Which box I was using then, and now, are minor differences compared to how the recordings were produced. Crimes of Virtuosity was recorded on 2 inch analog tape. You just still beat it for warmth and "depth", I don't care how much you spend on digital trying.
I use a noise gate. Noise suppressors usually change the sound in a bad way by trying to cancel certain frequencies. The noise of the dod250 box is actually a side-effect of the unit having a better frequency response.
Like most players, I am always trying to improve my sound. Getting that sound onto tape is another matter, given the current paradigm (digital) and what really sounds best (analog tape). Sometimes the old technology can't be improved on, or even equalled. Analog RULES.