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Lesson time 1:47 min

You've made it through the class and learned all types of skills. Now here's Joel's advice for how to start putting it to use.

Teaches Electronic Music Production
6 hours of instructions, 23 video lessons, and a downloadable course workbook.
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Well, I guess if there's one thing you should take out of this, it's all about experience and experimentation and developing your skill while doing all these other things in parallel with it-- like meeting people, connecting with like-minded individuals, and just being part of a community. Tomorrow, honestly, you should just go out and do some footwork. If you're exhausting the limits of your production ability in being behind the computer, well, get out on the street and start researching some more. Talk to your local radio station. Maybe they're hiring interns. Record stores. All that kind of scene. Be active in the music community as an actual human being and not some Gmail address that-- is basically, I'm trying to say is you have to go out there and get experience. And sometimes, it happens in five years. Sometimes, it happens in 10 years. Sometimes, it happens in 20 years. And sometimes, it doesn't happen at all, but it is it's definitely 100% not going to happen if you don't go out there and try it for yourself. Later.

Make better music

Before he was deadmau5, all Joel Zimmerman wanted for Christmas was old toasters to take apart. Now, you can watch him take his music apart. In his first-ever online class, Joel teaches you how he approaches melodies, mixing and mastering to make unique sounds you can't find in a cookie cutter sample pack. You'll not only get his lessons, you'll learn how to create your own music without spending money on million dollar gear.


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

good idea to make us introduce ourselves. 5 stars.

Joel's philosophies are indispensable. The segments on using modular synths to church up digital synths opened up a million possibilities for me.

It was awesome, some good home truths and some awesome advice for using synths and just being better. I think that's my key takeaway from this - don't try and get by, try and be fucking awesome in every way and that should do it!

I have gained a good overview on the technical side of electronic music production and now I know where to begin. The insight into the theory of mixing, mastering and techniques used for synths was amazing.


A fellow student

Science! Well done!! I know where the "Snow Cones" beat came from. If you want/need to know, hit me.

A fellow student

This class was my first class that I completed and it has been insightful. U have had questions about how and what I should be doing and almost all of them are answered!!!

Nick T.

It was amazing to hear about the techniques and processes deadmau5 applies to his music - and the life style he has as a whole. Such a great Masterclass, the first I have watched end to end.

Jim C.

I loved getting a peek behind the curtain and watching the thought process and various techniques employed by a true master of his craft. I saw him live at EDC Orlando last year and have been a huge fan ever since.


I started my journey into music production by reverse engineering lyrics to pop songs. After a few months of doing that and getting a firm knowledge of the common denominators of that important aspect of music I knew it was time for the Deadmau5 Masterclass. I can’t even begin to imagine how much time I would have wasted and how much hair I would have pulled out just trying to get started with DAW software if it wasn’t for the instructor. What a time to be alive that we have this information from a Master on demand and ready for playback. There’s nothing like this on other websites.

Evgenia S.

This is so true! We need a lot of practice, experimentation, to learn and to be better every day! After 3 years I finally found time for this masterclass to finish it and I'm very happy about it! Thanks Joel for your experience and motivation!

Corwin D.

Very interesting and informative. I LOVE his music and have for some time but never really thought there was so much skill and information behind EDM. I don't make music and some of this was over my head but it was still very interesting to get a look behind the music I hear.

Assyrian E.

This actually helped me tremendously, EDM to me is a genre I have always loved but never truly understood the creation, and he "back end" of sorts lol.

Ricardo L.

Amazing to review this! My mind change a lot about 3 years ago. Awesome, thanks!


Fell like nothing is more sexy than being authentic. Not even mentioning how entertaining his truth is. Great production.