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. To get to signal flow it’s the way that any sound takes before we have heard it in the speaker or headphone. 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 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. 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. 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.
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.