From Timbaland's MasterClass

Building Beats: Tim’s Process

It's essential to establish a workflow that serves your personal creative process. Tim talks you through his digital rig and reveals his process for selecting the sounds that he uses in his music.

Topics include: Personalize Your Workflow • Finding the Right Sample • Building on a Two-Bar Loop • Resampling the Loop

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It's essential to establish a workflow that serves your personal creative process. Tim talks you through his digital rig and reveals his process for selecting the sounds that he uses in his music.

Topics include: Personalize Your Workflow • Finding the Right Sample • Building on a Two-Bar Loop • Resampling the Loop

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The way I laid my Push out is I just took a lot of-- I just made drum rack 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ASR, 10, 10, just make 'em all-- put all my drums in a rack. And then after I make my drum rack, I try to pick my favorite ones, the same way I did on my ASR. I try to move the same way that I move on my ASR. I don't organize my drum racks to, say, oh, this sound, that sound, because it kills my freedom. I don't have, like, oh, all the kicks on one row. Nah. I just put them all-- like, I grab-- if it's 128, whatever these pads are, I just grab, boom, until they fill all the blocks up. Then I move on. And I name that batch Timbo 1, Timbo drum rack 2, Timbo drum rack 3. And then as I'm producing, I find my favorites out of that. And then on your template, you can put your favorites, and go to a preference to say, save your template. And you just save your template, and it comes up with all your favorite drum racks. I don't label, or, like, I label like, if you see up here, Timbo drum 1, Timbo-- Team Timbo 2-- it's the same. These are all the same three up top, three that I just duplicated. Then you got Timbo 1 over here, then Timbo Big Drum Kit. That's the only names I do. You know what I'm saying? I'm not going to sit and say big kick 1 or supersonic kick 2. Nah, I just put them all on one. And, like, how it says 36, 5, I'd know that's a drum rack. I know that's a drum rack. You have to label to things that you know that fits how you're gonna remember things. And just, for me-- and when I don't-- if I put drum rack with the big bass, it'd make me always go to the drum rack with the big bass. But if I put, like, 4, 5, 6, I don't remember what 5 have in it. And I just take the sounds from the ASR-10 that I always made all these hits and create different, you know, ambience out of 'em because the computer, the Ableton allows you to expand on what you already created in life. So I don't necessarily say, oh, this kick can go in-- nah, i just load them all up and play them back. I load up Drum Rack 5. And it's right here. Drum Rack 5. And there it is-- all the pads. And this is how it's laid-- I don't know what's on the pads. So as I load it up, I will just-- [DRUM BEATS] And it gives you with-- by me not knowing what's up here, it makes me more creative. So I'll just-- [DRUM BEATS] I just start. And now, there it is. But I didn't know that was on this drum rack. I didn't know that. I'm like, ooh, this kick sound. [DRUM BEATS] [VOCALIZING] See. There you have it. This is my organization. This is, to me, organized. But to somebody else, to you, you have to create your own organization. This is mine. This is-- I know I like the element of surprise. I load my rack. I push buttons not knowing what's going to happen. That's beautiful. [MUSIC PLAYING] You know, it's so many ways that I start, you know? One time it could be the percussion. Sometime it could be just a metronome, like, you know, just a metronome. A...

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Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland takes you behind the boards to teach you his process for creating iconic tracks with artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Aaliyah. In his first-ever online class, learn how to collaborate with vocalists, layer new tracks, and create hooks that stick. Step into Timbaland’s studio and learn from one of the industry’s most innovative hit makers.

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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Thanks a lot for this amazing course. It's a different approach to music than mine, so it was really interesting to see this. I will always remember this class, I really enjoyed it.

More valuable than the techniques were Tim's 1-on-1s where you felt like - where I felt like he was talking directly to me, like I was in the room with him. That conversation was we had at the end was it. Thank you Tim, and thank you Masterclass.

Amazing. The first session is worth the sign up fee alone. Tim's energy is really infectious and inspiring.

I had been waiting on this masterclass to come out ever since I saw Timbaland was doing one. Today I was sick from work and just spent the entire day watching the whole class. Unbelievably relevant information and super inspiring. Best masterclass yet.

Comments

vonwu

batching sounds for a toolset & picking faves is genius. saves you from going through every sound for every button, plus gives you a way to quickly find sounds you like for other projects. interesting that there's a clear air for open communication between everyone in the studio. no "yes man" silliness & also no scathing "wtf are you doing" -- balanced ground of good vibes & constructive criticism. voicing what you think & taking things to heart, but not taking them personally. i like that. studio workflow's looking a lot more oriented to people skills than expected. might've taken years developing that awareness on my own. not even 3 full vids watching timbaland's workflow to catch it tho. maybs 45 min? amazing.

Chris R.

How is Timbaland even famous ??? He's just hitting random pads, and acting like he's some kid of genius.... If I sat my 2 year old down in front of a Push2 and let her mash down on keys randomly, would be a very similar result

Jose T.

My question is this...How exactly does Tim load up a drum rack? Is one just kicks, another one snares and so on? or does he just gather them all and throw them on the pads?

A fellow student

I enjoyed how the process is so honest, leveraging other experts to keeping pushing it forward with Tim owning the soul😁

Sanchez F.

Love the lesson. Is there a way to get some of these patches? They are gold!

Erik P.

I like how he said to follow your form of "Organization" that fits your process. It's cool to hear him say I'll stop there and turn it over to someone else. Resampling the whole loop was creative.

Mason R.

Can someone please explain how all their computers are synced I need to be able to collaborate with my partner on 2 Macs same version of ableton 10 almost same plug ins. I want to be able to lay down whatever while each being able to work on our own computers p

A fellow student

I was a bit perplexed that there wasn't better sound organization, but I guess when you have a sample library built up and can drop 128 sounds that you have already processed from the ASR-10 then the element of surprise works. Would have been great to share a kit and go over the sound processing techniques used.

Anand R.

My takeaways from this: - organise yo ish and create your own organised sounds - Be inspired with the metronome! - Re-sampling the idea (never thought of that).

Cameron J.

Another thing that was really helpful that I learned from Liam Shy was a way of saving any instrument and the way that you make changes to it. Something similar to the way that Timbo works with drums... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWc_S4q0-VQ&t=5s