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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.

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*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

“Giada is one of the best open platform audio tool out there.” ― blinkworth1

“Discovering Giada has completely changed my life.” ― D1RTY J0E

latest version: 0.14.0 | docs | fork it on GitHub |

Latest news from our laboratories.

Giada 0.14.0 DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET released today

May 30, 2017 ―

Let's roll out the red carpet for the new version of Giada, number 0.14.0 codename DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET, inspired by the Chrome/Chromium error flag raised when your Internet connection is dead.

The light at the end of the 1.0 tunnel still shines far away. However, starting from the current branch 0.14 we want to pave the road for a kick-ass live audio production tool, easy, reliable and fun to use. So, enjoy some delicious features from the current release:

  • a deeply polished and reorganized Sample Editor;
  • ability to toggle input monitoring while recording audio;
  • support for old .ini patch files removed;
  • lots of code refactoring and bugs fixed.

The full changelog is available here. A warm kiss to all supporters, bug reporters and hackers.

Giada 0.13.4 "Gimbal Lock" is out

April 25, 2017 ―

Today we shipped a new version of Giada codename "Gimbal Lock", a common glitch that occurs when rotating an object in a 3-dimensional space.

The release offers an improved MIDI editing experience, especially on the Piano Roll side. We also removed the ability to load deprecated MIDI maps files (i.e. those still based on .ini files) and expanded the unit test collection.

As always, a warm "thank you" to all the contributors. The full changelog is available here. Enjoy the novelties of Giada 0.13.4 and remember: beware of gimbal locks!

Giada 0.13.3 Chrysopoeia

March 24, 2017 ―

A new version of Giada, 0.13.3 codename chrysopoeia is ready for your hardware! In alchemy, the term chrysopoeia (Greek: χρυσοποιία) means transmutation into gold (from the Greek χρυσός khrusos, "gold," and ποιεῖν poiēin, "to make"). It is symbolically used to indicate the creation of the philosopher's stone and the completion of the Great Work.

The new release features a deep rework of Jack implementation, which provides BPM and Rewind synchronization. We have also fixed some annoying bugs like GitHub issue #99, improved the 'free channel' function and cleaned up the codebase even further.

Giada tutorial #5 - Audio recording

February 17, 2017 ―

Say "Hi" to our new digital friend Bartholomew Davenport! He is the guy who will guide us through the art of audio recording with Giada. In his new tutorial #5 you'll learn how to create a live, loop-based performance with physical instruments and a couple of sample channels. The result: an awesome drone-oriented soundtrack texture built in less than 4 minutes. Must watch.

Giada 0.13.2 "Raudive Tapes" out now

January 13, 2017 ―

A new smashing version of Giada is ready for your desktop. Inspired by Konstantīns Raudive, a guy who investigated electronic voice phenomena (EVP), this release provides MIDI learn for plugins parameters. From now on you can let your favorite MIDI hardware control any VST effect or VST instrument: a golden feature for live performing.

In addition we added the ability to toggle hidden files in File Browser, fortified plugin loading, fixed lots of bugs plus the usual overall cleanup. Enjoy!