I've been messing around with digital audio production for something like six years on and off, and it's been a beautiful frustrating experience. I know very little if any "textbook" information and most of my knowledge has been from reading product manuals and from trying things out. (For instance, micing a 12-string acoustic guitar with two instrument microphones and a ribbon microphone and tweaking the balance.)
I'd like to dramatically increase my knowledge of mic placement, what I should be listening for in a recording, how to mix, what to focus on, etc. My problem is that I get way too OCD trying to get each part in a mix to sound perfect and thus spend 8 hours on something that ultimately I don't use. I then get frustrated, pack everything up, and then come back in 6 months. Rinse. Repeat.
Is there any book or resource which will help me learn basic to intermediate audio production with all of the subjects discussed above?