For tracking, this is how I have these 3 boxes coming out of the mixer's channel insert.
BBE Sonic Maximizer (phase alignment)
Single ended noise reduction
The insert point is pre-EQ, by the way.
My thinking is get the sound as hot as possible with the compressor, use the Maximizer to add some clarity, and lastly reduce the noise before going to the track. Would you do it differently? If so why? And would you change it up depending on whether you were recording an electric, acoustic, bass, or vocals?