Mikolaj Holowko replied to Erik Olsson's discussion Inconcievable sadness (Prelude)
"Hey, Nice piece, but it sound more like "a hope in hard times" then anything else ;)All Best"
Jun 29, 2013
Mikolaj Holowko left a comment for Kevin Miyamoto

thanks for comment. Im using kontakt with many sample banks. And the daw i use is called ripper."
Aug 2, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Describe your music in one word
"Addictive "
Jun 30, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko replied to James Mulvale's discussion Free Adventure game with my music in it!!
"Good luck man!"
Jun 26, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko commented on Gavin Brown's blog post What does "Classical Music" mean today?
"We are living in the era of everythingism ><''"
Jun 25, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko left a comment for Christopher John Ulrich Burke

Hows the progress going? :)

I found great book about orchestration. You might want to look in to it.

All Best
May 7, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko replied to Tombo Rombo's discussion Internet Debates
"No, vampire would beat werwolf, but it wouldn't beat mario. Ondib Olmnilnlolm said:

I wasn't sure what to expect on THIS thread.

I have to say, thanks Tombo Rombo. 

It was worth looking at, if only to find this quote on the first link you…"
May 4, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"hehe, I mean like in the first link. I don't have one. I've heard it sometime ago but i can't remember where. Just get it and reverse it. Sure the attack is reversed but music is still there.
EDIT@ i only found requiem http://youtu.be/Ypy6A2jrRrQ…"
May 1, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"Ok, Ondib Olmnilnlolm mentioned magic flute. Have you heard it backwards? Best music sounds great backwards."
May 1, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"Well, fair enough - i was taking a decent level of execution for granted in that case but i should have mentioned that. Michael Tauben said:
I agree that we have to compare like with like but drawing a line between categories can be difficult.…"
Apr 30, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"As long as there is honest expression that resonates within listiner it's good. Honest is a very importand term here because only honesty can create higher feelings."
Apr 29, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko left a comment for Christopher John Ulrich Burke

Firstly please don't think about yourself that you're stupid! You're not. It's only lack of knowladge we all have started with. With time you will gain it like everyone.

And please don't use "posh" to express the quality. Because it's all…"
Apr 29, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko left a comment for Christopher John Ulrich Burke
I understand your pain wth lack of technical skills. I was the same and I still have a lot to learn.  But I've listened to your track. I think it's pretty good. Easly would fit in to jrpg game which is a good thing since those games always have…"
Apr 22, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko left a comment for Christopher John Ulrich Burke
"for some sounds there is free kontakt player with 600mb of samples and some more freebies http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/?category=1339 , so you could give it a shot if you don't have them yet they are oretty good. And cinesamples…"
Apr 22, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko left a comment for Christopher John Ulrich Burke
"Hey man,

So sorry for such  late respond. I wasn't checking my page on here. Im not great at production although now im better then i used to be when i wrote pieces that are over here.

There is few things first. I realised sometimes your…"
Apr 22, 2012
Mikolaj Holowko left a comment for Argyll
"Hejka :) pani tu pisze fajna muzyke w celtycko irlandzkim stylu https://composersforum.ning.com/profile/MarthaMaria"
Dec 16, 2011

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  • Dear Mikolaj.

    Sorry for this second message - just noticed you live in Brighton same as me. Small world!!

    Do you ever give lessons? Could sure do with some in using softsynths/sound sourcing/mixing!!

    Yours respectfully (again) 


  • Dear Mikolaj.

    Here are 2 links, one to a Mike Rowland piece, one to a piece by Medwyn Goodall. You only have to listen to the first few seconds of either to answer the following questions! 

    Re. the Medwyn Goodall piece - where's he getting his background pad sounds from? He uses these 2 sounds ad nauseam in virtually everything he writes, they're great aural wallpaper to hang things on, can't find anything similar anywhere (I'm a presets guy, I've tried creating them from scratch and the results were too pathetic to even be laughable.) 

    Re. the Mike Roland piece, similar question, where's he getting the sounds from?  Not how does he then write a piece with them, that's up to me. Just purely how do I get my hands on those kinda sounds?  

    I've got Windows XP SP3 on a computer with a Foxpro 1 mobo because I can't afford anything else, so the cheaper the answer the better (32-bit) and if they're Close because I've only got XP but not Quite the same, that'll do fine. I'd just love to have a couple of nice background pads and a set of nice pads to mix'n'match like Mike does. Here's the links. 

