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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: 0.16.0 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

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Latest news from our laboratories.

Giada 0.16.0 final version released

December 2, 2019 ―

After some months of development, we are happy to announce Giada 0.16.0 codename “Dungeons and Catacombs”. This version brings in many architectural changes and improvements to the audio rendering thread, as well as the UI layer. We want to get ready for the long-awaited version 1.0 with a solid, reliable and easy to extend audio engine.

Given all these important changes, patches/projects created with Giada prior to version 0.16.0 won't be supported anymore. Don't worry, though: the Almighty Patch Converter tool will update your projects automatically in a click. Just follow the instructions on that page and you are ready to go :)

As always a big warm hug to all our supporters, bug reporters and friends. Go grab Giada 0.16.0 “Dungeons and Catacombs” in the download area now!

Giada 0.16.0 beta 2 released

November 13, 2019 ―

Another beta version of Giada 0.16.0 has been baked today in our laboratories. This new release marked as 0.16.0beta2 fixes many annoying bugs and crashes, paving the road for the long-awaited final version 0.16.0. Please take a look at the full changelog and feel free to play with Giada 0.16.0beta2 in the download area.

Giada 0.16.0 beta 1 released today

October 19, 2019 ―

We are very happy to announce that the first experimental version of Giada from the new 0.16 branch is out and ready to be tested. The most important change is how the engine now talks to the UI, thanks to a complete refactoring of the intermediate layer. This improvement lays the foundation for a solid, flexible architecture and paves the way for the long-awaited 1.0.0 version!

Giada 0.16.0 will also feature a completely overhauled persistence mechanism to save and load your patches/projects, along with many other minor fixes and code beautifications. Unfortunately, patches/projects created with a previous version of Giada are not supported anymore. But don't despair: we are working on a sleek online tool that automatically upgrades your files for you in a click.

The new experimental Giada version, marked as beta1 is available in the download area, along with the latest stable version 0.15.4. Please share your feedback with us and report any bugs you may find!

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!