If you’re using a guitar or a synthesizer, the output it’s almost certainly unbalanced. Therefore you should use unbalanced cables with unbalanced 1/4" TS connectors. These can be identified with a single black ring approximately 7mm from the tip of the connector.
However, if you are connecting from an audio interface (such as an SSL2 or 2+) the outputs are almost certainly balanced and you should therefore use balanced cables and connectors. These are often referred to as stereo or TRS and can be identified with two black rings approximately 7mm and 15mm respectively from the tip of the connector.
Besides these examples, there are several combinations of balanced and unbalanced source / cable / connection configurations which will cause the same issue so it is recommended that you always use the correct type of cable and connector.
Channel Compressor Distorting At Low Tones
We decided for the channel compressor that we wanted something in the middle of the G comp and the LMC. Our own console dynamics are incredible versatile, so we could vary the characteristic quite drastically. We settled on a characteristic that allows transients to pop through occasionally, so it won't crush your drums / vocals, but was quick enough to tame most sources and tighten them up. The only source the channel compressor is not ideal for is long sustained low end (so pads, lower octave strings, bass guitars etc).
We suggest as an alternative in this instance is that the channel compressor is reserved for most other sources, and that you track bass through the bus compressor.