Alto CLE 2.0 vs Behringer MDX1600
I bought a bunch of very low end gear for very cheap recently. Classic story of a bunch of gear going untouched for two years and the wifey telling the owner to sell it or else.
So I'm grabbing some of it to put into a live setup. Here's how it looks so far:
Technics S30 / Ensoniq SQR-1 -> Behringer "tube" (haha) preamp -> Virtualizer Pro -> Alto CLE 2.0 gate/compressor/limiter -> Behringer 90w keys amp.
The technics and the ensoniq have a channel each. I use the preamp for basic eq'ing, not actual amplification. I haven't really explored the vPro yet, but its reverb sounds better than the 'verb on the synth and the piano.
Thing is, I also got a Behringer MDX1600, but I swapped in the CLE 2.0 as I've heard very bad things about the MDX1600. Now I'm wondering if I should just go the Behringer as the alto doesn't sound that great, either. I'm finding it hard to A/B them as I don't know enough about outboard gates/compressors. I'm using them to "even out" the live sound, especially when playing soft piano bits.
I'm also wondering if I should be applying the Virtualizer _after_ compressor/limiter, as the Virtualizer clips at 0db.
BTW, I know about the average quality of B gear, so please no "buy this $500 compressor instead" comments. I mix ITB at home - this is just for live/rehearsal work. All the subleties of a decent compressor will be lost in the room's mix anywya.