Having a home studio and mixing like a pro needs you to have some skills and the main one other than the compression technique that you can take care of your own is finding out about signal flow. To have an easy time when recording and mixing and at the same time troubleshooting of the signal flow, you need to learn everything that is needed to be known. To get to know the signal flow, it’s the path that the audio being produced passes before we have had it in the speakers or even headphones that we are listening to the music in. The audio passes the sages in your system and from there it can go all the way to the speakers. If you take your time you can learn how to break down that channel and know every step that such audio takes. 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. 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. You can have a high difference when you know your way around the signal flow and how the quality of your mix will be.
To understand the chain and the signal flow in mixing and recording, they tend to be different and this is because they do not follow the same channel. And this is because with the recording you are capturing the signal flow in a new format and putting it in the computer while the mixing happens to the already stored track that is in the system. 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.
With mixing you have to learn how you are going to arrange the plugins and how the track will correlate in ways that some of them can be tracked while others are being compressed which can bring something else all the same and which is different from the recording which you only need to troubleshoot the issue and find a way that you can take care of such an issue. 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.