I have done both. I don’t really have an issue with the DIG going straight from MI Streams but either way it works.
Matter of fact I just checked. Amazingly I have the Strymon directly connected to the VCA. The output is multed into the DIG and the ER-301. I also have the wet and dry mix even at 0db. (?!??). It doesn’t sound bad or overdriven but I should mention the signal chain in this case is MN telharmonic-> Cwejman MMF-6 -> MI Streams-> Strymon DiG. If it is overdriven I’m not sure I’d notice!
I’m surprised this works. Usually I hang it off my mixer which had the levels trimmed way down. Right now I’m experimenting with the 301 replacing most of my mixing duties.