Bunker Strings Vol. 1 - best new string library of 2019 nomination


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A new approach to sampling string textures

Conceived and recorded deep underground in a World War II bunker in Copenhagen, Bunker Strings Vol. 1 is a collection of eclectic, modern and highly playable string textures and extended techniques, that will add a new sonic palette to your arsenal. Featuring violins, violas, cellos, basses and a full ensemble patch playing innovative textural techniques such as drumstick tremolo, as well as some incredibly tight and aggressive col legno shorts, this library will inspire your creativity and add a modern edge to your string writing. It’s designed to easily blend with your existing strings sounds thanks to the excellent dry recording quality and useful sound shaping controls directly on the interface. From soft, shimmering beauty to loud and bombastic, Bunker Strings is the perfect addition to any film, game and TV composer’s toolkit.

What makes it special?

Bunker Strings represents a new way of thinking about string texture sampling, because it lets you create dynamics and textural changes by literally changing the ensemble size on the fly with the density slider. This technique is only possible through the power of sampling, making this library a true virtual instrument in it's own right, one that lets you add life and shape to normally static textures. All the longs articulations are available in normal and extra dense versions, giving you the versatility to use the library in anything from a chamber piece to an epic trailer. The combination patches takes this concept a step further, letting you seamlessly morph from one texture into another.

powerfull shorts

Bunker Strings also features short col legno notes, a very popular sound in film music. Normally played by tapping the strings with the wood of the bow, we went for a drumstick instead! The result is crisp and tight shorts that can go from soft and ticking along in the background, to a massive, thunderous “whack it as hard as you can”. They add instant punch to your rhythmic writing, and blends really well with your existing string libraries, thanks to the dry recording space and useful controls for stereo image right on the interface. Best of all, the density slider also works on the shorts, letting you go from 3 to 9 players pr note.

modern textures

Bunker Strings is not a normal string library! The concept is unique and the sounds are raw and gritty, but can also be delicate and beautiful - and above all, this is a texture library you can actually play like an instrument. If you’re looking to spice up your string writing and add a distinct modern edge to your sound arsenal, this is the library for you. As one of the demo writers summarised it: “insta-Jonny Greenwood”

try before you buy

The original prototype for Bunker Strings, called “Scary Viola Pizz”, is available free of charge and with no limitations, so you can try the concept before you buy. All you have to do is sign up for the Bunker Samples mailing list here.

intro discount

For a limited time Bunker Strings Vol. 1 is available at a special introductory price of only $39 (full price $59). Offer ends on March 8.

  • Violins (3 to 9 players)
  • Violas (3 to 9 players)
  • Cellos (3 to 9 players)
  • Basses (3 to 9 players)
  • Full Ensemble
  • Drumstick shorts (power col legno) with 3 dynamic layers and 4 round robbins.
  • Drumstick tremolo
  • Soft pizz tremolo
  • Loud pizz tremolo
  • Ricochet tremolo (expect for basses)
  • Combination patches:
    • Soft into loud pizz
    • Pizz into drumstick trem
    • Pizz into ricochet trem
  • Bonus patches: 7 different sound design patches
To learn more, hear demos and buy, go to Bunker Samples.
or buy directly from Gumroad.

Walkthrough video:

Instrument GUIs:

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Synth GUI.jpg

@Cory Pelizzari has taken Bunker Strings for a spin. It's also an excellent overview of what the library is:
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That Rotho demo is amazing! The bass sounds in this library have so much attack and depth. For lack of a better word, balls:thumbsup:
I would agree, but I am obviously biased. I do think the shorts are worth the price of admission alone, simply because they are THE most powerful col legnos I have ever heard - which is what what went for, drumsticks and all...


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Downloading ! I really like the concept of "what sampling can do that real thing can't" this is the only way to progress like our ancestors did... and of course make the Music that suit these new instruments !


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That's a really wonderful library.

Love the approach to dynamics, very striking. It gives almost a playable 'evo' like quality. Quite an inspired design choice.

Look forward to picking it up!


Vintage -but- not obsolete
Downloading ! I really like the concept of "what sampling can do that real thing can't" this is the only way to progress like our ancestors did... and of course make the Music that suit these new instruments !
Just tried it for five minutes, for a first realisation, the result is amazing ! "great job great dane "


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Just a friendly reminder that intro pricing ends in a week. In other news, I’m working on some more video content, showing how well it blends with Spitfire’s LCO Strings!
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