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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: 0.14.5 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

Latest news from our laboratories.

Giada, version 0.14.5 The Purkinje Effect released today

January 15, 2018 ―

Ladies and Gentlemen, we salute the new year with another shiny release of Giada, version 0.14.5 "The Purkinje Effect": the change in perception of colors as illumination changes from daylight to twilight.

It took us a while to release it: we completely overhauled our automatic deployment system in order to generate new, beautiful binary packages.

So what's new in Giada 0.14.5 "The Purkinje Effect"?

  • AppImage executable for Linux;

  • OS X builds on Travis CI;

  • Support for multiple plug-in directories with the new Directory Browser: no more writing paths by hand!;

  • MIDI input filtering;

  • Improved MIDI action management in Piano Roll;

  • Several bugs and crashes fixed.

The full changelog is available here.

Giada 0.14.4 Acheiropoieta is ready

October 28, 2017 ―

A new release of Giada is ready for your desktop. This version has been inspired by the so-called Acheiropoieta images, or icons made without hands — religious drawings which are said to have come into existence miraculously, not created by a human.

In Giada 0.14.4 you will find:

  • renameable channels;

  • portable VST path — plug-ins are now stored in patch files with a special, filesystem-independent hash, so that you can share your projects across different computers. Just make sure you have the same plug-ins installed;

  • new Sample shift tool in Sample Editor;

  • ability to process more than one plug-in instrument at once — you can now create multi-layered instruments for powerful walls of sounds;

  • many bugs fixed, minor improvements and user interface beautifications.

As always, the full changelog is available here. A big "thank you" to all the people, both physical and spiritual, involved with this release.

Giada meets Docker

October 07, 2017 ―

Dear developers, building Giada from source has never been easier! We have just released the official Docker image for Giada Loop Machine, baked with much love in our laboratories to soothe the compilation/testing process.

No more cluttering up your environment and hunting for dependencies that are nowhere to be found: everything is shipped within the image you will download from the Docker Hub. Take a look at the README file for more information.

As always, we love your feedback: please help us making the workflow more and more awesome heart-eyes.

Giada 0.14.3 Yeasts is out now!

September 20, 2017 ―

Yesterday we released a new shiny version of Giada, code name Yeasts, inspired by the magical kingdom of fungi. What's new in Giada 0.14.3:

  • vertically-resizable channels;
  • lots of new operations in the Sample Editor: "copy/paste", "reverse", "normalize hard" and "copy to new channel";
  • improved UI management of VST plugins;
  • many bugs fixed and minor improvements.

The full changelog is available here. Keep an eye on the documentation area, as we are updating it to reflect the numerous changes introduced in the Sample Editor.

Have fun and enjoy the fermentation.

Giada 0.14.2 Ichthys out today

August 14, 2017 ―

Giada 0.14.2 Ichthys (a.k.a. The Jesus fish) has just been released. "Ichthys" is also known as the "Jesus fish", a symbol used by ancient Christians to mark meeting places. The new release unearths more and more powerful tools from the Sample Editor:

  • Audible preview — with optional loop mode and keyboard shortcuts;

  • Frame-precise waveform editing;

  • Show sample's information — size, bit depth, frequency, ...;

  • improved fade-out algorithm and waveform drawing;

And on top of that, Giada 0.14.2 features some serious improvements to the memory management, a revamped "clear empty columns" operation, several external dependencies upgraded.

Full changelog available here. Enjoy!