Digital Distortion

all over my mix.

I finally started recording using the ntrack platform ( I’m using 3.3 because 4 was crashing on me). It all works beautifully now cept for 1 thing. I hear a bit of distortion in all the tracks(analog). The VU meter never clips and the wave form never spikes. I imagine it has something to do with my levels. I set my Sound card fairly low in order to lower noise. I have a sound blaster live 24 and I record now in 24 bit at 4800. I don’t over extend the cpu - it never goes over %50.

What are some common resaons?

Also, I noticed that a response to a thread about cables made note of the disadvantage of 25ft. I use 20-25ft mic cable in to my mixer before sending it to my sound card. Is this a huge mistake?

Thanks.

Also, I noticed that a response to a thread about cables made note of the disadvantage of 25ft. I use 20-25ft mic cable in to my mixer before sending it to my sound card. Is this a huge mistake?

You're not clipping on the way into the mixer are you?