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Rivera RockCrusher Recording Power Attenuator / Load Box / Speaker Emulator  

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  • Selectable 8 or 16Ω capability
  • 11-band EQ — 75Hz to 4KHz
  • Switchable true bypass with no insertion loss
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      Hear your amp’s true tone at bedroom-friendly levels.

      The Rivera RockCrusher Recording takes all the power-attenuating magic of the original that allows you to get that thick, crunchy tube overdrive from your amp at practice levels, and it adds an 11-band EQ and other new features to make the RockCrusher Recording a must-have piece in your arsenal.

      On the front panel, the RockCrusher Recording offers an attenuation/bypass switch, 8 or 16Ω switchable impedance levels to give you access to a wider range of amps and cabs, two flavors of equalization (Edge and Warm) and the attenuation and output-level knobs that control how much of your amp’s volume you want to squash. There is also a level meter that allows you to monitor the power input or line output, toggles for EQ on/off, three-position pad switch that controls the headroom of the equalizer, and line-out 8/16Ω selector. Next to that lies the 11-band graphic EQ — from 75hz to 4k, where most sought after guitar speakers are voiced — and includes a volume slider as well.

      Around the back lies the power switch, a balanced XRL output, unbalanced 1/4" line out, two speaker outs and the 1/4" input jack in which to plug your amp’s output.

      Besides its top-tier work as a power attenuator for the tone-conscious player, the RockCrusher Recording provides a super safe load for your favorite tube amp and gives you the most powerful all-analog speaker emulator. Through use of the 11-band of EQ, you'll be able to mimic most speaker and mic combinations and then make sound even better.


      • Selectable 8 or 16Ω capability
      • 11-band EQ — 75Hz to 4KHz
      • Switchable true bypass with no insertion loss
      • Reactive internal network for true amplifier/load interaction
      • Immense thermal capacity ensures cool running and long life
      • XLR and unbalanced line outputs with level control
      • Load box and attenuator function up to 120W RMS capacity

      Get all the tone without the hearing loss.

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      The best load box of them all!

      By jcastellanos

      from Plano, TX

      About Me Experienced


      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful


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      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about <em>Rivera RockCrusher Recording Power Attenuator / Load Box / Speaker Emulator</em>:

      I have tried pretty much all the attenuators and power load boxes out there and the Rivera RockCrusher is the best of them all. It does not suck tone and it is build with superb quality.
      The EQ/Cabinet emulation is the best. Event the high-end cabinet emulators that use impulses have that "digital" flavor to them, as subtle as it may be in the most expensive units, it is there. The RockCrusher recording sounds real. I bought one just to try it side by side against my TwoNote torpedo, and after a few hours of testing and hearing both side by side, I kept the RockCrusher and sold the Torpedo... again..it sounds real because it is!

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