I was thinking about getting a hardware compressor, something rather cheap, but high quality. I'm just a student on a budget, and I am doing budget recording for friends in bands, my own personal recording, and eventually want to have my own professional DAW when I am out of school etc. Right now I have a firebox, and I plan to upgrade to a firepod soon, I'm also going to borrow one just to mess with it in the meantime. I was confused by the input and outputs of the Bluemax. I understand that a compressor expects an amplified signal, so for guitar for example, I would mic the cab and run the mic though my Firebox like usual, but where does the compressor fit in? Do I do a "loop" and send the signal out of the Firebox to the bluemax and then sent from that back to the input of the firebox? Eh, if that made any sense, I just kind of confused myself, but basically what I'm asking is do I need a preamp first? How do I chain these together? I'm not really educated when it comes to hardware, I would think it would be common sense but apparently not. Haha! Thanks!