I have a Steinberg UR22MKII and in the first input I have a condenser microphone, 48V phantom power is on. When I listen with headphones to the direct monitor, it sounds fine. When I listen with headphones to the DAW (Audacity) setting, it sounds fine. Pretty much all dials are at 12 o'clock.
But when I record in Audacity, the level visually just barely is above the flat line. I had to use the Audicity amplify plugin against the output or else it would sound too quiet when I play back through computer speakers and not the Steinberg to my headphones.
Is this normal? I would think I don't need to do the amplification. If I crank the gain on the Steinberg it causes breakup and static and sounds bad.
I'm using port 2 with other software to record guitar, seems fine.
Any help appreciated.