Fresh from the Labs
Giada—Hard-Core Live Looping
Live DJs chasing a simplistic but
attractive application are going to love
Giada. At the same time, Giada also
covers something I’ve been wanting for
a year now, which is a way to trigger
individual samples from a computer
keyboard simply in real time. According
to the documentation:
Giada is a free, minimal, hard-core
audio tool for DJs and live perform-
ers. Load up to 32 samples, choose
to play them in single mode (drum
machine) or loop mode (sequencer),
and start the show with your com-
puter keyboard as a controller. Giada
aims to be a compact and portable
virtual device for Linux and Windows
for production use and live sets.
Installation Using Giada is pretty
easy, but its ease of use comes at a
price. It’s a freeware binary. This is the
first freeware program I’ve covered,
but don’t worry, I won’t make a habit
The project’s Web site consists of a
(well-designed) single page, with
download links for both the Windows
and Linux versions of Giada.
As far as library requirements go,
the documentation states:
The Giada hard-core looping program for
real-time DJ performances with a GUI
that’s sleekly minimal.
Giada in its full-flight recording mode lets
you layer a live performance piece by piece.
Giada is based upon RtAudio and
FLTK (GUI). They are both statically
linked, but the former needs
libjack.so to provide JACK’s features.
In a modern Linux-based OS, you
should be able to run Giada without
any further installation or hack.