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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.

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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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.

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!!!

he is a Genius... first class was boring.. and then the shit just took off

I have been waiting to learn from Timbaland for a long time. I learned that I need to stop overthinking and just let the feeling of the music guide me in the direction that it needs and/or wants to go.

Very inspiring and informative. He has developed innovative techniques and delivers high energy teaching alongside career wisdom.


A fellow student

Amazing class! I was just wondering why Timbaland and his team don't use link to sync up their cips?

Brian G.

Immensely educational and inspiring to see masters at work in their element.

Ahmed A.

I hope Master Class would DO something about the Closed Captions, they don't show up when you cast the video. Even so, I am watching all of these on my lap tap now and when there's a commentary in the video on the bottom left like in these lessons, the captions hide the actual comment. Please make the CC moveable in the screen, so that they would move if they hide another text. Thank you


Increible, de igual forma podria estar la opcion de subtitulos en español, si pueden ayudarme en eso estaria total,ente agradecido, asi podria estudiar mas fluido. muchos saludos.

Corey P.

Straight genius. I literally am sitting here with my jaw dropped. Where this went from beatbox to a full Loved also witnessing his energy too.

Katleho S.

Love the energy Timbo! love it, I been sleeping on my beatboxing skills during production and struggling finding vocal samples, you just gave me the answer! you got the answers Tim!

Marco D.

Hello! I am really enjoying this class, but unfortunately I seem to not be able to find the Resources Section on this website to download the material available from it. Can someone please help? Thanks!

Willie W.

I Loved it Sensai Timbo! I got some stuff I want u to check it out!!! And give me some all around feedback, both negative and positive, evaluate me and my skills and give me a grade sir


I LOVE THIS!!! It's so great... I just want you to make song after song after song like this with your voice in it like this and vibing to it... Even if you aren't singing specific lyrics... I would buy one after the other after the next one like this. I want more of Timbaland...

Daylon C.

I am wondering what equipment or instruments that I might need for these classes. Can this be done strictly from my iMac with a mic?