What techniques do you not really use that everyone else seems to?
Here are a few of mine:
Compression: rarely use it as effect, rarely on main mix, I tend to use for mainly bass and drums individually.
Sidechaining from kick/pumping: just annoys me, I think it is a cliche that should have died in the 90’s.
Huge reverb/shimmer: messy slush that I rarely like the sound of unless on the very few occasions that it is applied well on ambient stuff.
Random/chance: I mostly find it annoying unless used in a subtle way and mostly on percussive elements rather than melodic stuff.
Arpeggios: when they are obvious sound tedious, I rarely use them as most are a bit crap, they have their use but not a staple for me.
Over warble: nothing against a bit of vibrato or the occasional bit of tape warble to add a bit of character, but overdone sounds too cliche, same for too much noise being added to tracks to add faux vintage vibes.
Obviously highly personal and not applicable all of the time - many songs I like use some of these techniques, but I don’t often use them myself, probably a bunch more that I’m forgetting too, anyway what are yours?