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Niels “Motoko” de Groot

Niels de Groot, aka Motoko, began his musical career as a DJ at a local club in the late 1990s. His segue from DJ to electronic-music producer proved rocky due to his lack of musical training and the complexity of the software that was available at the time, which caused him to put his music-production ambitions on the back burner for many years. It's no coincidence that de Groot found his muse right around the time PreSonus Studio One was released.

De Groot’s passion for Studio One eventually became the foundation for setting up his own record label, Mass Overflow. The breakbeat-oriented label launched in February 2012, and unsurprisingly, most of the signed artists produce with Studio One!

A longtime regular on the official PreSonus forums, de Groot is very active as a Studio One artist and provides support to PreSonus dealers and new Studio One users in the Netherlands and Belgium. He also offers dance-music production and remixing services and creates professional content and preset development for a variety of audio software developers.

Motoko has settled on Studio One as his DAW of choice for many reasons. “Studio One sounds absolutely fantastic,” says de Groot. “I was amazed by the transparency and the way it translates across the board. Really well done.

“The second most noticeable advantage of Studio One is its killer workflow. Working with Studio One is easy and allows me to stay focused on the creative process. There’s no need to take a step back and think about menus or other technical stuff that is related to operating the software. The drag-and-drop support allows me to translate ideas to results very quickly. It is because of this flexibility that I feel I can experiment more and take creative chances I normally wouldn’t.”

De Groot began to appreciate Studio One when comparing it to other DAWs. “I discovered Studio One when trying to get to know Logic. At the time, I had Logic on my studio machine at home and was running Studio One on my PC laptop at work. During lunch breaks, I would look at tutorials on Logic that were posted on YouTube and re-create them with ease in Studio One. I noticed it was a lot faster to achieve the same results in Studio One than it was in Logic, so the choice was easy.

“The bidirectional browser is marvelous. It allows for quick saving of presets and audio files, which really boosts productivity when doing sound and preset design. Celemony Melodyne integration and Bend Markers are huge timesavers when producing remixes. As I’m not really trained as a musician, super-fast access to Melodyne allows me to get from analyzing the original track to creatively working on the remix within seconds.”

De Groot uses Studio One almost daily. “I have a home studio setup that I use to produce my own music and remixes but I also mix for others,” he explains. “Studio One’s ease of use of makes it a very powerful tool for preset and sound design. Besides doing sample packages, I’ve designed presets for Tone2, SPL, FabFilter, Waves, and Synapse Audio. I also do in-store demonstrations, workshops, and master classes, and I’m very proud to be using a tool that works equally well on both Mac and PC—and is also stable as a rock!”

Without a doubt, PreSonus and Studio One will continue to be a big part of de Groot’s future projects. “With version 1, I was sold on Studio One and PreSonus,” he explains. “After working closely with PreSonus on many occasions and seeing an increasing amount of PreSonus gear being introduced in my work environment, I feel that this is a long-lasting relationship. I can't picture myself working with anything else.”