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INFORMATION
Polkasound Productions is a recording studio and label in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that provides audio and graphic design services exclusively to musicians in the polka music circuit.


CONTACT
 
Engineer: Tom Brusky
 
Polkasound Productions
4055 S. 103rd Street
Milwaukee, WI  53228-2005
 
Voicemail: 414/546-3650 currently down
 
E-mail: studio@polkasound.com
RATES
 

Audio Mastering:
$30.00/hour
Audio Restoration:
$30.00/hour
Graphic Design:
$30.00/hour
Studio Recording:
$30.00/hour
Consultations:
Free
 
All projects/sessions are subject to a minimum 1 2/3-hour ($50.00) fee.


HISTORY
 
In the mid 1980's, Polkasound Productions started with a Tascam four-track cassette recorder, Roland HP-100 digital piano, Yamaha TX-7 sound module, and a single dynamic microphone. Those rudimentary tools fueled a life-long interest in audio recording that has led to more than three decades of developing Polkasound Productions into the studio it is today.
 
A list of Polkasound's multi-track recorders over the last twenty-five years reflects the studio's ongoing commitment to quality:
  • 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 originally recorded music 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.
 
Polkasound is owned and operated by Tom Brusky, LLC. Tom is a professional stage and studio session musician from Milwaukee and is the leader of his own band.



FAQs

How much does it cost to make a recording?
Anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. This topic is discussed in detail in our Studio Recording Guide.


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 availability 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 a handful records or tapes that you need transferred, ask a younger friend or 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 project fees?
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 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, however, are calculated very conservatively and always in favor of the client. This is to ensure that the producer is paying only for time spent recording, and not for bathroom breaks, idle chit chat, or any studio downtime caused by software glitches or faulty mic cables.


What are your terms of payment for your services?
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 project or graphic design files.

Is your studio insured against volcano damage?
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?
One. Duh.



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