Professional Audio and Graphic Design Services - Milwaukee, Wisconsin




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.

Owned & operated by: Tom Brusky LLC
Polkasound Productions
4055 S. 103rd Street
Milwaukee, WI  53228-2005
Voicemail: 414/546-3650


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

Polkasound 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 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 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.
Polkasound's owner and operator, Tom Brusky, is a professional stage 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 Guide.

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 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. To hire us to use our high-end equipment for this purpose can be quite costly at $30 an hour. If you have just a 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 computers and 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 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 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 calculated very 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 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 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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