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Deadmau5 Equipment

Joel Zimmerman otherwise known as Deadmau5 is a Canadian DJ and producer. Deadmau5 is among the most popular artists today, so when it comes to Deadmau5’s gear, you’d expect him to have some of the best equipment in the market. Read on to see everything Deadmau5 has in his collection.

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SOL REPUBLIC Deadmau5 Track5 HD On-Ear Headphones

Deadmau5 partnered with Sol Republic for his headphones and used the artist Joshua Davis. Watch the video here.

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V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Over-Ear Headphones

Deadmau5 teamed up with V-Moda in the past to get a pair of custom V-Moda Fortress’. Check the lowest price below.

V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Vocal Limited Edition Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone - Matte Black
  • 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers - inner & outer rings deliver vibrant bass, vivid mids & vivacious highs without overlap.Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Passive Noise Isolation - cuts out noise. To relieve the pressure, you can stretch the headband by bending it outwards (placing hands on the ends of the headband - not the ear cups). You may repeat this process until you're happy with a looser fit. You can also bend the headband inwards to make a tighter fit
  • No Batteries or Processing - powerful clarity without two extra digital-to-analog conversions - toxins that pollute your music
  • Obsessive Quality Control -
  • Kevlar-reinforced Cable - 1+ million bends for cables & 45 degree strain relief (100x industry standard)

Pioneer HDJ-2000 Headphones

During Deadmau5’s gig from Paradise Rock Club, one can see Deadmau5 using the Pioneer HDJ-2000 headphones.

Pioneer DJ DJ Headphone, Silver, 1.6 m Twist-sheathed Straight Cable (HDJ-2000MK2-S)
  • Sound isolation Maximum comfort Rotatable housing Solid build to withstand rigors of professional use
  • Maximum comfort
  • Rotatable housing
  • Solid build to withstand rigors of professional use

Laptop and Computer

What kind of Laptop and computer does Deadmau5 use?

Apple Macbook Pro

Deadmau5 has a long history with Apple’s Macbook Pro. Here’s a clip of him trashing his Macbook from a couple of years ago.

Apple MacBook Pro (15-Inch, Latest Model, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage) - Space Gray
  • 9th-generation 8-Core Intel Core i9 Processor
  • Brilliant Retina Display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Radeon Pro 560x Graphics with 4GB of video Memory
  • Ultrafast SSD

Asus X99 ROG Rampage Extreme

Not only is Deadmau5 a music producer and DJ, but Deadmau5 is a huge gaming fan. Here’s a picture of one of Deadmau5’s rig.

ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme/U3.1 LGA2011-V3 DDR4 M.2 ACWiFi USB 3.1 Type A Intel X99 eATX Motherboard
  • USB 3.1 Add-On Card
  • Intel Core i7 processors on LGA 2011-v3 socket
  • Intel X99 Express chipset
  • OC Socket, OC Panel, Safe Boot and Retry buttons - Powerful tuning kit for breaking records
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ IV - Primo components for rock-steady power


Deadmau5 needs a great graphics card and according to this Reddit thread, Deadmau5 prefers the GTX Titan X.

EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB GAMING, Play 4k with Ease Graphics Card 12G-P4-2990-KR
  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • Great for 4K (GeForce GTX 980 Ti & above)
  • DirectX12 Ready
  • Gamestream to NVIDIA SHIELD
  • EVGA GTX TITAN X delivers unrivaled graphics, acoustic thermal and power-efficient performance.

VST and Software Plugins

What DAW and software plugins does Deadmau5 use?

Native Instruments Absynth 5

In this tweet, deadmau5 said “maybe using NI ABsynth will conjure up something”.

Native Instruments KOMPLETE 11 Ultimate Update
  • General Software type: Instruments & effects Plug-in format(s): VST, RTAS, AU, AAX Computer platform: Mac & Windows Delivery: Hard Drive Version: Update Sound Library Total library size: 500 GB Bundled plug-ins: 87 Sound generation: Samples, Synthesis Included effects: 22 Included instruments: 65 Expandable: No Minimum System Requirements Free hard drive space: 500 GB Min. / recommended RAM
  • KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE is the supreme music software collection for production, performance and sound design
  • Over the years, the KOMPLETE software series has grown in strength with the constant addition of groundbreaking software for composing and producing music on a professional level
  • KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE is the top-tier bundle with 87 different products, over 18,000 sounds and over 500 GB of instruments for all genres and production tasks
  • KOMPLETE 11 ULTIMATE is used by the top music professionals working on major motion pictures, AAA games titles, blockbuster trailers and more

Native Instruments Reaktor 6

In this video, you can see Deadmau5 using Reaktor 6 in the Twitch video.

