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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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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.


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

This was an amazing learning lesson. Definitely a lot of jewels were given in this lesson about producing. Great advisement from the great Timbo

I could feel the passion and energy of Timberland, powerful! It made me think about what is most important in the creative process (Energy) and the methods of capturing musical ideas, of course also technical things, but these are what really matter. Thank you for the great amount of inspiration and wisdom you have given. The truth, great experience. thank again.

I've been producing for a while so it was nice to be reminded of some techniques that I haven't gone back to for a while. Timbo is not only talented but his story is inspirational.

its funny to find out the quirky working in the dark so I could feel and not be distracted with things to look at or impress others is something done by a famous producer and he showed me a lot in this class how to arrange and that its ok to walk away and come back to not lose the feel of a record


A fellow student

up until this episode I hadnt recognized timbos humility, but he was stoked and acknowledged that everyone is special and his co-pros were pleased. awesome

sara H.

How can you make a vocal chopped on EX24 logic? Didn't know it was possible. Wish they could've at least tell us how is that process possible. I knew you could do it on Alchemy but not with any audio file on EX24.


Gave some of this a go on a couple tracks over live drums and I really like it. Letting "the speakers speak" is a good vibe.

A fellow student

Tim needs to lay off the reverb addiction!! His old stuff was better for being dryer imho. But there's a lot of that going on these days... Much love for the man though!


Da pdf really adds value, I have coproduced my first album n yet I'm learning great stuff about team work, technical n artistic crafting... Great value on this Masterclass! U can check my music out n let me know how I did here ;) (4 some reason I can't add the Yt link 2 my channel, please find PiskoMusic)

A fellow student

It's really weird that there's so many people commenting as if they expected this to be a technical course when he 100% said in the introduction that's not what the class is about. This is about fundamental concepts in creativity and getting to experience a unique workflow to expand your ideas. It's not about his plugins and processing chains.

A fellow student

Just experiment until you find something cool. I would have preferred to hear how Tim does this and his go to plugins for processing sound.

Thomas B.

To be honest i'm a little bit disappointed because they don't really show HOW they did it... they just showed WHAT they did (at the end when it's all done - you can't really see how they did get there...) Sadly the whole class is like this in my opinion (hope it gets better for the other lessons)

Anand R.

do you know what i was thinking whilst his engineers were talking, i was looking at Timbo and he's thinking - ' i just listen and tap my fingers on the pads and feel the music and that's how i get the sound i get'..i can tell Timbo isn't a technical guy, he just feels the music and runs in the direction it takes him.

Savaunn K.

love the Sonics in this lesson manipulating vocals to make them sound like instruments