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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.

I really like the way Tim builds beats. He lets the emotional flow guide him and keeps things simple. The feel is everything.

There are no words to express the level of value that has been given through this course. I can only say Thank You to MASTERCLASS for seeing the power of Timbaland and selecting him to drop this knowledge to make us better. Thank You Timbo for still being the reining Champion 25 years later. I'll see you soon King.

Great information for my Son and myself. Very valuable information for the price. Inspirational and to the Point! A must have for any Music Producer!

little understanding about music, i did not like how when i pause to take notes on screen "The Workbook" "Review your workbook" "Download Lesson PDF" is in front/middle of screen, plz fix


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