Distortion can ruin a good recording, and the worst part is, once you've recorded distorted audio, there's no way to fix it. If your meters are lighting the meters up all the way and the peak indicators are lit, your incoming signal is too loud. There are two ways to remedy this. If you're using Wave or WaveRT drivers, and your track is armed, there's probably a red volume slider available on your track. This lets you set the input level. Lower the input level until your microphone is no longer driving the meters into the red. If you're using an ASIO device or other external audio device, you will need to turn down the input volume on the microphone channel until the meters are no longer in the red.