I know im gonna get "if it sounds good it is good" or "no rules in audio". But I wanted to hear some experience or opinions. I track to digital with great preamps and mics but little to no outboard gear (eq/compression) on the way in. I really like the slate vcc plugin. I tend always put it first in the plugin chain, except maybe a trim plugin before to get the gain right. Is anyone here using vcc or alike in the middle or end of the plugin chain? Or usually first? I got thinking that if im trying to emulate "mixing on a console"like a professional mixing house would. Then those mixing houses probably receive tracks that have had eq or compression applied/baked to them. So i thought maybe using some eq and compression before a console emulation might yield fairly different results than always placing it first. I will have to experiment I just thought you guys could share some experiences. Cheers.