Chapter 3 of 15 from Timbaland

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

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


Timbaland Teaches Producing and Beatmaking

Step inside the production studio with Timbaland. In his first-ever online class, Tim teaches his process for creating infectious beats and making sonic magic.

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Find your beat

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.

Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland teaches his process for constructing beats, collaborating in the studio, and creating chart-topping hits.

Along with a downloadable workbook, the class includes two exclusive new songs and stems you can use to remix or build beats of your own.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Timbaland will also critique select student work.


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

Timbaland is deep! So great to see a Master just DO IT

Such an amazing experience being able to watch Timbaland show his process & workflow. Very inspiring.

Amazing class amazing teacher ! Helped my creative process step out the box.

Amazing, one word description. Man, I was so confused at how to move forward and I feel like this class was not only a lesson but a therapy session as well.


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...

Scott C.

Always inspiring to see other producers work flow and processes. Found I have a lot of similarities in Tim’s flow. Keep the flow flowin.

SuKhee S.

Got inspired!!!! Wanted to do something for over 10 years. Finally after watching Timbaland MC, Did something about it making use of a few things at disposal. My first video

Cameron J.

Still haven't been able to fully make this a part of my workflow, but elements are finding their way in. Have the audio interface and need to get the mic soon. I als wanted to let team Masterclass know that I am a part of Boi-1da's Beat Competition on Splice. He made God's Plan last year and so many other number 1 songs. Instead of one beat though, I entered a 9 track beat tape. The winner gets to make a song with Boi-1da. Currently from hundreds if not thousands of entries, I have 4 songs in the top 10! Would love to hear what the members of the Masterclass think, and of course if you feel inspired like the beats too!! The contest is here: I am #5 #6 #7 and #10 as of today!

Savaunn K.

Got to keep them templates I've got tons of um keep you from looking for sounds all day and night been there loving this so far

A fellow student

This section is great ... i was able to up my game to this ... :D :D


This is one of the best investments i've ever made, and it doesn't hurt that Tim is my favorite producer!!

Shawn D.

how did he randomize the sounds though if most soundbanks come categorized for each type of sound?

Brian S.

This course is already completely out of control!!! And I would expect nothing less from the Emperor of Sound himself.


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...