OK, so jamming with my bandmates, we have a problem. The vocalist is running his mic into a shitty keyboard amp with no balls. It's terrible. Here's my thought.
I've got a compressor pedal, a gate pedal, and a 5w amp that I'm not using during the practice.
Now, do I:
mic > gate > compressor > amp > cab
mic > compressor > gate > amp > cab
you don't want to try to gate after the compressor as the comp will kill the transients that will trigger the gate to open.