Although Victor Minetola is only 32 years old, he has already created
a rich background in both the record and recording industry. Born in
Detroit, Victor moved to New York City in 1992 to study audio engineering,
I attended another recording school and got out of it what I could,
he says, but I definitely did not get out of it everything I wanted.
When an opportunity to work at Mute Records appeared, he decided to shelve
his engineering plans for the fast-paced record industry of the early
Victor spent the next 9 years in the record industry, working for Nettwerk
Records as the Midwest/Southeast Director of Sales & Marketing. One
of his last major accomplishments before deciding to return to the production
and artistic side of the business was to help Nettwerk bring Coldplay's
debut album, Parachutes, to gold.
After landing a production job and gaining some hands-on experience at
a local studio, Victor decided that he wanted to augment his mostly self-taught
skills with professional instruction.
When I first heard about the Berkleemusic.com classes, I got very
excited. I saw opportunities to become better and more efficient at what
I do, says Victor. To hone my Pro Tools skills, to learn new
mixing and mastering techniques. And all of it was online. I could work
in my own home studio, on my own time, with an instructor and other students
to share experiences and their critiques.
Victor completed three courses in his first semester at Berkleemusic:
Pro Tools 101, Producing Music with Ableton Live, and MIDI
Sequencing Intermediate. Not only did my first semester of classes
meet my expectations but they exceeded them. The interaction with students
and instructor alike has been invaluable. Im learning practical
tips and tricks that are helping me become faster at what I do. I am being
challenged and I am growing. I am meeting people and collaborations across
the miles are blossoming from that. It has been and continues to be a
worthwhile experience and investment.