Distance Series String Quintet for Kontakt

Distance Series String Quintet for Kontakt

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The Distance Series features the distance as a critical tool for emotional expression and sound coloring exploration.
Designed to bring the raw qualities of the smallest string ensemble yet with a full range of frequencies, the Distance Series: String Quintet is a compact set of patches to immediately inspire, jump start ideas or enhance and embellish work in progress materials in need of more depth and sharpness. Or blurry colors if you will.


The Distance Series: String Quintet is an 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
The DSSQ 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.

Distance Series String Quintet by Kaizen Audio



Full Content List

Major Chord 1 Pizz

Major Chord 1 Stacc

Major Chord 2 Pizz

Major Chord 2 Stacc

Major Chord Moving

Major Chord Swells TM

Major Chord Swells no TM

Major Chord Texture

Major Polyrhythms

Minor Chord 1 Pizz

Minor Chord 1 Stacc

Minor Chord 2 Pizz

Minor Chord 2 Stacc

Minor Chord Moving

Minor Chord Swells TM

Minor Chord Swells no TM

Minor Chord Texture

Minor Polyrhythms


Bonus Articulations
Minor Bends Down SP Trem
Minor Bends Down


20 Patches
6 Mic positions
Requires Kontakt 6.2.2 Full Retail
(Not compatible with the free Kontakt Player)

4,074 Samples
2.54Gb uncompressed

(1.5Gb in ncw format)

$47 (Goes to $59 two after release date)
First 100 customers with discount code DSSQ-FIRST100 get extra 10% off!