September 1, 2019
thirty years of being in service, Polkasound Productions will be
closing its studio doors to the public. The sharp decline in polka
over the last ten years has rendered professional studio recording
economically unviable for most polka bands. The studio will
not be dismantled, but in April of 2020, it will become private for the
exclusive use of Tom Brusky LLC.
The virtual instruments store will not
notice to all
past clients: We have shelves of multi-track studio projects on 1/4"
reel-to-reel, 1/2" reel-to-reel, Super VHS, and IDE hard drive, as well
as DAT and bin-loop duplication masters. YOU OWN THESE RECORDINGS, NOT
US. If you want to save your recordings, you must take possession of
them before April, 2020. Please email to arrange for pickup. Recordings
not collected will be considered abandoned property and destroyed.
Note: We do not have the capability
to transfer your tracks from these older formats.
Polkasound is owned
and operated by Tom Brusky LLC. Tom is a
professional musician from Milwaukee and the leader of
his own polka-variety band.
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. The studio itself was built by Tom's father,
Jim, in 1990.
A list of Polkasound's
multi-track recorders over the past 30
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