Cubase Trance Tutorial




Cubase 'Start To Finish' Trance 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 Trance 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
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  • All audio, and Cubase project files are provided

* 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 - Creating A Melody


Getting right to it, you'll set up your project and Cubase so you're ready to go. To start with you will learn basic music theory techniques to build a chord progression but will quickly take it further with more advanced techniques that are easy to repeat. This means building complexity from simplicity by starting with a basic triad progression and make it more complex in stages with 7th, 9th chords, borrowed chords, different voicings and more. You will be able to take the same approach and use the same techniques you learn here to make any trance melody you like.


Module 2 -Leads & Layering


You'll learn to synthesize a nice big, detuned Trance lead sound using subtractive synthesis in Cubase's Retrologue. You will then take that sound and make multiple layers, with pitch, stereo and tone variations to make one big sounding lead synth. Layering is a key skill to have in your bag and means you will be able to create bigger, better and completely unique sounds and textures in your productions. We will also be layering drum sounds, using multiple kicks and advanced kick processing to create a nice big and full sound that cuts through your mix and provides the foundation.


Module 3 - Arrangement


Song structure and arrangement in Trance is all about the build up/intro section and the balance of the drop. In this course you will learn how to make energy build gradually over time, introducing new elements as the track progresses in a way that is subtle but really builds the sense of anticipation. You will learn all the tricks you need to have a false drop and how to build the energy even more before the drop. One vital skill in any music is balancing the amount of energy generated (tension) with the amount (release) you get from the drop. You will learn the skills necessary do do this.

Module 4 - Automation


Part of what makes a long build up section work in Trance music is creating movement. You will learn how to do this with many elements in the track, but most of all with the lead melody. As you can hear from the demo track (see the end of the video above), we have extensive and intricate movement on the lead synth that is complex but also constantly building in energy at the same time. You will learn how to do this yourself and how to manipulate it in many different ways using the automation tools in Cubase so you can customize it after having recorded the automation in.


Module 5 - FX & Transitions


Another super important part of building energy in your tracks and keeping them flowing from one section to the next is using FX sounds like risers, impacts and general FX sounds. Here we will use various sources like audio samples and home made effects. With audio we will be picking appropriate sounds and then further manipulating them with the tools in Cubase. You will also learn to make a custom riser/downfilter effect using various processing techniques to make it sound unique and fit in your track.


Module 6 - Mixdown


In this extensive module you will learn how to professionally balance all the elements within your track. We will be looking at processing all the elements on an individual basis, like advanced kick processing, piano brightening, lead group processing, multiband bass compression and much, much more. You will learn about the different type of balancing and how to do them; volume mixing, frequency balancing and picking elements with the right timbre. You will also learn how to do basic mastering, adding shine and punch to your mixes.

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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.


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