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Course: Create Electronic Music with Cubase and a Steinberg Certified Tutor

Create Electronic Music with Cubase and a Steinberg Certified Tutor

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About this Course

Learn How to Make Electronic Music with Cubase from A to Z.

Finally a comprehensive guide to using Steinberg Cubase DAW for your Electronic Music productions.

If you are looking for a complete electronic music production course, you are now in the right place!

Welcome to this course dedicated to Steinberg Cubase Pro, one of the most famous Digital Audio Workstation used in the music production filed. During the course, we will create together a Classic House Song from scratch, that is the best way to learn all the main functions and operations in Cubase.

So, why this course?

Online, you can find many Cubase tutorials explaining a particular function or a trick but non of them is a complete course from A to Z. This is the reason why I’ve decided to create this course where you will be able to understand the Software from the beginning, explained with easy words, tutorials, tip and tricks and practical examples.

But There’s more!

Enrolling into this course you will be also entitled to download a Free One Shot Samples library with more than 300 samples, specifically created for this video course students. A checklist at the end of each section will certify your preparations regarding the last topic treated in that section. So you will be sure you can move prepared to the new section of the course. Thanks to the big text annotations and big zooms, you can also follow the course even from a mobile device with small display, like your phone or tablet, wherever you are.

So let’s see together how this powerful audio software works.

Enrol today and Jumpstart Your Music Production Career with Cubase. 

Basic knowledge

No basic knowledge required.

Requirements:

  • A Cubase 7, 8, 9 PRO Version. Using the Free Trail Version (30 days) is a Great Way to Start.
  • A Computer with an Internet Connection
  • An Audio Card with at least 1 Stereo In/Out
  • A Microphone
  • A Couple of Monitor or Headphones
What you will learn
  • How to Jumpstart My Music Production Career with Cubase
  • Configure Cubase With My Audio Card and Audio Driver
  • Create a Song from A to Z Using the Display Window
  • Mix My Sounds and Instruments Using the Digital Mixer
  • Record Correct and Edit My Recordings With The Audio Editor
  • How to Use Equalizers and Effects Send/Returns
  • Organize My Samples Library with the Media Bay
  • How to use MIDI and Virtual Instrument in Cubase
  • Export and Finalize my Song
Curriculum
Number of Lecture: 92
Total Duration: 04:12:59
Introductory Lecture
  • Introductory Lecture  

    This introductory lecture describes course goals and objectives with a fast overview of the course main goals we'll achieve together.

Basic Setup and General Description
  • Section 2 Summary  

    Basic Setup and General Description Section Summary

  • Create a New Project  

    Understand How to create a new project from the Sternberg Hub Windows and how to define the project folder.

  • The Project Folder  

    Where the .CPR song file and all the other project data are stored in.

    Let’s have a look at the project folder, the .CPR File, the audio folder and the audio pool. 

  • The Contextual Menu  

    An introduction to the Contextual Menu, the Display Window, the Cubase Preferences Window, how to customise the Tool Bar and the Ruler.

  • Project Setup  

    Understand how to configure Cubase audio properties and define the Sample Rate and Bit Depth for your projects.

  • Busses Setup  

    How to connect the fiscal sound card in/out to logical Cubase Busses.

  • Section Recap  

    Section Recap

  • Self Assessment Checklist  

    Self Assessment Checklist

Basic Functions and Operations
  • Section 3 Summary  

    Section 3 Summary

  • Import a Sample  

    How to import a sample using the Import Audio Window by manually choosing the folder and the sample to be imported. Understand the Import Options window to normalise samples to the current Cubase project setup settings. 

    PLUS 

    Download you Free Samples Pack! 

    All samples are taken from the exclusive 989Records samples production library, built since 1989! You could use our samples in your productions, songs and music without limitation or restriction.

  • Import from Mediabay  

    An introduction about how to import some samples using the MediaBay Window plus a general introduction regarding how to Set a Samples folder Location and how to use Search Filters.


  • Zoom  

    Suggestion: the fastest way to zoom in/out is by using the Timeline. Optimise the Display Window layout using Zoom handles and presets. 


  • Snap and Quantization  

    How to use the Snap and the Quantization functions to sync audio/midi events and parts to Cubase grid.


  • Locators and Cycle  

    Understand how to define a Loop Area using the Left and Right Locators handles and the cycle function.

  • Transport Panel  

    An introduction to the Transport Panel and its functions: Punch in and Punch Out Recording, Primary and Secondary Time Format, Markers, Tempo Track and Fixed Tempo, CPU and Disc Usage meter and the Midi an Audio Activity Display Monitor.

  • Undo and Edit History  

    The basics undo and redo editing functions in Cubase.

