Cris Burns * About Burns Audio

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Due to his training and vast experience Cris Burns is knowledgeable in all aspects of audio engineering and production. Cris is great at working with people (especially temperamental creative types) and is a team player. He is an effective engineer, dedicated to client satisfaction and committed to advancing the art of recording. Cris also possesses the technical skills necessary to design, build, maintain and manage recording environments, following through with attention to the very last detail.


2008-Present: Burns launches Summit Street Recording Services. Designed control room and tracking rooms. Recorded, mixed and mastered multiple studio projects and live concert recordings.

1995-Present: Chief Engineer, Bismeaux Studios. Designed and built custom tube preamplifiers and direct boxes. Managed a regional ADAT digital tape recorder repair service. Recorded artists including Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, Suzie Boggus, Pam Tillis, Flaco Jiminez, Jerry Jeff Walker and many more.

2006-2007: Burns worked extensively with METV (Music Television in Austin, TX) recording, mixing and mastering live performances for broadcast and 5.1 surround mixing for DVD releases.

2005: Burns did the stereo and surround mixes for the Willie Nelson Tsunami Benefit DVD, featuring Spoon, Patti Griffith, Alejandro Escovedo, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Joe Ely, and other artists.

2005: Burns designed studio “C” at Studio West in San Diego, California.

1993-1998: Burns created and managed Stupendous Sound Studio, where well over 100 projects were recorded, mixed and mastered.

1991-Present: Design, acoustical consulting, maintenance and electronic upgrades of many studios including: the Fire Station (San Marcos, TX), the Hit Shack, the Bubble, Stupendous Sound Studio, Bismeaux, Cribworks Digital Audio, the Cat Ranch, Rough Cedar, Cedar Creek, Wire Studio, Rancho Relaxo (Blanco, TX) and many more.

1985-1995: Electronic technician, R&D engineer at Lightwave Research (entertainment lighting); Kendrick Amplifiers (tube-based guitar amps); American Microelectronics (general electronics); and South Austin Music (musical equipment repair).

1987: Cris began playing with Austin bands and producing records in several Austin studios including Lone Star Studios, Cedar Creek, Riverside Sound, Austin Trax, the Hit Shack, and the Fire Station in San Marcos.


Burns is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and has served on several committees for this organization.


Bachelor of Science, University of Texas at Austin, College of Communication, R.T.F. Department, Audio Production Sequence, 1987

Cris Burns grew up in Orange, Texas where he played trombone in high school band and electric guitar in jazz band