im using this microphone to record my guitar parts, its a usb condenser microphone. i think it needs a pre-amp of some kind, i assume that i can download the software for this but i have no idea where from, does anyone know?

oh yeah i forgot say, the recordings from the microphone are very quiet

thats why i think i need a preamp
Try adjusting the gain in Windows itself (or whatever OS you use) with the Sound Properties. My C01U is strictly plug and play, and sounds fine.

Samson have a software preamp on their site which might help, download that. I never bothered with it, but I suppos it might help.

The Samson site is surely the first place you should have checked, before asking here....