All, anyone, everyone, I wasn't really looking for one, but I was at my local Guitar Center a few weeks ago and wondered past the shelf with the USB interfaces. A GC guy was there, so I asked him. Why would I want/need one of these? I'm not a professional recording guy, and when I do record I just line-in off of a crappy Behringer mixer I bought about 100 years ago into Audacity. He told me the sound would be amazing, and I'd never go back to line-in again. He talked about flexibility and all the cool stuff. It's going to be cleaner, "bigger" and just make everything sound better. So I bought one. I picked up the PreSonus AudioBox USB96 for $79. I came home, plugged it in, installed the software and the DAW it came with (which is really all I wanted anyway) called Studio One. Plug in my active music man directly in to the front of the interface, and played a string. Overwhelms the interface immediately and I'm getting clipping and all kinds of red lights, and nastiness in my headphones etc.. So I start tweaking....and tweaking....and tweaking and I just can't seem to be able to play anything really without getting clipping/distortion. So I switch out to my passive Fender Jazz. It's a little better but even light slap stuff is redlining everthing. So I switch to my passive P-Bass. Same thing. I have every volume down on the front of the interface, I have every level in Studio One down as low as I can go and still see a wave form. I'm still getting clipping and red indicators when I get even the slightest bit aggressive. I'm to the point now where I'm turning down the volume on my bass which I don't like to do because I seem to loose tone when I do that. I tried running through my bass head with the XLR line out, I've run through my SansAmp to help control the level etc, but I'm left with a horrible flat, muffled tone.I also seem to get a VERY slight, almost like a chorus effect, when I'm playing. Sounds like digital compression or something. I started looking for Youtube instructions for setting this thing up. Everyone just plugs it in, plugs any random bass into the front of it and it sounds amazing. My stuff all sounds muffled and horrible. Anyone experience this with their USB interfaces? I'm 95% sure, I'm just doing something wrong, because my old line-in method sounded way better. Thanks for any help.