In explaining the aesthetic side of what makes a great mix, he introduces a framework that will help you understand everything that an engineer does. Once you know what can be done, you have the power to be truly creative all on your own.
Well this book is probably just right for you. I was in that situation and it has answered a whole heap of questions and solved many problems I had in trying to sort out a mix. Whilst I am mixing heavy metal oriented music this book covers it all, from classical to hip-hop, pop and dance to alternative. Its all here and you certainly will feel that the slightly high price tag is worth it by the time you are halfway through...not the fattest book on the subject - thankfully! It gets the point across and loads and loads of great graphics help make things easy to understand...I cannot say enough about this book...get it! It will do much more good for your mixes than you can imagine....and Im a complete novice at mixing...
As a complete beginner to mixing, it went into enough detail for me to understand the basics (and more) of the subtle use of EQ, panning, sound placement, effects etc so that I could get on with using the knowledge I got from it to do what I wanted to do which was making music, instead of being overly worried by the mixing process.
It's a book I intend to re-visit and re-read.
If you're looking for a good way to learn about mixing, then this is the book for you!