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Your hardcore loop machine.

Giada is an open source, minimalistic and hardcore music production tool. Designed for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians.


*Your sample player

Load samples from your crates and play them with a computer keyboard or a MIDI controller.

*Your loop machine

Build your performance in real time by layering audio tracks or MIDI events, driven by the main sequencer.

*Your song editor

Write songs from scratch or edit existing live recordings with the powerful Action Editor, for a fine-tuned control.

*Your live recorder

Record sounds from the real world and MIDI events coming from external devices or other apps.

*Your FX processor

Process samples or audio/MIDI input signals with VST instruments from your plug-ins collection.

*Your MIDI controller

Control other software or synchronize physical MIDI devices by using Giada as a MIDI master sequencer.

Lightweight and powerful

VST and MIDI support

Designed for live performances

Powerful multi-threaded audio engine

Super sleek interface, no exotic stuff

Tons of tools to edit your songs

100% open-source GPL

For Linux, Windows, macOS and FreeBSD

“This software is f*cking awesome.”― Cinderskull27

“Giada is one of the best open platform audio tool out there.”― blinkworth1

“Discovering Giada has completely changed my life.”― D1RTY J0E

latest version: 0.17.2 “Sphinx”

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Latest news from our laboratories.

Giada 0.17.2 “Sphinx“ is ready

April 01, 2021 ―

Giada 0.17.2 codename “Sphinx“ is ready for your desktop! Inspired by the merciless Greek mythical creature that will kill and eat those who cannot answer her riddle, this version marks the end of the 0.17 cycle and brings cool things on the table:

  • Improved audio engine with better sample rendering precision;
  • show tooltips when hovering over UI components — the UI overhaul has just begun!;
  • support for old, raw patches has been removed;
  • fixed an issue where the tempo information was not sent to plug-ins, resulting in wrong timing;
  • Add .clang-format file — automatically format source code, so that we don't need to worry about style issues anymore;
  • many more minor fixes and quality-of-life improvements.

The complete changelog is available in the download area. Thank you all!

Giada 0.17.1 “Skinwalker” released

February 02, 2021 ―

Giada 0.17.1 Skinwalker is out! Inspired by the harmful witch who has the ability to turn into an animal, this release is mostly focused on bugfixing: many CMake improvements, lots of engine and usability glitches fixed, beautifications on the Continuous Integration/Packaging side. The complete changelog is available in the download area. Have fun and stay safe 👽

Slow Winter – Giada live demo #5

December 10, 2020 ―

Quick loop made with Giada 0.17.1 (development version) and our new AKAI MPD218. What you see here is Giada fully controlled with a MIDI device... except for the 'solo' button at 00:36 :D

Giada 0.17.0 “Chupacabra” released

November 16, 2020 ―

A new version of Giada has been released yesterday, named after the dangerous creature that attacks and drinks the blood of livestock, including goats. What's new in this version:

  • VST3 support — yes, VST3 has finally landed, along with a better persistence mechanism for plug-ins state. On Mac, Linux and Windows of course;

  • CMake build system — we finally switched to a modern build system for compiling Giada from source. The previous Autotools machinery is now deprecated and will be removed soon. Don't use it!

  • several UI beautifications and improvements such as the ability to resize the Plug-in List Window and a parameters cleanup in the Sample Editor;

  • many bugs fixed and source code optimizations.

A warm kiss goes out to all the supporters who helped us with the release. As always, the full changelog is available in the download area. Have fun with Giada 0.17.0 and remember to keep your animals safe from the chupacabra!

Waterlord – Giada live demo #4

October 26, 2020 ―

Dark beats on a sunny Saturday... with Giada Loop Machine 0.17.0 (development version), 100% laptop keyboard only!