I recently bought a Zoom H2 and I'm trying to record my acoustic guitar at home. I followed the manual to set it up so the level never goes over 0db (in case you're familiar with the H2, I put the gain button in the middle and set the level to 100) and yesterday I recorded a few tests with the guitar about 50cm from it (I was playing and singing at the same time). I didn't use any effects (like compressor and limiter) from the H2.
The sound quality is great, but the volume from my recording is low when I play them in my computer, specially if I compare it to MP3s from acoustic songs. Is that normal? I tried to import the WAV file into Garageband and add a compressor/equalizer, but then I started getting some clipping, and I still think the volume is low.
What can I do to bring the levels to the same as the commercial songs I play on my computer? Is there anything I'm missing here?