Timbaland is irritatingly secretive about how he makes music. This interview in Remix Magazine is the closest anyone has ever got to him. From it, we know that:
1) Boringly, he gets lots of sounds from expensive workstations - a Korg Triton and a Yamaha Motif 7.
2) Like The Neptunes, he uses an old Ensoniq ASR-10 sampler like the one above. They now cost about £3-500 on Ebay, were huge in America, but pretty rare in Britain. Some of the famous Neptunes drum sounds are presets from the ASR-10.
3) Like everyone in the world, he records vocals with a Neumann U 87 microphone, a Neve 1076 pre-amp and a Urei 1176 compressor.
The magic appears to come from inside his computer. He uses loads of VST software synths, but doesn't tell us what they're called. The story says that he uses "Transformer, Votex and Syn Pulse". Transformer could mean Waves Transform - a very expensive bunch of pitch shifting and messing-about-with tools. But as for 'Votex' or "Syn Pulse", there's nothing. Damn him.
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