Recording & Mixing Instruments In Cubase

Recording in Cubase is great fun but at first it can be a little confusing. This tutorial will quickly demystify the process and show you everything you need to know about the recording gear and how to use it within Cubase. Not only that but you will also learn how to process all your nice shiny new audio in order to make a radio ready release.

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40 Lessons - Over 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 Expertise

Do you ever get stuck when recording and/or mixing instruments, or become unsure how to achieve a certain sound or clarity? Well, this course will help you when you're recording and mixing your own tracks, to pick the right mixing direction or recording technique, to understand what you can achieve in a given situation and how to implement those skills.


A Compendium Of Mixing Knowledge

This course is designed so you can use it as a reference guide for many years throughout your music production career. All aspects of recording and mixing instruments are covered, from the mind set needed, to the techniques you can use in any given situation. All the mixing related tools of Cubase are discussed in detail, so you can take that knowledge and apply it to your own mixes.

Deeper Understanding Of Cubase

In this course you will learn all about the features and processes available to you in Cubase, granting you a much deeper understanding of what is available to you, how and when to use it.


Ultimately Better Mixes

This course helps you as you are actually making your own tracks; like having a professional recording and mixing engineer on hand whenever you need help with a certain aspect of your projects. Of course you can watch the course from beginning to end and soak in the knowledge if you want, but it will always be on your hard drive, any time you need a helping hand. Or if you want to check you are doing something correctly, or using a tool the right way.

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Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Microphones & Setup


After a short intro we'll look at the essential foundational knowledge of recording, best practices and tips on getting started. When you have completed this module you'll be able to understand the difference between mic types, polar patterns and how to set up a good recording environment in your home studio. We'll take you through the approach and planning of the recording session, what to expect from session musicians and which order to get them in. All of which is vital to getting a great final result for a project.


Module 2 - Mic'ing Up Instruments


Here we will mic up three different instruments; a Double Bass, Saxophone and an Acoustic Guitar. After completing this module you'll be able to pick between mono & stereo recording and why and where you would want to use them. We'll look in turn at each instrument and go through what techniques to apply to get the best results and avoid any bad recordings from happening. Using a considered and measured approach you'll be able to mic up any instrument and get good results.


Module 3 - Interfaces & Setting Up Cubase


We’ll dive into Cubase and start looking at how to easily add or remove microphone inputs and even expand your recording capabilities by connecting multiple audio interfaces together using ADAT. The control room in Cubase is incredibly powerful but is often a stumbling block for many users so here you’ll learn to understand it and how to use it to best advantage in your recording sessions. Using this will enable you to have multiple different mixes being sent to separate outputs. All within a few clicks.


Module 4 - Cubase Control Room, Cue Mixes & Modes


Here you’ll further understand Cubase's 'Control Room' and how to use it to best advantage in your recording sessions. Setting up Cue mixes in just a few clicks is easy. There are plenty of recording options in Cubase and you’ll gain the knowledge necessary to pick the right one for the job, and know how to use it to best effect. You’ll learn how to use the metronome to it’s fullest extent, changing the sounds of it and even the timing patterns for very specific use cases. Lastly we’ll go through some pre-recording checks to minimize failed recordings.

Module 5 - The Power Of Comping


So now we have all our shiny new audio it’s time to get to work; step by repeatable step, you'll learn how to make it come together, ending in a professional and polished track.

Comping is the first stage and it really is an incredibly powerful technique to getting one amazing performance out of lots of different recordings. Here you’ll learn everything you need to know about comping vocals and instruments in Cubase, to get one energetic and outstanding take for the final mix.


Module 6 - Pitch & Timing Correction


In this module you'll learn to go through and fine tune the comped parts. You’ll learn how to use Cubase's chord track to define the pitch correction parameters for the vocals which makes it super easy to tune them. You’ll learn how to take any performance and make it super tight using the extremely powerful ‘time warp’ function in the Cubase audio editor. You’ll learn to match up doubled vocal and acoustic guitar takes to get a super thick and wide sound and even learn about off line processing in Cubase to correct small errors in the performance.


Module 7 - Producing & Mixing Your Recorded Audio


With recorded audio you must exert control over the dynamics and frequencies using compression and corrective EQ. Once you have that, then you can make it more punchy, brighter, more up front, deeper; whatever is needed for your particular project. We’ll look at getting to a balanced place with compression, EQ, saturation, chorus, delay, reverb and other Cubase plug in FX and once you have the basic processes in place you can take it anywhere you like.



Module 8 (Bonus) - House Mix


Lastly, in the bonus videos we’ll look at a house mix we made with some of the recorded parts and we’ll go through the different stages of development, giving you a great insight into how the mix and the processing on our recorded parts developed over time. It's a great chance for Jon to show you his normal production process and the third party plug- ins and instruments used on this radio version that was released on Spotify, iTunes and others.


We hope the 3 free lessons were helpful. If you want to continue to learn recording & Cubase mixing skills, please click the button and gain access to the remaining 37 lessons (over 4 hours) of Cubase recording and mixing gold dust.


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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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