Cubase 'Start To Finish' Progressive House 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 Progressive House 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

25 Lessons - 4 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 5 lessons of the course and see how easy it really is...

Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Set Up & Chords


After a short intro from your tutor Jay, we start talking about what makes a typical progressive house track and the best way to approach such a track. He also explains how he produces a track and in what order, as this has been requested many times from students.

After a simple beat is made you will learn how to make a simple chord progression using Cubase's in-built Chord Pads, and then how to make it a lot more interesting by adding tensions and inversions. Don't know music theory? Don't worry, as we start at the very beginning and use the tools in Cubase to help us.


Module 2 - Melody & Pads


So in this 2nd module you will learn the process Jay uses to get ideas for a lead melody; the main aspect of this progressive house song, that will sit over the top of the chord progression we've just made. We look at the different synths in Cubase available and adapting the sound to fit.

Jay then shows you how to sculpt yourself a pad sound made 100% from scratch in Retrologue - so you learn synthesis and sound design too. These are all great skills to have when you make your own tracks.

We finish this module by setting up some FX channels and learning about send FX channels.


Module 3 - Bass, Arp & Drums


Next we move onto the very important bass which along with the drums is equally fundamental to the basis of any EDM track. Using the in-built VST synth Retrologue, you'll learn how to make an appropriate bass sound and sculpt it accordingly to mix so it fits perfectly into your track. We then start adding other melodic elements with Halion SE such as an arpeggiator etc. As always, sculpting the sounds with EQ, compression, FX as we go along. This way we get an even mix and it saves a lot of headaches in the mixing stage. We finish by adding some more drum elements to this ever building track and tuning the kick.

Module 4 - Arrangement / Track Structure


Ahh, the one place most people go wrong or need help with the most! The structure of the track!

Jay shows you a simple and easy way on how to structure this track and any future tracks you may produce.

Learn about the different sections of a typical electronic track and the lengths, characteristics and reasons for each part. You will learn about; dynamics, tension, release, variation, creating interest and much more. Here the intention is always to keep the listener pulled in and interested in our track throughout the various different sections. This is an area that often gets overlooked in EDM so it's important to get it right.


Module 5 - Adding FX & Variation


In Module 5 you will learn how and where to add effects within your track and the reasons why. You will learn a number of techniques on creating your own sounds and manipulating them in such a way that they fit into the mix and importantly tie sections together. We also teach how to automate these effects such as the reverb time and delays so they get bigger/longer over time to increase tension and release. Another skill you will learn is how to create your own white noise sweep and learn how to use autopan, pumping FX etc and cut-off modulation to add interest. Talking about keeping the interest, you will learn exactly how to create contrast between the various sections of a track.


Module 6 - Mixing & Mastering


No one is going to want to hear your track if it sounds like a mess, so it's really important to get the elements of your mix balanced together. In this last section we address some elements with fresh ears and fine tune the mix with automation. Jay explains the importance of giving your ears a rest and listening on other systems. You'll learn how to automate delays for breakdowns in line with typical progressive tracks and how to introduce the next element and section within your mix, all the while adapting the FX to suit the mood in the track.


We hope the first 5 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 24 lessons (over 3 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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  • Made in Cubase 10, 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.


Jay Hales (Tutor & Co-Founder of Born To Produce) has produced in most genres over the last 20 years, as well as successfully DJ'ing across many countries throughout Europe. He writes music for TV companies and makes his own personal music in a wide range of genres.


His attention to detail, knowledge and clear teaching style make him the perfect person to learn your music production skills from. He is super approachable so feel free to get in contact with him and ask a question. He is also open to feedback and always looking for ways to improve and offer even more value for money.

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