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: 0.9.5 | docs | fork it on GitHub

Latest news from our laboratories.

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!

Giada 0.9.4 "Bayes' theorem" released

February 25, 2015

Today we released a new version of Giada Loop Machine, codename Bayes' theorem. This release brings some nice minor features and fixes. Changelog:

  • Drag-n-drop now works also in existing channels;
  • Store 'resize recordings' flag in giada.conf;
  • Better management of duplicate samples;
  • Add more VST debug information;
  • Minor fixes and tweaks.

Giada 0.9.3 "Terraforming" released!

January 31, 2015

We proudly present to you another interstellar version of Giada, codename Terraforming, released today. What's going on inside of it?

  • Several GUI improvements — resizable columns, better column handling mechanism, many graphical glitches fixed;
  • upgrade to FLTK 1.3.3;
  • support for MIDI devices without Note Off message — some controllers use a different Note Off technique: they send a Note On with velocity at 0 or 127. Now Giada can understand it, thanks to the brilliant work of our friend blablack;
  • many bugs fixed and internal improvements.

Testing Giada episode 2 - (Drag and) Drop da beat

December 06, 2014

In the following video we want to test the new drag and drop feature introduced in version 0.9.2. No more "click here and here", please!