Chapter 1 of 15 from Timbaland

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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.

Topics include: Timbaland Teaches Producing and Beatmaking • Getting Started With a Beatbox

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.

Topics include: Timbaland Teaches Producing and Beatmaking • Getting Started With a Beatbox

Timbaland

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.

Reviews

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

Timbaland's class has helped be more open to explore different ideas and find musical ideas in random objects around me.

This is truly inspiring. Tim has opened the door to a new universe. I have purchased a few other Mclasses, but this is a whole different level. The combination of the technical, the practical, and learning to feel it has unlocked a dormant piece of my musical soul. Exactly what I needed. Thank you Tim and thank you Mclass.

Very inspirational! Check my music, google “lwnhrz”

So bummed just finished this class! felt like i was in the studio with Timbaland as my teacher guiding me to bring out MY own sound.

Comments

Cameron J.

I 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: https://splice.com/Boi1da_Official/beat-challenge I am #5 #6 #7 and #10 as of today!

Savaunn K.

I have admired Timberlands body of work for years it's a true honor to see his workflow and approach to making great and infectious music

Scott W.

Absolutely loved this whole Masterclass. Going back now and rewatching to learn all the little tricks they use. Does anyone know exactly what he means by "Pan them like a V shape"? I'm using Logic and I'm trying to figure out what that would be. I know he's recording a mono track, but are they are splitting it into stereo and adding a delay? Any suggestions would be great on how to do what they are doing in Logic. Also, what plugin are they using to give his voice the auto-tune effect in realtime? Thanks!

Andrea C.

Very inspirational, it's great to see how much fun and how quickly Tim comes up with ideas. I'll have a mic at hand when producing...just to put down those ideas and sounds while writing!

A fellow student

I want to say thanks a lot for this tutorial. Especially coming from the best to ever do it.

Jason R.

I know this was the intro session, but I couldn't stop smiling. Tim shows you need very little to start creating - just your voice. He also made me realize getting comfortable hearing my own voice will be one of the most important (and probably most difficult) lessons I will learn. Also learned how to create simple 1-bar on beat on Garage Band beat using bass, high-hat, clap and toms. Baby steps...

Karmel J.

Getting back to the joy and freedom in music is exactly what I need right now! Great intro.

A fellow student

Dope! Been a Timbo fan since the early days with Ginuwine, Missy and Aaliyah, but NEVER knew that this was his process. I've heard his beats infused with beatbox, but now I am loving this idea, as it does give you structure and doesn't leave you with an endless loop that tires your ears! So far, so good. Let's get it!

Peter P.

Great start. A very simple but liberating technique to get past preconceptions and ruts on your instrument(s) of choice and pull together a working groove.

A fellow student

Just seeing Timbaland go wild beatboxing & singing and producing it into hooking bars is so inspiring. and the methodology and attitude are spot on. Breaking out of a goa/psytrance mindset and freeing myself into some meld of timbalands technique and my own musical style, just a wireframe example https://soundcloud.com/pirx-rem/post-tim-beats-3/s-NCBTy

Transcript

(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...