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Your hardcore loop machine.

Giada is a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians. How does it work? Just pick up your channel, fill it with samples or MIDI events and start the show by using this tiny piece of software as a loop machine, drum machine, sequencer, live sampler or yet as a plugin/effect host. Giada aims to be a compact and portable virtual device for Linux, Mac and Windows for production use and live sets.

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*Lightweight and powerful

32 bit floating point audio engine, sample-accurate looping system, multithread support, super-sleek interface. 100% exotic dependencies free.

*Lots of useful tools

Tweak your sounds with the live sampler from external sources, the live quantizer, a built-in wave editor, the action recorder and the action editor.

*VST and MIDI support

Giada can load VST and VST instruments, as well as read/write MIDI messages from/to any device out there, both hardware and software.

*100% open-source GPL

Giada is constantly under development, free for use and distribution: you can use it without any limitations. Help us to improve it more!

“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: 0.15.4 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

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Latest news from our laboratories.

Giada 0.15.4 Joseph Pilates is out

March 22, 2019 ―

Giada 0.15.4, codename Joseph Pilates is out today, inspired by the famous German-American trainer notable for his Pilates method of physical fitness. Giada 0.15.4 contains many new exciting features:

  • New record-on-signal option for input and action recording;
  • Initial support for plug-ins with mono I/O buses;
  • Optimized audio I/O processing;
  • Many minor bugs fixed and a huge code clean-up.

Documentation about the new record-on-signal option will be uploaded soon, as well as more video tutorials. Take a look at the full changelog and grab the binaries in the download area!

Giada 0.15.3 Medicine Ball released!

December 24, 2018 ―

After a long development stage we are happy to present to you Giada 0.15.3, codename Medicine Ball. Inspired by the fitness ball used for rehabilitation and strength training, this release introduces many changes:

  • huge refactoring of the Action Editor — rewritten from scratch, more reliable and robust during action editing and live recording;
  • support for 'inaudible' MIDI lightning events, along with optional midimap parameters. Thank you Tomek Szczęsny!
  • more optimization in the AppImage binary file;
  • lots of minor bugs and crashes fixed.

Full changelog and binaries in the download area. Thank you all for you help and support, stay fit!

New video tutorial #4: The Sample Editor

September 30, 2018 ―

Our buddy Bartholomew Davenport is back with another smashing Giada tutorial! This time he will introduce us to the voodoo universe of the Sample Editor: the tool used to edit audio samples, loops and sound effects.

Giada 0.15.2 Smith Machine released today

September 06, 2018 ―

Today we are proud to release Giada 0.15.2 Smith Machine, inspired by the so-called weight machine used for weight training. This new version introduces a list of satisfying features:

  • a new logo, thanks to our friend foways;
  • a new, sample-accurate and easier to use Action Editor, rewritten from scratch;
  • ability to edit MIDI Velocity in MIDI channels;
  • improved compatibility with those MIDI devices that send weird Note Off events (Note On + Velocity = 0);
  • many annoying bugs fixed, including a crash while opening plug-in windows on macOS;
  • other small improvements and minor fixes.

The full changelog is available in the download area. A muscular "thank you" to all the contributors who inspired us with Giada 0.15.2!

Giada 0.15.1 Leg Curl is finally out

July 05, 2018 ―

Yesterday a new version of Giada, 0.15.1 codename Leg Curl appeared in bodily form, inspired by the fitness exercise that involves flexing the lower leg against resistance towards the buttocks.

This version mainly features a huge internal refactoring of how Sample Channels and MIDI Channels get processed by the Audio Engine. This renovation opens up the doors to many new exciting functionalities planned for the 0.15 series - take a look here for the full list.

In addition to that, we have also fixed a couple of bugs regarding plug-ins crashes on Linux and improved BPM changes detection while running Giada as JACK client.

Full changelog + downloads available here. Stay strong.