René Tinner

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René Tinner
Born (1953-02-18) 18 February 1953 (age 70)
St. Gallen, Switzerland
GenresExperimental, rock, ambient, blues, jazz, world music
Occupation(s)Record Producer, Engineer

René Tinner (born February 18, 1953, in St. Gallen) is a Swiss recording engineer and producer, who has produced over 200 studio records and numerous live performances.


Tinner began his career as the audio engineer of the German rock band Can in 1973, with whom he has recorded seven albums until 1989. In 1978 Tinner took over the so-called Can-Studio, which had been and continued to be the rehearsal and recording room of the Cologne based band Can. Tinner managed the studio until it was dismantled to be integrated into the German rock'n pop museum in 2007. During those years, Tinner produced there many artists and bands. In 1978 and 1979 Tinner worked on two records of Lou Reed (Live: Take No Prisoners and The Bells). Other artists and bands he produced with in his studio were Maloo (worldwide hit single “The Captain of Her Heart”), KFC, Joachim Witt, Trio, Traffic, Holger Czukay, Die Krupps, Floyd George, Julian Dawson, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Helen Schneider, Fury in the Slaughterhouse, Jule Neigel Band, Kreisler, amongst many other artists and bands of international recognition. Tinner produced there also Jim Capaldi's record Living On the Outside (2001).[1]

On November 9, 2007, Can-Studio was integrated into the German rock'n pop museum in Gronau, where it was inaugurated in the presence of all the Can band members and René Tinner himself.[2] Tinner went on to work with clients from various backgrounds in other studios, predominantly across Europe, such as German actor and musician Marius Müller-Westernhagen, multi-award winning Russian band Mumiy Troll, German comedian Dieter Nuhr, Norwegian alternative rock band Serena-Maneesh, and others.

Tinner has also completed numerous TV and film soundtracks. In 2008, Tinner recorded the film music of the Wim Wenders movie Palermo Shooting (presented at Cannes Film Festival in 2008).[3] Other TV and film soundtrack productions include Messer im Kopf (Reinhard Hauff, 1978), Schneeland (Hans W. Geißendörfer, 2004), Stolen Ransom [de] (Stephan Wagner [de], 2012), and many more. Tinner is the producer of Minneapolis based independent production company Megabien Entertainment.



  • Eurogang (TV-series), engineer (4 episodes), 1975
  • Messer im Kopf (film directed by Reinhard Hauff), engineer, 1978
  • Flächenbrand (directed by Alexander v. Eschwege), engineer, 1981
  • Die Heimsuchung des Assistenten Jung (film directed by Thomas Schamoni), engineer, 1981
  • Rote Erde I & II (TV-series directed by Klaus Emmerich), engineer (14 episodes), 1983/86
  • Westernhagen Live (video), music producer and mixing engineer, 1990 [4]
  • Lola da musica (TV-series), himself, 1997 [5]
  • CAN: Het zwarte gat (TV documentary), himself, 1997
  • Tausendschönchen (TV-series (Bloch) directed by Christoph Stark), engineer, 2003
  • Silbergraue Augen (TV-series (Bloch) directed by Markus O. Rosenmüller), engineer, 2003
  • Ich werde immer bei Euch sein (TV-series directed by Markus Fischer), engineer, 2003
  • Wenn Frauen Austern essen (TV film (Tatort) directed by Klaus Emmerich), engineer 2003
  • Fleck auf der Haut (TV-series (Bloch) directed by Stephan Wagner [de]), engineer, 2004
  • Schwestern (TV-series (Bloch) directed by Edward Berger), engineer, 2004
  • Der Stich des Skorpion (TV film directed by Stephan Wagner [de]), engineer, 2004
  • Schneeland (film directed by Hans W. Geißendörfer), engineer, 2004
  • Ein krankes Herz (TV-series (Bloch) directed by Michael Hammon), engineer, 2005
  • Palermo Shooting (movie directed by Wim Wenders), engineer, 2008 [6]
  • Da Da Da - Drei Mann im Doppelbett (TV movie documentary), himself, 2009 [7]
  • Spiegel TV - "Inside Nazi Germany" (documentary), engineer, 2011
  • Stolen Ransom [de] (film directed by Stephan Wagner [de]), engineer, 2012
  • Hundstage [de] (TV film (Tatort) directed by Stephan Wagner [de]), engineer and mixing 2015


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