I've read lots of articles, and I've been recording vocals a little bit, on and off for a year or two now, but I've just been winging it. This is one aspect that is still confusing to me. My set up: Cubase LE; Presonus Firebox, Shure sm57 or sm58. Ok, so, from what I understand, you don't want your meter to go over 0db. Well, first off, I can't find any meter that actually shows the exact db level. I just go off of the audio track in cubase that shows green or yellow, and know green=good; yellow=bad. When you look at your track, the wave should never be hitting the top of your track, correct. My problem is, if I'm not hitting near the top or at the top, it simply isn't loud enough. It seems next to impossible for me to not be seeing yellow in the meter in cubase when I'm recording and it be loud enough. If I lower my mic input on the firebox knob, and my wav seems to be staying pretty low, it's simply not loud enough. It seems like whatever I do, I end up almost distorting it to get it loud enough. Record quiet, and I have to turn the audio track volume above Odb for it to come through the mix loud enough. Please help me. I feel like I'm mentally handicapped when it comes to understanding some of the audio stuff, even though I've read a lot.