Arts & Entertainment, Music

Making a Beat: Manipulating Vocal Samples


Lesson time 09:20 min

Join Team Timbo in the studio as Tim’s co-producers Fede Vindver and Angel Lopez teach you how to imprint your signature sound on samples through effects and plug-ins.

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Topics include: Making a Beat: Manipulating Vocal Samples


See how beautiful that sound? - So that loops. Oh, that's actually-- I added this very cheesy a capella. MAN: (SINGING) You knew just what my soul needed. MAN: This is from a sample CD. - Wow. MAN: It's really bad. And I chopped it in the keyboard. So I chop it-- there's a function in Logic, which is what I use-- that it can chop every transient. So then I have-- [MUSIC PLAYING] Every note that this guy sang. MAN: Oh, well, I could do that on Aim To Slice. - Yeah, exactly. - Oh, okay. I just thought-- I though it was amazing. MAN: Nah. - But that is amazing. What made you take that-- well, take the man? MAN: Well, I just-- I wanted to have a rhythmic vocal thing. MAN: But what-- play the original. [MUSIC PLAYING] MAN: (SINGING) You knew just what my soul needed. MAN: Like, I wouldn't-- see, that's what makes everybody special. I would'nt've never thought to take that and put it on top of that. That just would've throwed me off. I would've went-- I was like, what is this man singing? MAN: But you saw the vision in him singing it. That's beautiful. MAN: Yeah, it's the raw material. And then you just-- [MUSIC PLAYING] So that's how he sounds. And then I just added a bunch of effects-- reverb. It's like a room-- delay. MAN: Woo! MAN: Compression. Side chain. And then, EQ. That's it, that's how you make it. MAN: So beautiful. - Crazy. MAN: And then there's one more sound. [MUSIC PLAYING] It's just an embellishment for the downbeat of the song. [MUSIC PLAYING] MAN: Yeah. That's a woo, right? MAN: Yeah. And it just comes on the one, every eight bars. MAN: With a delay on it? MAN: Yeah. MAN: Like a woo, it's perfect. MAN: And then there's another sound that comes here. [MUSIC PLAYING] MAN: To enhance the air of the woo. MAN: Yes, the transition. Exactly. - Perfect. MAN: I'll tell you where it goes in a minute. [MUSIC PLAYING] MAN: Woo. MAN: Just give it a little enhance. MAN: It just blend with the blum, blum. MAN: Exactly. MAN: Yeah, perfect. - And then we have the bass. Two different bases for section one. One is this. [MUSIC PLAYING] MAN: OOH, that's a flange on that? MAN: That's actually a filter on it. Sound good, like a phaser. It's almost like a phaser, a little bit. MAN: It's almost like it, yeah. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is the original sound. It's like a electric bass sample. And this sound is, what it's called, Form and Filter. It makes like a vocal sound, almost. Let's go wow. MAN: I know about that. MAN: Then after that, is a side chain-- to make it funky. Compression, on top of that. And then, I thought it was good to make it wider, so I widened it up a little bit with Guitar Rig. And then, underneath that, there's another layer with a deeper bass. So when you put them toge...

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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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