ok, i use just a tascam us-122, a dynamic sure mic, and cubase SX2. to listen to two short tracks i have recorded go to http://www.myspace.com/furtherdelay - as you can hear (the quality is higher on my comp of course- but the website it is uploaded to downgrades it...) there is no definition to anything! even though i mixed this up good and proper (the cross bones in particular). not only that but the overall volume is much lower than that of professional tracks, even thoguh i almost maxed the mixdown volume......... weird thing is- it sounds almost "right" (ie- like one of my fave band tracks) on my CD player speakers (where i monitor it) but anywhere else it is poop. im not sure (help here please anyone) but i dont think the tascam us-122 actually has an mic pre-amps....................it doesnt say on the box either way (if it has pre's or not) so i am unsure. would that account for the poor sounds?? chars.