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Rivera Announces the Mini RockRec

Rivera Announces the Mini RockRec

A loadbox/speaker simulator with six speaker voicings.

Burbank, CA (July 12, 2016) -- The Rivera Mini-Rockrec is our newest member of the famous Rockcrusher and Rockcrusher Recording family. Overbuilt with mega-power handling, our load box has the tightest impedance tolerances which provides the safest load for your most coveted tube amp. This is a great way to record your guitar amp without micing a speaker cabinet or to send your tone direct to a PA when on stage.

Features:

  • Tight impedance tolerances with a 4/8/16 ohm switch
  • Headphones out, EQ bypass out, balanced XLR out and unbalanced line out
  • Reactive load
  • 6-position voicing selector
  • Huge thermal capacity that can handle 300 watts with ease

The Mini-Rockrec ships in the end of July 2016 for $399.

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