Frequently Asked Questions
Project Studio FAQ
Q: How much do you charge?
A: The going rate ranges from $65 - $110 per hour, with the price varying depending on how much time is booked. Generally speaking, the more time you book, the lower the price will be. This does not include an additional cost for a recording Engineer or a producer.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located in Mount Vernon, NY.
Q: Can I hear something that has been recorded at the studio?
A: Of course, we would be happy to let you hear some examples of our work. Please visit the Project Studio Clients section for an audio tour of some of our work.
Q: How can I schedule a recording or mixing session?
A: Please click on the Project Studio Book session section and complete the session request form. You may also give us a call at (914) 426-9546 to make an appointment with one of our recording engineers or producers.
Q: What forms of payment do you take?
A: We take Cash, Certified Bank Checks, Money Orders, and PayPal.
Q: What kind of gear do you have?
A: Over the years we have carefully chosen, and maintained some of the most sought-after equipment in the industry. From an up-to-date and hefty plugin collection, to classic outboard gear. You will find industry standards like Universal Audio, Focusrite Mic Pre and DBX Equalizers. We also have a very nice mic collection... For a full list of our equipment, please click here.
Q: Can I bring my own Engineer?
A: Unfortunately we do not allow outside engineers to operate our equipment.
Q: Can you fit a Rock or Jazz Band?
A: No, unfortunately, we do not have the space to accommodate a full rock or jazz band. We can, however, accommodate vocal artists and solo musicians.
Q: Do you have a large sound library?
A: Yes, we have several gigabytes of sounds and samples, as well as multiple keyboards and sound modules.
Q: Do you have Internet access?
A: Yes, the whole facility has Wi-Fi.
Q: Do you do lockouts?
A: Yes, our facility was designed as a project studio with enough space to work comfortably on projects lasting from a few hours to a few days.
Video Product FAQ
Q: I have never been involved in film/ video production; where do I start?
A: Dare 2B Different Studio can take care of the entire production from first ideas right through to delivery on DVD, internet or other formats. All you need is an aim and an audience.
Q: How much does a video cost?
A: This depends on the length and complexity of the project. Once we have assessed your requirements we will compile a fair, cost effective estimate. Our estimate is based on what we think is the most efficient way to execute your film. We will work with you to maximize your budget.
Q: What should I expect in terms of turnaround times?
A: Every project is different, but we typically complete projects within 1-3 months. If your project is simple and straightforward, we’ll finish it closer to the 1-month mark. If it has a lot of graphics, custom music and/or must go through an approval committee, you’re probably looking at 2-3 months. Filming can be over hours or days depending on what is needed. Documentaries can be shot as soon as goals have been examined, but films with actors will need more time to arrange shoots and film with significant digital work or music. Our schedule is also a factor, so sometimes we’re able finish projects sooner than normal.
Q: How quickly can we see an edit?
A: Usually we can upload the first ‘rough-cut” edit within seven days of the shoot. This depends on the complexity of your brief and the number of different edits required. Once we have received your feedback we will then create your final edit.
Q: Can I have music and voiceovers?
A: We can create bespoke music or source a piece from the many on-line music libraries. We will help you select the appropriate music and arrange the necessary licenses. Hiring a professional voiceover artist is money well spent; it really does make your video stand out. We can find the perfect voice to match your video.
Q: I want you to film a public event. What are the legalities?
A: That depends on the audience of the video. If it is for broadcast, you need permission from every person featured prominently on screen (or their parents or guardians if under 16). We can supply you with the contracts needed or take care of this ourselves. This is less critical for video intended to be used within your company only. It is good practice to inform people that a film crew will be attending the event and allow those who would prefer not to appear on camera to let you know.
Q: How can I distribute the film you make for me?
A: There are many options; we can design a DVD cover and make copies for you to hand out or sell. We can encode the film for web use and upload it for you. We can make a version for you to email, encode it for mobile phone or look into alternative options.
Q: I want to sell the film you make for me. Do I have to pay you royalties?
A: No. Our price structure is very simple; what you see is what you pay. After that it’s up to you what you do with the film.
Q: I want to enter the film into a competition; is that ok?
