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: 0.10.2 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

Latest news from our laboratories.

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!

New video tutorial #8: loop modes overview

October 09, 2015

Another smashing tutorial by Richard Aspromonte! This time he will walk us through the land of Loop modes. You will learn how to handle Giada as a loop machine, building your live performance from the ground up.

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.