The successor to the critically acclaimed Vol. 1, this library gives you everything you need to write with contemporary string textures. From ethereal beauty to dark and gritty, Bunker Strings Vol. 2 will inspire and elevate your string writing and engage your listeners.
Bunker Strings Vol. 2 picks up where Bunker Strings Vol. 1 left off, giving you even more cutting-edge, highly playable string textures. Expertly recorded deep underground in an old WWII bomb shelter turned-recording-studio, the sound is detailed, crisp and dry, making it easy to blend Bunker Strings with your existing libraries. Featuring some of Scandinavia’s finest string players and even more articulations than vol. 1, the sounds on offer range from fragile and beautiful to dark and gritty, including super crisp and lively shorts. The sounds in Bunker Strings are both musical and playable in ways that go beyond normal string libraries, and will allow you to create contemporary string scores that engages your listeners and wins you pitches.
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, allowing you 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.
The long articulations in Vol. 2 are designed to add immediate interest to anything you add them to. The achingly beautiful super sul tasto pulses are soft and delicate, but never static. There’s always subtle change in them. The loud octave pulses are huge and powerful, while the tremolo bursts (normale and sul pont) feature a held note underpinning short energetic bursts of tremolo moving from player to player. They will keep your listener engaged, even if you’re just holding a single note. The combination articulations lets you pull off seamless transitions from one sound to another with ease, opening up new creative possibilities.
A defining feature of Jonny Greenwood’s score for There Will Be Blood was his use of guitar plectrums on traditional strings instruments. A sound that hasn’t really been sampled until now. The result is like a pizzicato, but with a lot more bite and clarity. As one beta-tester put it, these shorts will “ruin normal pizzicatos” for you. Also included are long plectrum tremolo and rhythmic non-tonal strums, which will add a unique drive an energy to your music.
The shorts patches feature a new live articulation switching system developed specifically for Vol. 2, which allows you to create intricate articulation switches on the fly without taking your hands off the keyboard. You have the choice of switching articulations with traditional keyswitches, or use any key or MIDI CC you wish to momentarily switch articulations – you can even use the sustain pedal to switch, so you don’t have to take your hands of the keyboard. The shorts patches also feature the new auto fade mode, which makes the instruments incredibly realistic, and can also be used creatively to dampen ringing notes.
In short, while they share the same concept and philosophy, and was recorded in the same way, in the same room, there is no overlap between them in terms of sounds and articulations.
The longs in Vol. 1 are all pointilistic in nature, many short notes coming together to form long notes, and contains only one bowed articulation, and are all non-bowed except for the ricochet tremolo. By contrast, the longs in Vol. 2 are all bowed and more sustained in nature. There is just one pointilistic articulation in Vol. 2: the plectrum tremolo.
The shorts in Vol. 1 can replace any traditional Col Legno when you are looking for more power, while the shorts in Vol. 2 can replace any traditional pizzicato, when you want more clarity and bite. The strummed non-tonal shorts in Vol. 2 are great as a percussive, driving element.