Please note: requires the full version of NI Kontakt 6 or later.

Iremia (Greek): tranquility, peace, serenity. quietness.

Iremia is dedicated to exploring the most intimate and quiet side of a solo viola, captured in stunning detail with a unique set of microphone positions. The combination of the melancholic and dark sonority of the viola, playing extremely softly and recorded very, very close, has resulted in a virtual instrument of incredible intimacy, beauty and humanity. With a wide selection of airy sustains, beautiful moving textures and natural, organic swells, Iremia instantly gives you that contemporary, Scandinavian string sound, perfect for scoring Scandi Noir dramas or indeed for any time you need an instrument that quietly pulls your listener in and whispers all its secrets.

“I wanted to capture a side of the viola in a virtual instrument that the audience rarely hears, but one that I have had right under my ear for most of my life: the bow noise, the minute fluctuations and tiny little imperfections that makes it sound so intimate, fragile and human. These things really stand out when you play very quiet, so that’s how the idea came about; extremely quiet sounds recorded very, very close. I basically wanted the mic to be as close to the instrumemt as my left ear is – and that’s when I started wondering what it actually sounds like inside the instrument itself. Well, I wonder no more…This is – in my opinion – the most beautiful instrument Bunker Samples has made yet!”

Nicolaj M Nielsen, violist and founder of Bunker Samples

What users are saying

“I finally got to download and have a play with this library. Wow! It has sounds that immediately make you start playing, coming up with new ideas in new directions. I know already this is going to be so special for me and I can’t wait to develop even the stuff it has already made me create, let alone the stuff yet to happen.”


VI Control forum member

“This Viola library is truly refreshing, unique, accessible and easy to blend in, it brings new flavors to my main template with a ton of beautiful sounding articulations which I will use extensively. The inside and super close mic configurations captured the tone of the instrument body with all the characteristics in great detail, you can hear the sound of the instrument vibrate harmoniously from the player’s perspective like never heard before.”

Ludovic Roy-Bouliana


“Intimate Viola is a gem of a library. It’s the sort of library that you didn’t realise you needed until you try it out and it immediately becomes a staple in your template. There is a richness of textures and the Random Rebow patch has become an instant favourite of mine, adding wonderful realism to my pieces.”
Lincoln Jaeger

150+ trailer placements

“Such a nice tone! Probably the warmest, smoothest I’ve heard in sampled viola”

Alex Niedt


“Superb sound and UI ! I love the sends on each mic, the X-fade instruments… really impressive stuff. Count on me for the violins, Celli and Basses!”


VI Control forum member

“Well this is very, very many shades of gorgeous, a near perfect balance of delicacy and detail.”


VI Control forum member

“Iremia is a welcome addition to the Bunker Samples line-up. The delicate sounds of a carefully sampled set of soft dynamic layers both with and without mutes are enchanting, and the ability to crossfade between normale and con sordino as well as two flavors of con sordino allow for endless and beguiling compositional possibilities.”

Jim Buhler


Engaging sustains

The sustains in Iremia are achingly beautiful, and full of, intricate details that lends a certain fragility and humanity to your scores. You get three different emotional intensities, from a beguiling whisper quiet “ppp” with the bow barely touching the string, to a more robust, but still intimate “p”. Additionally, all of these come in three distinct tonal colours; from the bright and open normale (without mute), to the silky smooth con sordino (with mute) and finally the whisper quiet super con sordino (with a large rubber practice mute).

Despite the focus on quiet sounds, Iremia is highly playable, designed to express your musical ideas with ease, thanks to extended controls of the dynamic response of the instrument. 

Moving textures

The textures in Iremia are soft, but always living, breathing and moving, making them perfect for cinematic underscore. Some are frenetic while others are make-me-cry beautiful, and they are all performed in a rhythmically random, improvised manner, so the texture is never static.

Of course all the textures come in both con sordino and normale variations, and you even have the option of smoothly crossfading between the two, something that would be impossible to do in real life, but is highly expressive.

