Believe it or not, you don’t have to be named Mike OIdfield to play the tubular bells. If you don’t have a complete tubular bells set in the garage, you can use this VST-instrument from Versilian Studios. Here is their presentation:
Tubular Bells, otherwise known as Orchestra Chimes or Orchestra Bells, are a member of the percussion family often used to emulate the sound of church bells. It’s use is broad- everything from “epic orchestral” to concert band music and more. This particular set has been deep-sampled to provide excellent playability and reasonably good sound quality, certainly good enough for any project. There is a very large dynamic range on the instrument, allowing it to ring out above the orchestra as it truly would, or sink behind quietly to just accent the flow of the piece. The chimes’ delays were recorded up to 10 seconds; pressing down the sustain pedal will unleash the full resonance of the chimes.
You can hear samples of this on the producer’s homepage. If you want to know how to use a software synth/VST-instrument like this, see our article about music production first.