Cubase EDM for Beginners

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

    • Learn the basics of Cubase, settings, preferences, templates. How to approach a track
    • Create your own sub bass kick and layer drums to make them fatter
    • Produce an epic sounding EDM lead synth by layering
    • Create your own synth presets from scratch
    • Add FX with automation including dynamics, structure, variation, energy builds and releases
    • Professionally mix your track to a high standard using automation, EQ, filters, etc.
    • Master your track at home
    • Cubase 7 Artist or later and Sylenth VST recommended but not essential
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Lesson 1 : Intro & Setting Up (10 mins)

Basic sound settings

Basic Cubase preferences & shortcuts

Import the template and explain it

A look at the different Cubase windows

Lesson 2 : Getting Started (32 mins)

How to approach a track in general

Creating your own EDM sub kick with ‘Big Kick’ VST (not essential)

Adding a white noise snare effect, typical of EDM tracks

Layering drums for a bigger sound

Using EQ and reverb to blend and fatten layers together

      Lesson 3 : Layering Lead Synths (28 mins)

      Layering 5 synths to produce a larger, fuller sound

      How to vary your MIDI notes for interest - when and why

      A brief explanation of synthesis and how Sylenth VST Synth works (not essential)

      Program extra drums like clap for interest

      Layering the percussion for fuller sound

      Lesson 4 : Make Your Own Sound (33 mins)

      Why not to simply select a ‘preset’ and forget it

      How to create your own synth sound from scratch

      Adding more drums & percussion – Using EQ

      Editing and fine tuning samples from sample packs

      How to program a build up section with snare and synth roll

      Lesson 5 : Adding FX with Automation (44 mins)

      Adding tension and release with FX and automating these FX (learn 2 methods)

      Editing and processing a sample to fit with the track

      Layering more synths for a fuller overall track

      Creative use of Autopan, Flange, Chorus, Reverb, Chopper - all Cubase FX

      Automate the cut-off frequency of the main synth to for an interesting build

      Recording a vocal sample and/or finding and importing vocal samples

      Edit timing errors and adding pitch down and other FX to the vocal samples

      Lesson 6 : Creating an Intro (38 mins) FREE >>>

      Learn to programme an interesting, DJ friendly intro. Not just kick and hats

      Adding an arpeggiator and automating EQ for effect

      Automating distortion, reverb, volume and panning on the arpeggiator too

      Automating EQ on the kick drum to impact

      Adding different drums and percussion and adding FX to blend them together

      Manipulating an existing FX sample to add a more interesting build-up

      Lesson 7 : Mixdown (36 mins)

      Best techniques to approach a Mixdown session

      Final touches and tweaks – fine precision tuning

      Blending all sounds and sections together

      Adding panning for stereo width

      Add more variation to MIDI notes for interest

      The reverse reverb technique

      The importance of checking the mix on different systems

      Lesson 8 : Home Mastering (23 mins)

      Best way to approach Mastering

      Basic mastering techniques – adding the polish

      Maximising loudness without compromising quality

      EQ, compression, maximising

      Getting the best quality sound before sending out promos

      Bonus Lesson 1 : Arrangement

      The general arrangement or structure of a typical EDM track

      Why we have different sections.

      How to build different energies within your track

      Bonus Lesson 2 : Easy Riffs / Melodies

      How to create your own riff / melody without any music theory knowledge

      Where to find simple tools to help with scales, notes and chords

      How to setup your own MIDI keyboard or virtual keyboard if you don't have one




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