I am new to audio recording. I am trying to record a podcast and I read that the "gain" should be set in such a way that the sound level is around -12 dB. However, when the meter on my audio interface (Behringer Studio L) shows -12 dB, the meter on my DAW (I tried Audacity and GarageBand) shows a level around -40 dB. For a minute, I got it to align, but then it got whacky again and I have no idea what changed.
I am using a Behringer Studio L with two XLR microphones and USB output to my laptop.