    Medwyn  Goodall.  You'll hear the pad sound right in the first 2 seconds of the piece.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E2AmfV3CyI&t=14s

    Mike Rowland. You'll hear ALL the pads in the first few seconds - the piece is a mass ear-battering with all the beautiful pads going all the way through. LURVE to have the pads to do something like that!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml7pPjmq4Uc&t=144s

    Thanks in advance and it's OK if you're too busy.


  • Mikolaj

    Thanks for accepting my friendship invitation. Best Wishes

    Bill in China

  • Thank you very much!

  • On your piece "The Return" what program did you use? The quality sounds really good.

  • Dear Mikolaj.

    Am trying a new piece utilising your comments, maybe these 2 questions are based on the fact I've never used any really 'posh' software so perhaps things are a little different with the 'posh' stuff. I've just used QSE because it's all I've ever understood.  It's a notation program, all the notes with a mouse, but it makes life easier with my disability and it SHOWS you everything, it doesn't shroud everything in insane complexities only a musical magician could hope to understand....!! Anyway.

    You said put volume on -10. QSE doesn't do minuses, it's 0-127 with everything. And I've tried just having volume on 10 but that's SO quiet you can't hear anything even with the speakers on full blast (well you can then, but not much!)

    Hokay. I feel dumb asking this but how do you tell what the OUTPUT volume actually is? All the little lights tell me is what the INPUT volume is before it hits any effects. As most of the noise is created by the effects - gain, compression etc - and as you can have the speakers up/down to any volume level you like, and as the little lights in QSE will seldom change because they're monitoring the basic INPUT level only, not the final OUTPUT level - how do you know what the actual OUTPUT level is? Apart from sheer guesswork, which is what I've always used and obviously not too successfully, how do you know if you're too loud or not?

    Yet another question I know sounds stupid, sorry.

    Yours respectfully


  • Dear Mikolaj.

    Just to get you prepared for the torment of dumbass questionery to come, my current state of knowledge is this. Imagine you had a loose screw in your mixing desk. And you went to a box of tools and took out a hammer, a monkey-wrench and a screwdriver. All three could be used to re-tighten the screw - but which one would be the most appropriate?  I fear I'm at that stage with just about every effect going. I want to make things sound richer and fuller (esp. strings.) I've got East-West Orch (ask not from whence it came but if you want a copy, by all means just ask) Edirol Orchestral (my fave - I UNDERSTAND that one!) I hear other people's strings sounding rich and full - and I can hear they're my packages, or dead similar. I don't know how they achieve the richness/fullness AND not have them drowning out the piano or whatever the lead instrument is. I've tried just adding more string notes but I don't know how to keep the lead instrument audible. If I get the lead instrument audible it either sounds over-effected by far or the strings sound too weak again. Here's a link to my latest failure Shelby%20Three%20Take%202.mp3

    It's got the same probs. as everything else I write because I flat don't know what to do about them - there's tons of places telling you what things DO, but not WHEN you use them!

    You tell me what to do, I'll have a bash and upload the result for you to laugh at (feel free! I laugh at my wrecks all the time.)

    Yours respectfully. And with untold thanks.


  • Dear Mikolaj.

    I love your music - and I'm on the prowl for a paid-for favour. 

    I don't live too far from you - and I was wondering if you ever gave lessons in mixing music.  I flatter myself I can think of a tune and accompaniment but I can't mix it so it sounds good afterwards. I put many hours into trying and it sounds, always, like I didn't bother. Or that I needn't have bothered!

    I HAVE good sounds (good enough for New Age, which is what I'm trying to write!) it's just there's nobody in my area willing to teach me how to use them properly.

    I'm disabled but don't let that bother you. It just means I need to be taken through things with a bit of patience.  I know that, given a bit of tuition, I CAN get things sounding up to your standard. 

    Yours hopefully

    Chris. (There aren't any classes anywhere in Hastings!)

  • Thank you.  Interesting that you and several others call my music Celtic since, as far as I know, I have no ancestry from Ireland or Scotland.  I suppose it's a sound carried by Scottish settlers to these Appalachian mountains where I live. 

    Thanks for passing my website address on to your uncle.  I appreciate any help finding a new audience or fan.  I hope he likes it.  Bye, MM

  • Hi!


    Thank you for your great comments concerning Gothic Music. I created a new one and I want you to hear it. Please see my "video" it is an audio/video. I heard your stuff and I am very impressed...Excellent Sound and Music!

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