Thankyou John. I've had another go and i'm pretty pleased with it. I wouldnt say i was playing particularly quiet, and yes those bits play over the noise floor..however, fingerpicking? Thats the bit i'm struggling on now haha. I have been reading that the fast track pro has bad faders/preamps - ie they have to be turned to about 95% for decent sound. On any device i'd expect hissing so when i manage to grab a friends pre amp, i may plug the mic into that, then that preamp into the ftp and see what happens. Fingers crossed!