From Timbaland's MasterClass

Studio Session: Making a Beatbox Beat

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.

Topics include: Filling Out the Beat • Adding Ear Candy • Adding Chords and Melody • Layering Vocals • Beginning to Shape Lyrics • Pushing Through Writer's Block

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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.

Topics include: Filling Out the Beat • Adding Ear Candy • Adding Chords and Melody • Layering Vocals • Beginning to Shape Lyrics • Pushing Through Writer's Block

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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) [INAUDIBLE] She got the [INAUDIBLE]. 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 [VOCALIZING] 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.

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

Being from VA I have always admired Timbaland. He probably is my biggest influence as a producer. I am thankful that he decided to drop these Diamonds in this class. ~ GhostWalker

I'm a filmmaker but Timbaland inspired me for my life!!! Timbaland opened my head and helped me to see the processes of creation in a simpler way and executed with passion!!! Thanks Masterclass!!!

Tim is a great teacher! Perfect choose to collab with. Also I liked the music theory he gave! Beautiful

loving the gems timbo is dropping in these classes crazy enough I use alot of the same techniques and methods.looking forward to more classes

Comments

David D.

I have a question what programs I have to download for begin to make music?? I already have the microphone like he said but I dont have more, I will appeciate if anyone can help me.

A fellow student

Honestly, Timbo, This is INCREDIBLE! Absolutely inspiring and insightful as to how unlimited the creative process is. Fantastic Lesson!

Jefery L.

When they use auto tune while Tim is composing, what scale setting do they use (in this video)?

Jonathan M.

As a dance pop artist, myself, all of this production information is INVALUABLE. I'm soaking all of this up so much! <3

Christopher N.

Too dope! Yep. I'm motivated. I have to channel some of this inpsireation into some work.

Christopher N.

I loved it! The collaborative production setup is something I would love to join or create in the near future.

Erik P.

Love the Collaboration! Its like sitting at a table with the fam and saying "Which sides did you bring to the meal." It was great to hear about not cluttering up the song and leaving room for the vocal.

Janet J.

I need to be able to want to get up and dance to my beat like you want to get up and make a new damn dance like Mustard, Migos Pure Water Something WIT SWAG u want to get up and Dance HIPHOP with some bad ass ORIGINAL STUD RAPPER BAD AZZ LIKE Young M.A "Thotiana" Remix otherwise its just medi OCER sound like everyother song need some passion feeling like not some robot made it flat sounding

Jen H.

This was sick! I couldn't believe you going to town like that improvising...amazing and inspiring! Especially loved the gems of wisdom at the end. Writers block and me go way back...but I never give up...not yet anyway...

Jon.Z.Padre

As a solo Artist, this isn't just good info. Its motivating, inspiring with some badass vibes!