Cubase Trance Tutorial

Learn to make a Trance track whilst learning advanced Cubase skills. You'll make a trance track from nothing right through to the musical structure, the drums, a full arrangement, and finally a fully mixed and mastered track.

Easy to follow, step by step guidance with clear explanation that you can repeat when making your own music.

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Easy to follow, step by step guidance helping you learn advanced music production & Cubase skills


Learn how to layer up multiple synth leads to create a big, wide trance lead sound


Learn to use Cubase's stock plugins and instruments to produce quality trance music


Learn the basic to intermediate music theory skills that will enable you to write epic trance melodies

Learn to use the tools in Cubase like compression and EQ to get elements to sit right in the mix


Learn how to make epic build ups and breakdowns that create tension & release in your arrangements


Learn countless music production and Cubase skills and techniques throughout the tutorial


Learn how to polish and mix your tracks using Cubase plugins, make it shine, make it big and make it epic

Course Length - 6 hours of Cubase & Music Production Skills


Course Modules

Module 1 - Creating A Melody 

Getting right to it, you'll set up your project and Cubase so you're ready to go. To start with you will learn basic music theory techniques to build a chord progression but will quickly take it further with more advanced techniques that are easy to repeat. This means building complexity from simplicity by starting with a basic triad progression and make it more complex in stages with 7th, 9th chords, borrowed chords, different voicings and more. You will be able to take the same approach and use the same techniques you learn here to make any trance melody you like.

Module 2 - Leads & Layering

You'll learn to synthesize a nice big, detuned Trance lead sound using subtractive synthesis in Cubase's Retrologue. You will then take that sound and make multiple layers, with pitch, stereo and tone variations to make one big sounding lead synth. Layering is a key skill to have in your bag and means you will be able to create bigger, better and completely unique sounds and textures in your productions. We will also be layering drum sounds, using multiple kicks and advanced kick processing to create a nice big and full sound that cuts through your mix and provides the foundation.

Module 3 - Arrangement

Song structure and arrangement in Trance is all about the build up/intro section and the balance of the drop. In this course you will learn how to make energy build gradually over time, introducing new elements as the track progresses in a way that is subtle but really builds the sense of anticipation. You will learn all the tricks you need to have a false drop and how to build the energy even more before the drop. One vital skill in any music is balancing the amount of energy generated (tension) with the amount (release) you get from the drop. You will learn the skills necessary do do this.

Module 4 - Automation

Part of what makes a long build up section work in Trance music is creating movement. You will learn how to do this with many elements in the track, but most of all with the lead melody. As you can hear from the demo track (see the end of the video above), we have extensive and intricate movement on the lead synth that is complex but also constantly building in energy at the same time. You will learn how to do this yourself and how to manipulate it in many different ways using the automation tools in Cubase so you can customize it after having recorded the automation in.

Module 5 - FX & Transitions

Another super important part of building energy in your tracks and keeping them flowing from one section to the next is using FX sounds like risers, impacts and general FX sounds. Here we will use various sources like audio samples and home made effects. With audio we will be picking appropriate sounds and then further manipulating them with the tools in Cubase. You will also learn to make a custom riser/downfilter effect using various processing techniques to make it sound unique and fit in your track.

Module 6 - Mixdown

In this extensive module you will learn how to professionally balance all the elements within your track. We will be looking at processing all the elements on an individual basis, like advanced kick processing, piano brightening, lead group processing, multiband bass compression and much, much more. You will learn about the different type of balancing and how to do them; volume mixing, frequency balancing and picking elements with the right timbre. You will also learn how to do basic mastering, adding shine and punch to your mixes.

FREE lessons from the course

 

Watch Lesson 1

Getting The Foundation Down

Starting at the beginning and the basics; here you will get Cubase and the project setup and a basic beat down that will act as the foundation for the melody of your track.

 

Watch Lesson 2

Trance Music Theory Basics

Here you will learn the fundamental rules of music theory when it comes to making a chord progression, this is super basic for people who don't have any music theory knowledge and sets the stage for creating a more complex melody in the coming lessons.

 

Watch Lesson 3

Adding Complexity With Music

Theory

Here we will look at multiple techniques for taking a basic triad progression and transform it into a musically complex and totally original melodic structure we can use for our track. 7th / 9th chords, borrowed chords, sus chords and much more.

 

Watch Lesson 4

Extending The Chord Progression

Here we will extend the chord progression so we have a full 8 bar progression, adding complexity as we go.

"Clear and easy to understand. WELL worth the money"

 

Jon S

"Best customer service I have ever seen"

 

Tymon R

Learn Cubase The Easy Way >>

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Jon Merritt (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 20 years and has been teaching for the last 8 of them. In his career he has come to grips with many genres of modern music from Hard House to Downtempo. His skill in music production has been crafted over many years of self taught experimentation and learning from other producers at the top of their game. He has tried almost every angle on most production techniques so when he teaches you something you know it has been tried and tested. He is always willing to learn new skills / software that further the goal of music production.

