Using my 12 PB - It doesn't have a mic jack, only a line in.* If you use a mic straight to that you get basically no sound (duh).* So, I've been using my little gem 1/2watt guitar amp as a preamp.* I plug the mic into that, and then use the speaker out on that into my laptop.* I monitor the levels on my laptop making sure I'm not peaking too much. Here is the schematic for the little gem: Maybe I should keep the volume down on the little gem, and just crank my amp * Right now the way I do it is put my amp at a comfortable jamming volume (reasonably loud) and then just adjust the volume on the little gem till the meters on my software are near peaking.* That is normally 3/4- almost full volume on the little gem.