The Hansa Tonstudio (also Hansa-Tonstudios) is a recording studio located at Köthener Straße 38 in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany. Amongst English-performing musical acts it used to be known as "Hansa Studio By the Wall", "Hansa by the Wall", or "The Great Hall by the Wall" in reference to the fact that it was adjacent to the Berlin Wall near Potsdamer Platz.
The studios were originally founded in 1964 (3 years after the building of the Berlin Wall) by brothers Peter and Thomas Meisel in the western Halensee part of West Berlin. They moved to their present location at Meistersaal in 1972. In the early and mid-1980s, all productions were overseen by English record producer Michael Blakey.
Operated as the recording facility of Hansa Records, the studios played host to many well-known acts, including Tangerine Dream, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, U2, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Claw Boys Claw, Depeche Mode, Marillion, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Killing Joke, Boney M. and most recently Snow Patrol, Kent and Living Things. The roll of notable recordings and the darkly sonorous sound quality, at once rugged and spacious of many of them, have given the studio near legendary status, especially within the post-punk and synthpop genres.
- 1977 - David Bowie - Low (part)
- 1977 - David Bowie - "Heroes"
- 1977 - Iggy Pop - The Idiot
- 1977 - Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
- 1979 - Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure
- 1982 - David Bowie - Baal
- 1983 - Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again
- 1984 - Killing Joke - Night Time
- 1984 - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - The Firstborn Is Dead
- 1985 - Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
- 1986 - Siouxsie and the Banshees - Tinderbox
- 1986 - Killing Joke - Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
- 1986 - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Your Funeral… My Trial
- 1991 - U2 - Achtung Baby
- 2008 - Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns
- 2008 - Supergrass - Diamond Hoo Ha
- 2008 - Ossler - Ett Brus
- 2010 - KT Tunstall - Tiger Suit
- 2011 - R.E.M. - Collapse into Now
- 2013 - Manic Street Preachers - Rewind the Film
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- Miller, Jonathan (2004). Stripped: Depeche Mode. Omnibus Press. p. 161. ISBN 978-1-84449-415-6.
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