I produce music – here are the must-buy Black Friday production accessory deals Apple fans need

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I’m a creatively eclectic person. I write articles for iMore, as well as make videos, and (thanks to a great Black Friday deal) I try to draw on my new iPad. However, one of my first real loves has been writing music, and one of the best investments I made for this, was buying some really nice equipment to get things to sound the way I wanted them to. With Black Friday finally here, these are the music production deals I recommend looking into.

Where to find the best Black Friday music equipment deals

Though you can spend thousands of dollars on good music equipment, you don’t need to get songs sounding how they should. We’ll give a broad overview right here, but you can always add or take away equipment as long as you’ve settled on what your basic setup looks like.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen |$161.99$129.99 at Amazon

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen | $161.99 $129.99 at Amazon

An earlier model of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 was the first real piece of music production equipment I ever bought myself, and I still use it whenever I return to my parent's place back in Ireland. It’s an excellent little device with 2 inputs, giving you the ability to play an instrument and sing from both a mic and line input at the same time. It’s quick, efficient, and durable enough for mine to last all these years. Alternatively, the Focusrite Scarlett Solo is also on sale for just $89.99.

Price Check: $157 at Walmart | $199 for the 4th generation at Best Buy

Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone | $149 $99 at Amazon

Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone | $149 $99 at Amazon

Our friends over at MusicRadar said, ‘For recording vocals, guitars, and even drums on a budget, the Audio-Technica AT2035 is still, to this day, one of the easiest mics to recommend’. You will need an interface or adapter as this uses an XLR connector, but it should pair well with our previous choice.

Price Check: $149.99 at Best Buy | $99 at Target

Sennheiser HD 560S | $229.25 $149.95 at Amazon

Sennheiser HD 560S | $229.25 $149.95 at Amazon

Once you’ve got yourself a nice interface and mic, your built-in speaker just won’t produce the clarity of sound you’re looking for in a good mix. Luckily, the Sennheiser HD 560S is 35% off. The open-back earcups provide a clearer, wider soundstage when combined with Sennheiser’s own E.A.R (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement).

Price Check: $149.99 at Best Buy | N/A at Target

Elebase 10ft instrument cable (2 pack) |$22.99 $13.59 at Amazon

Elebase 10ft instrument cable (2 pack) | $22.99 $13.59 at Amazon

Now you have an interface, mic, and headphones, you may be looking for a way to plug your instrument into it to get everything up and running. At 41% off, the 2-pack of 10ft Elebase instrument cables are built with a double braided nylon surrounding and an aluminum shell for durability on the go. If you play on stage or just record in your bedroom, these are an excellent choice. 

Price Check: N/A at Best Buy | N/A at Target

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James Bentley

James is a staff writer and general Jack of all trades at iMore. With news, features, reviews, and guides under his belt, he has always liked Apple for its unique branding and distinctive style. Originally buying a Macbook for music and video production, he has since gone on to join the Apple ecosystem with as many devices as he can fit on his person. 

With a degree in Law and Media and being a little too young to move onto the next step of his law career, James started writing from his bedroom about games, movies, tech, and anything else he could think of. Within months, this turned into a fully-fledged career as a freelance journalist. Before joining iMore, he was a staff writer at Gfinity and saw himself published at sites like TechRadar, NME, and Eurogamer. 

As his extensive portfolio implies, James was predominantly a games journalist before joining iMore and brings with him a unique perspective on Apple itself. When not working, he is trying to catch up with the movies and albums of the year, as well as finally finishing the Yakuza series. If you like Midwest emo music or pretentious indie games that will make you cry, he’ll talk your ear off.