I have a Yamaha MG 10/2 Mixer, a Fostex MR-8 Digital Recorder, a decent computer but stock soundcard, an MXL 990 and MXL 991. Anyways, I've been running my mixer to my digital recorder as a line in and then just recording it as one track on the mr-8. However, when I listen through the headphones when it's plugged directly into the mixer it sounds WAY better than listening to the headphones on the MR-8. There is something in the transfer or my settings on the MR-8 that are making it add extra unwanted noise. It isn't extremely noticeable probably to the average joe, but it's just really really bothering me. I've experimented with the very few knobs that the MR-8 does have and I'm not sure if I'm just missing something simple. At this point any and all advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Also, this is a pretty n00b question. But the MR-8 and MG 10/2 both have preamps I believe... so is it pretty crappy to run it through two preamps? Is there a way to bypass the pre's on the MR-8? Also, do you think I should just scrap the MR-8 and run the Yamaha directly into the computer and record that way? On an unrelated note: I have a Takamine EG 15-C Acoustic/Electric with onboard EQ. I've noticed just out of the blue that when I plug it in I cannot hear it being picked up like usual unless I turn my amp up all the way - even then it is very quiet (like I said one day it was working fine, the next day it wasn't). I don't think it needs a new 9 volt because the battery still seems to have juice. If you are familiar with the type of pickup on the EG 15-C maybe you could advise me. Possibly a short in the wires? I'm confused. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!