Cubase 'Start To Finish' Psytrance 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 Psytrance 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

29 Lessons - 5 Hours

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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 the first 4 lessons of the course and see how easy it really is...

Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Getting Started


After a short intro from your tutor, Jay takes you through setting up Cubase correctly in preparation for our Psytrance track that we're going to make together. After this, we bring in a hard hitting kick drum (all samples, projects etc and included in the download zip) and we EQ this kick drum to make it even more punchy and Psytrance-esq. Next is the 2nd most important element to our track, the bass. Jay shows you how to get the most out of the bass sample and how to sidechain it in many different ways (if you're using Elements) so we end up with a banging Psytrance kick and bass full of movement and energy! Finally in this module, Jay shows you how to layer 3 snares together correctly to make one fat clap / snare, again typical of this genre.


Module 2 - Making FX


After the kick and bass, Psytrance is all about the sound FX. There are literally tonnes of them all dotted about in this genre, all within their own 3D space. In this module we learn how to make our own FX and also how to bring in samples and adapt them to what we need. For example, we learn how to add resonance, filter sweeps, timestretch, add reverb, delay, filter the delays, add flanger, gated fx etc. We make all kinds as long as they sound like Psytrance FX. We make sure we have dark and sinister FX along with hi-pitched, resonated ones to fill out all areas of the mix. We start to mix the track and place these sounds as we go along so the mixing lessons later on are not so intensive.


Module 3 - The Psy Arp


Next we move onto the very important Psytrance Arpeggiator. This is another driving force in this genre and it's vital to get this right to provide the mid-range energy flow and movement within your track. We make this from scratch in Cubase's own built-in synth 'Retrologue'. (if you don't have this synth don't worry as we provide all the dry and wet audio in the workfiles, along with everything else that you'll need). So, here you'll get a basic understanding of subtractive synthesis whilst creating your own Psytrance style arp. Keeping the arp interesting is key so you will learn how to automate 5 or so parameters as the sound plays to add variety, interest and movement. More FX are also made in this Module.

Module 4 - Homemade Vocals


So now it's time for a bit of fun! In this Module Jay shows you how to record your own Psytrance speech and tribal chants. Joking aside he shows you how easy it is and that you don't always need to pay for a professional. You'll learn how to setup the inputs and your microphone correctly in Cubase, how to record and of course the vital step - how to mix the material to fit with our Psytrance genre. Including pitching FX, reverb, delay, compression, time-stretching etc. He also shows you how to 'auto generate' extra harmony voices for that vocoder feel and to add variety to the vocal material. Finally, and again to help the vocals sit better within the mix you'll learn how to take a part of it, add reverb and then reverse it for an interesting effect.


Module 5 - Arrangement


In Module 5 we tackle the often frustrating part of structuring a full track and how exactly to make a loop into a full pro song. Jay shows you the typical sections and lengths of a Psytrance track and how to create and label them to make your workflow easier. You'll learn how to easily create these different sections and the reasons behind each one. Mostly we are trying to keep the listener pulled into our track from start to finish and this is done by tension and release. With the use of breakdown and buildup sections we can lower and increase the energy throughout our track and Jay teaches you exactly how to program these very important parts. You'll also be adding more leads, FX and more to help fill out this banging Psytrance track.


Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering


So what we have now is many, many different elements, all with different frequencies and they all need to be mixed together with precision otherwise the track just won't sound good, professional or have the energy this genre screams out for. It will also die when played within a set of other professionally mixed Psytrance tracks. Over a number of lessons, Jay shows you how to do this by balancing frequency, volume and 3D space (left to right, front to back, bottom to top). This is a long process and patience is required but it's like anything - the more you practice it the better you will become. He also shows you some basic mastering tips that you can apply to all your tracks and finishes up with some promotion advice.


We hope the first 4 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 25 lessons (over 4 hours) of Cubase and music production gold dust.


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  • Only stock plugins and instruments used
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  • All audio, and Cubase project files are provided
  • Made in Cubase 10, but compatible with Cubase 9.5 up to the newest version

* 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.


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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