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I never compress the kick when recording. I'll take the track and do some surgery to it, or a copy of it. Usually limit it quite a bit and gate it at around 200-350ms, depending upon how much body I want on it.
I usually limit when I record, so there is no overages, then I compress at about 75ms or so with a quick (5-25ms) release. Then I gate to taste. Then I soft limit again to keep the peaks totally under control.