Cubase Tutorial - EDM
In this 5 hour, 31 lesson course, you'll not only learn how to use Cubase but you'll also learn how to make a banging EDM Festival track from start to finish.
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Watch the video above to listen to the track you will make
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Only Cubase Plugins Used
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Total Course Length 5 hours of Cubase & EDM Production Skills
Module 1 - Intro and Drums & Bass
After a short intro and check of the sound settings & preferences your tutor Jay gets straight into making the track! Learn how to make a fat kick and bassline that is punchy and warm with loads of juicy sub bass. Here you'll dive right in to Cubase's Retrologue and make a sub bass from scratch whilst also learning the basic functions of Cubase and also looking at the sampler track. You'll also learn how to make a snare with gated reverb which is a classic EDM technique which can also be used on other sounds. By the end of this first module you'll have an understanding and working knowledge of most of the basic functions of Cubase.
Module 2 - Making the Drop
No EDM track would be worthy without a fat drop. Jay shows you how he approaches making a track; starting by making the drop first (the chorus section) and then building the track out from there. Using only Cubase stock instruments you'll select a fat lead and learn how to process recorded MIDI using quantize functions and then further editing them in the MIDI editor to make it nice and tight. In this section you'll start to learn some of the essential EDM automation tricks to bring your drop to life. You'll be automating reverb, using snares, creating fills and adding SFX sounds to really make the drop of your track as fat as possible and really come alive with energy.
Module 3 - Making the Melody
In this module Jay takes you through programming your own chord progression in Cubase. You don't need any prior music theory knowledge to get started as Jay will take you through the basic steps in a super simple and easy to understand way, looking at what scale to use and how to program basic triad chords. Once you have the basics down, you'll start to learn to use different chord voicings to make your chord progression more interesting than just standard triads. Now you have your basic musical structure you can start to program in a lead melody. Jay shows how to record this in on the keyboard and then edit to make it nice and tight.
Module 4 - Creating Fat Leads and Vocals
In Module 4 you'll start to flesh out the structure of your EDM banger, adding more instruments and elements to the mix. Here we'll be looking at processing these extra parts with built in Cubase plug ins; learning to use EQ, compression, saturation and distortion to help separate the elements from one another and to add harmonics to the mix so it's deep and lush sounding. Jay shows you a great trick of using a vocal from one of the Cubase sample libraries and then uses Cubase's Variaudio to help it fit in the track. You'll also start to look at other processes like adding delay to give a real sense of depth to your mix.
Module 5 - Arrangement
The arrangement of a track can make or break it so in this module Jay will show you all about how to arrange your track so it keeps the listener pulled in and never runs out of energy or gets boring. You'll learn in depth how to make a big and energetic build up that is balanced perfectly with the drop of your track. You'll learn to program kick and snare rolls and use them and other effects to build tension and release in your tracks. When the track is arranged we'll be bringing it to life with automation which is when the song starts to gain some emotional depth. You'll learn to automate various parameters of plug ins and instruments in Cubase
Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering
It's really important to get the elements of your mix balanced together. So in section 6, Jay talks about the best techniques when approaching a Mixdown session. We start to do final touches and tweaks with fine precision tuning, blending all sounds and sections together with EQ and compression. We add panning for stereo width and teach a reverse reverb technique to add interest. Learn the importance of checking the mix on different systems. In the very last lesson we will take a look at mastering the track and making any final 'overall' adjustments to the mix like EQ, limiting and correcting DC Offset before finally rendering it out.
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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 favourite. 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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