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. 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 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. It has to go to some stages before you have to hear it. Before you feel such audio it has to pass through some stages before reaching such speakers. If you take your time you can learn how to break down that channel and know every step that such audio takes. 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.
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. 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.
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 summarize, those are tips to take care of your signal flow.