UPDATE: I took some pictures of Deadmau5′s new setup at Lollapalooza 2011. Check out the new gear he is using. He was mostly using the Traktor X1 controller to the right of the 24 channel Presonus mixing console. He is most certainly playing patches from his analog synths, that takes some serious balls.
Older Article from years past
I had the pleasure to help Joel Zimmerman, aka DeadMau5, setup his gear not once but two times at the Austin Electronic Music Festival.
DeadMau5 uses a very unique setup. He’s running Abelton Live on a 17″ MacBook Pro ($2-3k) outputting to an Apoge Ensemble ($2k) soundcard. He’s using a 16×16 (256) Monome controller ($800) for what I’m not totally sure and a touch screen Lemur ($3k) made by Jazz Mutant to control his effects. He’s running 4 stereo outs from his Ensemble to whatever club mixer is at hand, in our case, a Pioneer DJM-800($1600) which was also setup with a Pioneer EFX-1000 ($800). On his latest tour, he was using a Allen & Heath Xone 4D. As far as I could tell, he used everything that he brought and used it well.
Another quick video talking about the Monome and other parts of his live seutp.