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. 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 signal flow it’s the way that any sound takes before we have heard it in the speaker or headphone. Such audio has to pass some of the stages in your system for it to come back. 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. 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. getting to know such channels will help you in creating the most quality work.
To understand the signal flow and either channel, the recording and the mixing sound have different channels. 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 the mixing a lot of things happen in the DAW and which makes the process slightly complex more than the recording.
When recording you need to only know how you can easily troubleshoot any problem ad how you can handle such an issue when someone is recording and in the case of mixing, it’s how you are going to plan the tracks and how you are going to compress some of them in creating spaces among others which can change the overall taste of the mix that is being made. 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.