Marco “Datacult” Scherer
Psytrance DJ/producer Marco Scherer has been in the EDM production scene since 1992, beginning, as many DJs do, by spinning at parties. Adding his first synth into the mix in 1997, he forayed into the world of production and never looked back. He’s now four albums and countless singles and EPs into his career, with sounds ranging the gamut from staunch techno to his signature “trippy trance.”
Scherer has released material under several pseudonyms—“Datacult” is the latest—on many labels, including Sony, Tatsu Records, and Harthouse Records. He has also enjoyed a healthy live schedule, with appearances in more than 20 countries. Scherer has designed sounds for Loopmasters, Digidesign, ReFX, and Tone2 and has written a monthly column for BEAT magazine since 2010. Recently, he landed a track in the film Slinger—the director’s cut of the science-fiction classic Cyborg.
As a seasoned music-business veteran, Scherer makes informed purchasing decisions, and he has chosen PreSonus® Studio One® Professional 2 for his production work. He recalls his first introduction to Studio One with a laugh. “Honestly, it was a coincidence!” Scherer recalls. “I work for the German music magazine BEAT, where writing workshops is one of my main tasks. When we started the Studio One workshop series, I had the pleasure to get in touch with Studio One, and I instantly got hooked on its workflow. I really didn't expect that! I'm a former Cubase user and changed from that to Ableton Live about six or seven years ago.
“Since the BEAT workshops, Studio One has risen to become the main tool for everything I do in my project studio, mostly production and sound design,” Scherer continues. “Studio One is about ease of use and fast workflow. Bouncing clips with just a keyboard shortcut is something I use very often. Extracting grooves from audio tracks and using them to quantize other tracks is great! And the Musicloops are so helpful for saving ideas—just drag-‘n’-drop. Using automation is a breeze, and the clip context menu is a huge time-saver.”
Scherer adds, “Working with loops and samples is one of the most important things for me when producing. Studio One's ability to quantize and slice in no time is something I make heavy use of, especially in connection with its Impact sample player. I use Detect Transients to add bend markers to my samples, then split them into slices using Split at Bend Markers. From there, I group-select all of the slices and drag-and-drop them onto a pad in Impact, which automatically arranges my samples on the pads! Since the original sample information is preserved, I am still able to correct start and end points. This allows me to play around with the slices using my MIDI keyboard and build alternating loops in a much more flexible way.
“Working with MIDI and audio is so easy,” Scherer closes. “I love the single-window concept: No annoying popups or moving things around. A while ago, I realized that I can use Studio One for mastering, as well, with the Project page! Since then, I use it to ‘boom up’ my tracks, too!”