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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.

see it in action!

*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: 0.15.2 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

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Latest news from our laboratories.

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 k-syusteem;
  • 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.

Giada 0.15.0 French Press released

April 19, 2018 ―

Yesterday we released Giada 0.15.0, codename French Press, inspired by a famous type of strength exercise specially designed and most popular for triceps. This release brings on the table some important code refactoring that will pave the road for the upcoming new features planned for branch 0.15.

In addition to that, a smarter "solo" algorithm has been developed, as well as some nasty bugs on live recording fixed. Full changelog is available here. Go grab Giada 0.15.0 and stay strong.

Giada 0.14.6 Backward invention is ready!

March 14, 2018 ―

We are happy to present a new juicy version of Giada, inspired by the so-called backward invention: a marketing strategy in which an existing product is dumbed down by the company to be released in less developed countries.

In Giada 0.14.6 you will find:

  • Ability to drive volume of one-shot samples via MIDI velocity;
  • FLAC and Ogg support for audio files;
  • Build system improvements;
  • Several bugs fixed, especially the crash on macOS when opening the Configuration window.

Also, Giada 0.14.6 marks the end of the 0.14 series. We are getting ready for some exciting new features in the 0.15 branch, such as the free loop length or the ability to record on key press/input signal.

As always, downloads and changelog are right here. Warm hugs to our supporters, stay tuned!