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, 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
latest version: 0.10.1 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

Latest news from our laboratories.

Giada 0.10.1 out now

August 26, 2015

Today we released Giada 0.10.1, codename Pascal's Triangle. Pascal's Triangle is an arithmetical triangle and is commonly used in probability. During the hot summer days we realized that Giada's codebase is growing big and strong, especially if we look at the future roadmap. So in this new release we decided to:

  • completely refactor the source folder structure — now easier to browse and to work with;
  • improve the build system and fix many annoying issues.

Giada 0.10.1 also features improved usability for 'play/stop' channel buttons and the usual set of bugs fixed/cleanups.

Giada 0.10.0 Astraphobia released

July 04, 2015

Today we celebrate the new branch 0.10.x with a new, juicy feature: MIDI lightning! Born as a proof of concept by our GitHub friend Blablack, Giada is now able to light up your MIDI device's knobs and buttons, by sending custom MIDI messages. Of course this is an experimental feature, we need your help! Test the new functionality and submit new midimap files on the official midimaps repo. More information on our documentation pages.

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!