Productions is a recording studio and label in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
audio and graphic design services exclusively to musicians in
the polka music circuit.
Engineer: Tom Brusky
projects/sessions are subject to a minimum 1 2/3-hour
In the mid
1980's, what eventually became Polkasound
Productions started with a Tascam four-track cassette
HP-100 digital piano, Yamaha TX-7 sound module, and a single dynamic
rudimentary tools fueled a life-long interest in audio recording that
has led to more than three decades of developing Polkasound
the studio it is today.
A list of Polkasound's
multi-track recorders over the last twenty-five
reflects the studio's ongoing commitment to quality:
of all genres, turning out countless recordings and demos by polka,
folk, hard rock, and heavy metal bands throughout the 1990's and
early 2000's. In 2005, the studio made the decision to limit its
resources exclusively to
bands and musicians within the polka music community.
- 1986: Tascam
Porta-One 4-track cassette recorder
- 1989: Tascam
A-3340S 4-track reel-to-reel recorder
- 1991: Tascam 38
8-track reel to reel recorder
- 1994: Two Alesis
ADAT 8-track, 16-bit digital S-VHS recorders
- 2005: Alesis HD24
24-track, 24-bit digital hard drive recorder
- 2013: Cubase Pro
Digital Audio Workstation
Polkasound is owned
and operated by Tom Brusky, LLC. Tom is a
and studio session musician from Milwaukee and the leader of
his own polka-variety band.
How much does it cost to make a recording
at your studio?
Anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. This topic is
in detail in our Studio Recording
What are your studio's hours, and what is your availability?
All studio sessions and consultations are by appointment. Hours of
operation are generally from 10AM to 10PM. Studio
changes from week to week, so please email in advance to inquire about
our availability when booking the studio for a session or consultation.
I have a some records and cassette tapes that I would like you to put
onto CD. How much will that cost?
We are happy to provide that service, however, there is no fast,
inexpensive way for us to go about it. Records and tapes must be copied
in real time, and at $30/hour, that can get to be quite expensive. If
you have just
handful records or tapes that you need transferred, ask a younger
family member for help. If you have an entire collection of records or
cassettes, it would literally be less expensive for you to buy a
computer and learn
to do the copying yourself.
Do you offer flat-rate
We do not, because polka musicians are notorious for being unprepared
and unrehearsed. This often causes
recording projects to take many more days to complete than they ought
to. We don't mind
the amount of time we spend in the studio engineering a product to
completion, but if
we charged a flat rate, we'd go out of business. Our hourly rates,
conservatively and always in favor of the client. This is to
ensure that the client is paying only for time spent recording, and
not for bathroom breaks, idle chit chat, or any studio downtime caused
glitches or faulty mic cables.
What are your terms of
payment for your
We accept cash, check, and PayPal. We're very flexible with
payments – you're welcome to run up a modest studio bill or pay as you
go. The main thing is that our rendered services will need to be
paid in full before we can release to you your finished recording
or graphic design files.
Is your studio insured against volcano
I could not imagine any recording studio in Milwaukee not having volcano insurance. When
Mount Chugalug erupted
110,000 years ago, the eruption wiped out 70% of the city's recording
studios. Since recording at that time was done on rock, most
recorded material melted into lava and was lost forever. Studio
recordings by some of the world's foremost prehistoric artists, such as
Gronk Sinatra and Oonga Fitzgerald, were destroyed.
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