The lack of announcement would be uncharacteristic, I agree.
But even were it true, I'd be kind of happy for them, and would even pony up every now and then.
Pensado and Herb (sounds like a cruise ship act
) have been a rare bit of good news in an industry otherwise devastated by that merciless and implacable foe, changing times. With the chances for people to gain knowledge of the actual problems and situations of a working studio through internship diminishing exponentially, Pensado has offered, free of charge, just an enormous amount of real-world knowledge on a regular basis for, what, more than a year now?
And he's done it week in and week out with tremendous generosity, both of knowledge and of spirit, a sense of humor, and genuine humility, which, in this industry, is really something. And really something valuable, I should say.
Do you remember when the paradigm for mixers was, with rare exceptions, cryptic, off-putting answers to questioning newbies, and unrelenting machismo? People like Charles Dye and others helped lead the way to changing that, and Pensado is the latest and greatest generation of these, and has, imho and in point of fact, consistently provided a tremendous resource to those who love our craft.
Yes, VK is a sponsor, and they prolly get a few bucks via other means, but are they withholding? Do they tell you that you'll get the real
secrets about the occult art of mixing if you order a special DVD? Or download a special video for only $19.99? Nope. They could have done that so
easily, but no.
Hell no, I don't mind them making a bit of money on the gig. I'll contribute! Some cats think of money as condensed energy. Well then this is a clear case of energy for energy, because both him and Herb have put a gigantic amount into making that show happen — all for a ridiculously niche (and complainy!) crowd — and more, into keeping
Hats off, I say.
And now I'll climb off this ridiculous soapbox and go do something productive.