Cubase Dance Chart Topper Tutorial




Cubase 'Start To Finish' Chart Topper 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 POP Dance 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

27 Lessons - 6 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...


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 23 lessons (over 5 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
  • Email support (less than 24 hour response time)
  • All audio, and Cubase project files are provided
  • Made in Cubase 11, 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.

Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Getting Started


After a quick check of the settings we'll dive right in and start bringing in our first sounds. Creating a custom swung house beat to act as the foundation for our chart topper track using one shot drums. We'll also use some of the new features of 'sampler track 2' which is new in Cubase 11 to take a drum loop and fit it to our chosen rhythm. All the while through this we'll be discussing the end goal of creating maximum listener engagement and why we are doing this the way we are, so you learn as you progress, making the track step by step with us.


Module 2 - Chords & Melodies


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 into 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.


Module 3 - Effects & Instruments


To be able to really make unique and 'one of a kind' music, it's important you know how to create your own sounds. In this module you will start to learn the basics of synthesis using Cubase's Retrologue (or a free synth) by making your own bass-line, leads, arps and pad sounds. 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


Correct song structure is incredibly important in any genre, but even more so in POP music. You have to be able to create a sense of tension and release throughout the track that makes your track a fun and exhilarating experience to listen to. Here you will learn about how the energy of the track should flow in order to achieve maximum engagement. Using the verse, chorus, verse structure is only half of the puzzle, in order to fully unlock this puzzle you need to understand the energetic flow throughout your mix.


Module 5 - Recording


Of course vocals are one of the most important elements in any POP track and need to be treated with care throughout the entire process from recording to post production. In this module you will learn how to setup Cubase for recording, how to get the best sound in any environment, and of course we then go deeply into post production and learning how to tweak the performance of the singer using many techniques like comping, pitch correction, timing correction, formant shifting and much much more.


Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering


With POP music it is vital that you get a great final result. In this module you will start to see how all of the prior work we have done starts fitting together. You will gain a really great insight into what leads to an effortless mix, and then how to make the final changes that lead to a balanced, lively and engaging track. We will be using all the built in processes needed in Cubase to achieve this, followed by the icing on the cake where we get the track to open up at the mastering stage, before finally rendering out our completed track.

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


Jon Merritt (producer, tutor & co-founder of Born To Produce) has been making tunes for over 20 years and has been teaching for the last 10 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, and refined. He is always willing to learn new skills / software that further the goal of music production.

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