How much are you spending on audio plug-in subscriptions?
Plug-in subscriptions offer low cost "pay as you go" alternatives to purchasing perpetual plug-in licenses, with surprising savings over the cost of purchasing perpetual licenses. Many third party plug-in developers these days offer plug-in subscriptions either independently or through online subscription platforms such as Gobbler.
Production Expert has developed this Plug-in Subscription Calculator to help you plan the costs of monthly and annual plug-in subscription.
Plug-in subscription plan prices are listed in US Dollars. Costs may vary over time - Always check official plug-in subscription costs on plug-in developer websites.
Perpetual plug-in licence prices are based upon either:
Plug-in subscription bundles being offered as identical perpetual bundles (eg: Softube Volume 3)
Total cost of individual plug-ins offered within subscription bundles if purchased separately (eg: Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle)
Perpetual plug-in licenses allows users to use plug-ins indefinitely. Plug-in updates and support are always offered for free during an initial period, however, updates may or may not be provided for free after a certain time. Use our calculator below to add up and compare the costs of subscribing to many of the popular plug-in subscriptions available today in the audio industry.
Not all plug-in developers offer identical plug-in bundles available as perpetual licence products. Only a handful are offered to purchase out right instead of subscription - Example: Softube Volume 3 & Waves Mercury.
* Perpetual Cost: These figures are the combined costs of plug-ins included within the subscription plans if purchased separately as no identical perpetual licence bundle is available.
|Plug-in Subscriptions||Perpetual Cost||Paid Monthly Subscription||Paid Annually Subscription||How Many Years To Break Even? (Based On Annual Plans)|
|Avid Complete Plug-in Bundle||*$6,400||$4.99||$49.99||128|
|Audionamix ADX TRAX 3||$299||$19.99||$179.88||2|
|Audionamix ADX TRAX PRO 3||$499||$32.99||$299.88||2|
|Audionamix TRAX SP||$599||$39.99||$311.88||2|
|Audionamix TRAX Pro 3 SP||$999||$66.99||$499.92||2|
|EastWest Composer Cloud X||*$12,500||$29.99||$359.88||34|
|Eventide Pro Reverb||*$597||$7.99||$79.99||9|
|Kush OG Complete Suite||*$882||$9.99||$99.99||10|
|McDSP All Acess Pack / Everything Pack Native||$1,999||$29.99||$179.99||11|
|Nugen Audio Modern Master Bundle||*$547||$24.99||$179.99||3|
|Nugen Audio Producer Pack||$549||$29.99||$329.99||2|
|Nugen Audio Post Pack||$1,139||$59.99||$599.99||2|
|Relab Reverb Suite||$469||$9.99||$95.88||5|
|Slate Digital's Everything Bundle||*$2,000||$24.99||$179.99||12|
|Softube Volume 3||$699||$19.99||$179.99||4|
Instant Access: Plug-in subscriptions make available a variety of audio plug-ins, usually in bundles, at a fraction of full perpetual licence costs.
Cost Savings: Plug-in subscriptions are the most affordable option to gaining access to a number of expensive plug-in bundles sold as perpetual licences.
No Expensive One Time Perpetual Licence Investment:
Cancel plug-in subscription(s) if plug-ins are no longer required
Restart subscription(s) if plug-ins are required again in the future
Using the plug-in subscription model in this way may help you avoid spending a large sum of money on perpetual licences - Good for long periods of downtime or if you don't require plug-in bundle anymore.
Access To Future Plug-ins: Many plug-in developers introduce new plug-ins to their plug-in subscribers free of charge as they become available because their monthly or annual fees often include full access to newly released plug-ins. Please check plug-in developer websites to discover which plug-ins subscription services include this.
Budgeting: Although plug-in subscriptions are a low-cost alternative to gaining access to expensive plug-ins, users must commit to their agreed subscription payments otherwise access to their subscribed plug-ins will be revoked on the date of the next payment, and so they stop working if you stop paying - Always check plug-in subscription terms and conditions before signing up.
Long Term Investment: Plug-in subscriptions offer great value for money compared to perpetual licence purchases, however, some subscriptions appear as though the perpetual licence equivalent could be paid in full within two to three years. - If you feel this is the case, refer to Pros: Access To Future Plug-ins or consider purchasing the perpetual licence instead.
Combined Costs: It is very tempting to sign up to several plug-in subscriptions as many are competitively priced. Be aware that many small monthly or annual costs can quickly add up to large amounts of money. Always know what you can afford before committing to a subscription. Please use our Plug-in Subscription Calculator above to calculate plug-in subscription costs to help you make sure they are affordable for you.
Payment Cycles: Plug-in subscription customers are fully responsible for pausing and canceling plans within their agreed period. Renewals are assumed and are automatically charged.
Refunds: (Stated on the Gobbler website) "Refunds are issued in case of exceptional circumstances." - Always check plug-in subscription terms and conditions before signing up.
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