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
latest version: 0.11.2 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

Latest news from our laboratories.

Giada 0.11.2 Pareto principle released

January 15, 2016 ―

A new awesome release of Giada, codename Pareto principle is ready for your hardware. The Pareto principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. What's new in this version:

  • Support for JSON-based midimap files;
  • Add new channel by right-clicking anywhere on a column;
  • Fixes for many compilation warnings on GCC 5.3 (and LLVM as well);
  • Fix for a nasty bug that prevented MIDI Jack from being selected on Linux.

The old-school midimap files are now deprecated, but still supported — not for long, though! Giada 0.11.2 Pareto principle also marks the end of the 0.11 series. Expect some exciting news from the future, such as porting to JUCE framework: VST3 and OSC support and many other delicacies.

Tutorial #1 revamped and reloaded

December 28, 2015 ―

What's the best way to salute the new year? With a remake of the Giada tutorial's first episode made by our fellow youtuber Richard, of course! In this introductory chapter he shows the basic differences between sample channels and MIDI channels, and how to initialize them. A great way to get your feet wet with Giada Loop Machine.

Giada 0.11.1 out today!

December 21, 2015 ―

A new smashing release of Giada - 0.11.1 Càdlàg functions - is ready for your desktop. Main features:

  • ability to clone channels;
  • new JSON-based configuration file;
  • usability improvements in Configuration panel;
  • many stability enhancements and fixes;
  • lots of bugs fixed.

We have also updated the documentation and added more information on how to run unit tests with Catch. Have fun!

Giada 0.11.0 released!

December 01, 2015 ―

Today we are proud to celebrate the new release 0.11.0, codename Self-similarity. Self-similarity is an important property of fractal objects. This version features lots of under-the-hood improvements:

  • New JSON-based patch system — forget the old, buggy, messy patches: now they are clear and beautiful JSON files, easy to read and to manage. You can even generate them via scripts, if you like it!;
  • ability to save and restore column widths;
  • more code reorganization and cleanups;
  • lots of bugs fixed.

Of course Giada can still work with the old patch system, but being it deprecated it will be removed sooner or later. So please convert your patches to the new JSON format: you just need to save them over again.

Giada 0.10.2 Benford's Law released today

October 20, 2015 ―

Giada 0.10.2, codename Benford's Law is out today. This is the last release in the 0.10 branch, with several interesting news:

  • support for test-driven development — thanks to Catch and Travis CI for continuous integration;
  • improved behavior of some loop modes;
  • tons of nasty bugs fixed.

We are also packing our stuff for the 0.11 series. Lots of goodies are coming from the labs!