So, I just recently won my first remix contest, and once of the prizes was an Alesis 3632 compressor. I plan on using this Alesis mostly as a light master compressor for some tunes, and as a side chain, but I have never used any kind of rack hardware. How exactly do I wire this/run the signal properly? I can get the effects to work, and get the tone I want, but bounced tracks do not sound any different if they are bounced with the compressor turned on or off. It just acts as an effect for my monitors as is basically.
I am currently running my monitors into outputs 1 and 2 on my focusrite scarlett 8i6, and then output 3 on my 8i6 through balanced TRS to the input on my Alesis. Then, I'm running balanced TRS from the Alesis' output to input 3 on the 8i6. For the sidechain, I'm running 1/4" from input 4 to the sidechain return, and from the sidechain send to output 4.
Where is my fundamental flaw? Or is it ITB that I need to fix?