Taking your guitar direct can have both advantages and disadvantages. When you go into an amplifier, a tube amplifier, the tubes provide soft overload limiting. Recording at direct, you don't get that. As a result, you really have to optimize your recording levels better. Noise should not be an issue taking a direct. However, proper gain staging even from the output of the volume control of your guitar (if this is an electric?) still has to be observed. I would say if you are using an electric guitar, crank its level all the way up. On your interface, you should have a button labeled " pad ". You should depress that button if you are suffering overload on the front end of your computer audio interface. Yes, because it is padding down the input sensitivity, you have to crank up more gain on the interface. Through headphones, you will likely hear some hiss. But without that button depressed, you are overloading the first stage preamp of the interface. There is no perfect only corrections. This noise can be effectively dealt with within software if you find it objectionable. But are you talking hailstorm or, a pleasant spring shower?
Of course another logical suggestion would be to utilize a stomp box that can offer compression and/or limiting and then going into your audio interface. Unfortunately, gain staging is confusing for a lot of people. Rule of has frequently dictated that two thirds of the way up is what is generally referred to as unity gain. This means that you are utilizing adequate amplification while allowing for greater headroom or, more amplification if necessary.
If your interface does not have a pad switch, you'll just have to turn the level down on your electric guitar. It's that simple. There really aren't any other workarounds other than an amplifier with a microphone on it. However, if you are in an apartment, you really can't utilize an amplifier. So stomp boxes and other effects pedals need to be utilized between your guitar and your audio interface for better control of your recording levels.
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