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Giada gives you the ability to record anything coming in from your soundcard thanks to its live sampler and the master input channel. Configure your device in the Configuration panel first, then turn up the knob of the input volume in the main window.
First of all you need to add at least one sample channel, then arm it with the channel's arm button . You can of course arm multiple channels. When you are ready, click on the input rec button on the main transport or press end to enable the sampler: channels with active input will turn blue.
The master play will start automatically, since recording a sound doesn't make sense with the master play turned off. The sampler works in overdub mode by default: the messages coming from the soundcard are being continuously summed to the existing data until the sampler is halted.
The arm button on each sample channel enables the input monitor. This way you hear what you're actually playing, previously processed by the plugins stack (if any). If you don't enable the sampler (input rec button or end), Giada won't record anything and turns into a live FX processor instead.
You can accomplish the same result by using the stream linker, the button between the input and the output meter . Enable it and you will be able to hear what you're playing.