Chapter 9 of 15 from Timbaland

Making a Beat: Manipulating Vocal Samples


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.

Topics include: Making a Beat: Manipulating Vocal Samples

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.

Topics include: Making a Beat: Manipulating Vocal Samples


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.


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

I have learned alot from Team Timberland. From his creative process, always letting the music speak to you, and most of all his confirmation that his biggest hits where the simplist but very interesting sounds. Thank you Timberland. I will see you after I have mastered my own musical production skills. For now, I say see you later.

This class inspired me to keep believin' in the gift that was given to me and not try to imitate anything by MYSELF !!! When you have it, you know it, then it's all about how bad you're willing to work for it. Never stop, never surrender. Thank you Timbaland and thanks to the whole team. Like I told you, you'll hear about Kali one day. Now let's WORK !!!!!!!!!

Amazing course! 100000% more inspired than I was before I attended. Timbo was the perfect teacher and has reignited the flame for me. Thank You

This master class is down right the best thing I've ever invested in as far as music education for production. Timbaland was so authentic I truly felt like I was right there with him in the studio. I learned so much and he dropped a lot of jewels for us up and coming producers. If you LOVE music you will never give up you must persevere and be great Thank You!!! Timbaland.


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

Daniel T.

You guys are scary (in a positive way) 🤟🏻 I am so motivated listening to your makes me smile the whole time and enjoying it so much and being thankful for being part of this right now and also, being able to do music by my own! GREAT GREAT GREAT!

Sander H.

Anyone know how Fede did that vocal manipulating in logic? Would love to do something like that myself.

Alfred C.

What is the sidechain on each sound they put it on ducking from what sound? The work book does not explain nor the video.

Victor O.

So when they are saying side chain, I’m missing something what is a side chain


See how beautiful that sound? - So that loops. Oh, that's actually-- I added this very cheesy a capella. [CHUCKLES] 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. [LAUGHING] 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. [LAUGHING] [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? [LAUGHING] 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...