I've got a couple of mic pres, one being an ISA One, that I'd like to put a compressor in the signal chain. I've been looking at the Art Pro VLA II, but I presently have an ART Pro Channel which has a "Return" jack just ahead of the compressor section and a "Send" following it. I'm thinking along the lines of the possibility of jacking the output of the mic pre into the ART Pro Channels "Return" and pulling the signal out of the "Send". Was even thinking of the possibility of using the next stage of the ART Pro Channels EQ in a similar way.
I can't think of any downsides to doing this (have yet to try it) other than some coloration the ART may impart, but thought I'd ask here to see if it's a way to avoid purchasing another piece of gear that I may not actually need.
My alternative compressors are an Alesis 3630 and Behringer Composer Pro that I bought before I knew any better