Mix Your Own Tracks and Learn the Essentials of Cubase
- 2.5 hours on-demand video
- 52 downloadable resources
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Learn how to mix your own tracks with more professional results
- Configure EQ and Compressors to do 90% of your mixing work
- Use Frequency Spectrum Monitoring to mix a better track visually
- Correct recordings with lousy pitch using Cubase's VariAudio
- Configure and apply Mid-Side processing to widen your stereo mix
- Automate your mix by recording or manually drawing automation curves
- Start mixing with prepared audio stems right away!
- Students who have Cubase Pro 9.5 will get the richest experience, but lessons can be applied to many DAWs and Cubase versions.
- This course focuses mainly on EQ and Compressors, so those tools should definitely be available to students.
When your song is written and your tracks are recorded, do you want to hand it off to a stranger? If you're like many artists, you want creative control until the recording is mixed and finished. Suddenly, you're not a musician anymore - you're trying to understand EQ, multiband compressors, stereo widening and so on.
Mixing your own tracks can be overwhelming and discouraging. Often the manuals are hard to read and the explanations are mathematical, instead of musical. Making a great mix requires 2 core skills - learning how and why to use EQ and Compression. This course will explain how these powerful tools work and allow students to look over an engineer's shoulder as a raw collection of tracks is transformed into a cohesive and compelling final mix!
- Mix and remix using downloadable projects and audio files (stems)
- Keep it simple by focusing on EQ and Compression
- Discover how when and why to use automation... in 2 modes
Make It About the Music.
All Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) contain an overwhelming collection of plugins and instruments, these days. Which ones do you need? Not only will this course help you create a shortlist of the most useful plugins, but you'll also get a headstart with downloadable presets for the plugins you need most. This course is designed to make the processing of mixing your track feel more like music and less like engineering. You'll learn how EQ and frequency spectrum monitoring work together to help you make the right musical choices for each track in your mix - visually. Also, you'll learn what to listen for when using a compressor. With these skills, you'll be able to stay focused on your music without having to compromise on a half-baked final mix.
Content and Overview:
This course has cherry-picked the best features from Cubase, including pitch-correction with VariAudio, reusable FX chains and automation. You can get up and running with the most valuable mixing tools and benefit from watching them being used in a real world mixing situation. Plus, you'll discover that Cubase offers more flexibility than many people realize. Find out how to widen your stereo mix by creatively using FX channels to setup a powerful Mid-Side bus. Then, watch as we apply different FX to different spatial elements in your mix!
In the first major section of the course, we'll cover the individual features and controls that you'll want to use for every mix you ever do. You'll also develop a well-rounded understanding of topics related to Cubase (and all DAWs, really). We'll cover everything from licensing and 64-bit plugins to master channel FX and optimizing your project for a better organized workflow.
The course continues with 2 sections about mixing drums and instruments. Each instrument and drum will get its own dedicated lesson, so that you can see how they differ and how each instrument needs unique consideration in your mix. The range of tracks in our multitrack collection offers a huge variety of challenges. For example, you'll see how and why an 808 drum sometimes needs a longer attack, while the frequency rich content in an FM synth pad can be sculpted to play well with others.
- Mixing individual HH, Snare, Kick and Percussion
- Blending organic-sounding Fender Rhodes with a brash FM synth
- Learn how to record a vocal, pitch-correct it and even create a 3-part harmony!
Rough Mix vs. Final Mix:
Professional mixing engineers often divide their workflow into 2 distinct phases: a rough mix and a final mix. This course will teach you an optimized workflow, starting with simple fader mixing, then leveraging automation, panning and side-chain compression tricks to create a robust and professional rough mix. Discover how mixing in mono can help diagnose mix flaws and even add creative edits - like automating a delay to create a stutter/echo effect on the last musical note of the outro.
Many dedicated musicians have created a decent rough mix - after weeks of struggle, dozens of web searches and thumbing through incomprehensible audio engineering books and manuals. But, the professionals have some tricks up their sleeve that usually make the audible difference between a home studio mix and a pro "final" mix. In the last mixing section of this course, students will walkthrough setting up Mid-Side processing using Cubase's built-in audio routing features. Students will also get a chance to see how and why a multiband compressor can be used to elevate and enrich any mix (although it is best applied to a completed "rough" mix). Finally, we'll cover export options and important considerations for preparing your final mix file for hand-off to a mastering engineer.
