Boomkat Product Review:
Typically reserved yet engrossing album of 24 pieces for drum machine and sequencer from Max Loderbauer and Tobias Freund's acclaimed nsi. project. 'Sync' is their first full length since 2007s suite of piano and synth exercises '...Plays Non Standards', and is more concerned with rhythmically driven arrangements ranging from dry, unadorned beat tracks to hugely endearing, intuitively melodic electronica. The tracks are delineated by the devices used in their creation, with symbolic codes denoting each instrument, pretty much as follows: a Doepfer modular system (+), and EML 400/401 synth (#), an Eventide Time Factor delay pedal (*), a Korg Mini Pops 7 (=), a Korg MS 20 (•), a Makenoise Maths module (). The tracks feel like highly polished improvisations/ They rarely last longer than three minutes and showcase a diverse mastery of their setup, loosening the drum machine's rigid personality with dextrous manipulations and really toying with its full spectrum of timbres in a collection of unique patterns and rhythmelodic syncopations.