The Art Of Signal Flow
A revealing article from ask.audio provides us with great techniques in managing signal flow. An important aspect of production to say the least, the order in which your audio is routed can have dramatic effects upon the way a certain track will sound.
The particular sequence of inserts in your effect chain is important to understand in the digital realm. Contrary to analogue processing in which signal flow is hands-on, its very easy to lose sight of what’s going on in the DAW.
To help understand the importance of signal routing, suppose you have two compressors on your track, one of which is a side-chain. The general rule-of-thumb would call for the side-chain to be last, such that the dynamics don’t get squashed by the other compressor.