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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 OS X 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
latest version: 0.13.1 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

Latest news from our laboratories.

Giada 0.13.1 The Shunned House is out

November 18, 2016 ―

Yesterday we released a new shining version of Giada, number 0.13.1 codename The Shunned House, inspired by the short horror story by H.P. Lovecraft. This episode brings many exciting features:

  • MIDI messages to channels/plugins — now you can play and record your favorite VST instruments through a MIDI keyboard/controller;

  • revamped input dynamics — record actions and sounds is now easier, faster and more intuitive. The new built-in input monitor makes live performances a breeze;

  • many nasty bugs fixed, e.g. crashes on OS X, missing ASIO and WASAPI on Windows, several glitches during action recording process;

  • many UI improvements and other under-the-hood tweaks.

A warm hug to all of you who helped with this release.

Giada 0.13.0 Understanding Eigenvalues released

September 19, 2016 ―

Today we decided to celebrate the end of Summer with a powerful new release of Giada, codename Understanding Eigenvalues. This version marks the beginning of the 0.13 series, where several amazing features are planned.

What's new in this 0.13.0 version, anyway?

  • Revamped file browser — faster file handling, with the ability to load patches/projects/samples on double click. The browser is now smart enough to remember scroll position and the last selected item on opening;
  • New 64-bit packages for Windows. We also dropped support for any other 32-bit package (Ubuntu included, we are future-proof!)
  • Build process improved and polished, especially for GCC 6;
  • Update JUCE to version 4.2.3, with source code reorganization;
  • Several crashes fixed, tons of minor bugs squashed (and introduced :))

Bonus point: we have also upgraded our official forum to the latest version of phpBB. As always, a warm "thank you" to all the contributors who helped with the development of this release.

New video tutorial #3 - The Action Editor

September 06, 2016 ―

There's a fresh new video tutorial available in the official Youtube channel of Giada Loop Machine. This time Richard P. Aspromonte will guide us through the perils of the legendary Action Editor, a tool used for editing actions. He will eventually lay down some 80s/90s hip hop beats using samples from the glorious "The Bridge" by Mc Shan.

Giada 0.12.2 "Flatland" released

June 04, 2016 ―

Giada 0.12.2, codename "Flatland" is ready for your machine. With this version we introduced quite a few inner changes:

  • Upgrade RtAudio to version 4.1.2 ― thanks to this change we can provide WASAPI support on Windows. We also simplified a lot the inclusion of RtAudio dependency when compiling Giada from source code;

  • plugin management improvements ― you can now sort the plugin list by name, manufacturer and type; the plugin window's size and position are finally stored properly in the configuration file;

  • nasty crashes on OS X El Capitan fixed;

  • minor code cleanups.

A big hug to all the people who helped with the bug hunting on OS X. Get ready for lots of new amazing breakdowns with the WASAPI thing :)

Giada 0.12.1 "Permutations"

May 06, 2016 ―

Today we released Giada 0.12.1, codename Permutations. In mathematics, the notion of permutation relates to the act of arranging all the members of a set into some sequence or order. This time we focused almost exclusively on audio plugin management, with useful features like the percentage progress for plugin scan and notifications for missing/unknown VSTs. We would also like to thank everyone who reported nasty crashes on OS X El Capitan: an investigation is underway!