One of my favorite books is Modern Recording Techniques
Now if you\'re talking about recording an orchestra then there\'s a lot of special techniques engineers use that they don\'t with a typical rock band. However, if your mixes are coming from sample libraries and your primary interest is learning to mix down something professional sounding, then I don\'t see much defference between the 2.
Getting a hot signal from a mic is practically a science, it\'s the mixing that requires sensitive ears and a talent for hearing frequencies. What you need is an ability to distinguish all the characteristics of a desired recording and recreate those characteristics in your project. All of the engineers I know (and I know some pretty good ones) find a really good recording that closely matches the song they\'re doing and use it as a reference. In fact, referencing is really the meat and potatoes of mixing. I don\'t know how many times I\'ve gotten a good mix, burned it down to cd only to find that when I play it in my car it sounds like a completely different mix. You need to constantly reference what you\'re doing with other professional recordings and on different audio systems.
That\'s my 2 coppers anyway. Good luck and let us know if you come across some good books [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]