I'm in a band, trying to record an album on a budget. I bought a Tascam DP-01, and a Shure SM57 (i'll be buying more mics when I get some more cash flow). I was getting alot of hiss plugging the 57 directly into the Tascam, so I figured a mixer would be the proper choice to reduce hiss, and I wouldn't have to use the god-awful onboard EQ. I picked up a Behringer Xenyx 1202FX today at my local music shop. Plugged it in, and I'm still getting hiss. I've tried turning up the levels on the mixer to almost-clipping, then turning the little micophone volume knob on the DP-01 all the way down to I can at least try and get a decent level out of it. My question is, am I recording too hot? Or did I just make a poor equipment choice? I just want to record something that has no hiss, and sounds okay. I don't need to be a Rick Ruben. Also, is there any way on the DP-01 to record in stereo? There's stereo mix inputs on the back of the Tascam, but I cant record through it, according to the instruction manual. Which pretty much renders those inputs useless for me. I've been connecting the mixer to the DP-01 through the headphone input, There's a "Control Room" out, in stereo, and a "Main Out" output, also in stereo. Thanks for reading my long and noob-ish post. ~Henry P.S. - Is there any way to turn off the EQ on the DP-01? I'd much rather use the EQ on the Xenyx.