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. 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. It’s up to you to get to find out the issue that such signal flow has in the stages that it is passing through and this is because there has to be an issue if you can’t feel such signal at your speakers. 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. With the mixing a lot of things happen in the DAW and which makes the process slightly complex more than the recording.
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.