Chapter 2 of 15 from Timbaland

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

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


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 love it! Definitely would recommend it to people for the love of music.

This class came at a time when I wasn't really feeling inspired but after this class I'm on a whole other level of inspired! Thank you Timbaland for all the time and knowledge you shared continue to inspire the next generation of producers Legend!

I love it thank's for the tip's. Much Love.100

Timbaland Workflow. The feeling of making music first and foremost. Some great tips along the way regarding music as a creative tool and a business.



The feel of this class is like no other. Its so personal and simply magical. The process and the out of the box thinking is fantastic. I have watched this lesson at least 3 times and have walked away knowing that I'll never look at making beats the same way ever again.

Anand R.

Great start to how you use a pre-determined idea that you have in mind. I actually already use a phone to mash out a melody and i layer it with snare,hi hats, BD, and cadence of melody, i then get a rapper to follow the cadence by providing a wav of my cadence, from there it's just about building the feeling like Timbo says. When that idea you had comes to fruit it's a great feeling. Good to see i was doing something right! :) I've moved more into creating a feeling from nothing though these days direct to the pads, because when you feel it you feel it! However this video alone about ear candy and reversing samples as well as some of the plugins being used was gold. Thank you! Love from UK.


I had a giant smile on my face during this entire video. This is a joyous class.


Its crazy because I been beat boxing my whole life. I thought about using it to make beats but not in this great way.

A fellow student

brehhh.. I can't help but smile lookin at this process :) timbo a fo' for this one!! lol littyyy

Savaunn K.

Interesting I would've never guessed in a million years that he begins many if not all of his production this way

Paul G.

Timbo killed it! that is all....Oh and thank you to Tim, his crew and Master class for putting all this together :) Seeing these masters of music in their element will only generate more greatness that is in the works to come by future producers and artists. To have the opportunity to learn from the best!, that have crafted and polished their skills for decades is a blessing!

Savaunn K.


A fellow student

Amazing! 😭. You truly make it look easy. Music is life. This is what it looks like when you love your job.

Rodney W.

Just seeing his creative process in work at the studio is otherworldly compared to what I’m use to doing to make a beat. I can only imagine the vibes artist like JT get from working with this ultra genius! You ain’t got no choice but a hit when working with Timbaland! Big thanks to Timbo ✊🏾 for doing this and showing us his approach to production!!


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...