I’m new to the Cubase daw, currently working in Cubase elements 7 and was wondering if someone could give me directions to where I can find mixing tips. Most videos on youtube are for 7.5,6, or 5 and of course there are differences in the effects included in the different versions. Can someone assist please!?
Welcome to the Forum!
If you just bought it you should be able to download and update to latest version 7.5? Updates you find at Steinberg website.
Steinberg’s official You tube channel are massive. Check it out. Take your time, hours watching the videos.
There are also basic level videos even for complete newbies that has zero experience how to use a DAW and Cubase. If you want more advance videos you can check out Gregs videos that are Steinberg specialist, Cubase Club. Those videos are nothing for beginners.
This forum are full of deep knowledge and friendly people so come back here if you get stuck.
“Learning mixing” can be divided into 3.
- Learn the mixing functions (where are the buttons?) inside Cubase
- Learn the principles of mixing in general (Volume/Compression, EQ, panning, reverb and FX (DAW independent)
- Learn by experience what works on what kind of music
For 1 there is a very good video in this forum: Learn the Mixingconsole (Can also be found on Youtube)
For 2 I would recommend the tutorials sold by Groove3. Many of them on Protools and Logic but that does not matter as it is the same principles everywhere. Also the 3 party companies have very good videos on how their plug works. FabFilter is a good place to start. These video are however plug specific and does not necessarily give you any mix tips, but it also necessary to know the different tools.
For 3. The more you mix the better you get, but expect it to take several years to be a master. There is no quick way to do this. I have been mixing for approx 10 years and I expect another 10 before I can say I master it.
IMHO here is a good start:
Lots o’ short/precise/different approaches from many well known mixing guys.
The reveiws are ‘off da hook’! (sorry bout that )
‘The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook’
For recording and mixing tips, I recommend checking out this guy’s YouTube channel:
He’s got a plethora of videos on the subject. Check out his “5 Minutes to a better Mix” playlist.
Many people new to producing music want quick fixes on their ability. “Just give me a pill to make me better”. When it comes to master an instrument, be a really good “mixer” and/or “masterer”, there is no “pill”. To do good mixes there is training, training…
On your way to become good you will come accross many people offering advices (like me) on how to improve. The more you listen to, the more confusing. I just watched the video “5 minutes to a better mix”, recommended by someone else on this tread. Well, it is not my way of mixing and I would strongly advice agianst it. But if it works for him well… As mentioned before; the tutorials you can find on Groove 3 is my recommodation.
Mixing is about a combination of knowledge and experience. You can watch and read to get knowledge, but you need to do real mixing to get experience. Training of the ears is essential. You will never be able to “youtube” your way to improve your “mix listening” ability. It takes a lot of mixes, over years, sorry but it’s true. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you will get more out of both tutorial watching and reading.
DAWs like Cubase are one of the most complex pieces of software you will come across, with a long learning curve. They have to interact with a lot of disparate third-party plugins and instruments, while maintaining multiple near real-time streams. This can be overwhelming for new users to get their head around.
I recommend you read the first paragraph or so of every chapter and section in the Operation Manual. Also, just note the pictures in each. With that, you will get a gist of ALL that Cubase can do, and know roughly where to find details when you need them.
Spend the time at the start learning the basics, and as you get confidence, you can learn more. At least with knowing what the full extent of Cubase’s facilities and functionality is, you are less likely to just apply the basics to more complex situations. You will know what to learn that is specifically geared to those situations, and thus get better productivity.
I agree with you in that mixing, and anything else that take skills, is something that requires lots of practice and dedication. No question about that. However, just because you are not particular of the way the guy at The Recording Revolution teaches, or approaches mixing, doesn’t mean that it is not correct or that the OP shouldn’t check out his videos. Guess what? I also don’t agree with him 100% on everything, just like I don’t agree 100% on the Groove 3 videos I’ve bought. I don’t even agree 100% with Dave Pensado, when he does his mixing sections on his YouTube channel. But that’s were your individuality and taste comes in. Music is a subjective art, and we all “hear” it differently.
And BTW, just because his videos are titled “5 minutes to a better mix” doesn’t mean that that’s all it takes to master mixing (no pun intended). I believe he even clarifies this in one of his videos (or his website, can’t recall) by stating that the purpose of this series is to convey mixing tips in a quick and easy manner, rather than babble for 30 minutes about something that could be said in 5 minutes. I think it’s a great series, especially for people starting out in their mixing ventures. Highly recommended, and it’s freaking free!
Saher Galt has some awesome videos on YouTube too.
Yes! Agree on this!
thanks everyone for your advice and opinions I will take all into consideration. Greatly appreciated!!!
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