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Old 9th November 2019
Lives for gear

Reasonably modern consoles like the Series Two have good fidelity. The reason outboard preamps offer benefits is typically because they offer pleasant harmonic coloration, which will certainly survive passing through the console pads/preamps. Or you could make a cable which delivers an unbalanced signal from the preamp to the insert return (presumably the ring of the TRS plug).

I'd use a subgroup for the compressor, send from that and return on a separate channel. That way:
- you can put multiple channels through
- the compression is after the initial channel's EQ
- effects can be sent either pre-comp on the original channel or post-comp on the return channel (valid arguments either way)

Lots more circuitry involved that way, but like I said, all reasonably high fidelity.