“He turned his amps around so they’re off-stage. The ones facing backwards were unbelievably loud to get sustain”: Dave Natale has worked with Prince, Van Halen and The Rolling Stones – but Jeff Beck was the loudest player he ever mic’d up

Jeff Beck performs on stage at Symphony Hall on May 20, 2014 in Birmingham, United Kingdom
(Image credit: Steve Thorne/Redferns via Getty Images)

Having worked with the likes of Prince, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and countless others across his career, it’s fair to say legendary front-of-house mixing engineer Dave Natale has been exposed to some great electric guitar tones.

He’s also been exposed to some very, very loud guitar tones along the way, too, and the question of which specific player is the loudest he’s ever worked with was put to Natale himself in a recent Rick Beato video.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.