Agreed. I find that just running the JP8080 through some 2:1 analog compression, and through the analog EQ on the mixer (cut the high's a bit, boost mids slightly), makes a big difference. You can get VA to sit in the mix much better this way.
Same for the Snow. After having spent longer with it, I do prefer running it via the anlog outs, and compress either 2:1 / 4:1. Running it as a plug-in via USB IS convenient, but it doesn't sound as good to me.
I'm on the fence still with the Snow, great at some things. Aliasing is so bad on the hi stuff, the sound literally turns to noise.