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Studio Session: Making a Beatbox Beat


Lesson time 27:56 min

Step into the studio to see improvisation and creative feedback at work. Tim teaches you how to build a song around a beatbox, starting with the loop he created in the first lesson and adding harmony, melody, and texture.

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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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So, what we gonna do now-- the beat that I made early with my mouth is gonna expand on that. [MUSIC PLAYING] TIMBALAND: (SINGING) She got the . She got me now. She got me standing on my head. - Let's play the loop. [MUSIC PLAYING] - Oh, I gotta sync it. - I got you. One, two, three-- am I on? Quit. I like that. Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh. That's like a dope pad, but it needs some chords that go with it-- not long chords. Like Something that move, not this straight. Like something ill. Something different to that. A different sounds. That's cool. What I did is just add on what is there. I'm just adding, just filling in the space in. Just filling in what's already-- I did my mouth with-- digital, with my drum kits. And just trying to fill in the space and make it-- keep the essence of the beat box there, but just not over cluttering it. Just making just special. MAN: That's what I like about starting tracks with you that start with your voice. 'Cause it's a pretty cool concept 'cause you have sound-- these sounds, we could switch the chords, easily. TIMBALAND: Yeah, easily. - You know? It's not like there's sounds that are married to a specific-- There's a key in there, but they're not married a specific set of chords. And that's what's cool with taking something with Tim's voice. MAN: Yeah. And then we could take my voice out and see what is there, you know? - Yeah, just did, you know? [INTERPOSING VOICES] - Yeah, exactly, and just keep the beat box. Or we keep those melodies, and then-- TIMBALAND: And reverse it. MAN: Yeah. So this bass part is a Massive patch, and then I put it through the famous Kickstart sidechain effect. I rolled off a little bit of the bass, and I just played-- [TONES PLAYING] It's just a solid preset for Massive. Very great synthesizer. And all I did was put the sidechain on it. It kind of grew with what Tim was doing with the beatbox in the group. [TONES PLAYING] Yeah, so it's just a little bit of texture with the vocal sample. We're not necessarily committed to it, but it's just a nice little texture that inspired me right off the bat, and we added it. For this one, I used the plugin called Tantra, and I have this preset that we call the Ranch Sauce. And I also filter the low end on it. And then on the other one, it's an ethnic sample. And I put it through what I call the "40 Sauce." Basically, I'm de-sampling, and it's almost as if I'm filtering the top end of the sample. And then I'm running it through an EQ and then also Kickstart. And that's just texture. So it's not a lot. Like, this one-- sometimes, you'll run through samples and they happen to be in the key, and there isn't really a lot you could do. And they work out fine, and you want to use them as textures. So this would be one of them. [TONES PLAYING] That's the original, and then-- [TONES PLAYING] So the sidechain is pump...

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.


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

My very first class!! So great to see a pro work and how he breaks it down. Really enjoyed watching that inner kid come out and just have fun with it.

Great course. Getting to see how the team works in the studio is priceless.

Awesome to see how a master performs his craft.

The Class was Excellent and I would recommend it to any and everyone who wants to hear words of wisdom!!


Peter H.

The Lesson is fantastic. Extremely inspirational. In the video at 22:15 it mentions that the track can be downloaded in the resources section. However, I cannot find it. Anybody know where to find the track? Would love to listen to the completed version.

Matt T.

All amazing info - do I have down download each lesson individually? Is there a complete workbook? can't find it

George K.

He broke my cherry!!! First class ever with you guys and soo enjoyed his process!! This helps me tremendously and really sparked me off to start a wildfire!! Huge thanks yous to you all at Masterclass!!!

Cristian R.

This has validated a lot of what I SHOULD be doing... but I haven't been fully executing on (i.e. recording a melody without full lyrics for the sake of creating the shell of a sick hook). It's an "in-the-moment" vibe that I need to capitalize on before that energy is gone (or difficult to duplicate come session 2, 3, 300, 1000)... Great stuff!

A fellow student

Great, thanks! Very inspiring! The only thing I find difficult (I just started on Masterclass) is to find the resources (they say somewhere that we should download the tracks on the resources section, where it is?). Other thing that is annoying: each time I pause the video, they show the window "Review your workbook" even if I've already downloaded it. Is there a way to get rid of this popup? Thanks again!

Tim W.

Yo!!! That was so tight. I was rocking out in my chair to the beat. So cool to just let it rip and see what comes out of it. Best part about making beats is the energy and the vibe when you're getting close to something. Imagine doing this every day. I'm not a voice guy (yet), but I love taking this same approach with my guitar, which I'm much more comfortable with. Thanks for inspiring a brotha, Timbaland!

Chad M.

Great insights here, wish I had a team working with me. My minus on this is autotune - I SUPER HATE auto tune. Nice work so far. I'm picking up some good workflow

Eli G.

Great lesson... does anyone know what the Ableton app and the Ableton live drum pad cost?

A fellow student

Anyone can tell me the apps and how to learn the basics of music producing?

Ronin O.

Ronin One...It is absolutely fantastic to feel this class right through my headphones. It feels like you are in there helping put this together even though you are just a fly on the wall. Every time I saw how much fun you all were having it was epically contagious. I would be lying if I said I wasn't clapping and jamming as I continued to watch the process. Every time something was added it just got more epic. This IS a Master Class!!