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Kaizen Audio Releases Distance Quintet, Expressive Instrument For Musical Storytelling
Rounik Sethi on Mon, September 14th 0 comments
The Distance Quintet is a virtual instrument created by Kaizen Audio. The instrument explores the effects of proximity and distance as an expressive tool in musical storytelling.

Kaizen Audio recorded a five piece string ensemble consisting of: 1 bass, 1 cello, 1 viola and 2 violins. The quintet was recorded with musicians set on precisely calculated positions in a large scoring stage. A number of microphones were placed meticulously in the room to capture the ensemble from a variety of distances resulting in a wide range of colors, from subtle close intimate whispers to expanding irradiations of loud yet distant articulations.

The collection contains orchestrations of major and minor chords and textures presented in different articulations, from pizzicatos and staccatos to sustained chords, experimental textures and tempo synced polyrhythms. Perfect for composers and music producers looking for an easily accessible string ensemble that sounds great right out of the box. The Distance Quintet offers a fresh take on the age old concept of traditional orchestral string sample libraries.

Mics & Mixes

The library features four stereo microphone arrays, plus a set of spot mics, each of which offer a unique perspective. Listed from furthest away from the musicians to closest, they are:

  • Decca
  • Room
  • Holophone
  • Close 


In addition to the room and close mics, we also present you with two completely different full mixes to get you up and running immediately.

  • Mix 1
  • Mix 2

Recording, Mics & Gear

Distance Quintet was meticulously recorded in a large scoring stage, through a high end signal chain consisting of premium and vintage Neumman, AKG and Schoeps microphones running into an SSL desk and top of the range Prism Sound converters.


  • 20 Patches
  • 6 Mic positions

  • 4,074 Samples
  • 2.54Gb uncompressed (1.5Gb in ncw format)

  • Requires Kontakt 6.2.2 Full Retail 
(Not compatible with the free Kontakt Player)


Price: $47 (Goes to $59 September 16th)




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