I've tried hooking my bass directly up to my computer with garbage results, I can't get it loud enough. I use an Ibanez GSR 205. Is there a (cheap) way to get around this? Also, I have a USB recorder, however along with the horrific delay (unbearable, it's half a second), if I turn the bass up to an appropriate level it is BADLY overdriven. It sounds ok coming out of the output from the USB DAC (and there is no delay there either) but if I hear from the computer what is coming in from the DAC it is delayed is very overdriven. Is my bass just too hot for this DAC? Any (again, cheap) options to get around this? I'm a new bassist, I don't want to spend large amounts of money into bass equipment until I'm better and know this is what I want to do. I would prefer a solution to the first issue rather than the second though, recording directly through my sound card (Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 sound card, pretty good piece, very recommended on places like overclock.net in their audiophile section), instead of just letting it sit there and go to waste!