Cubase Drum and Bass / Half-Step

Make a track from nothing, right through to the final mixdown and become a better producer... You'll learn...


  • Set Up Cubase Quickly and Understand Templates (3 Min)
  • Make a Fat Bass-Line using MIDI, EQ and Sidechaining (42 Min)
  • Use the Cubase 'Chord-Track' feature to Create a Melody and Arpeggiator (17 Min)
  • Program Your Drums including Layering, Depth, EQ, Crunch and Much More (38 Min)
  • Arrange Your Track Including Dynamics, Structure, Variation (50 Min)
  • Adding those important effects and fills (1 hr 19)
  • Edit and Manipulate Vocal phrases (56 Min)
  • Mix your track to a very high standard (1 hr 33) 
  • Cubase 7 and 'Massive' VST recommended but not essential
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Lesson 1 : Intro & Setup (3 mins)

How to set up Cubase quickly so you can get straight to making some awesome creations.

How to utilise the pre-setup template from Jon Merritt, made specifically for dance music with pre-setup side chaining, groups, reverb, EQ's and all of that is pre-routed so you never have to worry about setting these up as you go. Just get stuck into making a track and it's all there ready for you.

Lesson 2 : Bass-line Creation (42 mins)

Teaches you the technique to make a fat, wonky, chopped up bass line from using nothing more than a simple bit of midi and some VST patches. Once you know this technique, they'll be no looking back.

How to EQ the different parts of the bass line ready for layering with a sub bass.

How to layer with other synth patches to add depth and consistency to the bass line.

Using the side chain easily to give the bass line a snappy feel to it

      Lesson 3 : The Melody - Chord Track (17 mins)

      How to use the Cubase 7 'Chord Track' to make a 4 bar chord progression without having to have any music theory knowledge whatsoever.

      How to simply extract the pure MIDI notes from Cubase 7's 'Chord Track'.

      How to Join MIDI sections for easy editing.

      How to simply make an effective arpeggio riff out of the chords you create.

      Lesson 4 : Drum Programming (38 mins)

      How to pick the right samples (one-shots) and which samples to use for effective drum layering.

      How to layer up the snare to maximise fatness, snap and crunch.

      How to add depth (and adding the correct amount) using reverb on the drums.

      How to add rhythm and movement to the drums using percussive elements.

      How to layer ride cymbals.

      How to remove unwanted artefacts (clicks / pops) from edited audio.

      How to transfer the drums to different sections of the track to create a consistent feel throughout the track in all sections.

      Lesson 5 : Arrangement (50 mins)

      How to create the effective sections of your track; eg. Intro section, half-step section, breakdown / build up section, drum & Bass section, drum & Bass breakdown section, outro section.

      How to change the dynamics of the track creatively by removing elements / mixing up the different drum elements present to create variation and keep things interesting.

      How to modify the bass line to build up or end sections. This also keeps the track varied and interesting and helps in creating 'tension & release' (necessary to really create a hit dance track no matter the genre).

      How to create simple but very effective drum rolls just by removing a few select samples.

      Lesson 6 : Adding FX & Fills (1hr 19m)

      How to add personality to your track.

      Learn useful functions within the arrange window.

      How to arrange a Deep House track to get nice mellow sections and big energetic drops.

      Learn advanced filtering techniques.

      Learn how to keep the energy going in your tracks with tension and release.

      Learn some simple but advanced automation techniques to give the track life and make it flow smoothly from one section to another.

      Lesson 7 : Adding Vocals (56 mins)

      How to modify a vocal phrase to fit in any track.

      Learn to chop, stretch and place a simple vocal sample to create tension & release within the mix.

      Make fills or improve current fills using a vocal sample.

      Add simple FX to make mono vocals sound bigger, give them depth and stereo presence.

      Use creative panning to give the vocals a more exciting and lively feel.

      How to quickly edit out unwanted artefacts from a vocal.

      Lesson 8 : Advanced Mixdown (1hr 33m)

      Learn how best to approach mixing a track.

      How to professionally balance all the elements within your track

      Using panning / panning automation to create space and width in your mix.

      How to use EQ to find problem frequencies and correct them.

      How to use EQ to create room for other elements and at the same time balance those elements with each other.

      Using EQ and compression to bring out and / or tame elements within your track.

      Create different depths for elements using reverb.

      How to give bite to a clean vocal to give it more presence and life.

      Maximizing the volume/amplitude of the overall mix, learn how to know how far to push it.



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