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.

* Lightweight and powerful

32 bit floating point audio engine, sample-accurate looping system, multithread support. 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!

latest version: 0.9.6 | docs | fork it on GitHub

Latest news from our laboratories.

New video tutorial on sample modes

May 31, 2015

Our new digital friend Richard Aspromonte introduces us to the joyful world of sample channels. What are "one shot" modes? How can I use them properly? In this tutorial you will learn how to handle Giada as a drum machine/sample player/soundscape generator.

Giada 0.9.6 Flammarion engraving released

May 10, 2015

Today we release a brand new version of Giada Loop Machine, codename Flammarion engraving. The name comes from a wood engraving by an unknown artist, often used as a metaphorical illustration of either the scientific or the mystical quests for knowledge.

The release provides a bunch of delicious features, namely:

  • Keyboard binding for MIDI channels
  • Support for multiple files in drag-n-drop operations
  • Different color for wait/end statuses
  • Lots of bugs fixed and other minor improvements.

The 0.9.6 version also marks the end of the 0.9.x series. We have planned great improvements for Giada 0.10.x, such as the MIDI lightning support, MIDI input to channels/VSTs, a big source code refactoring and a starting setup for TDD development. The mystical quest for knowledge has never been so exciting!

Libremusicproduction interview

April 08, 2015

The guys at LMP have just published a great interview to our supreme head technician on their web magazine. A nice trip through one of the most unstable minds of modern time. The article also features a set of obscure screenshots of Giada from the past: you definitely don't want to miss it! Thank you libremusicproduction.com for your sweet support.

Giada 0.9.5 Nabla Symbols released

March 28, 2015

Another shiny release of Giada Loop Machine, codename Nabla Symbols is ready for your desktops. Main changes:

  • Better column resize algorithm;
  • New patch loading system with permanent MIDI mapping;
  • Ability to clear assigned keys (keyboard mode);
  • Minor fixes and tweaks.

From now on we provide MD5 checksums for our packages (in the download page). We also no longer ship raw binary Linux versions. Save bandwidth, save the planet!