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. Getting to know what you are working with is the easiest way that you can mix and record with your home studio, you can have an easy time troubleshooting anything that you have. The sound that reaches the speakers or the headphones after passing a certain way is the signal flow. Such audio has to pass some of the stages in your system for it to come back. 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. If you are not feeling the signal flow and feeling it a the end of the mix then it must be having an issue and therefore it’s up to you to find the solution in the stages between the source of the signal flow and the speakers at the end. If you have a client who is recording in the studio and not sure of the chain where the signal flow is passing through you might embarrass yourself trying to solve it and not sure of where to look at. Your mix will be different in quality and the feel of the mix will also be different depending on how you have mastered the signal flow.
To understand the signal flow and either channel, the recording and the mixing sound have different channels. Since the mixing you are working with a specific audio track that is already installed in your computer it can be slightly different with the recorded one and this is because you are trapping the audio and other instrument sounds for the first time then this channels might be slightly different. With recording, it’s slightly easy compared to the mixing of the tracks and this is because there is a lot that entails what happens in the DAW.
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 finalize, those are the guidelines to learn everything that you need to know about signal flow and how they can impact your studio session.