Producers have discovered the free plugin presets Justice used for their new album, Hyperdrama

It turns out that most of Generator’s badass synths were made with a plugin that’s eight years old.

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Several music producers have recently uploaded videos to YouTube that break down Justice’s track, Generator, from their 2024 album Hyperdrama. And, surprisingly, it sounds like the French duo opted to use some preset patches from a bizarre free plugin released seven years ago.

The Grammy-winning group (Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé) seemingly downloaded Rave Generator 2, made by Christophe Tudela in 2017 as the follow-up to version 1 from 2014. As YouTuber Dylan Tallchief points out, Justice probably named the track after the plugin. It’s seems pretty likely, right?

Justice’s use of Rave Generator’s presets wasn’t subtle, either. According to Tallchief and another channel, Synth No More, the track’s gritty intro synth is a preset called ‘Braincrash’. The hoover sound, that drops in just after, is the preset ‘Cubik.’ The bass part is a preset called ‘Overdub test’.

Dylan Tallchief recreates most of Generator, with pretty impressive results. He’s using mostly Rave Generator 2, of course, but also shows some of the production and arrangement techniques that Justice likely used.

We’d love to believe that Justice decided they’d make a rave-inspired track and just searched ‘rave plugins’ online, taking them to the Rave Generator 2 page.

For years, producers have battled online about whether you should look to presets to build your tracks or create your own patches to make original music. But it’s nice to be reminded that even some of the most celebrated electronic music producers on the planet are just using presets from a freebie. 

Justice haven’t been quiet about their use of free tools. According to a Pitchfork interview in 2008 (via MusicRadar), they were using GarageBand around the time their acclaimed debut album was released. They wouldn’t be the first Grammy winners to use GarageBand — Steve Lacy has been making hits on his iPhone using GarageBand for years. 

“It’s not the gear that matters. Do you get it now?”, asks one commenter on Synth No More’s video… Yeah. We get it.

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