Cubase Tutorial - Progressive House
In this 5 hour, 11 lesson course, you'll not only learn how to use Cubase but you'll also learn how to make a Progressive House track from start to finish.
Learning Cubase in detail, and music production at the same time is a win win situation!
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Easy to follow, highly informative lessons on 'How To Make a Progressive House Track in Cubase'
Learn how to make fat drums via the in-built drum machine Groove Agent
Discover how to make lush chords with no music theory knowledge whatsoever - in 'Chord Pads'
Learn how to create beautiful melodies and arpeggiators in the in-built synth Cubase Halion
Gain advanced knowledge of using compression and EQ to get elements to sit right in the mix
Learn how to structure your track taking care of interest, dynamics, variation, energy builds and releases
Learn countless music production and Cubase tips throughout the tutorial
Learn how to mix your tracks to a very high standard and give them a professional polish
Total course length 5 hours of Cubase & Music Production Skills
Module 1 - Set Up and Drums
After a short intro from your tutor Jay, we start talking about what makes a typical progressive house track and the best way to approach such a track. Next, the all important setting up your Cubase workspaces, mixer and FX channels. This is good practice and will save you lots of time and cpu power in the long run. Moving on, we begin to build the track and start with the foundations - the drums. Jay shows you how to create a drum loop using individual samples in Groove Agent. He also explains why and how to setup multiple outputs in GA and how to use MIDI insert FX. As usual in our start to finish courses we mix the track as we go along so Jay teaches you how to effectively EQ each drum for a cleaner and more professional mix.
Module 2 - Chords / Pads
Some people struggle with programming or recording in chords, or music theory in general. Do not panic! In Module 2, Jay shows you a very easy way to make epic and lush chords with Cubase’s in-built ‘Chord Pad’ feature. Also discover how to easily find chords that work together and have Cubase suggest the next chord for your progression. Don't have a MIDI keyboard? Again, don't panic. These chords can be triggered from your computer keyboard. We told you this course was beginner friendly. Once we have the lush pad sounds we need, Jay shows you how to EQ your pad sounds to fit in the mix cleanly and how to achieve that popular ‘pumping’ effect on the pads that you hear quite often in today's dance music.
Module 3 - Bassline
Next we move onto the very important bass which along with the drums is equally fundamental to the basis of any EDM track. Using the in-built VST synth Retrologue, Jay teaches you how to select the right bass sound and sculpt it accordingly to mix perfectly into your track. You learn how to record in a bassline with your keyboard and how to manipulate the MIDI to fit with the track. We then start adding other melodic elements with Halion SE such as an arpeggiator, common in progressive house tracks. As always, sculpting the sounds with EQ, compression, FX and the new Envelope Shaper as we go along. This way we get an even mix and saves a lot of headaches in the mixing stage. We finish with EQ'ing the lead melody to bite through the mix
Module 4 - Arrangement / Track Structure
Ahh, the one place most people go wrong or need help with the most! The structure of the track!
Jay shows you a simple and easy way on how to structure this track and any future tracks you may produce.
Learn about the different sections of a typical electronic track and the lengths, characteristics and reasons for each part. We include dynamics, tension, release, variation, interest and more. Here the intention is always to keep the listener pulled in and interested in our track throughout the various different sections. This is an area that often gets overlooked in EDM so it's important to change up a few sections here and there.
Module 5 - Adding FX & Variation
In section 5 we teach you how and where to add effects within your track and the reasons why. You will learn a number of techniques on creating your own sounds and manipulating them in such a way that they fit into the mix and importantly tie sections together. We also teach how to automate these effects such as the reverb time and delays so they get bigger/longer over time to increase tension and release. Another skill Jay teaches is how to create your own white noise sweep and learn how to use autopan, chopper, flange and cut-off modulation to add interest. Talking about keeping the interest, we show what things can be changed in the first half of the track to achieve this.
Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering
No one is going to want to hear your track if it sounds like a mess, so it's really important to get the elements of your mix balanced together. In this last section we address some elements with fresh ears and fine tune the mix with automation. Jay explains the importance of giving your ears a rest and listening on other systems. You'll learn how to automate delays for breakdowns in line with typical progressive house tracks and how to introduce the next element and section within your mix, all the while adapting the FX to suit the mood in the track. In the final lesson Jay shows you the best way to approach basic mastering with Cubase stock plugins and you'll learn his 7 step approach to home mastering.
FREE lessons from the course
Watch Lesson 1
How To Make Progressive House - Setting Up FX Channels:
Here your tutor Jay welcomes you and helps you set up your project and settings. In this clip he shows you how to set up FX channels to save you alot of time later and also to save your CPU power.
Watch Lesson 3
How To Make Progressive House - Easy Chords in 5 Mins:
In Lesson 3, Jay shows you how to produce lush and beautiful chords with cubase's in-built features with little or no music theory knowledge. Although this clip is not strictly from the course, it's exactly what is taught in lesson 3 but in a shorter format.
Watch Lesson 5
How To Make Progressive House - How To Structure Your Track:
In lesson 5 of the 'How to Make Progressive House' course Jay teaches you a quick and easy way to structure your track into a full song with different sections. It's often a tricky part of the production process but Jay makes it simple for you.
"I learnt a lot from Jay's friendly teaching. I don't think this course could be bettered!"
"The step by step system is the best part and the customer service is excellent. I couldn't be more pleased!" Arthur Garlic
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Jay Hales (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has produced in most genres over the last 15 years as well as successfully DJ'ing across many countries throughout Europe. He writes music for TV companies and makes his own music in all styles, particularly EDM which is his favorite. His attention to detail and huge music production skill sets make him the perfect person to learn your music production skills from. He is super approachable so feel free to get in contact with him and ask a question.
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