THE EASY WAY
THE EASY WAY
THE EASY WAY
LEARN CUBASE THE EASY WAY
Our Cubase beginner tutorials will take you from complete beginner, to having a deep understanding of Cubase, and how to use it to make music. You'll learn in the most fun way possible, by actually following along step by step, and making an entire track from start to finish. Along the way you'll learn everything you need to be able to make your own tracks in Cubase. We have two beginner courses, both very similar, but one is geared towards electronic music and the other geared towards recording artists.
The choice is yours...
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We also have a Cubase 'Beginner Bundle', which includes BOTH the above beginner tutorials + 3 tutorials on Cubase's Instruments + a pro Cubase template, and a killer sample pack to get you started. All for a massively discounted price of OVER 50% OFF
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These are more advanced Cubase tutorials that deal with specific music production skillsets. These courses are in depth masterclasses that act like an encyclopedia of music production. These are designed to be used at any time on your music production journey, so you can watch them fro start to finish, or you can go to a specific lesson and get the info you need, whenever you come across a specific music production challenge.
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Cubase comes with some powerful instruments and tools for music production. Not only will you learn how each instrument works, but you will learn about any relevent synthesis methods/inner workings as well, so you can use them to their fullest potential.
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Cubase is as easy or difficult to learn as any other professional level Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). However, 'is Cubase easy to learn?' should be the secondary question. The primary question should be; 'once I have learned Cubase, is it capable of producing the music I want to make with a streamlined and quick work flow?'. The answer to this can be evidenced by the number of PRO level producers who use it, and by how many PRO studios use Cubase as their DAW of choice. There is also great training available for Cubase and all other top DAW's which will help you from getting stuck at the very beginning. There are a few factors to consider...
If you are familiar with using various apps/software, then learning will be quicker, as you will understand the basic functions that common across all software. People who are familiar with other types of software generally learn a little faster than those who are completely new to it. Though it is absolutely true that anyone who has the passion for music can learn it.
If the answer is yes, then you will already know the functions of Cubase, it will simply be a case of adjusting to a slightly different workflow. If the answer is 'no', then you will be fine if you have some guidance, but it can be difficult if you are going down the 'self-taught' route.
Although this won't particulally help with the software side of things, it will help you understand some of the features within Cubase, such as the notes, creating chords and melodies, understanding rhythm, bars and measures etc. It is not a problem if not, as Cubase comes with some excellent features that will help you come up with chord progressions and melodies that don't require any prior music theory knowledge.
There is no question about it; people who use training courses pick up the software much quicker than those who are self taught. These days there are many different training methods, from free videos put out by Steinberg, to full paid for courses which take place over months.
- Free videos: Very helpful if you want to know how a specific feature in Cubase works, but if you want to understand how Cubase works in real world situations, and for actual music production purposes, the free videos can be somewhat lacking.
- Full (in person) courses: These are expensive, and take place over months, even years and are more akin to college degrees. If you have the money, the spare time, and find it hard to self-motivate then this is a good option. However, you can get quicker results, which are more fun and rewarding from specifically made Cubase tutorials.
- Custom made Cubase tutorials: There is no doubt that these hold the best money/reward ratio of all three options (yes even better than the free options). Why? They are custom made to help you learn Cubase and music production. You actually follow along and make a track, which is incredibly rewarding, but you also learn Cubase and its features as you progress. This gives you a much deeper level of understanding than learning one feature at a time. These are what we would call practical courses, although you will learn all the theory necessary as you progress through the course.
The absolute easiest way to learn Cubase is to follow along, step by step, with a professional as they make a track in Cubase. As you copy the steps and build the track yourself, all of the relevant features will be explained to you; how to use the Cubase interface, how it fits into the music production workflow, what settings you need to concentrate on, and which ones you can ignore etc. This is not only the best way to learn, but it is also the most rewarding and satisfying, as each lesson you will have built more and more of the track, until it is fully complete. Check out our beginner courses for more info.
