Cubase 12 Essential Training & Full Song Production TUTORIAL

By | January 26, 2023

Cubase 12 Essential Training & Full Song Production TUTORIAL

Cubase 12 Essential Training & Full Song Production TUTORIAL

Learn How To Record, Mix, and Master a Full Song Using Cubase 12

What you’ll learn:

  • You will learn the most important controls and features of Cubase 12
  • You will get a walkthrough of every button on the interface as well as every zone
  • You will learn how to use Cubase 12 by going through the process of recording an entire song
  • You will learn how to record and edit every instrument: piano, pads, drums, guitars, and bass
  • You will learn how to record and edit vocals like a pro. This includes timing, pitch correction, and comping
  • You will learn the most important fundamentals of mixing : EQ, Compression, Reverb
  • You will learn how to use Cubase 12’s newest plugins for mixing
  • You will learn how to use the new Virtual Insruments that come with Cubase 12 such as Groove Agent SE5, Padshop, and Halion SE
  • You will learn how to master and export a single song and full album
  • You will get a sneak peak into my personal projects that I’m working on so you can get some insight as to what a real recording project looks like
  • You will learn how to use Global Transpose to change the keys of your recordings without damaging it
  • You will learn how to use VCAs and Group Channels for mixing
  • You will learn how to record drums using both your keyboard and real MIDI drum kit
  • You will learn how to customize your workspace to your liking
  • You will gain the experience needed to produce your own music and albums in your own studio
  • You will create and really great music and release it after going through this course. I believe in you!
  • You will learn how to use Variaudio and Audiowarp to correct your timing and pitch problems
  • You will get an advanced tutorial on Variaudio and how to use it to create perfect vocal takes
  • You will learn how to setup your metronome to your liking and even render it
  • You will learn the important do’s and don’ts of professional recording


  • No experience in Cubase needed. I’ll take you from zero to hero!
  • You will need a computer with Cubase 12 installed, a midi keyboard, and an audio interface
  • It would be nice if you had a midi drum kit, bass, and guitars but this is not mandatory. You’ll just have more fun!
  • This tutorial will also work well with older versions of Cubase 11 & 10

Welcome to the latest Cubase 12 Essential Training Course!You are going to learn how to use Cubase 12 by recording an entire song! After years of producing music for artists and myself, I have found that there is no better way to teach someone how to use Cubase than by leading them through the production of an entire song. This course is the real deal! Think of it as you doing a personal 1-on-1 internship with me in my studio as I walk you through how to setup Cubase, tell you the most important controls, then take you through the process of recording and mixing every single instrument all the way to the final stages of mixing, mastering, and exporting your final track. The course is intended to teach you the most important and fundamental controls and features of Cubase and how to use them to complete a full song production by showing and leading you through the ACTUAL PROCESS. By the end of this course, you should feel equipped an empowered to use Cubase to record your own songs and albums and release them to the public.No stone is left unturned for the beginner or intermediate user. Everything from setting up your tracks, to recording, comping, editing, pitch correction, EQ, Compression, Reverb, etc. is covered in this course. My goal here is to help take someone who is completely new to Cubase 12 and transform them to the point of a relatively high level of competence so they are able to release their own music with confidence. I hope you enjoy this course, its my honor and privilege to show you how the whole process works.Have fun learning and recording!Blessings,Mark


Section 1: Introduction

  • Lecture 1 Starting A New Project
  • Lecture 2 Setting up your Audio Interface
  • Lecture 3 Setting up your inputs and outputs
  • Lecture 4 Understanding latency and how it affects your recording
  • Lecture 5 Understanding direct monitoring vs monitoring in Cubase
  • Lecture 6 Setting your Record File Format

Section 2: Understanding the Cubase 12 Workspace & How to Customize It

  • Lecture 7 The Top Toolbar
  • Lecture 8 The Project Zone
  • Lecture 9 The Left Zone
  • Lecture 10 The Right Zone
  • Lecture 11 The Lower Zone
  • Lecture 12 The Transport Panel
  • Lecture 13 The Mix Console

Section 3: Essential Workspace Setup & Cubase Versions

  • Lecture 14 How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Lecture 15 How to Create a Marker Track
  • Lecture 16 How to Create a Tempo Track
  • Lecture 17 How to Increase Color Palettes

Section 4: Song Production – Recording Your Foundation Instrument Track & Rough Vocals

