Hi I have the following equip. Mackie 1202 VLZ Pro RNC Compressor Shure SM58 Echo Gina 24/96 SB Live Plat 5.1 Pent 4 1.5 Ghz, 384 rdram, 80 gig (7200rpm). I just recently bought my Gina card. Before I used the SB. Now with my normal pre amp settings on my mackie mixer, and my normal compressor settings don't work with the Echo. When I use these settings and record my vocals into cool edit nothing shows up (it's way to low)... So common sense is because it's a line in, I need to bring the level up to Line level. So I crank my mackie up more, now it shows up but it's still awfully low. Now I have cranked my mackie to the Top (to when it's clipping), and crank the gain on the compressor. The waves will come finally at the proper height but be madly distorted. So then I took off the gain of my compressor, and increased threshold, now sound is great but it's so low in volume. Basically I can't get a decent sized (amplitude) recorded without major clipping/distortion/hiss. I am wondering if it's software or hardware related. I was going through my Settings on my computer. I open up the Volume Control. I went to Properties, and Switched the SB mixer to the Gina24 mixer... BUT when you click on show the volume for "recording", nothing will appear. You can choose "other" though. In this you can see Input Monitor 1, etc... Now all those settings are halfway, I'm wondering if that could be the cause. The problem is I can't change them they are all "grey" (locked), I'm thinking the Gina has no "software mixer" for adjusting volume control... I looked throught the Gina Console and changed +4 to -10. That helped a bit but still it records really low. I am a newbie so I am completely confused what to do. I really don't want to amp my mixer so high. My old SB recorded nicely level waves but this 24 bit jump is making me pull out my hair. Any suggestions on settings for my mackie, rnc or gina or anything I can do to get proper recordings... Right now to get by I just set my recording to semi high, get a tiny little thing recorded, then normalize it in Cool Edit to bring up the level, but then their is major hiss/hum so I gotta run it through a "noise reduction"... I don't want to have to do this forever... I'm buying a Rode NTK next week and I want to get this problem fixed. Sorry if I sound stupid I am a semi-newbie, My guess is the compressor is robbing the signal but I'm unsure. I think it's software settings but theirs no place to change that. Help. Oh yea I am only recording vocals.