Get in contact any time to give feedback, ask for help or just say hello. Use the contact form HERE




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Cubase Trance Tutorial

Learn to make a Trance track whilst learning advanced Cubase skills. You'll make a trance track from nothing right through to the musical structure, the drums, a full arrangement, and finally a fully mixed and mastered track.

Easy to follow, step by step guidance with clear explanation that you can repeat when making your own music.

  • Advanced Cubase tutorial
  • Instant Download
  • << Listen to the track
Sold out

Course Length - 6 hours of Cubase & Music Production Skills


Course Modules

Module 1 - Creating A Melody 

Getting right to it, you'll set up your project and Cubase so you're ready to go. To start with you will learn basic music theory techniques to build a chord progression but will quickly take it further with more advanced techniques that are easy to repeat. This means building complexity from simplicity by starting with a basic triad progression and make it more complex in stages with 7th, 9th chords, borrowed chords, different voicings and more. You will be able to take the same approach and use the same techniques you learn here to make any trance melody you like.

Module 2 - Leads & Layering

You'll learn to synthesize a nice big, detuned Trance lead sound using subtractive synthesis in Cubase's Retrologue. You will then take that sound and make multiple layers, with pitch, stereo and tone variations to make one big sounding lead synth. Layering is a key skill to have in your bag and means you will be able to create bigger, better and completely unique sounds and textures in your productions. We will also be layering drum sounds, using multiple kicks and advanced kick processing to create a nice big and full sound that cuts through your mix and provides the foundation.

Module 3 - Arrangement

Song structure and arrangement in Trance is all about the build up/intro section and the balance of the drop. In this course you will learn how to make energy build gradually over time, introducing new elements as the track progresses in a way that is subtle but really builds the sense of anticipation. You will learn all the tricks you need to have a false drop and how to build the energy even more before the drop. One vital skill in any music is balancing the amount of energy generated (tension) with the amount (release) you get from the drop. You will learn the skills necessary do do this.

Module 4 - Automation

Part of what makes a long build up section work in Trance music is creating movement. You will learn how to do this with many elements in the track, but most of all with the lead melody. As you can hear from the demo track (see the end of the video above), we have extensive and intricate movement on the lead synth that is complex but also constantly building in energy at the same time. You will learn how to do this yourself and how to manipulate it in many different ways using the automation tools in Cubase so you can customize it after having recorded the automation in.

Module 5 - FX & Transitions

Another super important part of building energy in your tracks and keeping them flowing from one section to the next is using FX sounds like risers, impacts and general FX sounds. Here we will use various sources like audio samples and home made effects. With audio we will be picking appropriate sounds and then further manipulating them with the tools in Cubase. You will also learn to make a custom riser/downfilter effect using various processing techniques to make it sound unique and fit in your track.

Module 6 - Mixdown

In this extensive module you will learn how to professionally balance all the elements within your track. We will be looking at processing all the elements on an individual basis, like advanced kick processing, piano brightening, lead group processing, multiband bass compression and much, much more. You will learn about the different type of balancing and how to do them; volume mixing, frequency balancing and picking elements with the right timbre. You will also learn how to do basic mastering, adding shine and punch to your mixes.

FREE lessons from the course

 

Watch Lesson 1

Getting The Foundation Down

Starting at the beginning and the basics; here you will get Cubase and the project setup and a basic beat down that will act as the foundation for the melody of your track.

 

Watch Lesson 2

Trance Music Theory Basics

Here you will learn the fundamental rules of music theory when it comes to making a chord progression, this is super basic for people who don't have any music theory knowledge and sets the stage for creating a more complex melody in the coming lessons.

 

Watch Lesson 3

Adding Complexity With Music

Theory

Here we will look at multiple techniques for taking a basic triad progression and transform it into a musically complex and totally original melodic structure we can use for our track. 7th / 9th chords, borrowed chords, sus chords and much more.

 

Watch Lesson 4

Extending The Chord Progression

Here we will extend the chord progression so we have a full 8 bar progression, adding complexity as we go.

"Clear and easy to understand. WELL worth the money"

 

Jon S

"Best customer service I have ever seen"

 

Tymon R

Sold out

Jon Merritt (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 20 years and has been teaching for the last 8 of them. In his career he has come to grips with many genres of modern music from Hard House to Downtempo. His skill in music production has been crafted over many years of self taught experimentation and learning from other producers at the top of their game. He has tried almost every angle on most production techniques so when he teaches you something you know it has been tried and tested. He is always willing to learn new skills / software that further the goal of music production.

Get in contact any time to give feedback, ask for help or just say hello. Use the contact form HERE




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