I agree with what you said.
For the record, I *act* on what I read.
I cannot afford to spend a lot of time in studios for two reasons:
a. I don't have the money.
b. I don't have the time (I have a job(
I experiment, though, on my own.
Having said that, I'd like to point out you didn't really address my main point:
the lack of meaningful information in mixing/recording books.
99% of the information is generic.
I KNOW what a compressor does.
I KNOW what an EQ does.
I KNOW what frequency bands sound "nosy" and which sound "boxy".
I know the frequency range of a violin.
The books can stop telling me that over and over again.
What there isn't, AT ALL, is concrete examples.
People, like all animals, learn not by generalizing but by concretizing (not sure there's such a word
We learn by examples. In other words: let's learn how to sound great, then let's build our philosophy.
Take guitar playing as an example. You don't given someone a guitar and tell him, "play what you feel, listen to your inner self, eat hasa and gamba and be healthy."
No. A guitar teacher teaches SONGS. And SOLOS.
Only after a couple of years of repeating other people's results does a guitar player develop an independent sense of style and playing philosophy.
Why isn't mixing viewed that way? Or, why aren't there mixing books that simply show you how to take the pre-mixed song and mix it in order to get a great result?
Ok, so it won't be *deep* (it can, though!) - but it will TEACH.
Like I said: first let's do something, ANYTHING, then let's rationalize. Let's learn by specific examples. From deduction to induction.
Show me ONE mixing/recording book that does that.
As a SOLE example I've mentioned Rip Rowan's recording.org columns.
But that's it.
THAT'S my point.
And if there isn't - I'm more than willing to "pick up the glove" and co-write one (as the novice-in-learning), if one of the pro members of the forum will chip in. I'm sure such a book will make big bucks - both in Israel and abroad.