Recoil Stabilizers seem to be very expensive. Why?
Recoils are actually very reasonably priced if you consider the overall cost of your studio and how they will help with your recording. If you think of how much your time is worth they are an absolute bargain! Consider this: If you spend 4 hours mixing a song only to find that the mix does not translate well to other systems, what did this cost in terms of your time to redo the work and in terms of customer confidence?
Can I not make some Recoils myself for less money?
Probably. But the results will likely not look as nice. The challenge has to do with producing the steel plate. When cutting thick steel, to get a nice crisp edge, you can use a punch or a laser. When a punch is used, the steel has to be de-burred and sanded which costs a lot in terms of labor. Instead, we have Recoils laser cut so that we can get a nice looking product. Laser cutting through 1/4’” steel is extremely expensive due to the electrical power draw and gasses needed. Because the process is also very slow, it ends up being expensive.
What do I do if my speakers do not exactly fit the Recoil Stabilizers?
The performance of the Recoil is based on mass. In other words, the most important thing to do is to ensure that the mass of your speaker is no more than 4 times the mass of the Recoil you chose to use. The size really only has to do with esthetics and available space. You can use a large speaker on a small Recoil and it will work fine even though the speaker may protrude beyond the edges.
I have extra large speakers. Can I use two Recoils together?
Yes. For larger loudspeakers with an extra big footprint, using two recoils side by side will work well. Just add up the mass of the Recoils to make sure you stay within the 4:1 ratio. We recommend a slight space between the two Recoils to avoid mechanical coupling.
How do you put recoils on a speaker stand when it has a small base?
When using a speaker stand with a platform that has a smaller footprint than the Recoil, we recommend adding a piece of plywood to create a larger platform that will support the full width and depth of the Recoil. If you are concerned that the recoil can slide off, then simply driving some nails or screws from the bottom, up into the Recoil foam base like spikes will hold them in place nicely.
Will using a heavier Recoil Stabilizer work better?
Yes, but there comes a point of no return where the advantages do not equate to the higher price and added footprint. Our listening tests have shown that a 4:1 ratio tends to be a good point of reference whereby the Recoil should be at least ¼ the mass of the loudspeaker.
Can I use Recoil Stabilizers on subwoofers?
Yes. Recoils will help tighten the bass response.
Can I use a Recoil Stabilizer as a platform for my turntable to stop vibrations, rumble and skipping?
Yes. The RX20 HF provides exceptional isolation and a stable platform that fits perfectly with popular turntables.
Will Recoil Stabilizers help eliminate bass from transmitting down through the floor?
Yes and no. With front firing subs, Recoils will help eliminate transmission-borne sound from coupling into the floor and you will enjoy tighter more defined bass from your loudspeakers. This will be of particular interest to folks who live in apartments or work in office buildings that want to stop sound from transmitting through to other tenants! For down firing subs, the sound energy may still prove to be problematic.
Will Recoils make translating music from room to room better?
Yes. After an engineer mixes a track, he will often go out to the car, home or to another studio to evaluate how the mix translates to various other playback systems. As the engineer becomes more familiar with the room, he or she is better able to predict how the mix will translate. The Recoil Stabilizer removes artifacts such as console or shelf resonance from the mix while ensuring the frequency response is more accurate. Because the information from the reference monitor is now ‘true’, translating the mix to other rooms becomes more efficient.
Can I use Recoils with my hi-fi system?
Absolutely! With recoils you will enjoy improved transients, a more even frequency response, improved imaging and cleared more solid bass.
Will placing my monitors on a granite block work just as well?
Yes. We looked at granite and the cost of cutting it and then polishing the edges ended up being much more than the laser cut steel. But granite certainly looks nice too.
Will placing my monitors on a sand bag work as well?
Maybe. Sand is a limp mass so theoretically, it should work.
Will placing my monitors on a concrete slab be just as good?
Possibly. A large concrete block is heavy so this is good. The problem with concrete – something we also tested – is that to get sufficient mass, it has to be huge. A thin wafer of concrete is in fact quite light. The other problem is that concrete dusts for ever. Not a good thing to have around mechanical faders, switches and potentiometers.
Will Recoils help with my Genelecs?
If you have some of the 1030s or 1032s series, they will definitely help. If you have the newer monitors with the rubber isolation pods, then the benefit will be less noticeable.
Have you made other custom Recoil Stabilizers?
Yes. We made some for Chuck Ainlay for his Adam monitors that turned into production units, and more recently made some for Bruce Swedien for his Westlake monitors. In fact the Recoil family has expanded as more and more monitors and special needs have come to our attention.
Can I have a custom Recoil Stabilizer made?
Not easily. The process requires programming a large laser cutter to do the work. This set-up costs about $500 per hour and this is just the beginning. Then we have to have a custom pad cut for the top surface and a custom foam insert cut for the base isolator.
I have seen some red Recoil Stabilizers. Can I buy these?
No. These are for store display only.
I have a set of monitors that are slightly larger than the suggested Recoil Stabilizer. What do you recommend?
Although this will not affect the performance, esthetically you many find using a slightly larger Recoil as it will look nicer and the additional mass will provide greater stability.
With Recoils, is it better to couple the speaker stand from the floor using spikes?
This will make no difference as the isolation is being managed by the foam isolation portion of the Recoil Stabilizer.
I have heard that people put some weight on top of their studio monitors to improve the transient response. Does this help?
People have used weights or strapped down monitors for years to improve stability. The Recoil’s added mass basically performs this function.
I plan to eventually upgrade my speaker stands with a sand-filled model. Will this help?
The improvement will likely be negligible if you already have Recoils. The sand is there to add mass and deaden the tube.
Can I use a Recoil Stabilizer under a mic stand to eliminate resonance?
Primacoustic TriPads will do this very effectively for a lot less money.
Can I use wood blocks to increase the height of my monitors?
Wood blocks will work well. Since the Recoils completely decouple, isolate and stabilize the loudspeaker, they can sit on anything so long as it adequately supports the weight.