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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: 0.15.1 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

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Latest news from our laboratories.

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!

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.