Cubase 10.5 Tutorial - Make A Track From Start To Finish

There is no easier or fun way to learn Cubase than to make a song yourself from scratch, with guidance from experts all the way through. In this 22 lesson beginner's tutorial, you get straight into making music and learning how to make your own tunes.

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Easy to follow and fun lessons on how to use Cubase to make music using only stock plugins  


Set up Cubase quickly and start making beats straight away! >> Watch 4 free lessons below <<                 


Learn how to setup and record a singer and guitar, how to edit, time correct and pitch correct the performance


Use Cubase 10.5's awesome Sampler track and it's capabilities for programming drums and making leads

Learn automation and how to balance tension & release in your tracks exciting and emotionally engaging


Use Cubase's tools to structure the sections of your song to make a full arrangement


Write a chord progression in Cubase with no music theory knowledge needed using Cubase's Chordpads


Use Cubase's advanced plug ins to mix your track and master it so it sounds professional

Course Length 4 hours 30 minutes - 22 Lessons

Course Modules

Module 1 - Getting Started In Cubase With A Beat

After a quick check of the settings we'll dive right in and start bringing in our first sounds. This gives us the first opportunity to explore Cubase's interface which allow you to bring media into your project, arrange it and manipulate it using the various tools available to you. You're going to make a complete beat using various methods like using the powerful sampler track for triggering drums and using straight audio samples that you will chop up and edit to make your own unique beats. A bit later on you will start to use and understand the basic effects like EQ, compression, delay & reverb.

 

These lessons are completely free below so you can see just how easy it's going to be.

Module 2 - Creating A Melody In Cubase

So we have a basic beat but we need to add the soul of our track; the melody. This is very easily done, even if you don't have any music theory knowledge as Cubase comes with some great tools to help you. The melody of the track is super important as it will spike a listener's interest, and if done right will keep them pulled in to your music. You can use 'Chord Pads' in Cubase to help you come up with a basic chord progression, and with a bit of guidance you can learn to make this more complex and interesting by using simple and easy to repeat techniques.

 

You can see the beginning of this process for free below; we take this much further later in the tutorial.

Module 3 - Stock Plugins & Instruments

Cubase is a complete Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and comes with many of its own powerful instruments and plugins. To create some variation between the sections of your track you will use Groove Agent SE5 to make a completely new beat and you will learn how to easily customise that beat so it fits with your track. On a similar note, you will start to learn the basics of synthesis using Cubase's Retrologue (or a free synth) by making your own bass-line. You will also use compression, side chain compression, EQ, filters, saturation, reverb, delay and many more plugins - More importantly you will learn how, why and when you should use these plugins in your own tracks to get maximum impact.

Module 4 - Song Structure & Automation

So you have all these great parts for your track, now it is time to arrange them into a structure that tells a great story. You're going to become familiar with what a good arrangement is and why the energy levels of each section are so important. You will be able to choose the right elements for each section and be able to make each section stand out. A great story/song has ups and downs, it has tension and release and it generates an emotional connection with the listener. You will use the tools in Cubase along with advanced knowledge to use not only the elements of your track but also SFX sounds and the automation of instrument and plugin parameters.

Module 5 - Recording In Cubase

Recording in Cubase can be a fun, creative and really rewarding experience. It can also be incredibly frustrating if you don't know what to do and how to setup for it. In this module you will learn how to setup to record both direct input (DI) for guitar and microphone for the singer. Things like how far from the mic should the singer be, what sort of sound isolation you should use, is all covered. Once we have dealt with external setup we'll dive into Cubase to make sure we are using the correct recording modes set it up, ready to record. We then take all our recorded audio (provided) and we 'comp' together one great take out of the different performances we get to make one exceptional performance, using timing and pitch correction to make it flawless.

Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering In Cubase

The final stage, and where it all comes together. Mixing can be one of the most difficult things to get right when you are new to making music. Here you will learn how to approach it and how to avoid common mistakes that other producers make. The key to a good mix is balance, but you need to understand what that means and how to achieve it. You're going to mix and master the track you make with all the tools available in Cubase. Volume mixing is the start and then using EQ and compression to clean and tighten. You'll use more advanced processes like saturation, tube warming and simple levelling to create a balanced mix with crystal clear separation between the elements.

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Lesson 1 - Getting Started

Cubase is a powerful DAW for any genre but just like any other DAW it has it's own unique quirks and workflow to master. With guidance this process is made a lot easier. So 'let's do this!'

 

After a quick setup, Lesson 1 of this beginners tutorial will see you start making a drum beat almost straight away. We'll start to explore facets of this massive and very powerful DAW as we bring in our first sounds and get used to the interface and main functions of Cubase.

