Using Nuendo 4.3 and an older 3.2 version on Windows XP SP2 OS PC has 3 gig Ram , 720 hard drive speed, AMD Dual chip , EMU 1820m soundcard. No matter what I do my vocals are crappy. Sound great through headphones while recording but listen to the wav and it becomes a monster. No matter how low or how high I set levels it is all the same distorted sound. Nothing clips according to all the meters but I hear clipping anytime I get loud on a word or pass and I do not mean any screaming just singing. I have many mics from a Sterling Audio St 79 to MXL condenser mics with cardiod pattern to SM58 n Sm 57 mics. All have the same artifacts I can see on the wavs when things distort or sound like crap. Seems to be midrange and low end... but whether I am close or 3 feet away anytime I get a tad hot all hell breaks loose. Unless I sing in a whisper I cannot get a clean vocal......Help ........If I left out some stuff like I am using mostly 32 bit float at 44.1 makes not a difference if I change these parameters. Tried going through a board and compressor just added more noise...... Important to note if I do an acoustic guitar on any mics all is well ......same with no problem with VSTs and recording electric guitars direct or through a mic all is well. Only Vocals are another monster and I am lost....just lost as how to get a clean usable vocal take. . and yes using ASIO settings. On Card setting minus 10 or + 4 makes not a difference in my problems. Always there all the time.......Very frustrated.....Changed sound cards many times but was never a sound card issue they all did the same thing and even tried a Nueman mic I borrowed......no change always the same crappy vocals and it is not my voice doing it .