Chris Huston – Recording Engineer Chris Huston – Designer
Chris began his professional musician life as the lead guitarist in a group called “the Undertakers.” From his experience, though successful, brought him ambitions of becoming a producer. To do this, he began as a recording engineer, and recalls what it was like to record in the 60s and 70s as compared to recording today.

Chris engineered and produced over 80 gold and platinum albums in his career. He did all of Eric Burden and WAR, and many greats such as: Led Zeppelin, Patti LaBelle, Van Morrison, James Brown, and the Who.

As a recording engineer Chris learned about sound production and how it interacted within a room. The studio he was with, Talent Masters, was bought by Atlantic Records. They asked Chris to improve the acoustics and this became his first exposure to studio design. That blossomed and Chris rapidly became known as one of the finest Recording Studio Designers around, including the design of the prestigeous Sound Kitchen in Nashville.

Chris continued to learn about designing and took what he knew about recording studio design and applied it to listening room and home theater designs.

2005 – Present: Vice President, Acoustical Engineering, Rives Audio, Inc.
Oversees and manages all acoustical engineering staff including training.
Insures quality of work of all designs. Oversees basic philosophy of
design and design elements for all Rives Audio projects. Personally does
all Level 4 (professional) designs.

1981 – 2004: Sr. Acoustical Engineer
Projects have included; Recording Studios and Control Rooms, Radio
Stations, Dubbing & Foley/ADR Stages, Rehearsal Studios, Night Clubs,
Video Stages, Video Editing Suites, Home Theaters, Home Studios,
Restaurants, Churches, residential & commercial noise-control.

1965 – 1981
Record Producer and Recording Engineer responsible for recordings
earning GOLD and PLATINUM awards plus a GRAMMY (WAR – “The
World Is A Ghetto” Top selling album 1973). A partial list of artists worked
with follows:
Led Zeppelin, The Who, War, The Rascals, Todd Rundgren (The Nazz), Van
Morrison, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Mytch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Ben E. King,
The Drifters, Patti La Belle & the Bluebelles, Solomon Burke, Mary Wells, Wilson
Pickett, Ben E. King, John Hammond Jr., Jimmy Witherspoon, The Capitols, The
Manhattans, James Brown, ? & The Mysterians, Eric Burden
In excess of 2000 hours of live / remote recording in the USA, Europe and Japan.
Work on numerous movie sound tracks, Radio and TV commercials.

1962 – 1965
Professional musician with well-known Liverpool Rock’n'Roll group – The
Undertakers – played lead guitar. Group recorded for PYE Records and
toured continuously throughout England and Germany.

1958 – 1962
Studied Design, Commercial Art and Technical Engineering Drawing at
Wallasey Technical College and Liverpool College of Art. Worked as
Commercial Artist for Arthur Maiden Limited, Advertising Agency,
Liverpool, England, while in college.
Lectures extensively to graduate student recording engineers on recording
techniques and record production.