Thanks fr the reply JJ! I'm realizing my ignorance. For some reason I thought XLR cables were "better".
I'm trying to avoid clipping before going into the audient. I'm wondering if there's a way to add a hardware compressor during tracking using the send/return on the 1st two inputs to achieve this... or are those only for material that you've already recorded. I actually did own a ART pro channel a while back, but found it added some hum and buzz to my signal.