Learn How to Make Electronic Music with Cubase

Learn how to create an electronic track from A to Z. A comprehensive guide to using Cubase for your Productions!
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  • Lectures 92
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

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.

Also remember: lifetime free access to the course and full 30-Day Money Back Guarantee!

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

Enrol today and Jumpstart Your Music Production Career with Cubase.

What are the requirements?

  • A Cubase 7, 7.5, 8 or 8.5 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 am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Aspiring Producers
  • Music Enthusiasts
  • DJs or Musicians
  • Podcasters and Video Producers
  • Electronic Music Lovers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.



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

Section 1: Basic Setup and General Description
Section Summary
Understand How to create a new project from the Sternberg Hub Windows and how to define 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.

An introduction to the Contextual Menu, the Display Window, the Cubase Preferences Window, how to customise the Tool Bar and the Ruler.
Understand how to configure Cubase audio properties and define the Sample Rate and Bit Depth for your projects.
Learn how to set up the ASIO driver for your audio card and how to configure the buffer size to prevent clicks or latency.
How to connect the fiscal sound card in/out to logical Cubase Busses.
Section Recap
Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 2: Basic Functions and Operations
Section Summary

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.


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.


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.

Suggestion: the fastest way to zoom in/out is by using the Timeline.Optimise the Display Window layout using Zoom handles and presets.
How to use the Snap and the Quantization functions to sync audio/midi events and parts to Cubase grid.
Understand how to define a Loop Area using the Left and Right Locators handles and the cycle function.
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.
The basics undo and redo editing functions in Cubase.
Section Recap
Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 3: Build a Groove

Download Self Assessment Audio for Groove Wav file and try your own!

Learn how to create a quantized groove and how to copy samples through the display window using some standard Cubase keyboard shortcuts and how to enable solo on selected tracks from the Cubase Preferences window.
How to add samples to the groove but this time using the mediabay window audio manager.
Learn how to use the Mediabay Autoplay and Sync Preview Functions.
Let’s add some shuffle to our groove using the Swing Quantize Function

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.

Let’s understand how to add a reverse effect to a sample by creating a new processed audio event.
Learn how to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts from the Preferences - Key Commands windows.
Section Recap
1 page


Now please download the attached PDF and be sure to be able to flag each argument on this 3 SECTIONS SELF ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST.

  • If you already know about everything in this list, you can safely move on to the next section.
  • Otherwise, watch again the video explaining the topics where you are unsure, and complete your 3 SECTIONS SELF ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST checklist.

Practice and Enjoy!

Section 4: The Mixer
Section Summary
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.
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.

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.


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

Introducing the concept of Dry/Wet mix signal control while playing with some Insert Effects like distortions, transient effects, equalisations, modulations, gate, etc… plus we will understand how to copy effects from a slot to another and how to assign multiple channels to a Group Track.
Learn how to create an Effect Channel and how to set it up via the mixer or the inspector.
This video is dedicated to the Equalizers section in Cubase with a basic introduction to Parametric Eq, Shelving or Hi/Low Cut filters.

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!

2 pages

A useful Eq suggestion list divided by Instrument Type.

Equalizing the groove using some Eq preset and listening to the differences between with and without the Eq applied to groove’s channels.
Section Recap
Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 5: Midi and Virtual Instruments
Section Summary
A very basic MIDI protocol introduction to understand how to use virtual instruments in Cubase.
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.
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.
A very quick MIDI Messages Recap viewing the MIDI events on the MIDI editor.
Digging into the Insert Effect section understanding how to bring the bass to life.
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 Recap
Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 6: Other Interesting Things
Section Summary

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.


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!

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 Recap
Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 7: The Audio Editor

Download the file 07_01_Musical_Mode_Groove and try yourself.


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.

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

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.
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 Recap
Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 8: Record in Cubase
Section Summary
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 !

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

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.


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 Recap
Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 9: Develop The Song Structure
Section Summary
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.

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

The mystery has been revealed!
Let’s continue the song development introducing the Automation Follows Events concept and the Guitar Amp Simulation plug-in.
Creating some additional instruments, audio channels and automations during the song development.
And finally, the finished project is here! Let’s listen to the entire song we have created during this Cubase course!
Some advices about how to prepare your final pre-mater mix.
Section Recap
Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 10: Export and Archive The Song
Section Summary

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


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

Self Assessment Checklist
1 page
Section 11: The Finished Complete Song

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Instructor Biography

Max Porcelli, Steinberg Certified Trainer - 989 Records A&R - HGD Resident

Max Porcelli is a Steinberg Certified Trainer, DJ, Producer and Remixer with a degree in multimedia and technological sciences. Since 2007 he's been running the Educational Division of 989Records, an independent electronic record label producing a variety of electronic music genres and working with many artists from around the globe. The aim of the division is to develop electronic music culture and all its related technologies.

Having followed more than 200 students during his educational activities, Max has become a point of reference for many musicians, DJs, producers and enthusiasts in the north east of Italy. 989Records head honcho, he started his musical career in 1989 and is currently one of the most active and chameleonic producers of the Italian electronic scene, with almost 70 singles, EP, albums and remixes already produced and published. Over the years, he has worked with Pacha Records and several important Italian labels such Rise, Absolutely, Airplane, Molto Rec, remixing artists like Inaya Day, Angie Brown (Incognito), Jocelyn Brown, Cheryl Porter, Oliver Cheatham (Room 5) and many others.

Since December 2016, Max is one of the HeavensGate Deep Radio Show Resident DJs, Showcasing everything from Deep House, Tech & Techno - Syndicated Worldwide.

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