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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.

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: 0.14.3 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

Latest news from our laboratories.

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!

Giada 0.14.1 Book of Shadows out today

July 17, 2017 ―

Today we released a new version of Giada, codename Book of Shadows: a book containing religious texts and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca. As outlined in the 0.14 branch, the saga of Sample Editor's rewrite continues. Some notable changes:

  • Show play head in Sample Editor — know what you are playing!
  • many under-the-hood improvements to the waveform drawing algorithm;
  • fix a nasty crash when recording with beats/bars greater than 4/1;
  • upgrade JUCE to version 5.

As always the full changelog is available here. A warm kiss to all our supporters.

Giada 0.14.0 DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET released today

May 30, 2017 ―

Let's roll out the red carpet for the new version of Giada, number 0.14.0 codename DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET, inspired by the Chrome/Chromium error flag raised when your Internet connection is dead.

The light at the end of the 1.0 tunnel still shines far away. However, starting from the current branch 0.14 we want to pave the road for a kick-ass live audio production tool, easy, reliable and fun to use. So, enjoy some delicious features from the current release:

  • a deeply polished and reorganized Sample Editor;
  • ability to toggle input monitoring while recording audio;
  • support for old .ini patch files removed;
  • lots of code refactoring and bugs fixed.

The full changelog is available here. A warm kiss to all supporters, bug reporters and hackers.