A: Absolutely, so long as you don’t re-edit it or alter the credits, please do inform us of any awards!
Q: I want to make copies of the film. How can I do that?
A: We never copy protect the DVDs we make unless you ask us to (life’s too short!). So, if you want to copy the film yourself, you’re welcome to do that; we don’t ask for any additional money to give you the rights to do this. However, Dare 2B Different Studio does offer a competitive DVD Duplication service – so why not get in touch for a quote first?
Q: What software do you use? What cameras?
A: Final Cut Pro, Media Composer and Premier Pro for editing and Adobe After Effects for graphics.
The Sony HD Camera is our favorite camera at the moment—we’re consistently amazed by the quality we get from it. We also have a few Black Magic Cinema Cameras and Canon Cameras in Studio.
Q: What’s the difference between standard definition and high definition?
A: High definition video looks better than standard definition, because the image contains more information. High-definition video, or HD video, refers to any video system of higher resolution than standard-definition (SD) video, and most commonly involves display resolutions of 1280×720 pixels (720p) or 1920×1080 pixels (1080i/1080p). Wikipedia can explain HD video better than we can. It gets very complicated and technical.
Q: How much money will a website cost?
A1:A1: The short answer: Our prices depend on so many factors; it’s impossible to say in one sentence. Avoid any web developer who can answer this question without a long talk.
A2: The long answer: To get a better idea of the cost of what you want to build, give us a quick phone call. We’ll ask you a few questions about the nature of the site, what sort of interactivity the site will have, your graphic design needs, etc. Then we’ll be able to give you a ballpark figure. If you’re still interested, we’ll come to your place of business and come up with a firm quote.
Q: How long does it take to build a site?
A: Once we have all the content (text and images), it should take 8-12 weeks for us to design and build a typical, small scale website of 8-10 pages. The most time consuming phase of any web project is collecting and writing the content.
Q: Will I have a say in the graphic design process?
A: Absolutely. Our goal is to please you. We can’t do that without your input. If there are other sites with a design style that you would like to emulate, we can do that. If you have a logo or brand collateral that you’d like us to work around, that’s no problem. We’ll be sure your new site will be a consistent and integral part of your overall brand.
Q: How does the development process work?
A: There are nine steps in our development process
1. Discovery – If the project is a rebuild, we review your current content and make further recommendations for improvements. If it’s a new site, we start by discussing the subjects and functionality you envision for your site and develop an outline for you.
2. Content – You compile all the content for the website, including all text and images.
3. Preliminary Design – We create a home page concept including colors, fonts, image style and layout.
4. Organization – When we have received all content in its final version, we review it to determine the best way to organize the information. The structure of the site is based on this organizational scheme and must be approved by you.
5. Design Revision – After reviewing the initial design, you have the opportunity to request changes.
6. Implementation – Once we’ve received your approval on the design, we move on to implementation. This is where the approved design becomes concrete and where we add site-specific features.
7. Page Content – When we have all the content that will be included on the site and an approved design, we will enter all the data.
8. Testing – We run through a final set of tests to be sure that everything is functional. You have an opportunity at this time to test the site as well.
9. Launch – Once we have your final approval, we launch the site. This step marks the end of the project.
Q: What are your payment terms?
A: Generally we require a one third deposit. The second third is due at design approval, and the final third at launch or 30 days after final testing begins, whichever comes first.
Q: Does Dare 2B Different Studio offer web hosting services?
A: We do not. Most small web development companies who offer web hosting are actually reselling the service. They do not and cannot take responsibility for downtime, outages, or blackouts. In most cases they are reselling at a higher rate than the original seller would offer. We are constantly trying new services, testing their reliability and customer service, and we are happy to offer our recommendations for companies to use and others to avoid. We will set up the account in your name and have you pay directly using your credit card. As a courtesy, we continue to monitor the service, and let you know when the hosting plan or domain registration is due for renewal.
Q: Are your sites mobile-friendly?
A: Yes. Every site we have built since 2016 has been mobile-friendly. The method we use to achieve this is known as responsive design, which ensures that the site works well on a wide variety of screen sizes, from smartphones and tablets through to small and large desktop monitors.