The most important skill that you can learn as a producer other than the use of the compression technique, is by understanding the signal flow in your studio. If you are taking care of any troubleshooting in your home studio, it can be easy if you know your way around such and you can have an easy time when recording and mixing. To get to signal flow it’s the way that any sound takes before we have heard it in the speaker or headphone. The audio passes the sages in your system and from there it can go all the way to the speakers. If you are keen enough with your home audio system, you can have an idea of the path that such signal flow flows and everything to do about it. Therefore if you are not getting any signal in your mix then you need to figure out where the problem might be in the stages that are in the studio. Finding a solution of the signal flow and not sure the specific chain that the audio is going through in your system can lead to the most time wastage since you will be looking at the wrong places and which can be embarrassing to you and the client who is doing music in your studio. getting to know such channels will help you in creating the most quality work.
With recording and mixing, you need to understand that the mix signal flow and its associated chain does not flow the same with the recording one. This kind of setup is different and this is because with the recording you are entering the audio track and other instrument recordings for the first time in your computer while mixing you are working with an already recorded track that is in the system. Since there is a lot that happens in the DAW, it makes the mixing process quite complex more than eroding which does not have a lot of things that happen.
When recording you need to only know how you can easily troubleshoot any problem ad how you can handle such an issue when someone is recording and in the case of mixing, it’s how you are going to plan the tracks and how you are going to compress some of them in creating spaces among others which can change the overall taste of the mix that is being made. To summarize, those are tips to take care of your signal flow.