$59 $35 (temporary price reduction)

(Ex. VAT)

Elevate your string writing with ultra playable strings textures. From shimmering beauty to scary mayhem, Bunker Strings is sure to inspire you and give your string writing a unique sound. The perfect addition to any film, game and TV composers string arsenal. Bunker Strings Vol. 1 earned a Best New String Library of 2019 Nomination by Sample Library Review. 



As Covid-19 continues its devastation around the world, many musicians and composers are forced to stay at home. While this may mean lots of extra time to write music, many are also worried about their finances in these uncertain times. Bunker Samples is a one man operation, and I'm in exactly the same boat as all my customers; I share your frustrations and fears, and want to help, by giving you access to new and inspiring sounds that will keep your creativity soaring, and at prices that everyone can afford. That's why Bunker Samples is offering an unprecedented temporary price reduction on all products, for now running until April 19 2020.

Bunker Strings, a complete string library with a unique concept, can now be had for only $35 and The Harmonium - a characterful vintage pump organ and SO musch more - is now only $25. These are the lowest prices I have ever offered!

If you are an existing customers who purchased at full price, I want you to know that your support is what build Bunker Samples up and convinced me to keep doing this, and I hope that you won't feel cheated by these massive discounts - they are necesarry to support our composer community and also help insure the survival of Bunker Samples. I'm working hard on a couple of very exiting releases that I can't wait to share with you!




Thin Lips (contextual)

by Alexander Formosa



4706 samples (mixed from over 10000 samples)

7,87 GB uncompressed Wav files

3,86 GB lossless compressed size

78 instrument patches

Requires the FULL version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.6.6 or later

A new approach to 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. 

The density slider

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.

Hear the density slider in action:
powerful 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 the freebie

The original prototype for Bunker Strings, “Scary Viola Pizz”, is available free of charge and with no limitations, so you can try the concept before you buy. It has a very limited range compared to the full version. Download from here


  • 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


Violin – drumstick shorts

Violin – drumstick trem (normal and DENSE)

Violin – ricochet trem (normal and DENSE)

Violin – soft pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Violin – loud pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Violin – soft into loud pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Violin – pizz into drumstick trem (normal and DENSE)

Violin – pizz into ricochet trem (normal and DENSE)


Viola – drumstick shorts

Viola – drumstick trem (normal and DENSE)

Viola – ricochet trem (normal and DENSE)

Viola – soft pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Viola – loud pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Viola – soft into loud pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Viola – pizz into drumstick trem (normal and DENSE)

Viola – pizz into ricochet trem (normal and DENSE)


Cello – drumstick shorts

Cello – drumstick trem (normal and DENSE)

Cello – ricochet trem (normal and DENSE)

Cello – soft pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Cello – loud pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Cello – soft into loud pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Cello – pizz into drumstick trem (normal and DENSE)

Cello – pizz into ricochet trem (normal and DENSE)


Bass – drumstick shorts

Bass – drumstick trem (normal and DENSE)

Bass – soft pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Bass – loud pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Bass – soft into loud pizz trem (normal and DENSE)

Bass – pizz into drumstick trem (normal and DENSE)


Synth – celestial pad

Synth – distant pad

Synth – distorted pad

Synth – epic pad into pizz texture

Synth – noisy rumbling bass drone

Synth – reversed texture

Synth – sticks in space


“Absolutely brilliant work on Bunker Strings! They’re dry in a very natural way, which is almost impossible to find even in a more standard string library, but also have such a unique quality that sets them apart from anything else I’ve ever used. Brilliant work, one of the best sample libraries I’ve ever bought.”

Reece McMillin

“While playing through the samples, the first thought that comes to mind is ‘creativity’; both in how the library was conceived, in addition to how it inspires. There is an inherent ‘rawness’ to the samples that gives the library a sincere human-feel and the eclectic sounds definitely encourage improvisation while exploring new musical ideas…When playing through the different nki’s, it is clear that a lot of editing went in to creating this pioneering library….

…In a business where composers are constantly striving to create and shape their original sound, Bunker Strings Vol. I does just that and absolutely delivers on its promises of a unique, innovative string sample library. A very cool library for any media composer looking to add some distinctive string textures and techniques to their palette!”

Ben Goldman

Sample Library Review

“This library fills a gap that I didn’t really knew existed, and it’s impressive in its recording quality. There are some lovely textures in there which are very useable (pizzicato trem/drumstick trem etc), and the Drumstick Shorts patches are worth their admission price alone – essentially using drum sticks to create short, percussive, snappy “spiccato” patches that have a great sound. Fantastic on all 4 instruments (violins, violas, celli, basses). So you have a small selection of patches, snappy, percussive ones and ones which are more textural and very ready for layering and further manipulation with fx. And the price is very fair!”

Lincoln Jaeger

Credits: trailers for Crimes of Grindelwald, Alita, The Children Act, Black Panther, Hereditary

“Bunker Strings is not your ordinary string library. It’s something very niche, very unique, and an instant source of character, tension and energy-building sounds for your music. Excellent for things like tension focused underscores, action-oriented scenes, and even trailer music. All in all, a super cool sound palette to have in your arsenal as a composer!”

Mikael Baggström

Professional Composers

“Bunker Strings Vol. 1 instantly provided me with 16 new instruments in my template that I didn’t already have. I’m always looking for a sound that will inspire and open a door creatively to a space that is sometimes difficult to describe. From unique pads, textures and especially the ricochet tremolos with a wide range of density and dynamics…I’m in sonic heaven. Thanks Nicolaj for creating this unique library!”

Mark Portmann

FilmScores: A World Away (2019) featuring Rowan Blanchard Trailers: First Man, Mission:Impossible Fallout, Ben Is Back, Dolemite Is My Name, Downsizing, Stronger, American Sniper, The Finest Hours, The Olive Tree Producer: Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Luis Fonsi, Josh Groban, Chris Botti and many more….

“Great for textures and feel! This library gives you articulations that you don’t already have and can’t get anywhere else. The shorts have a great snap to them. The sound is really pristine and present. The extra sound design patches are really useful and well done.”

Douglas Hill

“I love the drumstick col legno’s, they are mega aggressive, probably the most intense available in any sample library”