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Having a quick read of the tech. specs for the RME 802 and Audient ID22, it looks to me like to the RME is a better performer across the board. It's preamps are supposed to be pretty solid.
Compression before the AD converter can be useful, but equally comes with problems - particularly bringing up all those nasty background noises.
My gut feeling is, if you're happy with sound you're getting - stick with what you've got. If you're struggling to bring in a strong signal, maybe compression and / or EQ could help.
Equally, it might be worth researching alternative microphones. You may be better off expanding your range of mic options, to suit particular recording situations.