Cubase Synthwave Tutorial




Cubase 'Start To Finish' Synthwave 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 Synthwave 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

25 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 these 3 lessons of the course ...

Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Drums & Bassline


Your tutor Jay starts off with a look at the 80s style VST synths available on the market at present (a lot are free). He then talks you through the template and how the 80s drum module was made in Groove Agent. Next it's on to beat creating and getting that 80s sound. We keep this simple to start with and quickly move onto making your own bass line in Retrologue. We'll be making a number of sounds so you'll get to learn a bit about synthesis along the way. To complement this bassline and to add warmth and body, Jay shows you how to layer it up with one of the VSTs mentioned above and how to add the appropriate effects to it.


Module 2 - Chords & Melody


In this 2nd module Jay will show you how to come up with a chord progression and melody using simple music theory and the fantastic tools available in Cubase for beginners. So firstly you see how a typical 80s pad is made. Then you will learn how to use Cubase Chord Pads, a fantastic tool in helping you come up with a chord progression in no time. Next it's more sound design and synthesis with making the main lead for this track (inspired by the Miami Vice theme). You also get to make a 2nd lead for other sections of the track. This involves remaking yourself a lead sound from one of the free VSTs. All of this comes with basic music theory tips.


Module 3 - Filling Out The Track


So we have a basic beat with 2 leads and a chord structure. It's now time to start filling out the track. We add a huge 80s snare with enormous but controlled reverb which instantly parks this track in the 80s zone. We add more lo-fi drum samples such as Toms and Hats to make it more interesting for the listener and to drive the track's energy in different places. You also learn how to make an arpeggiator, a backing melody line, another pad sound and a middle 8. All of these elements are EQ'd and have effects applied to help them sit in the mix better and have their own purpose and space.

Module 4 - Arrangement / Song Structure


The one place most people go wrong or need help with the most is the structure of the track!

Jay shows you a simple and easy way on how to structure this track and any future tracks you may produce. Learn about the different sections of a typical electronic track and the lengths, characteristics and reasons for each part. You will learn about; dynamics, energy curve, tension, release, variation and creating interest. Here the intention is always to keep the listener pulled in and interested in our track throughout the various different sections. This is an area that often gets overlooked in production so it's important to get it right.


Module 5 - Creating FX


In Module 5 you will learn how and where to add effects within your track and the reasons why. You will learn techniques on creating your own 80s style sounds, in particular the famous SID Chip sound from the Commodore 64 and manipulating them in such a way that they fit into the mix and importantly tie the sections together. Jay also teaches you how to automate these effects such as the reverb time and modulation to help them move over time and keep the interest flowing. Talking about keeping the interest, you will learn exactly how to create contrast between the various sections of your track. This Module is the perfect follow-on from the last one

Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering


No one is going to want to hear your track if it sounds like a mess, so it's really important to get the elements of your mix balanced together. A lot of this has been done already so in this last section we address the mix with fresh ears and fine tune the mix with automation, panning, compression and EQ. Some automation is essential like getting a certain element to be heard at the right times. Some automation can be creative such as making a particular element go wider in the mix at some but not all of the mix (such as the chorus). In the final lesson, you learn the best way to approach basic mastering with Cubase stock plugins. You'll learn why, how, and the best way to apply EQ, compression and limiting.


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 22 lessons (over 4 hours) of Cubase and music production gold dust.


By making a commitment to yourself in learning Cubase and your chosen genre, you are also supporting us, and enabling us to keep making these in-depth tutorials that help thousands of fellow earthlings around the world become better music producers.

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  • *Cubase 'Elements', 'Artist' & 'Pro' compatible
  • Only stock plugins and instruments used
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  • All audio, and Cubase project files are provided
  • Made in Cubase 10.5, 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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