I am using Boss RC-300 to loop acoustic guitar and vocals. I have no issues with the guitar signal on the line input. The gain knob is turned to approx. half of its maximum input and I have a lot of freedom to manipulate the volume of the guitar.
Microphone (going through the XLR input) on the other hand, is extremely low and in order to not cause too much clipping, I have to have the gain knob at less than 1/4. And that still required me to be very conscious of the volume I produce with my vocal. The peak diode is blinking quite often and the sound gets distorted.
I tested it with different microphones, which worked well when I used them with Focusrite interface with a PC. Am I missing something in the setup? Should there be a compressor or an amplifier between the mic and rc300? Or maybe should I have the mic routed out separately and then amplified?
I couldn't find other people struggling with this problem which made me worried about my rc300, but I also think it's unlikely that it's a hardware issue.