- Maintain creative control over your music
- Learn the ART of mixing, not just the science
- Develop good habits, understand the pitfalls
- Use hotkeys and optimize workflow
- Get the most out of your computer with CPU optimization tips
- Beginners who want to understand how to use Gating, EQ and Compression to mix and edit multitrack audio in Cubase.
- Beginner who want to get started with multiband compression, pitch-correction and/or automation in Cubase
Let's start by opening Cubase and understanding how to get ready with a new project. I'll explain what the Steinberg Hub is for and how to get up and running quickly.
Gain an overview of how to use this course's stem audio files to your advantage throughout this course.
We'll build on your toolkit by looking at how (and why) a limiter plugin should be applied to your mix. I'll explain the user interface for the limiter built into Cubase. We'll also introduce the Mix Console and see how it facilitates a user-friendly way to manage and apply inserts.
Mixing on headphones (or lousy monitors) can make it hard to evaluate how "balanced" your mix is. I'll show you how to configure any cubase project to match import resolution and visually monitor the frequency spectrum of your mix (or any individual audio file). Once again, we'll be using built-in plugins from Cubase.
In this lecture, I'll outline 2 principles for setting the correct compression settings on any sound. Compression can be hard to learn and hard to hear by ear! But, my 2 principles of good compression (based on perceived "closeness" and timbre) will make you a pro at using a compressor right away!
Watch this hands on lesson and see how gating, EQ and compression can be set correctly on both the open and closed high hat. I'll also demonstrate how inserts can be dragged to a different order. Plus, we'll apply RMS compression and duplicate insert values from one channel to another using the Mix Console.
The congas channel contains a new frequency range that we haven't seen before. I'll demonstrate that sometimes very dramatic changes to an individual track can make it sit perfectly in the mix. We'll use our compression to manage midrange and make the congas "pop".
This lesson introduces the Cubase Instrument Channel - a useful tool that combines MIDI with a virtual instrument. This lesson is a step-by-step walk through for setting up an instrument channel. We also talk about snapping audio events to other events to synchronize timing perfectly!
Recording your own audio into Cubase requires proper setup of an audio interface. This lesson will explain how to use the Studio Setup and Studio Audio Connections to ensure that your audio interface is configured correctly for recording audio directly into Cubase.
The next step is to edit our trimmed audio event and use crossfades in order to make sure that our timing is perfect. After our edits are complete, I'll demonstrate how to replace our edits in the project with a freshly rendered (and time-corrected) audio event that we can pitch correct easily
This lesson demonstrates how to add a new audio track and configure it to record audio from you audio interface. You can see how to properly record an audio event (which we'll use in future lessons for editing). You can download my recording and import it into Cubase or you can record your own using these steps.
Automation is a powerful tool that has the power to elevate every mix if used correctly. This lesson demonstrates how Cubase can record automation based on your manual actions within the program. This is the easiest way to implement complex automation based on "feel".
At this point in the course, we've demonstrated many, many powerful tools! In this lesson, we'll encapsulate what we've learned by summarizing a broader outlook on mixing - based on the analogy of a conversation. This is a great way to think about and understand a great mix.
Mid-side processing is setup differently in different DAWs. Cubase requires some workarounds to configure the correct routing for Mid-Side processing, but it can offer a great mixing enhancement. This hands on lesson contains a demo project and demonstrates how to setup Mid-Side routing on your own.
This lesson demonstrates the use of a free VST 3 plugin and how to apply simple Mid-Side EQ processing. I'll also talk about the potential dangers of exaggerated Mid-Side processing. This lesson will be easiest to follow if you're starting with the Mid-Side configuration from the last lesson (you can also download the project from the last lesson for a quick start).
This bonus lecture is designed to enrich your learning experience and provide some new avenues of learning, if you're interested in learning more! Coupon codes, link to musicprotest.com/cubase-students, links to articles, cubase project templates, Cubase Challenge outline (post link, invite feedback).