in stock, they were previously selling it for $183 with free two-day shipping, which would be an amazing deal.

4. The "I Want It All" option!
If you were planning to do any of the Gear Credit options above, consider buying 100-200 more Gear Credits than you need, because it gets cheaper per credit if you buy more at once. Then, after your initial buy-in, buy almost any 100 Gear Credit items in the Custom Shop - a T-RackS module, or an Amplitube collection, anything that's in the Group Buy. That will give you a whole new set of up to 24 freebies of $100 or less. That would be enough to fill out almost all the available T-RackS modules and almost all of the Amplitube Collections. Just be sure not to use your first $200-$300 qualifying purchase on any $100 items - get all the more valuable freebies first.
Whether you're a new IK customer or not, you could get a 500 Gear Credit pack for under $300 with "GROOVE3IKM" (even less if you have a lot of Jampoints!) and end up with basically everything IK makes, assuming the Group Buy gets up anywhere near 24 freebies. Use 300 credits to get T-RackS 5 Deluxe and all the freebies up to $300; use another 100 credits as mentioned above and get all the $100 freebies; use another 50 credits to get, say, one of the T-RackS CSR modules and get a bunch of $39-$49 SampleTank sets and cheap T-RackS modules, and you'll still have 50 Gear Credits left over. I haven't yet made an exhaustive inventory of every item in the Group Buy with their prices to know whether you could literally catch 'em all, but it would for sure be more stuff than you could ever possibly need.
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The Group Buy is up to nine free items now! Even if it goes no higher, this is still possibly the music software deal of the year. I run a music software deals group on Facebook, and I've been following IK's crazy sales and group buys for more than a decade. This really is the Big One, simply because virtually everything they make is included in the offer this time.
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As as note, the "super-secret third option" is probably no longer viable. If the Group Buy doesn't get extended there's no way you could get it shipped in time. If it DOES get extended, then it still works, but you won't get the free T-RackS 5 Deluxe since that offer expires August 31. So it's no longer the best value.

If you really want ARC with a measurement microphone, you can buy a compatible one for about $60, and just get into the Group Buy now and choose ARC software as one of your freebies. The software is at the $99 tier once you qualify for Crossgrades, which you will with any $99 purchase, so just buy anything for $99 or more (using the GROOVE3IKM coupon to bring it down to $85 or Jampoints to go as low as $70).
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I cannot confirmed this, as I already own a bunch of their stuff, but it is an upgrade from one Amplitube product for another, plus they have it listed, so there is that. YMMV. Post if it works for you or not. I've learned in the past that not everything is as it appears with IKM, so I may be wrong about this.

According to this page here [ikmultimedia.com], you can buy something like the Hendrix version of Amplitube @ $99.99, and then (hopefully) qualify to get $100 off the Amplitube 5 upgrade, for the same price as buying just Amplitube 5 outright.. This accomplishes getting twice the software titles, same as #4 in t OP.
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FriendFaceJen - that is correct. So long as you own any IK product worth $99 or more, you qualify for their "Crossgrade" pricing on a bunch of products. For whatever reason, for AmpliTube 5, they call it an "Upgrade" rather than a "Crossgrade", but it's the same thing. That's why the text above recommends starting with "ARC System 3 (software only)" - it both qualifies you at the $200 tier of the Group Buy *and* qualifies you for Crossgrade pricing if you don't already, and it's the only product that does both at the same time.
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The Group Buy has hit 10 free items! That means it's going to be extended through the month of September. So it will certainly go higher, and could even hit the maximum of 24 free items!
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So now they're saying if it hits 20 free by the end of Sept, they'll extend it again, making sure to hit the 25 for the price of one.

If you're a guitarist that doesn't know keyboards (like me), let me introduce you to your new best friend, Jam Origin's Midi Guitar [jamorigin.com]. It turns your guitar notes into midi notes, so you can play a lot of the stuff in this deal. It ain't so great with chords and bends, and some instruments like flutes and violins you need to go slower on, but with plucked or hammered instruments, like a piano, this software tracks very well playing fairly fast leads. It's amazing to play instruments in this deal using it without having to first learn to play the keyboard. Imagine playing single notes on your guitar, yet hearing an entire string section come out your speakers. There is a free trial to test it out on.

I don't know why this deal isn't getting more attention. For a company that makes gloriously overpriced stuff, deals like this allow mere mortals to enjoy having things like an orchestra, or any individual instrument in it, to literally fiddle around with.
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IK make really good plugins. I especially love their guitar amp sims and T-racks. The ability to pick so many freebies, and they are something you choose and not some pre-made bundle, makes this truly an amazing deal! Thanks for posting!
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I didn't expect I could have IK plugins that cheap, of course, for free for a huge amount at a time.
This sale is the most incredible sale I've ever seen in my entire lifetime.

https://www.ikmultimedia.com/prod....php?IBS=1
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Great Deal..
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Scored like 90% of all the software on offer for under $300, that should keep me busy for a while. Highly recommended for people starting out like myself. Deals like this don't come often, so I went all out as much as I could.
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Quote from edinatl :
Scored like 90% of all the software on offer for under $300, that should keep me busy for a while. Highly recommended for people starting out like myself. Deals like this don't come often, so I went all out as much as I could.
Just be sure you download your purchases since IK doesn't let you d/l the products you "own" after 6 months; unlike their competition, not to mention the big guys.
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Unfortunately looks like code GROOVE3IKM isn't working anymore. Anyone else have a new code?
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Is this still going on or did it expire yesterday?
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