Cubase Hiphop Tutorial






Cubase 'Start To Finish' Hip Hop Tutorial

Learn to make more advanced genre specific music in Cubase, by following along step by step, and making a complete track from start to finish. On the way, you'll learn everything about Cubase and music production you need to make your own Hip Hop music.

Watch the course overview for a more in-depth look at what you'll get out of the course, and listen to the track you will make

31 Lessons - 5 Hours

What are you going to get out of it?

What are you going to get out of it?

Greater Experience

There is no way around it. If you want to get good at making music, you need to gain experience. When you follow our more advanced 'start to finish' Cubase tutorials, that is exactly what you are getting, not just the theory. On this course you get real, practical experience in your chosen genre, that will actually help you make your own music.


A Higher Level Of Music Production Skills

These Cubase 'start to finish' tutorials are full of more advanced music production techniques, that will help you discover new producer skills, and directions you can take your projects in. This unique style of teaching means you learn music production in a linear fashion, just like it works in real life. As you are learning every step of the song creation process, it naturally gives you the ability to finish more tracks.


In this course you'll gain many inspiring ways to help you make your own music, including the steps required to get you there. Everything from coming up with melodies, to chopping up loops to creating your own original beats. The possibilities are endless and you'll go away with a load of easy to repeat ideas that you can use in your own tracks.



If you have already completed our Cubase beginner tutorial you will know, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction felt when you complete a song. Going from the basics of creating a beat, creating a melody, arranging your track into a full song, and mixing all of it together is something YOU WILL achieve on this course. Still, the biggest reward, comes later when you go to work on your own projects and find the skills you picked up on this course are there, waiting to be used.

Check out these 3 lessons of the course ...


We hope these 3 lessons were helpful. If you want to continue to learn music production in Cubase and finish the track you have started, please click the button and gain access to the remaining 28 lessons (over 4 hours) of Cubase and music production gold dust.


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  • *Cubase 'Elements', 'Artist' & 'Pro' compatible
  • Only stock plugins and instruments used
  • Email support (less than 24 hour response time)
  • All audio, and Cubase project files are provided
  • Made In Cubase 9.5, but compatable with all newer versions

* If you are using Cubase Elements there are certain features not available to you. Don't worry, if we use those features during the tutorial, we will give you alternatives, or give you the finalized audio so you can still complete the course.

Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Set Up & Drums


After a short intro and brief history from your tutor Jay, you'll get straight on with setting up Cubase. As this doesn't take long we start programming in an authentic 90s Hip Hop beat using mostly samples that come with Cubase (anything external is included). EQ and compression is used to attain that 'retro' sound and quantize swing is utilized to give a more 'live' playing feel. 90s beats were often 'off the grid' and were not heavily quantized. You'll fill out the drums with a cowbell, 2nd fill kick drum, crash and human clap and learn how to use the sampler track to timestretch elements to fit your track better.


Module 2 - Male Rap Vocals


Not everyone 'knows' a rapper so Jay shows you where to find copyright free acapellas on the internet. Next it's time to import these vocals in but don't forget to timestretch them. Jay shows you several ways to adjust the rap to fit with our beat (as of course they would have been sung with a different beat in mind). After a bit of AudioWarp and cut and move, you'll have your vocals sitting nicely in time with your beat. EQ and compression is applied in the mixing lesson. Now we have the vocals it's onto the bass and other instruments as we can now work out the key of the track.


Module 3 - Bass, Strings, etc.


Next we move onto the very important bass which along with the kick is equally fundamental to the low end of any Hip Hop track. Using the in-built VST synth Retrologue, Jay shows you how easy it is to make an authentic bass sound and sculpt it accordingly to mix perfectly into your track. You'll then start adding other melodic orchestral elements with Halion SE such as brass stabs and lo-fi strings to fill out the track and make it sound more in-line with the genre. We take ideas from well known producers and use these to influence our track in a positive way.

Module 4 - Filling Out The Track


To compete with pro tracks out there we're going to continue adding more elements to fill out the sides and back of the mix. This makes the production more full and also helps with variation and interest. For example we add a piano for the chorus and a Rhodes electric piano for the pre-chorus. This helps separate the different sections. Continuing with the 90s sounds we add a glockenspiel and electric guitar, commonly used back then. These elements are slotted specially into our track by using EQ, compression and panning, keeping left / right, up / down, front / back awareness in mind.


Module 5 - Female "Hook" Vocals &



In section 5 you'll learn how to 'comp' a recorded vocal using Cubase 'lanes'. Comping is a useful tool making selecting the best bits out of several vocal takes very easy. Now you have one good take you'll learn how to pitch and time correct it using in-built tools. Next, Jay shows you how to utilize other vocal takes to fatten the main vocal up which makes it sound more like a pro release. We also look over all our 'ad libs' and 'oohs' and 'yeahs' and start dropping them into various sections of our track to help distinguish the different sections. Jay shows you how to structure a typical Hip Hop track.


Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering


It's really important to get the elements of your mix balanced together for a pro mix. In this last section we balance our sounds (particularly the low end) with fresh ears and fine tune the mix with automation to add interest. Jay explains the importance of giving your ears a rest and listening on other systems. We run into a sub frequency clash between kick and bass which is a common problem, but you'll learn exactly how to overcome this. In the final lesson, Jay shows you the best way to approach basic mastering with Cubase stock plugins. You'll learn how to maximise the volume without compromising sound quality.

The reason we get great reviews...

Cubase is an incredibly powerful DAW, capable of the highest level of professional music production. In order to learn it, you need a tutorial with the same level of professionalism, and teachers who are passionate about helping you become a better producer.


Our tutorials take months of planning and execution. Everything you are taught has the sole purpose of giving you the best learning experience and the greatest transfer of knowledge possible. Simple, powerful & fun.


Born To Produce is a Steinberg certified training centre


Jay Hales (Tutor & Co-Founder of Born To Produce) has produced in most genres over the last 20 years, as well as successfully DJ'ing across many countries throughout Europe. He writes music for TV companies and makes his own personal music in a wide range of genres.


His attention to detail, knowledge and clear teaching style 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. He is also open to feedback and always looking for ways to improve and offer even more value for money.

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