Lesson 2 - Easy Melodies

Programming chords and melodies can be very difficult if you have no music theory knowledge. However, fear not... introducing Cubase Chord Pads (also great if you do know music theory)!

 

In lesson 3 of you'll learn how to use Cubase Chord Pads to quickly and easily create a chord sequence which follows correct, basic musical rules. Just select the scale and it will suggest chords that work with it and it also provides an easy interface so you can use any chord variation that's ever been thought of!

Lesson 3 - The Drum Beat

Programming drums into interesting patterns that entice the listener and keep the energy of your song flowing can be a challenge. Here you'll learn an easy way to get awesome results

 

You're going to learn how to make your own drum loop using the very powerful 'Sampler Track' and some audio editing techniques. All these skills you learn will mean making your own tracks is a much more enjoyable and fluid experience. Music production stardom awaits ;)

Lesson 4 - Plugins

Learning how why and when to use plugin effects is essential for today's producer.

 

To get our feet under us with processing we will start with simple effects, like using EQ to clean up a sound, adding stereo delay and reverb to give a sense of space and stereo width. Cubase has all these tools but it is how you use them that is important.

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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.

Jon Merritt (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 18 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 10.5 Tutorial - Make a Track from start to finish

There is no easier or fun way to learn Cubase than to make a song yourself from scratch, with guidance from experts all the way through. In this 22 lesson beginner's tutorial, you get straight into making music and learning how to make your own tunes.

  • First 4 Videos FREE (Below)

- Only Cubase Plugins Used

- Instant Download

- FREE Cubase 10 Tutorial included!!

No.1 Cubase Course - YouTube

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Course Length 4 hours 30 minutes - 22 Lessons

Course Modules

Module 1 - Getting Started In Cubase With A Beat

After a quick check of the settings we'll dive right in and start bringing in our first sounds. This gives us the first opportunity to explore Cubase's interface which allow you to bring media into your project, arrange it and manipulate it using the various tools available to you. You're going to make a complete beat using various methods like using the powerful sampler track for triggering drums and using straight audio samples that you will chop up and edit to make your own unique beats. A bit later on you will start to use and understand the basic effects like EQ, compression, delay & reverb.

 

These lessons are completely free below so you can see just how easy it's going to be.

Module 2 - Creating A Melody In Cubase

So we have a basic beat but we need to add the soul of our track; the melody. This is very easily done, even if you don't have any music theory knowledge as Cubase comes with some great tools to help you. The melody of the track is super important as it will spike a listener's interest, and if done right will keep them pulled in to your music. You can use 'Chord Pads' in Cubase to help you come up with a basic chord progression, and with a bit of guidance you can learn to make this more complex and interesting by using simple and easy to repeat techniques.

 

You can see the beginning of this process for free below; we take this much further later in the tutorial.

Module 3 - Stock Plugins & Instruments

Cubase is a complete Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and comes with many of its own powerful instruments and plugins. To create some variation between the sections of your track you will use Groove Agent SE5 to make a completely new beat and you will learn how to easily customise that beat so it fits with your track. On a similar note, you will start to learn the basics of synthesis using Cubase's Retrologue (or a free synth) by making your own bass-line. You will also use compression, side chain compression, EQ, filters, saturation, reverb, delay and many more plugins - More importantly you will learn how, why and when you should use these plugins in your own tracks to get maximum impact.

Module 4 - Song Structure & Automation

So you have all these great parts for your track, now it is time to arrange them into a structure that tells a great story. You're going to become familiar with what a good arrangement is and why the energy levels of each section are so important. You will be able to choose the right elements for each section and be able to make each section stand out. A great story/song has ups and downs, it has tension and release and it generates an emotional connection with the listener. You will use the tools in Cubase along with advanced knowledge to use not only the elements of your track but also SFX sounds and the automation of instrument and plugin parameters.

Module 5 - Recording In Cubase

Recording in Cubase can be a fun, creative and really rewarding experience. It can also be incredibly frustrating if you don't know what to do and how to setup for it. In this module you will learn how to setup to record both direct input (DI) for guitar and microphone for the singer. Things like how far from the mic should the singer be, what sort of sound isolation you should use, is all covered. Once we have dealt with external setup we'll dive into Cubase to make sure we are using the correct recording modes set it up, ready to record. We then take all our recorded audio (provided) and we 'comp' together one great take out of the different performances we get to make one exceptional performance, using timing and pitch correction to make it flawless.

Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering In Cubase

The final stage, and where it all comes together. Mixing can be one of the most difficult things to get right when you are new to making music. Here you will learn how to approach it and how to avoid common mistakes that other producers make. The key to a good mix is balance, but you need to understand what that means and how to achieve it. You're going to mix and master the track you make with all the tools available in Cubase. Volume mixing is the start and then using EQ and compression to clean and tighten. You'll use more advanced processes like saturation, tube warming and simple levelling to create a balanced mix with crystal clear separation between the elements.

