Hello. I just bought a Tascam US-224 and I seem to be having the same (frustrating) issue as these two Tascam users -- (Dead Link Removed) and (Dead Link Removed) I had no trouble installing the software and connecting the US-224. But when I plug in my mic and try to record, I only get a faint, crappy signal that barely registers on the Input meter. I have to CRANK the trim and phones level to hear anything at all. I even bought a new mic cable and set of headphones to be make sure those weren't the problem. Here are my system and gear specs -- Computer - Dell Dimension 8100, Pentium 4, 1.3GHz, 256MB DRAM, Creative SB Live! sound card, Windows XP Gear - Tascam US-224 controller, Shure SM57 dynamic mic connected directly to MIC input via lo-Z cable Please, please help. I'm anxious to record. And forgive me in advance for any dumb questions -- I'm very new at this. Thanks!