Cubase Tutorial




Cubase Tutorial - Beginner To Pro

This is a complete system that will allow a teacher with little to no experience in teaching Cubase, lead a class of students (in-class or remotely) through the course to completion.

Each student will receive a 'Born To Produce' Certificate of completion.

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10 Lessons - 3 Hours

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Cubase Tutorial - From Beginner To Pro

Why will this course make a huge difference to you, your students and your school/academy?

"Music Production In Cubase - Grade 1" is tailored to usher students into the realm of music production, providing foundational knowledge pivotal for advanced studies like GCSE, HND, and Degrees. This course not only nurtures the basic skills needed for diverse careers—from music production to film and broadcasting—but also saves time, resources, and costs for schools. Teachers receive robust support through access to help videos and full preparation materials for seamless lesson delivery.

A boon for schools and academies

School-Friendly Solution: Our system empowers schools to offer this cutting-edge Music Tech course without hefty staff training costs or the necessity of hiring specialized teachers. Every student completing the course receives a 'Born To Produce Certificate,' offering schools a seamless way to recognize student achievement.

Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Getting Started In Cubase By Making A Beat

The course begins with a quick check of the settings before diving right in and bringing in our first sounds. This gives your students the first opportunity to explore the interface, which allows them to bring media into the project, arrange it and manipulate it using the various tools available. They're going to make a basic drum sequence using Cubase stock audio samples that they will modify and edit to make their own unique beats. A bit later on in the course they will use the in-built drum machine Groove Agent to create extra fills and patterns, to make the drums more professional and learn about virtual instruments.

You can watch this lesson below.


Module 2 - Creating A Melody In Cubase

So they have a basic drum pattern but we now need to add the soul of our track; the melody. This is very easily done, even if your students don't have any music theory knowledge, as Cubase comes with some great tools to help them. The melody of the track is super important as it will spike a listener's interest, and if done right will keep them pulled in to your music. Students will use 'Chord Pads' in Cubase to help them come up with a basic chord progression, and with a bit of guidance they can learn to make this more complex and interesting by using simple and easy to repeat techniques.

You can watch this lesson below.


Module 3 - Audio & MIDI Editing In Cubase

Throughout this course your students will be learning how to manipulate and edit MIDI and audio to bring their music to life. This course also explains how MIDI works, it's benefits and draw backs and how it differs from using audio using simple ideas and definitions.

They'll learn various techniques such as modifying chords, creating a lead melody out of an existing chord structure and learning how to adapt a drum pattern from Groove Agent to fit the needs of the track. Although this is a basic course for total newbies, your students will gain enough knowledge to produce their own basic tracks in Cubase.

Module 4 - Song Structure & Automation In Cubase

After all the content for the track has been created, it's time to arrange it all into a structure that tells a great story. Your students are going to become familiar with what a good arrangement is and why the energy levels of each section are so important. They'll be able to choose the right elements for each section and be able to make each section stand out. A great story/song has ups and downs, it has tension and release and it generates an emotional connection with the listener. They'll learn how to do all of this with various techniques whilst getting to grips with basic automation in Cubase.


Module 5 - Recoding In Cubase

Recording in Cubase can be a fun, creative and really rewarding experience. It can also be incredibly frustrating if you don't know what to do and how to setup for it. In this module your students will learn how to setup to record a microphone for a singer. Once we have dealt with the external setup we'll dive into Cubase to make sure we have the correct recording modes set up. If you don't have access to a singer, or your students don't fancy giving it a go, don't worry! We supply the final, polished audio for you to drop into your project. They will then apply EQ and compression to give the vocal a professional mix.


Module 6 - Mixing In Cubase

This is the final stage where it all comes together. Mixing can be one of the most difficult things to get right when you are new to making music. Here students will learn how to approach it and how to avoid common mistakes that other producers make. The key to a good mix is balance, but they need to understand what that means and how to achieve it. They're going to mix their track using most of the tools available in Cubase. We start with volume mixing and then using EQ and compression to clean and tighten. The goal here is to create a balanced mix with crystal clear separation between the elements. Finally they will export their work.

Check out these sample lessons from the course...

Lesson 1 - Getting Started

Cubase is a powerful DAW for any genre but just like any other DAW it has it's own unique quirks and workflow to master. Our graded courses make this simple for you to teach. Lesson 1 of this Grade 1 tutorial will ensure that your students are fully engaged almost straight away by making a drum beat. They'll start to explore facets of this massive and very powerful DAW as they bring in their first sounds and get used to the interface and main functions of Cubase.

Lesson 2 - Easy Chords

Programming chords and melodies can be very difficult if your students have no music theory knowledge. However, fear not... introducing the in-built Cubase Chord Pads system. In lesson 2 they'll learn how to use Cubase Chord Pads to quickly and easily create a chord sequence which follows correct, basic musical rules. They'll learn how to select the required scale and Cubase will then suggest chords that work with it. It also provides an easy interface so they can choose any chord variation if they have a more advanced music theory understanding.

Lesson 3 - The Bassline

The low end of a track is super important and difficult to get right. In this lesson your students are going to learn how to create a suitable bassline in Halion VST (an in-built virtual synth) by using the existing chord structure they made previously. They'll learn how to tweak the settings of the synth to suit the track better and also how to change the length and velocity of the MIDI notes for a more professional.

These video lessons are very easy to follow.


We hope the 3 example lessons were helpful. If you want to help your students learn music production in Cubase and learn to take your own mixes from beginner to pro, click the button and gain access to the remaining 25 lessons (over 4 hours) of Cubase and music production gold dust.

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  • Cubase 'AI/LE', 'Elements', 'Artist' & 'Pro' compatible*
  • Only free or stock plugins and instruments used
  • Email support (less than 24 hour response time)
  • All audio, MIDI, and Cubase projects are provided
  • Compatible with all versions of Cubase from 9.5 upwards


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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