|ABOUT US / INFORMATION
Productions is a recording studio and label in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
audio and graphic design services exclusively to musicians in
the polka music circuit.
& operated by:
Tom Brusky LLC
4055 S. 103rd
projects/sessions are subject to a minimum 1 2/3-hour
Productions started out with a Tascam four-track cassette
recorder, a Roland
HP-100 digital piano, and a Yamaha TX-7 sound module. Those
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 acoustic
pop, 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
and operator, Tom Brusky, is a
and studio session musician in the Milwaukee area and is the leader of
his own band.
How much does it cost to make a recording?
This topic is discussed 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 only. Hours of
operation are generally from around 10AM to 10PM. Our
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. To hire us to use our
high-end equipment for
this purpose can be quite costly at $30 an hour. If you have just
handful records or tapes that you need transferred, ask a friend or
family member for help. Most younger people know how to record music on
burn CDs. If you have an entire collection of records or
cassettes, it would be in your best interest to learn how to record the
audio to a computer yourself, as it is a time-consuming
process. Even if you do not own a computer, it could
literally be less expensive for you to buy a computer and learn
to do the work yourself rather than hire us.
Do you offer flat project
We do not, and the main reason is because many musicians who come into
the studio to record are unprepared and unrehearsed. This often causes
recording projects to take many more
hours 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 per project rather than per hour, we'd go out of business.
Our hourly rates, however, are
conservatively and are always in favor of the client. This is to
ensure that the producer is paying only for time spent recording, and
not for coffee breaks, chit chat, or any studio downtime (software
glitches, faulty mic cables) etc.
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 release to you your finished recording project
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.
How many apertured cavity resonators does a
reflex klystron have?