hey guys, sorry for the crazy amount of post, i truly appreciate all the advice and tips i have been getting from this community. I think once i figure this out i will be in good shape i want to double check and see if im making my connections for my mic the proper way. i have been having level and noise problems that i have been trying to tackle on my own, but have had no luck ok here it goes..... I am using a cad condenser mic in the cardioid pattern with the db switch on the mic set to zero........im am feeding this into my bluetube preamp via XLR/XLR cable. from the preamp i am using the phantom power switch and using the gain here to get my levels. the PAD switch is off. from the preamp i am running a small XLR/XLR cable to my compressor, my settings for the compression are using the auto switch and gating till i have no more than 3 to 4 db of reduction, then pulling the makeup gain if necessary. From the compressor i am running a short xlr/quarter inch cable into the quarter inch line jack on my mbox. the mbox gain is completely down and the phantom switch is off. I have the mic option selected because thats the only way i hear a signal even though i believe i should have the line/di switch on. my main concern is that i am concerned that i am not bypassing the mbox's pre. my level is extremely hot right off the bat! i could sometimes have the gain levels on both the mbox and the blue tube completely down yet still peak the mic easly. I am also having alot of noise in the signal as well..... i just wanted to make sure im not missing the boat on anything here. any help of suggestions would be great! thanks, this is my last post for a while......PROMISE!