Organic swells

Starting from barely audible, crescendoing to a peak, before fading to silence, the swells in Iremia opens up endless creative possibilities. You get three different variations: normale, con sordino and con sordino tremolo. All of them come in 4,3,2 and 1 seconds length, and with the Time Machine Pro patch you can even change the length of these. 

All the swells where performed in a single bow stroke, so they are completely smooth.


Clean and simple gui

Spend your time writing music, not trying to figure out what all the knobs and sliders do. The interface of Irema gives you just the controls you need, but advanced controls for dynamics, mic channels and FX is just a click away.

How close can you get?

Conventional wisdom teaches us that string instruments should be recorded with a fair bit of distance between the microphone and the instrument. But what happens when you ignore this and put the microphone really, really close…and then play really, really quiet? It turns out you get an incredibly detailed and intimate sound that pulls on the heart strings, full of all those little human imperfections. That’s why Iremia comes with three different close mic positions, including one placed inside the viola, as well as two room perspectives.


For Iremia we invented a way of mounting a tiny omni mic so that it floated inside the instrument. It is an unbelievably detailed and intimate sound – you literally can’t get closer than this!

Super Close

A unique close mic perspective, placed just 30 cm above the viola, with the left mic biased towards the lower strings and the right towards the high strings. A very warm and inviting sound.


A more traditional close mic setup, consisting of a Neumann U87 and two KM184s on the sides, about 1 meter away and slightly above the viola. Adds definition and depth to the mix.

MID and far 

Rounding out the mic selection is a mid perspective of two AKG 414s, and a far perspective consisting of two Telefunken M60s, spaced very wide apart. These signals ad a great sense of depth to the sound, making it easy to achieve the perfect mix.

Core articulations


  • Sustains Normale ppp
  • Sustains Normale pp
  • Sustains Normale p

  • Sustains CS ppp
  • Sustains CS pp
  • Sustains CS p

  • Sustains Super CS ppp
  • Sustains Super CS pp
  • Sustains Super CS p

  • Harmonics CS
  • Harmonics Normale


  • Bow pulses CS
  • Bow pulses Normale
  • Vibrato pulses CS
  • Vibrato pulses Normale
  • Random Rebow CS
  • Random Rebow Normale
  • Tremolo bursts CS
  • Tremolo bursts Normale
  • Tremolo fluctuations CS
  • Tremolo fluctuations Normale 


  • Swells Normale 4sec
  • Swells CS 4sec
  • Swells Trem CS 4sec
  • Swells Normale 3sec
  • Swells CS 3sec
  • Swells Trem CS 3sec
  • Swells Normale 2sec
  • Swells CS 2sec
  • Swells Trem CS 2sec
  • Swells Normale 1sec
  • Swells CS 1sec
  • Swells Trem CS 1sec

*) All swells included as Time Machine Pro patches as well, which can be time stretched.

    Crossfade articulations


    • Dynamic Sustains Normale (X-fade ppp-pp-p)
    • Dynamic Sustains CS (X-fade ppp-pp-p)
    • Dynamic Sustains Super CS (X-fade ppp-pp-p)

    • Sustains ppp CS into Normale
    • Sustains pp CS into Normale
    • Sustains p Con Sordino into Normale

    • Sustains ppp Super CS into CS
    • Sustains pp Super CS into CS
    • Sustains Super CS into CS

    • Harmonics CS into Normale


    • Bow pulses CS into Normale
    • Vibrato pulses CS into Normale
    • Random Rebow CS into Normale
    • Tremolo bursts CS into Normale
    • Tremolo fluctuations CS into Normale

    Good to know

    • 3425 samples
    • 13.7 GB uncompressed size
    • 8.61 Lossless compressed size (installed size)
    • 8.49 GB download size
    • 48 total articulations
    • 5 patches
    • PDF user manual included

    Additional features

    • Align sample start – phase aligns all mic perspectives to the inside mic for a darker tone without the need for EQ.
    • Extended simulated dynamics.
    • Full control over the dynamic range – make the instrumnet react the way you want it to.
    • Fully adjustable velocity control.
    • Per mic stereo width control.
    • Per mic Delay and Reverb sends.
    • Route each mic directly to Kontakt’s discrete outputs, so you can process them individually in your DAW.

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