Hi after years of creating music with an average pc, cheap soundcard and cracked software Ive decided to invest in a proper set up (including purchasing the programs and plug ins Ive 'trialed' extensivly). Im collecting information on the best equipment for my needs and have spent a month gaining a lot of info off this site before making my first post. My first question has to do with the choice between buying a good pre-amp or a channel strip. I am purchasing a uad-1 studio pack so i will have a range of top quality compressors, eq and limiters to apply after Ive recorded. I am planning to only record vocals or one instrument at a time. Are there any major advantages to running the signal thru a pre-amp and compressor/ limiter/eq before it hits the pc? Ive read a number of comments from people who believe its better to capture the raw signal at a low level and add compression and effects afterwards.