i run my snake into a mackie 24/4 vlz pro mixer and use the insert trs to send out into my preamp and then to compressor and then out to my multitrack interface (motu 24i). on the first two channels i run board/preamp/compressor. on the others i run board/compressors with no external pre. am i running everything in the correct order? i dont feel like i am able to push my preamp very hard and im not exactly sure why. i assumed that in order to control the input into my compressors or pre's i would use the insert out of my board and use the trim knobs to control how much of a signal to send out to my compressors. i would like to hear from the board the sound i get post pre's and compressors, i just dont wanna go snake straight into my pre and have it clip and not be able to turn it down. any help? sorry if i am not making much sense here...im at work and ive been going since 630 this morning. thanks for any help.