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Lesson time 3:00 min

Welcome to the deadmau5 studio. Meet Joel, the man behind the mau5head, and learn what he's got planned for your class in electronic music production.

Teaches Electronic Music Production
6 hours of instructions, 23 video lessons, and a downloadable course workbook.
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Good sounds are rarities, things that make your ears pop up when you hear it for the first time, something unexpected. [SOUND PULSING] [MOUSE CLICKING] Part of being original, part of having a sound, is being able to create music, or effects, or processes that can't be recreated. That's what makes you unique. This class is just a good primer for anyone wanting to get involved more actively into the production of electronic music. The way that I communicate ideas might not be super anecdotal, or-- I don't know-- funny, or helpful. Because I'll tell you right now, I'm pretty socially inept as is. And I'm just going to go through my methodology of what I think when I'm creating melodies, or how I work when I'm systematically producing music. I'm not really afraid of giving away some arcane knowledge about my creation techniques. Because this is more designed for you to develop your own, as opposed to just straight up ripping me. I would be pretty thrilled to know that at least one person took one thing away from us, which is pretty much what I hope people take away from my music, is kind of what I do it. And you have to think that if you can impact one person with your music, then it is pretty much worth it, I think, and that you are definitely doing something positive. This is deadmau5. And this is my MasterClass.

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.

This Masterclass helped me improve my mastering. It also helped me experiment more and work creatively.

All the content is just so helpful, then watching the lessons again and finding more new things not quite picked up first time round.

great masterclass, i have learnd a lot about signal processing, mastering, mixing, using effect on EDM and more than that what is really EDM thanks joel

Excellent Job done by Joel, giving away vital information for such a good price. It's almost like a challenge for producers to get better since all this information is out there. The only thing they have to do is make a well mixed/mastered track which will get them signed to the desired label. Good luck to everyone! Cheers to Joel and mau5trap !


Elad W.

Hello everyone, what do you think?

Christopher B.

I have like no personal music-making experience. I 'm excited to learn how to make the beats and melodies of the music I love the most. Let' go!


I got started seriously writing music and I'm back here for a refresher. Should be way better a 2nd time through now I have somewhat of an idea of what I am doing!

Andrew A.

Does anyone know what processor that deadmau5 recommended, I cant find it at the moment

A fellow student

Honestly I'm taking this because I'm questioning my passion for music currently. It's been an on & off type of thing. The only time I've really been consistent with music was when I was engineering and recording my friends rap to beats I ripped off youtube. This took place about couple years ago after I got kicked out of Full Sail University. I wanted to give up honestly so many times but I always come back to it but I never find a way to really stick to it. Hopefully these courses help me find some type of conclusion.

Ryan D. Took this class roughly two years ago with around 6 years of producing before that. This is where I am at now and I am loving it. Growing and learning new thing every day.


I've been writing music since I was 5 years old. I've probably written around 5000's songs and put in about 10,000 hours in the last 15 years. I have yet to release anything. I do believe I know what sounds good, but I still wanted the advice from someone who has "been there, done that" on a Pro level like Joel, before I get a pro DAW and start my first album. I think this will give me the Information that I need to move forward. I'm very excited and interested in learning anything new from any musician. Thank you Joel for sharing your expertise with the world much appreciated! .......................... And if you are reading this Joel. Please un-ban me from your Twitch chat lol ( BrothersInArmsX ) it was a misunderstanding for real ,would appreciate it. Either way ... Peace & Love Go Canadians! :)

Michael M.

Going to get started at a local CC pretty soon for an associates in Digital Audio Engineering. I figured the best way to get an introduction or maybe a solid understanding of EDM and production was from deadmau5 of all people. Good to know he's going to be somewhat of a tutor for me !

Millard B.

So here's my shot at New Year's resolution - learn much!! I'm just getting started here - been producing classic rock and folk albums locally for several years now, and I want to branch out and learn some new techniques.

Jason D.

Looking forward to starting from the bottom and if I can get a rung or two up - Success Don't need to be the top, I want to just not be the bottom guy