I've been recording my own original songs lately and I've learned a lot of basics by myself just experimenting, but I want to go to the next level. I need a book that can explain to me and give me great advice of how to use an eq, compressor etc. and how to pan and decide volume levels... A book about mixing in general with a lot of explanations for newbies and the advanced. I need something that gives advice and explain various tools, I do not want a book that says what I have to do (that would make the book terrible).

I mostly record metal music (check link in my sig). I a book that is modern and up to date. I've been looking at this book: http://www.amazon.com/Mixing-Audio-Concepts-Practices-Tools/dp/0240520688/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283723664&sr=1-1

Any recommendations?
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Looks like a solid book. A book I used to learn the basics was Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies. Not too in-depth but it got me started and I noticed a huge difference in my songs.
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2006 Jackson DXMG Dinky
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