Native Instruments Komplete 11 Software Suite
  • 45 products, over 13,000 sounds, and over 155 GB of instruments and effects
  • Brand-new synthesizer: FORM – transforming the space between sampling and synthesis

FabFilter Volcano 2 Filter Plugin

In this video, you can see Deadmau5 using this plugin.

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DJ Setup

What DJ setup does Deadmau5 use?

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 DJ Controller

In this Instagram photo, Deadmau5 can be seen using three Traktor F1’s.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 DJ Controller
  • Hardware for controlling the powerful Remix Decks in Traktor Pro 2.5
  • Switch between up to 64 tracks, loops and one-shot samples on each deck
  • Includes around 2 GB of premium grade sound, pre-loaded as Remix Sets. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12, 10.13 (latest update),Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64 Bit), 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5 or equal AMD processor, 4 GB RAM
  • Sounds include beats, basses, leads, and more, spanning ten musical genres, including House, Techno, Dubstep, Hip Hop, Tech House and Drum'n'Bass
  • Import your own samples, and even capture loops and sounds live

Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus Mixer

From this tweet, Deadmau5 says “sometimes its a pioneer DJM 900 – nexus, other times its just Native Instruments controllers.”

Pioneer DJ Mixer, Black, 9.70 x 17.40 x 20.60 (DJM-900NXS)
  • Multitude of effects including 3 new sound Color Effects and 2 new Beat Effects
  • Quickly access and manipulate the parameters of each beat effect with the new X-Pad control
  • Supreme Sound Quality: Built-in 24bit/96kHz high performance soundcard
  • Versatile connection: Pro DJ Link to connect up to 4 CDJ-2000/900s or rekordbox software
  • Top panel USB connector for DVS software

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 Controller

From this picture on Twitter, Deadmau5 shows off his new S8 controller.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ Controller
  • Full-integrated 4-deck TRAKTOR controller including TRAKTOR SCRATH PRO 2 software
  • 30 touch-sensitive knobs and faders for intuitive control over TRAKTOR software
  • 2 bright, full-color displays reveal pop-ups displays, views, and panels
  • Touch strip provides tactile control over track position, pitch bend and more
  • Quickly access track BPM and Key as well as FX, Filter and Remix Deck parameters

Studio Equipment

What kind of studio equipment does Deadmau5 use? Read on for all of Deadmau5’s studio gear.

Native Instruments Maschine

From Steven James’ website, Deadmau5’s Maschine can be seen.

Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 Drum Controller
  • Integrated hardware/software system includes sampler, arranger, mixer, FX, and more
  • Includes 25 GB KOMPLETE 11 SELECT library featuring 25 pro-quality studio and creative FX
  • Pro-grade, 96 kHz / 24-bit audio interface with 2 x 1/4” TRS line outputs, 2 x 1/4” TRS line inputs, 1/4” dynamic mic input, stereo headphone output, 1 x MIDI In, 1 x MIDI out; 1 x Footswitch
  • Touch sensitive knobs for parameter tweaking. System requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended),Windows 7, 8, or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Smart Strip for strumming notes, pitch bending sounds, performing with FX, and more. Compatible with all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, GarageBand, FL Studio, Avid Pro Tools, PreSonus Studio One, and more) as a VST, Audio Units, or AAX 32 and AAX 64 plug-in with full multi-core support

PreSonus StudioLive

On Instagram, Deadmau5 admitted this is what the mau5 cube looks like without any of its clothes on.

StudioLive AR22 USB 22-Channel Mixer
  • 12 mono and 4 stereo channels, each with 60 mm level fader, pan, mute, PFL solo, high pass filter, and 3-band semi-parametric EQ (mono channels: sweepable mid band)
  • 2 instrument inputs, 20 balanced line inputs, 16 balanced mic inputs with class A microphone preamps, and 4 insert points
  • 1 stereo super channel with RCA inputs, 1/8-inch stereo input, switchable SD/USB stereo playback, and Bluetooth 4. 1 input
  • 22x4 24-bit/96 kHz, USB 2. 0 audio recording interface; record every channel plus the main mix
  • Complete recording solution: includes capture live-recording software, studio One Artist DAW for Mac and Windows, and Studio Magic plug-in Suite

M-Audio Studiophile BX8a

The M-Audio speakers can be seen in the video here.

M-Audio Studiophile BX8a Deluxe 130-Watt Bi-Amplified Monitor Speaker - Pair
  • Exceptional driver integration - well-balanced sound with superior detail
  • 1-1/4 waveguide-loaded high-frequency drivers - excellent clarity
  • 8 Kevlar low-frequency drivers - high resilience and durability
  • 130-Watts of bi-amplified power with crossover - dedicated reproduction of high and low frequencies
  • Magnetic shielding - electronic equipment coexists without interference

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