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Lesson time 12:29 min

Meet your instructor: Timbaland, producer of countless Top 40 hits for artists ranging from Jay-Z to Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake. In your first lesson, Tim shows you how to create an entire track with just your voice and a microphone.

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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(SINGING) I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. I want that. TIMBALAND (VOICEOVER): My music philosophy is creativity is a welcoming thing. As long as you love music, you're welcome in this world of producing. TIMBALAND: Well, here we are in the Hit Factory. I have my Team Timbo here-- Chris, my engineer, been with me for years, Fede and Angel, Team Timbo, part of Team Timbo. There's a big expansion. But this is the main hub. What are you seeing here is I'm opening up to y'all and showing you how I do it at home. This is what I do with my crew. All my, you know, Angel, Fede-- we all collectively be together. We all work together through our laptops, and how we-- our workflow is just like a ongoing party. We just transfer sounds to one another, and just cut the speakers on, and jam out. [HIP HOP MUSIC] So we're going to make music. We're going to talk about the music. And I'm going to talk about some of my songs that I already created that were hits, and talk about how I created them at the time, and what was my thought process. We're going to record vocals. We're going to show you how melody is structured from a writer, from me working with a writer, me working with the artists. You're going to see all of that in this class. But if you want to know about the technical parts about the EQing and producing, that's more about going online tutorials about plug-ins and other things. But you're going to learn about feeling. You're going to learn about getting the groove and enjoying one another, fellowship. New producers, young producers, other-- if you're up and coming, show me your work. Show me what you got. Show me what it is. Show me what you want to do. I start using my mouth as a instrument because when I try to tell people what I want, or what I was looking for, or what I wanted to hear, I always had a problem articulating. But my mouth was the easiest way to articulate things, for me, when it comes to music. If I can do the rhythm with my mouth first, then I can duplicate it on a drum machine. But the first part has to be in my head and my mouth. I have to come out with the sounds because it's in my head. And it just comes out. Take "Are You That Somebody," I use my mouth on that because I wanted to do a roll. And I knew I know how to do this clicking sound, so I put that in that. And I just fill up the space with my mouth. "Cry Me a River" was started with my mouth. And then the song was created around that. I started with doing just a melody, just the melody of the song with my mouth. And then I layered it. And then we added instruments on top. So a lot of times, I can start off with just my mouth to get the basic melody. And then I build around that. So I would like to show you instead of talking about it how I sta...

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.


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

This class was awesome. Currently working hard on music production everyday and I learned so much that I can take to my work. Thank you guys and I look forward to more Masterclass!

I enjoyed it very much! I am now much better at beat producing, and just music producing in general. I did kind of think it was a little short for what i payed for though.

It gave me a lot of knowledge on beatmaking an another perspective too, now i have to put in work

The workflow of Tim and his crew inspired me a lot. It makes me want to make music right a way. Thnx for sharing your musical mind.


Gage C.

I can think of melodies in my head, but I can't translate my voice to an instrument because I don't know the notes I'm thinking of or humming. Anyone have an idea?

A fellow student

okay bruh, that's inspiring and totally the way it should be done in the booth ) 1 question tho: what's the Autotune Timbaland uses ?

Evgenia S.

Timbaland so inspired me with his introduction! He is really a great music genius!:)

TaKenya J.

It was absolutely amazing! I have not ever produced music, I am a vocalists and I have always loved Timbaland's music. It is so inspiring. I really wanted to take this class to see how He does it. To learn from one of the best because producers and artists/vocalists go hand and hand!

Sarah ".

yooooooo man listen... Literally had to get over a lot of fears when it comes to music. the things i hear in my head I cannot wait to put down by learning from literally my favorite, Timbaland. Ahhh this turnt the fire allll the way up! AMAZING INTRO TO YOU AND YOUR WHOLE TEAM

Mike E.

Amazing! Humming out melodies and coming out with ideas in my head is how I usually make beats. I have to make them out of feeling. This content can be useful in my work environment because most of my teens create music using feel. As far as beats, my teens usually find sounds and use the melody they've created in their mind to place it in the Digital Audio Workstation they use to create instrumentals. I apply this to my social circle by creating with others and coming up with ideas the same way Timbaland has.

M. K.

Loved it - First class taken, can't wait to see them all! Aside from the enjoyable nostalgia of some his greatest work, & the privilege of having a front row seat to his process, I've learned to appreciate the music in everyday sounds of the world around us. I'm not a musician, but the lessons learned in this course touched my soul & I will carry them forward to the next generations! - Thank you Timbaland & Team


Just have to say this at the onset, you have changed my entire work-flow and my life! I have always struggled with realizing my concepts both musically and verbally. You thought outside of the box and I have no idea why id din't do this ion the first place. Awesome value add!


Very interesting master class! Thanks a lot Timbaland. After I finished this master class I applied some of the techniques thought in this course. I tried to apply some of Fred's dynamics. The drum rack was built in layers as suggested by Timbaland himself. I think its really good practice that way. Anyways song is here below, please let me know what you think! thank you!


I just signed up to Masterclass and am super keen to chew through this content! He says in the beginning of this video - 'new producers, young producers, up and coming.. show me your work'. This is probably a stupid question, but no harm in asking - does anyone know if this is actually a part of the course, e.g. if we were to upload snippets of what we're working on that he might see it/ critique/ feedback etc? If you post the content can other people on this thread see the attachments just as they can see others comments? I'd be surprised to get that sort of interaction due to the huge number of people on this platform, but curious if this is an option. Cheers!