Hi, nice forum here. Plan to take some more looks as need be. Anyway, I am using a cassette deck with a microphone input as a poor me's preamp. But I have a problem when I try to record: the voltage or signal level is too high going into my sound card and it clips the A/D converter. I need to find a way to attenuate the signal so its in an optimal range (peaking around -3 to -5dB). I've tried routing through my receiver and using the volume knob to adjust the level, but this added noise on top of the tape deck itself. A teacher at my college mentioned today something about opposing voltages, could this be the way to a possible solution? I'm a newb with electronics but I know how most components work. Would this be a job for a resistor or a more cleverly designed circuit? Thanks for any help you recording gurus can give.