Regarding the mic and recording levels I suspect you are trying to record too hot. Digital is not tape. You should be running 24bits and 44.1kHz and the software meters averaging about -18dBFS,peaks no higher than about -8dBFS.
Thanks for your reply, Dave. It all made sense until I got to the above sentence. I am baffled completely. That said, I do want to understand this stuff and how it impacts recording. Any chance of breaking it down a little more for a thickie?
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