There are a few different versions of Cubase. Which version you should buy depends on your budget, and what you want to achieve, and what tools you'll need for that purpose. There are free versions (LE & AI) which come with some hardware or are for educational purposes, but the three main versions, which are paid for versions, are:
Cubase Elements, Cubase Artist & Cubase Pro (more about these below)
It is important to note here that Steinberg offers upgrades, and they will take the price of the version you bought off your upgrade. This makes it much more appealing as you won't get punished for starting out on the cheaper version to see how you get on, and then upgrading when you feel you need the extra features.
Cubase Elements is the entry level version, but is still very capable. This version is going to suit people who are new to music production and want to 'test the waters' to see how they get on. This is the perfect version for most people who are new to music production, and paired with our beginner course (see above) is all you need to start making music in Cubase. It has everything you need to make electronic music, and has all of the functionality for recording single of multiple performers. However, if you are pretty serious about recording, then Cubase Artist offers more advanced features for this.
Cubase Artist is the next step up, and for some people this will be the perfect version. It has more advanced features like Cubase's 'Vari Audio' and 'Timewarp' which are MUST HAVES for any producer who is going to record vocals and instruments. These features alone are worth the upgrade, however it also comes with more instruments, more plugins and a greater amount of usable audio and instrument tracks.
Cubase Pro is the flagship version, which comes with all the bells and whistles. Note that many of the features it comes with will not be required by beginner level producers, and in some ways having the full suite of tools can even be a burden to people just starting out. However, for those producers who already have a good idea of how to use Cubase, the features and tools that come with Cubase Pro can have a net positive result, in what they can achieve, and in workflow improvement.
You can see more and compare the different versions over at Steinberg's Site
Yes. There is no question that Cubase is great for making modern genres of music. In fact, one of Cubase's strongest assets is that it acts like a blank slate, and you can go effortlessly in any direction you want, with minimal fuss, whether that be Hiphop, Classical, Film composition, Dubstep, EDM, Rock etc. This is where Cubase can differ from some of the other DAW's, which are focused more on a certain workflow style, and in turn, that workflow may suit a particular genre or a particular producer's way of working. However, Cubase allows you to work in any way you want, so you can work in a particular way with a particular workflow, but you are not limited to only working in that way. This is where the true power of Cubase lies, and that may make it seem more daunting, as you are not 'shoe horned' into a particular way of doing things, but you get to choose how you want to work.
Yes. Cubase is used in professional studios across the world and by many famous artists and pro level producers. It is one of the top professional level DAW's, and allows you to make music in any genre from House music to film scoring. It is constantly updated with new features and tools that allow faster and improved workflow. It is also both great for recording/editing audio and for virtual instruments, coming with many of its own powerful instruments.
Too many to list, but here are a handful:
- Junkie XL
- Chase & Status
- Hans Zimmer
- Infected Mushroom
- Misha Mansoor
- Nils Frahm
- John Browne
- Big Bud
- Hildur Guðnadóttir
- Flux Pavillion
- Rob Swire
- Joey Sturgis
- Dave Otero
- Drew Fulk
- Jeff Dunne
- Tyler Smyth
- Joel Wanasek
- Colin Brittain
- Alan Silvestri
- Boris Brejcha
- Prok & Fitch
- The Prototypes
- Black Sun Empire
- Radical Redemption
- Phuture Noize
- Don Diablo
One of Cubase's strongest assets is that it acts like a blank slate, and you can go effortlessly in any direction you want, with minimal fuss, whether that be Hiphop, Classical, Film composition, Dubstep, EDM, Rock etc. This is where Cubase can differ from some of the other DAW's, which are focused more on a certain workflow style, and intern, that workflow may suit a particular genre or a particular producers way of working. However, Cubase allows you to work in any way you want, so you can work in a particular way with a particular workflow, but you are not limited to only working in that way. This is where the true power of Cubase lies, and that may make it seem more daunting, as you are not 'shoe horned' into a particular way of doing things, but you get to choose how you want to work.
Yes, Cubase is excellent for recording. Not only does it have powerful functions, that rival or surpass many competing DAW's it allows you to record multiple performers who can each have different headphone mixes, depending on what is required. Apart from being excellent for recording, Cubase has a suite of functions and processes that make processing the recorded performance incredibly intuitive and simple. Comping, pitch correction, timing correction are all baked into Cubase, so are very easy to access and use in real time.