If you have a home studio, one of the things that you need to be aware of other than compression tools of your system is understanding the signal flow and how you can track it in your home 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. You can have a high difference when you know your way around the signal flow and how the quality of your mix will be.
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 it’s about how you can tackle issues quickly when and know where to solve issues while mixing it all about how good your music and tracks can sound and how you plan and compress some things will determine how the mix will sound. 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.