Check out these FREE lessons

"To make a long story short, your courses are the best music-related investment I have ever made!"

Gunner C - Aug 2019

"Keep up the good work. I never thought I’d get the hang of Cubase but your courses have been superb!"

Jamie B - Sept 2019

Last years 'Cubase 10 Ultimate Beginners Tutorial' is included FREE with this course!!

Sold out

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.

Jon Merritt (producer & founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 18 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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  • Hi Guys - I've got Cubase Artist 9 and want to get to grips with using it mainly for voiceover work and (hopefully) recording my guitars, bass and keyboard. What course do you recommend for showing me the absolute basics and specifically setting up Cubase to record one or more tracks in mono. Can I create a 'voiceover template' so I don't have to keep changing settings from stereo? I hope this makes sense. Many thanks - Mike

    Hi Mike, this course is perfect as it shows you how to set up inputs and record and lots more https://www.borntoproduce.com/collections/cubase-tutorials/products/recording-mixing-in-cubase-9-5-for-beginners

    To save as template, go to File > save as template . Hope this helps buddy.

  • Hello, if I buy the course wil I get the video course via download or just login pasword to certain internet page to access? If so how long does the access last? Thank you Best regards Jiri

    Hi Jiri - you get to download the course and is yours to keep for life :)

  • Once I purchased the course, do I get to keep the videos permanently?

    Yes absolutely! Sorry for delay

  • Hi, does these video have time limit so that I have to watch all of them in certain period of time?

    No time limit whatsoever :)

  • I am a complete beginner when it comes to Cubase and DAW's in general, my question is does this course show you have to set up your keyboards to be able to use them in Cubase? I have the following: Korg Krome, Novation Impulse and Komplete 32 I also have two electric guitars which I would like to use.

    Hi , no we don't but some of that is covered in this 6 video free series  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jzINm8aQHs

  • Hey dear tutors!!! I really want to buy your course but.. the problem is I only have cubase elements!!! For now I can't afford pro or artist version... can I follow your course completely with elements?

    Yes you can still follow along in Cubase Elements, no problem. We have crafted the tutorial so that even if we use something that is not available in Elements you will still be able to continue on all the way through. Also, we made a small series of videos that show you some really cool FREE plugins that will help make Cubase Elements a bit more like Artist & Pro. You can check out the playlist here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLikwml5AU-ZMpM6a8HaI4hCPxcOF4wect

  • Hola ¿el curso y a está subtitulado al español?

    Aqui tiene https://www.borntoproduce.com/collections/all-products/products/cubase-10-tutorial-for-beginners-subtitulos-en-espanol  :)

  • hello. i paid 23.33 (21 euros plus tax) euros by paypal June 8 2019, now confirmed by bank, but i have not been able to download the beginner cubase 10 course. Will you send me an email with download instructions please?

    Hi Philip, we have responded to you by email. BTP

  • The Cubase10 beginner course.. If I buy it what do I actually get.

    Hi. You get all the video lessons, cubase project files and any audio and presets used. You also get last year's 9.5 course free too!

  • i WANT TO BUY YOUR VIDEOS BUT DO YOU HAVE ANY TECHNICAL SUPPORT BECAUSE I DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SOME OF THE SITTINGS REGARDING CUBASE 10. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY ONLINE SUPPORT. THANKS

    Hey. Yes you can contact us anytime through the contact form on the support page or just email info@borntoproduc.com. We always answer with in 24 hours (usually much quicker). We’re happy to help in anyway we can. Thanks

  • es subtitulado al español

    Hola. Estamos pensando en tener el curso traducido al español con subtítulos en español. Serán uno o dos meses si lo hacemos.

  • any tutorials based in using midi and an external keyboard ?

    Hello and thanks for your question. We don't have a specific course on MIDI and keyboards yet but that's a good idea and we'll add it to our list.

  • Hi. I'm an amateur musician - love to do covers and some of my own stuff, with my own vocals, guitar, electronic piano, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, etc. My son bought me Cubase 9.5, hoping I'd use it to create tracks with multiple instruments, maybe even harmonizing. I'm at least as interested in how to record my own music, as I am in using Cubase's synthetic stuff. In looking at the course description, it's not at all clear that I'll be able to learn how record my own voice and instruments. Can you clarify?

    Hi Jerry, No, the best course for you if you want to learn how to record your own voice and instruments is our Cubase Recording and Mixing course here https://www.borntoproduce.com/collections/cubase-tutorials/products/recording-mixing-in-cubase-9-5-for-beginners

  • video con lingua o sottotitoli in italiano

    No I'm sorry it's English only.

