I'm trying to do a live off the floor recording by taking the Record Tape Out on a powered mixer and plugging the 2 stereo ouputs (a Y cable) into the Line-in jack on a USB line/mic device (basically an external sound 16bit/44Khz card). The PC is a fast WinXP box with 1Gb of Ram using Audacity or Soundforge. It's working and the sound is clean and separated but I have the following problems: - the signal is very hot. I have the levels on the mixer turned down to practically nothing and the computer mixer down pretty low. We tried (all on separate channels: - steel guitar (direct-in to mixer) - electric guitar (mic in front of speaker) - 2 vocal mics - 3 drum mics (kick, snare, overhead) (bass player was absent) It seems either the vocal mic or possibly the steel guitar peaks the meters at the drop of a hat. On top of that we have to play so quietly it doesn't really capture our rock n' roll band sound. So I'm trying to figure out what the solution is; - plug into a better quality internal sound card line-in? I was thinking of dumping the $30 USB device and trying an SoundBlaster XFI internal card. - is there a better output from the mixer to use? There are 2 1/4" jacks called L/R Monitor Output and also a single 1/4" output jack (not sure what it is). I've been using the Record Tape Out. .. and for the issue of quiet playing and hearing; - take the monitor ouput into a small submixer and run headphones out of it for all 4 band members. We can then shut off the main speakers (which are feeding back into the mics anyway. Any suggestions?