I decided to start a project not too long ago to learn how to use Cubase better and to try to get better at making music in general. I basically (force myself to) make a short song each week.
You can check it out here: www.sevaztian.com
So far I have only used Cubase (5) and its included VSTs/synths/effects. The only thing so far that I have used that didn’t come bundled with Cubase is my electric guitar. In the coming weeks I’ll be downloading the free NI players though and start including those as well. And other stuff in the future.
I try to write a little bit about how the song came to be or what techniques I used and so. Feel free to leave a comment on the site or through soundcloud for a specific time of the song. I’d be glad to share any techniques used or anything you’d be interested in knowing about how I used Cubase to make the songs. Your tips on how to better those techniques and all the problems I run into are most welcomed as well. The idea is for others to learn a thing or two as well along with me.
Please keep in mind:
I do other things for a living so I only spend a bit of time on each song every week. Usually around 5 hours in one night. It would be nice for the songs to be better and have better sound quality, but getting practice and learning is what’s most important here. I believe that if I spend more time perfecting one single song rather than less time on more songs as I’m doing, I wouldn’t learn as much/fast.
I say that so we can focus more on technique and using Cubase in general rather than how good/bad the songs are.
The songs are very varied in genres, so if you don’t like the fist ones, check the older ones and you may find something you like. Hopefully the songs are not too bad and that you actually enjoy them a bit