  • Section 3 Recap  

    Section 3 Recap


  • Self Assessment Checklist 3  

    Self Assessment Checklist 3

Build a Groove
  • Section 4 Summary  

    Section 4 Summary 

  • Building a Groove Part I  

    Building a Groove Part I 

  • Building a Groove Part II  

    How to add samples to the groove but this time using the mediabay window audio manager.


  • Building a Groove Part III - Import a Loop  

    Learn how to use the Mediabay Autoplay and Sync Preview Functions.


  • Swing Quantize  

    Let’s add some shuffle to our groove using the Swing Quantize Function

  • Events and Parts  

    How to create Parts from Audio Events using the glue tool. Understand how to properly size a part to fit the grid and how to use Events Fade In/Out and Volume controls.


  • Process Individual Event  

    Let’s understand how to add a reverse effect to a sample by creating a new processed audio event.


  • Customize Key Commands  

    Learn how to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts from the Preferences - Key Commands windows.


  • Section 4 Recap  

    Section 4 Recap

  • Self Assessment Checklist 4  

    Self Assessment Checklist 4

The Mixer
  • Section 5 Summary  

    Section 5 Summary

  • Mixer Introduction  

    A fast Mixer introduction explaining the Visibility Tab, the Find Track, The Filter Channel Types, Manage Mixer Configurations, The Show/Hide Channel Rack, Link Group, Quick/Suspend/Absolute Linkings, and other channel controls such as the read and write buttons, the monitoring and the record enable.


  • Edit Channel Settings Windows  

    How to set up Inserts, Sends, Eq and Channel Strip Fxs and how to recall a Channel Presets from both the Edit Channel Window or from the Inspector.


  • Insert and Send Effects  

    Understand the Differences Between Insert and Send Effects and where/how to use them in Cubase. In this video, we will also treat the Pre and Post Fader concept.

    PLUS

    Download Insert and Send EffectsQuick Recap PDF for your self assessment.

  • Applying Inserts And Group Channel  

    How to set up Inserts, Sends, Eq and Channel Strip Fxs and how to recall a Channel Presets from both the Edit Channel Window or from the Inspector.


  • Send Effects  

    Learn how to create an Effect Channel and how to set it up via the mixer or the inspector.


  • Introduction to Cubase Equalizers  

    This video is dedicated to the Equalizers section in Cubase with a basic introduction to Parametric Eq, Shelving or Hi/Low Cut filters.


  • EQ Tip And Tricks  

    The Hammer on The Finger Technique! Not exactly on your finger but on your ears. A useful trick to understand which frequencies to remove harshness from your audio recordings. Very easy and useful!


  • EQ Suggestions PDF  

    A useful EQ suggestion list divided by Instrument Type. 


  • Finalizing Groove EQ  

    Equalizing the groove using some EQ preset and listening to the differences between with and without the Eq applied to groove’s channels.


  • Section 5 Recap  

    Section 5 Recap

  • Self Assessment Checklist 5  

    Self Assessment Checklist 5

Midi and Virtual Instruments
  • Section 6 Summary  

    Section 6 Summary

  • MIDI Protocol Introduction  

    A basic MIDI protocol introduction to understand how to use virtual instruments in Cubase.


  • VST Instrument and Quantisation (Old Method)  

    How to create e configure a MIDI track and assign it to a Virtual Instrument thanks to a proper MIDI setup. Understand how to use the Virtual Keyboard from Transport Panel with some practical MIDI Recording and Quantisation examples using the MIDI Editor and the Legato function.


  • Track Instrument (New Method)  

    Doing the same MIDI recording and editing operations as seen for the MIDI track but this time using a faster and easier method thanks the Track Instrument function in Cubase.


  • Basic MIDI Messages - Quick Recap  

    A quick MIDI Messages Recap viewing the MIDI events on the MIDI editor.

  • Treating The Bass  

    Digging into the Insert Effect section understanding how to bring the bass to life.


  • Creating a Piano Track with Chorder Plugin  

    Understanding how to manage Halion Sonic multiple audio output and how to add a Chorder as MIDI insert to create some basic chords in your tracks.


  • Section 6 Recap  

    Section 6 Recap

  • Self Assessment Checklist 6  

    Self Assessment Checklist 6

Other Interesting Things
  • Section 7 Summary  

    Section 7 Summary

  • Automations  

    How to automate a filter added as insert to the piano track. This technique is very useful and used on many sample based House styles like Funky, Disco, EDM or Jackin’ House. 


  • Side Chain Compression  

    You are not a complete producer until you don’t know what the side chain compression is. 

    A practical video about how to trigger dynamics reduction with an external audio signal. Let’s understand how to do the magic!

  • Changing Color And Track Name  

    Understand how to change Color And Track Name and how to use the Visibility Agent in the mixer to hide specific types of tracks from the mixer view.


  • Section 7 Recap  

    Section 7 Recap

  • Self Assessment Checklist 7  

    Self Assessment Checklist 7

The Audio Editor
  • Section 8 Summary  

    Download the file 07_01_Musical_Mode_Groove and try yourself.

