So I've decided to post my question in this forum because I really feel like this community gives actual answers back by experience as opposed to the "This is what I've read in different forums that I don't know for sure but I'm going to post it as though I do anyway" responses.
I've been "producing" music since I was 19 which is now 7 years ago but I didn't really feel like I fit into the "starting to sound professional" category until the past 2 years. I don't really stick to a particular genre because I find there to be great strength in versatility. "Rock Band" style of music is where I started and probably where I can get the most done in the shortest amount of time but I love writing orchestral themes more than anything. I love the fact that I don't have to spend nearly as much time EQing and mixing 30 tracks of midi orchestral instruments as I do 4-8 tracks for pop/rock music. Most of my track mastering experience has come via the school of hard knocks and lately I feel this has become a weakness in my production ability. So my question is, are there any books anyone recommends on the subject? Would it be worth it to take a class or two? Track mastering is something I do regularly but it's definitely an area where I feel I am behind in. I'm working on an orchestral piece that uses an electric guitar for the main melody and I really want the instruments to blend rather than sound disoriented.