I am using a digital (stand alone) multi track recorder. No daw, plugins etc. I have a rode nt1 condenser, i have a cheap, but ok sounding, stand alone mic pre amp(I mainly use it for phantom power). I also have a dbx compressor (not the best, but it is within my budget). And finally, I have a mixer with effects, insert path, and effects send/return. So what is the best way to get a good vocal down? My mixers preamps are terrible. The only reason I even use it at all is for reverb (which i have to print to the take). I have to print with effects because of my recorder's limitations (no way to buss the tracks after the fact). Should I go : mic, preamp, compressor, mixer, to recorder? Should I insert the compressor in/out of the mixer, or use the compressor as a stand alone part of the chain? Does it make any difference? I just acquired some of this stuff and I haven't a clue lol. I would like a fairly polished vocal sound above all else. Any tips?