  • Hi, I came across Cubase 9.5 Ultimate beginners videos - but only saw 4 I think. Anyway, on the link to these videos it has taken me to a Cubase 10 course. I only have Cubase 9, but did find the videos I watched very interesting. Can you please tell me if there's a course on 9 or has it been superceded by Cubase 10 being released. Also, can you re-watch the videos more than once. Thanks.

    Hi Pamela, When you buy the Cubase 10 course you get the 9.5 course as well absolutely FREE :) Also you will get an immediate download link after purchase so the videos are yours to keep forever. 

  • I'm not having trouble recording, that was easy but I have tried to burn cd's and down load to USB my song's but so far unsuccessful, what do I do ? Thank you.

    OK so in Cubase, highlight the entire project in the top timeline (like 1 big loop section) and then go to File > Export > Audio Mixdown and choose your options (WAV 16bit 44.1). Then you will have a final stereo file ready for CD or USB. 

  • cubase 10 / hi I buy this course now, but can I get subtitle? / and I can't see the chord name on my cubase, I mean ex) lesson 5, 04:51 there is a name of chord like A#2, C#3 but in my cubase there isn't . , can I fix it? thank you.

    Hello. Unfortunately we do not have subtitles on our videos. And to see chord symbals just zoom in more vertically into the MIDI and they will appear. Hope this helps. 

  • Hi guys, What version of Cubase 10 are these tutorials made using? Artist? Cheers, F.

    Hi. They were made with Pro but are mostly Artist and Elements friendly. We do use Vari-Audio for pitch correcting and Retrologue for sound design. If you don't have Retrologue then just use a similar sound from Halion. :)

  • I'm new to Cubase and got the cubase 9.5 as a package deal when I purchased my Yamaha MG10XU mixer. I'm having a hard time with monitoring while recording and was hoping maybe someone could help me out. lets say I start out on track one. everything is going well until I try to record track two, the audio from track one 'bleeds' into track two. I have tried just about everything but just cant seem to figure it out. pleeeeese help!

    OK, when recording only have the record enable button clicked (red dot) and monitor button (orange loudspeaker symbol) on the desired track only. Then do the same on track 2 but make sure track 1 are both deselected. Does this help? If not please send a video of the problem to info (at) borntoproduce (dot) com

  • Hi. I just purchased the Cubase 9.5 Ultimate Beginners Tutorial. Based on your free lessons and all the great feedback, I'm sure I'll learn a lot and enjoy the course very much. However, please clarify something for me... Throughout the presentation on your sales page for this course, you reference a total of 24 lessons. I only see 20 lessons (numbers 1-20) in my download, plus the reference/source material. Am I missing files? Has the course been changed? Please explain, thank you. Kind regards, John

    Hi John, Some of the lessons are split into Part 1 and Part 2 etc but there should be a total of 24 video lessons. Hope this helps and enjoy the course :)

  • Hi! I have Cubase 7.5. In your tutorial (Cubase Beginners Course 15-Comping the vocal) you use Reder selection to create one Audio track (after you have chosen the best parts of the lanes). How can I do this in Cubase 7.5? Thank you!! By the way, your tutorials are great!!

    Thank you! OK so you can solo the desired tracks and then highlight the desired area at the top in the timeline. Then go to File > Export and choose Wav or mp3 etc. Tick box at bottom to bring the new audio back into the audio pool or a new track. We hope this is how 7.5 works...it's been a while since we used it. 

  • I've used Cubase (most recently Cubase 6) in the past, but never really learned much in-depth stuff to really excel. I write & record my songs ... and now that I have Cubase 9.5. I would like to really learn it thoroughly. I don't mind starting at the beginning, because there are always even little things to learn that I didn't know before. Do you have any "in-depth" tutorials that I could purchase? I'm thinking that I should probably go ahead and start with you "Ultimate Beginners" tutorial, because Cubase 9.5 has me totally confused. Even though I record all my tracks, I'm sure there are good things to learn from how to make electronic music. I am also interested in some type of tutorial for HALion 6, which I have ... and HALion Symphonic Orchestra Thank you, Bobby Lee

    Hello Bobby! Yes we recommend you take the Ultimate Beginners Course first.This will take you through making an electronic track with live vocals from start to finish and is the best introduction to Cubase 9.5. Then after that, we have a course coming out in about 2 weeks time which teaches you all about setting Cubase up for recording live instruments and the recording and mixing process too. The track that we make in the course actually got released on Spotify and iTunes.

  • How is the course Cubase for beginners 9. delivered to me? Computer Instant Download, disks sent in US Mail? etc. How long for delivery to USA/Florida?

    Hi, all our courses are delivered with instant download links or stream options. Sorry for the delay - app not working properly


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