<NOTE: I screwed up this original post, and have edited it to correct my error. The error was in the placement of the distortion. Originally, I placed it *before* the compression...it should have been *after*. I fixed it here...> Plug-in order is a topic that should be considered when mixing or mastering. There are general guidelines, then there are lots of rules to be broken! Here is what I understand to be a generally accepted all-purpose plug-in order: 1) Noise Gate 2) Compressor 3) EQ 4) Reverb/delay If distortion is to be used, generally it should come *AFTER* the compressor. Also, swapping the compressor and the EQ can add some interesting effects... Once again, there is a great article in the February Sound On Sound magazine on this topic, with some really great explainations as to why this order makes sense. Check them out at: http://www.sospubs.co.uk/ I'd like to hear some comments from some of the pros around here as to rules that they have effectively broken, and then more importantly...why???