  • The Musical Mode  

    A sample in musical mode will follow the tempo song accordingly. Based on Bars and Beats, this function calculates the correct sample stretching to be applied to the sample to match the tempo between samples and song’s BPM.


  • The Time Stretch Tool  

    A fastest way to sync samples to Cubase grid: the Time Stretch Tool.


  • Free Warp Mode  

    Learn how to correct only specific sample portions instead of all its content. A very useful technique used in the Funky / Filtered House production, where 70s and 80s samples are played by humans being and not by a DAW.

  • Realtime Playback Algorithm  

    Realtime Playback Algorithm offers two different stretching technologies and defines how the sample is stretched in terms of grains, overlaps and variances. In this video you will understand how to correctly apply the stretching algorithm to your audio. 


  • Hitpoints and Slices  

    How to create slices thanks to the Sample Editor’s Hitpoint Threshold. This function is useful if you need to isolate specific portions of a sample and leave untouched all the rest.


  • The Vari Audio  

    Use the Vari Audio with monophonic samples to apply specific pitch corrections or single note variations. This function can also work as a native Cubase Auto Tune.


  • Section 8 Recap  

    Section 8 Recap

  • Self Assessment Checklist 8  

    Self Assessment Checklist 8

Record in Cubase
  • Section 9 Summary  

    Section 9 Summary

  • Basic Recording Rules  

    Recording is the most delicate operation in Cubase. Let’s understand how and why to set up a correct input level to optimise the Signal to Noise Ratio before any recording session.

    Someone said... Golden In - Golden Out !

  • Common Record Modes  

    Understand how to Arm a track for a recording session and distinguish between the linear recording and the record in cycle mode. Discover how to show track lanes and how to enable the Punch In/Out recording Mode.


  • Input and Output Bus Routing  

    Understand how to route Input and Output busses for recording and audio grouping/playback operations in Cubase.

  • Tuning a Guitar  

    Learn how to monitor your audio input through Cubase and understand how to use the Tuner Plugin to tune your instruments before a recording session.


  • Record a Guitar  

    Let’s record some guitar takes using the record in cycle and the track lane functions plus some consideration about the proper input recording level. 


  • Edit and Process the Recorded Guitar  

    Learn how to Edit a recording using the Free Warp Mode tool and understand how to use the Scope plug-in to inspect the stereo signal correlation plus how to maximise your recordings.


  • Section 9 Recap  

    Section 9 Recap

  • Self Assessment Checklist 9  

    Self Assessment Checklist 9

Develop The Song Structure
  • Section 10 Summary  

    Section 10 Summary

  • Develop The Song  

    A lesson focused on how develop the song with an overall recap about how to use keyboard shortcuts and how to edit part variations plus how replace bounced audio files.


  • Automations Part 2  

    How to Write automations with both Manual and Automated techniques and understand how to edit the corresponding automation curve in the Cubase track lane.


  • Do You Remember It?  

    The mystery has been revealed!

  • Develop The Song Part 2  

    Let’s continue the song development introducing the Automation Follows Events concept and the Guitar Amp Simulation plug-in.


  • Develop The Song Part 3  

    Creating some additional instruments, audio channels and automations during the song development.


  • The Finished Project  

    And finally, the finished project is here! Let’s listen to the entire song we have created during this Cubase course!


  • Correct the Mix  

    Some advices about how to prepare your final pre-mater mix.


  • Section 10 Recap  

    Section 10 Recap

  • Self Assessment Checklist 10  

    Self Assessment Checklist 10

Export and Archive The Song
  • Section 11 Summary  

    Section 11 Summary

  • Export the Song with Dithering  

    Understand how to use the export window, how to set the final audio resolution and how to apply a dither to reduce quantisation errors. 

  • Archive the Song  

    Comparing the project folder size before and after the archive optimisation process by using the Back Up Projects Function Window. 


  • Self Assessment Checklist 11  

    Self Assessment Checklist 11

The Finished Complete Song
  • Download Unmastered House Piano Mp3  

    The course we have just finished is all about the creation and mixing process and is not treating the mastering aspects. 

    Remember that, at this stage, the track we built together still needs to be mastered. 

    It could be good idea to hire a mastering engineer to finish your track, a PRO that is able to bring-to-life your music, often with pre-master suggestions/corrections advices. 

    You can also try to master yourself the track but at first mastering is a very wide audio field with lot of possibilities and requires a strong experience. 

    Secondly you have already spent too many hours on your mixing, losing in objectivity to your sound - You are too in - 

    A couple a new (and trained) fresh ears can make the difference! 

    ...also, mastering needs an appropriate listening environment, good monitors, great plug-ins, converters, analog outboards, summing units.... 

    So.....as always, Practice and Enjoy !


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    Thanks in advance! 

    Max

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