  • Lecture 18 Introduction to Song Production
  • Lecture 19 Importance of charts for production and collaboration
  • Lecture 20 Importance of Outboard Microphone Preamps
  • Lecture 21 Setting up a new project and creating your foundational instrument tracks
  • Lecture 22 Setting up your metronome
  • Lecture 23 Recording Acoustic Guitar
  • Lecture 24 Initial Mixing of Foundational Tracks
  • Lecture 25 Insert Reverb and Send Reverb Methods
  • Lecture 26 Using Audio Warp to Correct Timing Issues With Acoustic Guitar
  • Lecture 27 Recording a Rough Vocal Take & Using LINK & VCA

Section 5: Recording Piano & Pads

  • Lecture 28 Introduction to Recording Piano and Pads
  • Lecture 29 Recording MIDI Piano
  • Lecture 30 Importance of saving new file names, Markers, & Cycle Recording
  • Lecture 31 Different methods for MIDI Comping
  • Lecture 32 Editing Piano MIDI
  • Lecture 33 How to edit Piano MIDI Velocity & other CC controls
  • Lecture 34 Recording MIDI Pads
  • Lecture 35 Editing MIDI Pads
  • Lecture 36 VST Recommendations for Piano and Pads

Section 6: Recording Drums

  • Lecture 37 Introduction to Recording MIDI Drums
  • Lecture 38 Groove Agent SE Tutorial and Setup
  • Lecture 39 Drum recording using MIDI Keyboard
  • Lecture 40 Editing MIDI Drums and Quantizing
  • Lecture 41 Mixing your MIDI Drums inside and outside of Groove Agent SE
  • Lecture 42 Groove Agent SE 5 Advanced Routing to MixConsole
  • Lecture 43 VST Recommendation Superior Drummer
  • Lecture 44 Introduction to recording using a MIDI Drum Kit
  • Lecture 45 Setting up your MIDI Drum Kit Module to match notes in Groove Agent SE
  • Lecture 46 Recording using MIDI Drum Kit
  • Lecture 47 Editing MIDI Drum Kit Recording
  • Lecture 48 Using a Group Channel for Drums

Section 7: Recording Electric Guitars & Bass

  • Lecture 49 Introduction to Recording Electric Guitars and Bass
  • Lecture 50 Setting up your tracks and inputs for recording electric guitars
  • Lecture 51 Recording Electric Guitars
  • Lecture 52 Comping and Editing Electric Guitars
  • Lecture 53 Mixing Electric Guitars
  • Lecture 54 Recording Bass Guitar
  • Lecture 55 Editing and Mixing Bass Guitar

Section 8: Recording Vocals

  • Lecture 56 Vocal Recording Setup & Pre-Fader Send for Monitoring Reverb Only
  • Lecture 57 Recording Vocals
  • Lecture 58 Vocal Editing & Variaudio for Pitch Correction
  • Lecture 59 Vocal Editing – Compression
  • Lecture 60 Cycle Recording

Section 9: Final Mixing & Exporting

  • Lecture 61 Introduction to Final Mixing
  • Lecture 62 Cleaning up the start and end of the tracks
  • Lecture 63 Checking EQ, Compression, and Reverb for all tracks
  • Lecture 64 Automation
  • Lecture 65 Limiting and Volume Maximizing using Waves
  • Lecture 66 Limiting using Cubase Plug-ins and Comparison
  • Lecture 67 Quick Export MP3 & WAV using Audio Mixdown
  • Lecture 68 Exporting Multiple Tracks
  • Lecture 69 Checking your mixes on multiple listening devices

Section 10: Mastering

  • Lecture 70 Mastering a single track from the project file
  • Lecture 71 Exporting a project for mastering
  • Lecture 72 Mastering a single track by comparison
  • Lecture 73 Project Sneakpeak – In the shadow of your wings
  • Lecture 74 Project Sneakpeak – Your Grace and Mercy Reigns
  • Lecture 75 Mastering multiple tracks for EP or Album

Section 11: Advanced Topics

  • Lecture 76 Autosave Feature
  • Lecture 77 How to Render a Click Track
  • Lecture 78 Global Transposing
  • Lecture 79 Leaving space in front for editing
  • Lecture 80 Dithering for CD Duplication
  • Lecture 81 HOFA DDP Master
  • Lecture 82 Creating a Project Backup File

Section 12: Cubase Project File Download

  • Lecture 83 Cubase Project File Download

Section 13: Thank you and all the best!

  • Lecture 84 Final Thoughts and Special Thanks

Beginners who would like to learn Cubase 12 for recording, mixing, and mastering,Intermediate and experienced users of older versions who want to learn the latest version Cubase 12

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