Yes - people do.Ok having been doing this recording mixing in a daw for about 6 years watching endless tutorials, webinars and youtubes how to's. I've now come to the conclusion "There are no magical settings for this and that " Indeed as a musician I was always taught "Play what the song needs" Surely we can apply this to recording/ mixing too .
Thats a given. Or rather, you need to know what it's effect will be.My point being from a musical viewpoint that is learnt technical knowledge. So from that pov. Surely understanding What the ratio knob on a compressor is doing or when you subtract 150hz from a bassdrum track or if you exceed 0db on your master output bus and everything else in between is a must.
Yes......Rather for example: should you compress before eq or eq before compression. I've seen loads of tutorials each one different The one common factor is These guys in the tutorials just "Know what they are doing with each knob/ slider/ etc
So my point is learn what everything does, first understand what you are doing ( I'm still doing it now !) oh and give the song what it needs.
Just for example I wonder how many bass players would have done some fancy licks over Prince's" Sign of the Times " What a bassline its beauty is its simplicity
Hopefully this will help people The realisation of learning what things do has helped me. Indeed a friend of mine who's done an audio engineering course loved one of my tracks its on his phone now. Me I'm self taught Its been hard and I'm still learning but its fun too and the best bit is "when the penny drops on something or another" When I UNDERSTAND What i'm doing to achieve a certain result !
take care one and all happy learning Silver